Glass Bottle Walls

Instead of cutting down trees, re-use glass bottles to form the structure of your home. Tom Kelly, a miner in treeless Rhyolite, Nevada, had this idea back in 1906. More than a century later, Rhyolite’s a ghost town—and Tom’s weird amalgam of 50,000 glass bottles is one of the few buildings still standing.

Glass Bottle Walls Around the World

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An arts center in Deep Ellum, Texas.  Source

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Earth Ship Home. Note tires and cans as well.

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Anna’s bottle house in Tucson, Arizona. Source

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In Taos, another Earth Ship. Bright light, but private.

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Kawakawa, New Zealand men’s public toilet close up. Designed by Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

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Kawakawa, New Zealand men’s public toilet from the outside.

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Again in New Zealand: Carlucci Land, Happy Valley. Source

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The Bottle Chapel at Airlie Gardens, North Carolina, a tribute to Minnie Evans.

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Close up at Airlie Gardens.

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The sides of the chapel. Source

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Bottle Wall, Market Hall Altenrhein Switzerland. Designed by Austrian artist and Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

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Hundertwasser bottle wall picture by eloisavh on Flickr.

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Here’s an eclectic room. An artist’s studio in New Zealand.

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Same New Zealand art studio. Looks more secure when you plaster in the bottle necks.

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Prince Edward Island Bottle House. Keith Watson on Flickr.

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Glass wall Biotecture, Ireland.

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Walkway at Wat Lan Kuat, Thai for “The Temple of One Million Bottles.”

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Wat Lan Kuat (One Million Bottle Temple) in Khn Han, Eastern Thailand.

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Tom Kelly’s Bottle House Rhyolite, Nevada, built in 1906.  Source

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EarthShip Photo: Earthship Kristen www.flickr.com

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A wall made of cordwood and bottles.

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Manuel Rapoport has built a house in Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina with 100% recycled ingredients. Tin cans for roofing and siding and merged whiskey bottles as windows. www.designopatagonia.com.

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Duke’s bottle house in Australia.

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Charlie stagg’s bottle cave creation — photo by Lawrence Harris.

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Tinker town, New Mexico. Source

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Beer Bottle Walls. girlvsbeer.wordpress.com

Glass Bottle Home Decor

1868 Green Honey Bottles Rustic Wall Decor, kitchen decor, home wall decor, shabby chic bottles, country kitchen, antique bottles, glass
1868 Green Honey Bottles Wall Decor, handmade by Pineknobs and Crickets in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Recycled The MACALLAN single Highland malt scotch whisky -melted bottle wall clock -Gift for him
Whiskey Bottle Clock, handmade from melted glass by Boni’s Glass Art in Rehovot, Israel. Boni melts the glass in her home glass kiln and makes the clocks with her granddaughter.

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Wine Bottle Chandelier, made from upcycled wine bottles by Glow 828 in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

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The Heineken WOBO (world bottle), an interlocking beer bottle. Mr. Heineken was a green thinker and designed bottle bricks so his beer bottles could be re-used. But the rest of the company wouldn’t go for it.

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Glass bottle chair, just don’t try to use it to open beer.

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And to go in your new bottle home, a beer bottle chandelier.

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Better yet, this more stylish wine bottle chandelier. Source

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Author: keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building.

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God these are beautiful- it's something I would have included had I had a chance to build that house- I have always loved those things that went into old cellars, where the glass has usually morphed purple. Know what I'm talking about?

And that chair!

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Stunning! Will certainly use bottles in my future projects. Thank you for the lovely green inspirations.

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I really enjoyed looking at these most beautiful photos on this website. Keep up the good work. It is fabulous!

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Fantastic stuff. I came across the Bottle Chapel at Airlie Gardens, North Carolina, a tribute to Minnie Evans, not long ago in the context of a translation about Outsider Artists. Minnie Evans was the gatekeeper of Airlie Gardens from 1949 to 1974, and is considered to be one of America's most important visionary artists. Born in Long Creek, N.C. in 1892, Minnie's original name was Minnie Eva Jones (no relationship to Pembroke Jones). In 1935, following a vision, Minnie Evans began to draw. Her own take on color, mysticism, and symmetry made her art unique. Minnie died in 1987 at the age of 95. The Minnie Evans Sculpture Garden and Bottle Chapel is stop nine of the garden tour, if you ever go there. The chapel was constructed by local artists as a tribute to Minnie's life and talent. See also airliegardens DOT org

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Are there any instructions on how to do this? I'd really love to try it! The technique would make an awesome garden wall.

6

Absolutely amazing, I really love them, I want one of my own!

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Am captivated by the beauty of light, bottle collecting and building. These are beautiful. Thank~you so much for the inspiration ~

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margaret potemski

very cool!!!

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so lovely, the light and colours make for changing moods throughout the day and the weather. really inspirational that people take the time to do this, rather than just throw up concrete blocks or bricks, Fabulous

10

great pictures, can u give me some prices per sq mtre would be great, for different shapes and designs, look forward to hearing from u,

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WOW!! Thank you... very inspiring, completely amazing, totally doable and affordable, abundant solutions! Beautiful!!!

🙂

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WAYYYYY COOL!! It almost inspires me to get creative!!

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Thank you so much! These are beautiful and inspirig. It has me thinking about what I might be able to create on my own land.

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HOW DO THEY CONSTRUCT THESE WALLS? DO THEY POOR THE CEMENT AROUND THE BOTTLES ON A FLAT SURFACE AND THEN STAND THE COMPLETED WALL UP? CUSTOME FORMS? MY WIFE WANTS ME TO BUILD ONE WITH ALL OUR RECYCLED BOTTLES AND I DONT WANT TO POUR IT THEN HAVE IT CRUMBLE ON ME. JUST TRYING TO NOT BE WASTEFUL. ANY INFO WOULD HELP, THANKS -DANIEL

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Here are two links that might be helpful.

http://www.naturalbuild.wordpress.com/2010/05/11/building-an-earthship/

http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bottle_wall

I envy you the project. Sounds like great fun!

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Absolutly loved all of the bottle-wall examples....Is there a how to build a bottle wall book or instructions available. What bottle position is best for clean insulating?! If jars are used, (jelly, peanut-butter) should the caps be put on or left open. How does this effect the strength?

Thank you, Patie

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Hi Patie,

I think it depends on the purpose of the wall...is insulation important where you are...or do you merely desire an aesthetic wall? If you are going to leave the bottles empty inside then I do not know if the bottles can support much weight above. Will the jar tops be exposed to the elements where they can rust? The architect Michael Reynolds has written 2 volumes of 'Earthship: How to Build Your Own' he covers glass walls. Also look at http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bottle_wall and http://www.naturalbuild.wordpress.com/2010/05/11/building-an-earthship/

Have fun!

Best, Keiren

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gorgeous inspiration! i adore it!

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It is so interesting and so inspiring to see .. what you can do everything with our - garbage ---

I thank you for the

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Congrats!

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Simple and Amazing,gives me inspiration. Do these conform with some kinds of building codes? Thanks so much!

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Incredible and Beautiful

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I love this! The creativity to re-use rather than refuge is awesome. Let's ALL do this!

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While not on the same scale as any of these, here is a tower of blue bottles I continue to add to. I hope this will eventually reach about 8' tall. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thatcar/4541596689/

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Hi Greg, Thanks for sharing that picture. The blue bottles look beautiful at night! Love that glass ornament on top of the structure! Plus, curious about your mirrored bathtub as well. Keep up the brilliant work!

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This is fantastic! I love it. I want to learn how to do it. Suzie is an old friend of mine and she is so talented.

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The wiki bottle wall site is helpfull however, are there any construction details anywhere that give more of a visual guid on building walls or benches with glass bottles in them?

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How do you build a glass bottle wall? What materials do you need?

29

very very cool! I'm inspired, and will perhaps rethink my next composter toilet at Wattle Hollow, in Arkansas, to include more bottle art, along with cob walls.

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WOW !

What GR8 Ideas !

Just loVe Them All....

Thx 4 Sharing

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Julianne Felton

Beautiful and inspiring!

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The creations on here are absolutely stunning, I've been cluttering up my small back patio with empty bottles intending to use them in a building project somewhere, somehow, but now am about to have a wetroom wall limeplastered and BINGO! Need to get drinking again!!

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am wanting to build a partial wall for a hot tub enclosure and wanted to ask what kind of concrete or mortor is used or if there are any instructions on how to build a wall

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Hi there Amy,

Thanks for writing. There is a wiki page on glass bottle walls with a bit of instruction. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bottle_wall

I have yet to make one - or to have worked with cement ever! So, I am sorry to say I am lacking in knowledge to give any advice! Do hope you get to build your wall and it turns out great though!

Best, Keiren

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isn't it amazing the brilliance GOD gives us to use each and every way. truly simplistic yet ...

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breath taking....just amazing

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Fascinating. Have a look on Google at the Owl House in New Bethesda ~ South Africa.

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Thank you for sharing this site- its absolutely amazing. We are building an outdoor shower on our ecostead in hawaii and this was perfect inspiration.

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This is what I have wanted to do in my shed for years. As soon as the weather gets warm enough I am going to remove my boring window and install a bottle window. The pictures are great. Thanks

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Trash To Treasure

Too freaking awesome, I have seen a few bottle walls but nothing like this. LOVE IT! I am an artist who works with recycled materials and found these works just plain fascinating. Thanks!

http://trash2-treasure.blogspot.com/

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It very impressive and attractive.

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I really love how the glass looks in all of the things made, I can see this in so many of my ideas for the home I would love to help build with my boyfriend. The colors and the way it can help heat up places, very beautiful. All those bottles we have in drinks and other can be turned into art in the yard. Makes me want to plan many garden spots!

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tomato creek farmers

We did test panels and set them out on the deck over winter in NW PA, to see if they would freeze and break, and how much mortar was needed. This year we plan to build our dream wall, in a mosaic of water and sky and palm tree, with the necks facing out. I saw a wall a long time ago, with morning glories growing around the exposed necks, and it was fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration.

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these are amazing

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Hi, I have read that some people leave the bottle tops open on outdoor walls. If you do that, is there a way to stop the moquitoes from breeding inside the bottles?

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I am wondering when building a glass bottle wall with concrete and bottles will not be seen, is it necessary to remove the labels? I am building a retaining wall so the wall will be subject to some water seepage. Labels, I would think, would impede the gluing process of the mortar - what do you think? Remove the labels from the 3000 bottles or not necessary?

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I would think if the bottles are mostly submerged in the mud/cement, there would still be plenty of bottle to grip, so no need to remove the labels.

But, looking at all the pictures above, I see not one label in any of the houses built with bottles! For aesthetic reasons I would remove them. (Soaking in tubs of water?) But if they are going to be submerged in cement, I would not go through all that effort. If I find out anymore I'll keep you posted. Thanks for writing.

As to mosquitoes - I am against all nasty chemicals, and keeping a whole building saturated with essential oils sound expensive. I am stumped!

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Have any of you seen or heard about the new Amazing Oil Bottle House at Disney's California Adventure? It is in the queue for the new Cars Land ride Radiator Springs Racers, and this is the first time I had ever seen one of these before. It was so beautiful, I started doing research and happened upon this page. So glad to know there are ideas and instructions out there so we can maybe try a small-scale wall at our home!

Check out pictures here of the Disney queue here:

http://damouse.com/2012/06/13/step-inside-radiator-springs-at-cars-land-in-disney-california-adventure-part-8/

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I saw a beautiful use of bottles in a wall on one of those home improvement shows. The people put glass jars on the bottle opening end, then wrapped the whole thing in metal sheeting/flashing before casting in cement. They claimed the metal reflected more light into the house, and adding the jars on the other end eliminated the open ends and gave it a neater look. I've thought about cutting bottles in half and using the lower halves and/or jars, so both sides of a wall would show the bottoms, which I think are more atteractive.

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Wow, Liking the idea of wrapping the bottles in metal flashing! There is an image on the Recycled glass bottles post under Art that shows two bottles combined. I'll add the picture to this post as well. Hope you get to build your wall one day!

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Thanks for creating this website. I'm a huge fan of recycling glass, tile, fabric, etc. The photos in this site are inspirational!!!

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I would think if you have open bottles, you could always just recap them, a capper is cheap ~$20 and caps are really cheap like 100 for $1

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Fantastic post, I am going to share. Some very lovely ideas.

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I was checking out 8 ghost towns in the US. Tge last one was the most fascinating. Its in Rhyolite, NV. I Googled for more photos which led me to your site. VERY, very cool. 🙂 Not only did I have fun seeing allk the ghost towns but digging deeper led me to some amazing uses of recycled bottles. So nicethat the creative, artsy, architectural part works so beautifully with GREEN!! 🙂

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Love this site...the pics are outstanding!!!

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This art puts you in another world

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I really want to build a recycled wine bottle wall/buffet in my back yard as a first bottle project but I do not know what to use as 'mortar' between the bottles. I am having a hard time finding how to's on the subject.

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I want to build a green house with glass bottles. I think it would be so cool!

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Everything is amazing, love it!!!!!

I am going to build a Wall around a Caravan we have on the Property, can't wait and I will keep you informed how I am going.

A Friend of mine did ask if we also could use Silicon?

Thanks 🙂

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nya, i guess it is okay.. my favoritw is Taos

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Thank you for putting this together. It is very inspiring.

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saya sangat menyukainya dan itu benar benar menginspirasi saya dimana dengan anggaran yang minim bisa terwujud rumah yang istimewa, dan ini merupakan perbuatan yang mulia karena sangat berdampak terhadap kelestarian lingkungan kita, sangat keren coy, thank's

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Hey, what a great site and collection of pictures. I have a blog about sustainable living and was wondering if you'd mind if I used some of your images for an entry on this topic. We're planning on replacing our bathroom window with wine bottles!

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!!!impresionante!!!imaginación, creatividad, belleza..me encanta su trabajo.me gustaria ponerlo en practica,pero me falta la tecnica y recopilar muchas botellas. un saludo.

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muito show... tudo muito lindo... difícil só achar quem faz... isso é um lindo trabalho artístico...

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very touching, creative and light full ...

Thank you for all the images.

Svargo F. Schuller

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Thank you for sharing this beautiful page

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this is so amazing ......in my 'happy spot, JUST looking at these' thanks! STL MO

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I hope one day I day I can make it out to see your place ,I'am trying to make my own glass bottle wall /shower and trying to find a book ,or website ..

love your work ,,jp Austin Texas

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Dianne Andrews

How do you make these walls? Tom Kelly?

Fabulous and fun!

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I though i was the onely one to have such idéals and i am glad and pleased to see that's am not the onely one. Everything is realisable. Thank you for collection all those beautyfull pictures!

Have all fun by constructing all your bottle walls or buildings. Like Cindy Haviland i think already a long time to build a Green house with glass bottle. I was onely searching what to use as mortar, and i found an interesting article on Wikipédia: 'Bottle wall' and much other informations are on the net too.

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Great pics, and so very inspirational. I can't wait to start a project

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Love ideas that take so called trash and turn it into artistic and functional things/buildings or just plain beauty.

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Can you recomend a site to look at the building process. I would like suggestions on how to set foundations and also how to build the glass bottle wall without a frame? Is this possible on an entire building or do you think it needs a frame. I am just about to start my first attempt. Completely love it. 🙂

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What wonderful ways to take the ordinary and make it EXTRAordinary! This takes recycling to a whole new level, and shows that even a small project can bring light, beauty, and color while reducing our carbon footprint.

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What is the best mortar for bottle walls? I am building some bottle wall structures in Laos so the climate is semi tropical. Thanks for your help Troy

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Martha Deacon

Hi! I want to add glass bottles to an existing wall for light. I want *ventilation* too. Has anyone used them that way? Open at the bottom, with plugs? If so, how did you handle closure? in fact, how do you handle closure when you use them the regular way? Any ideas about bottles and ventilation would be appreciated.

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I have 2000 empty green Champagne bottles free to anyone who is involved in a project like this and is able to collect from Sussex UK.

Ben

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Contact on mrbenmurray@hotmail.com for free bottles.

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Esperanca Melo

I love these ideas & have also been playing around with bottles, broken glass & other materials in my home.

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looking for what works best for bottles - I've used water putty which works great but is really expensive - does anyone know what kind of mortar to use to make the bottles stay in an upright position without the mortar slouching, bulging, and falling out before its set? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you. Char

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Can these work in areas that have snow? I live in western Michigan. Looking for the appropriate type of walls made with bottles than can withstand these temperatures.

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This by far has been the most creative things people have done. I do believe that some time soon we will be looking for ways to build houses more eco friendly and this will be the way I choose.

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MAYRA M MORALES

AS A FELLOW ARTIST

LOVE THE USE OF THE RECYCLABLE

HAVE TRIED TO INTRODUCE IT WHERE I AM FROM -RESISTANCE ASTONISHING

I AM IN NY -YOU BELIEVE THAT

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I'm gathering ideas to incorporate into a Cob Home and this seems to be a good way to let light in in a decorative fashion. Keep up the good work! Pappy

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Patricia Lieb

I have been working with bottles and cement. How can I get the bottles to hold together just using recycled material..... I love your page. Thanks for sharing.

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