You'll need:

- a pub-sized spirit bottle (mine's a Smirnoff)
- a tile saw
- grinder

- glass nuggets
- corkscrew hazel branches
- water
- Easter eggs 

Saw the top of the bottle off at an aesthetically pleasing point. Grind edges smooth if necessary. Fill to just under half with nuggets, arrange branches, then carefully fill in the rest of the nuggets (they help anchor the branches and stabilise the whole thing). Fill with water (my branches are cut and still alive, so despite the weather, I'm hoping for a bit of green on them - you can skip the water if your branches are dead). Hang with Easter eggs (for details on how mine were decorated, see below:

You'll need:

- a small wine bottle (the single-glass size)
- wet tile saw
- grinder
- dremel with diamond bits

Cut the bottle into approx. 35mm rings (you'll get two out of one bottle). Smooth edges on edge of tile saw and grind. Use the dremel to engrave a motif of your choice (if you're artistically challenged, you can stick a sticker on the inside and trace it from the outside).

You'll need:

- a bottle (I used a pub-sized Gordon's Gin one)
- a kiln

Use the kiln to slump the bottle - simples :). Kiln schedules abound on the internet, although each kiln is different, and you might need to adjust  and yours will come out nicer than mine if you remember to run to the studio to flash-cool it, so it won't devitrify. Still, happy with the shape and the way the imagery stayed intact :)

You'll need:

- two glass coke bottles (or others)
- corks
- thick-walled glass tubes (or other tubes, if easier to get hold of)
- grinder and carbide knife (optional)
- drill slightly smaller than tube diameter
- oil and vinegar

Cut corks to size if they won't fir bottles as they are. Cut an approximately 4-5 cm length of glass tube with carbide knife, and grind at an angle at the top, flat at the bottom, then make sure all sharp edges get smoothed. Drill corks at a diameter slightly smaller than tubes, then force tubes into holes. Fill with olive oil and balsamic vinegar - and never confuse the balsamic vinegar with coke!

Apologies for the "two Jack Daniel's in a row", but I had this idea, and since it's going to live in my bathroom, I wanted to go with the shape I like best (from those I have at hand) - a half-size Jack Daniel's bottle. You'll need:

- a bottle
- a soap dispenser (re-used from a bought one)
- a cork
- drill
- knife
- grinder (optional)
- varnish (optional)
- liquid soap

For this one, I decided to leave the label on. If you want to do the same, it could be worth protecting it with a few layers of clear varnish. I ground the screw-top bit of the bottle off - aesthetically speaking, it's still a bit taller than I would like, but I'll keep my eyes peeled for a larger soap dispenser top that might actually fit over the top, so I decided not to mess with it now.
Drill the cork so that your soap dispenser sits inside it (I needed a 13mm drill), then carefully whittle until it fits inside your bottle (if you're lucky, it'll fit straight-away - mine didn't). Put it all together - voilà!


    The "Take a Bottle" project is, essentially, an combination of a) my "Follies for Follies" project, which got me into whimsical work, c) recycling and preserving the planet, d) a general tendency to tinker, and e) an ever-existing quest to make glass accessible to a wide variety of people. The concept is simple - taking existing glass (it doesn't have to be a bottle, of course), and turn it into something else. While I am mainly running this project for my own amusement, I am very happy to run workshops on glass recycling and crafting with glass. If you do any of the projects, I'd love to see your results! Email me at sabine [you know what goes here] sabinelittle.com

    DISCLAIMER: I take no responsibility for the success of your projects, or any injury or harm resulting from you following them, including, but not limited to, the handling of glass, tools, etc.!


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