wayne fajkus wrote:I have to eat my own words deb. Those pics are beautiful
Travis Johnson wrote:Kind of #4, but I have broken bottles and then mixed it into concrete and then poured my concrete counter tops with it.
Not really a use per se, but polishing glass in built is easy with a cement mixer. You can polish it in various mediums like sand, gravel, softer beads, really whatever you are after for a final look. I use my cement mixer for just about everything else but mixing up concrete.
Nathanael Szobody wrote:The countertop is the sweetest thing ever, but wow that's a lot of epoxy...
Brian Moyers wrote:#4. In my town there is a bar for every church... (and there are A LOT of churches!). A few years ago I was dead set on figuring out a way to repurpose all those beer bottles that normally get sent to the landfill.
After much research, I decided that glass mulch could be a great solution!
Unfortunately, I found that using a cement mixer to polish broken glass is EXTREMELY LOUD And takes hours to do correctly. I’m pretty sure my neighbors were plotting an assassination attempt on me.... Sadly to say, my small scale recycling/repurposing dreams were crushed (pun intended).
paul wheaton wrote:tumbling glass with a concrete mixer
Deb Stephens wrote:They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so this is going to be worth about a million by the time I get done. This is a subject near and dear to my heart! There are just too many ways to use bottles and jars to show all of them, but I will post a few good ones I've managed to collect. Mostly, they cover lighting, planters and vases, pavement and edging, decoration and useful storage, but there may be a few oddballs mixed in. Enjoy!
paul wheaton wrote:melting glass
Jeff Berning wrote:Almost forgot , here's a few chandeliers and lights my friend Seth makes out of wine bottles.
Deb Stephens wrote:I found a simpler and less toxic method of joining the bottle ends to make bricks. This guy uses duct tape but I have also seen a version where aluminum flashing was wrapped around the bottles and that was tapped rather than the glass--making a sleeve that holds the bottles in place. I know that the person who did it intended the flashing to help reflect more light into the house, but I am wondering if having the bottles merely resting within the sleeve like that could help prevent breakage during expansion and contraction by having that tiniest little space between the bottle and the mortar?
paul wheaton wrote:For some reason my brain is stuck in this space. I need help to get enough bits and bobs on this list so I can go on doing other things.
bad idea: bury it
Anything buried will eventually be dug up. That sounds like a recipe for somebody to get cut