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Using Wine Bottle Bottoms in Stained Glass Project

What do you use to connect the wine bottle bottoms and glass pieces together for the stained glass piece? It does not look like grout.

By Lisa

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October 6, 20140 found this helpful
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Check your local library for books on making stained glass pieces at home - the books will have complete guides including the materials you'll need, and will show you how to cut glass (and wine bottles) safely. To put the bottle bottoms together in a stained glass piece, you're also going to need to understand the principals behind supporting the weight of the bottle bottoms, and what materials are used to hold the bottoms together - usually lead came (a channeled tube of lead in long lengths) or 'copper foil', a technique done with a soldering iron and a roll of lead solder.

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For starters, after the books, you're going to need a good quality glass cutter, a bottle cutter (a different tool than the glass cutter), a soldering iron and associated materials (lead came, copper foil, lead solder, flux and flux brushes, a stand for the VERY hot soldering iron, and a heat-fire proof mat for use whilst applying the solder).

There's a lot more, so be sure to borrow or buy a good book before investing in any other materials. Stained glass is a somewhat expensive hobby to get started in but if you think you would enjoy making numerous pieces for sale or gifts, it's well worth the work!

Otherwise, support your local artisans and buy from one of them - look in your telephone directory for stained glass artists. If the bottle bottoms are sentimental, many artists will work with those and charge you for the glass work to assemble your vision for you - might be less expensive than putting together the kit to make it yourself.

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January 17, 20180 found this helpful

This is Pinterest. Sharing your craft(s) is what its all about.

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October 2, 20140 found this helpful

I wonder if that is plastic in between. I know that you can take small beads and put them into a mold and heat them in the oven and it makes a plastic stained piece.

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But I'm not sure without touching the piece to see if it is plastic or glass.

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April 22, 20170 found this helpful

No, those are glass "cabochons" -- small round pieces of glass -- not plastic between the bottle bottoms. All of it's connected with metal (probably copper and lead, though you can now get lead-free solder easily, and that's what I use). I hope this is helpful!

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April 23, 20170 found this helpful

It could be clear window calking. I've used this and it certainly works!

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June 21, 20170 found this helpful

How did you do this with clear window caulking? I'd like to make a panel from the bottoms/bases of wine bottles to hang outside.

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Any helpful suggestions will be much appreciated!

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