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Ryan Seath
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I have a glass shop working on my property. It produces a lot of scrap glass. I was wondering what are some good ways to re-use glass shards of various sizes.
 
Jennifer Richardson
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They could be used for lampworking (making glass beads and other decorative objects). People will pay decent money for handmade beads, ornaments, figurines etc. in local "artisanal" shops, gift shops, etc. if you are in an area where there's a market for that kind of thing. Or you can try Etsy. I only ever used purpose bought rods of glass when I used to do a little lampworking, but I have heard of people using shards and recycled glass. I have also known people to embed chunks of colored glass into DIY cob buildings, benches, etc. if you like that look. If all you've got is plain clear glass, though, I don't know...I have seen it tumbled smooth and used in landscaping for pathways or even as a sort of mulch...can substitute for gravel.

 
Ryan Seath
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Thanks for the feedback!
Its actually a lampworking shop so the beads and vessels I'm making is where the scrap is coming from. I fill buckets of scrap clear and coloured glass pretty quickly.. I like the tumbling idea. It just seems like such a good resource that shouldn't be shipped off to the recycling plant if I can make better use of it here.
 
Kate Muller
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Tumbled It may be of use to a florist or other crafters that use glass blobs.
 
Jennifer Richardson
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Ha, I was imagining a window glass shop for some reason! Can you maybe make your own frit from the scraps?
 
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