PROJECT TITLE: Bottoms Up! This project was based on a stained glass technique called Dalle De Verre. A technique invented in the mid- 20th century of setting large, thick pieces of cast glass into a frame of reinforced concrete or epoxy resin. Our rendition of this technique uses recycled glass bottles instead of cast glass. It is a modern version of an old world technique producing an illusion of thick glass beaming with color.
DESIGNED BY: Jeanne Baruth
SKILL LEVEL: 3 (Adult 1-5: 1 being the easiest, 5 being most difficult)
TIME TO COMPLETE: 4 to 5 hours without dry time
· Always, wear safety goggles when using glass-crafting tools. Everyday eyeglasses have only impact resistant lenses.
· To ensure top performance keep your bottle cutter blade oiled.
· Cover any extra grout with a wet paper towel. Use grout to fill any cracks that might appear in the grout after drying.
Generation Green (g2 ) Bottle Cutter Picture Frame with glass – We used a 13” x 17” with an opening of 10” x 13”.
Variety of glass bottles - different colors and sizes (enough bottoms to fill the opening of the frame).
Acrylic Paint – Red Emery Paper Clear Silicone Gray or Black Grout – 2 cups Gallon Freezer Bag Eye Hooks – 4 heavy duty
Chain – Decorative (chain length will vary depending on the window length)
INSTRUCTIONS: Read and carefully following the instructions contained within the Generation Green (g2 ) bottle cutter manual.
1. Cover the work area with craft or newspaper.
2. Choose the frame for your project. Remove the glass from the frame and set aside. Paint the frame red, let dry.
3. To determine how many bottles you will need for this project, set the bottles inside the opening of the frame.
4. Once you have a count, measure from the bottom up and mark varying heights from 1” through 3” on each bottle using a Sharpie.
5. Next, using the bottle cutter, score and separate where indicated.
6. Smooth the rough edges as instructed in the bottle cutter manual.
7. Clean the original glass used in the frame. Insert glass back into the frame and secure in place with small nails.
8. Place the cut bottles, bottoms up, randomly into the frame until you are please with the placement.
9. Lift each bottle and place a thin bead of clear silicone around the rim, return it to it location on the glass inside the frame. Press with a small amount of pressure to seat it to the glass. Once all bottles are secure, allow to dry according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
10. Mask off around the interior of the frame using painters tape. This will prevent the grout from getting on the frame.
11. Measure 2 cups of grout into a bowl. Reserve a few tablespoons of grout and set aside. Following the manufacturer’s instructions add water. If grout is too dry keep adding water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Mix grout with craft stick or plastic spoon until the grout reaches “fudge-like” consistency. If it is too watery, add the reserved dry grout in small amounts until the consistency is correct.
12. Fill a gallon bag with the mixed grout. Snip a small tip off the end of one corner.
13. Squeeze a thick layer of grout into all the spaces between the glass bottoms.
14. It is very important to remove with a paper towel any grout that is on the glass before grout is completely dry. Remove masking tape at this time.
15. Once completely dry, add two heavy duty eye hooks to the top of the frame. Clean glass with window cleaner.
16. Attach a chain to the eye hooks and suspend the frame in front of a window or lamp for best impact.