Pictures showing how to make bottle bricks.  In this case a picture truly  is worth a thousand words.  The finished  bottle ends are being pricked with a map pin to allow moisture to transpire.

workshop 31Dozens of bottle ends ready to provide a spot of light in the wall.  We have found that that aluminum flashing needs to go to within an inch or two of the end on each side for maximum light transfer.

Bottle ends at Kinstone wrapped to the end and with handi coilHow did we make all of these bottle bricks?  It is important to start collecting a large number of bottles and vases ahead of time.  The glass must be clean and dry.  It helps if the labels are removed.Kinstone bottle end layout.jpgThere needs to be an ample amount of clear and colored glass to brighten your walls.I want to make bottle ends too Kristine with logoSometimes even paws and a wet nose are helpful to sort and select bottle sizes. Bottle end tile cutter.jpgIf you are building a thin wall you may need to cut your glass.  You can use a tile cutter or a home made bottle cutter.  Always use safety equipment.  Here the Bottle sections are (4″ + 4″ = 8″).Cordwood workshop making bottle endsTo see YouTube videos about methods of cutting bottles visit and click on the YouTube button in the top right-hand corner.  

A pictorial primer for putting bottles together “withOUT” cutting.

Note that the neck of one bottle is accepted by the opening in the other.

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It is good to have extra hands.

bottle ends 2Objects can be placed inside bottles.  These are being used at the Cordwood Education Center, which is a a cordwood public school classroom. Aluminum flashing and tape were added to these before placement in the wall.

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Sponge Bob makes it into a wall!

Flashing is then applied and aluminum tape.

The middle bottle (below) is the best example of how to finish a bottle brick.

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Placing the bottle bricks in the wall.

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Some fine examples of bottle brick walls.

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Some folks are using colored bottles on both sides.

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The Airlie Chapel in North Carolina is all bottle bricks!KimAnna15 with logoKimAnna uses bottle bricks in the most amazing ways.  Let your imagination be your guide.

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“Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005,  2011 and 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Workshop DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.”