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End to End

By

Ben Geller
End to End

Project Type

Make-it-Yourself

Category

Homewares

Waste Materials

Spirit Bottles

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Ever kept a bottle of wine, Champagne or spirit from a special occasion but dont want to stick a candle in the top and make your home look like an Italian restaurant?End to End is bookend made from a recycled Absolut Vodka bottle. It shows users that packaging might not always be at the end of its usable life when they think it is. It also acts as a subtle reminder for the user to recycle at home.

Materials & Equipment List

Absolut Vodka Bottle, Sanding equipment to smooth edgesConcrete/Mortar mixResinWood sawScrewdriver and screws

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Ever kept a bottle of wine, Champagne or spirit from a special occasion but don't want to stick a candle in the top and make your home look like an Italian restaurant?
Mark and score the bottle before cutting vertically in half using a hacksaw, or alternatively, I suggest taking itto your local tile depot or glass cutters where they will be able to do it for a small fee.
Sand the edges of the glass. Use a big disk sander like this one or just normal sand paper works fine, this both ensures the safety of your hands and your books.
Make the mould however big or small you like. Bear in mind that some bigger bottles will requirea larger weight i.e. Champaign bottles. MDF and screws will do the job.
Varnish the mould and add releasing agent. The cut bottle edge should sit flush against the side of the mould. Pour concrete in the mould ensuring no air gaps are left.Brush a thin PVA wash over the concrete block before adding a layer of varnish. This seals the mould making sure dust and other residue does not make its way on to your bookshelf.
Rub a thin layer of Vaseline over varnished mould (this acts like a releasing agent).Using a resin catalyst mix fill the mould whilst placing broken glass to the mould.
To stop the book ends from sliding glue a felt base to the bottom. Sit the moulds onto glued felt sheet before cutting out. This ensures that the whole base is covered.
Mix and match your personalised bookends as you please.
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