Bottle Wall Details — 5 Comments

  1. This is an old post but I just stumbled upon it. If you haven’t gotten this info yet, plates are between 2.5mm and 3.5mm thick. My father’s a printer, and informs me that the non-anodized side is quite prone to corrosion (although some plates have images on both sides), and that most print shops sell their used plates for recycle, so coming upon a free source is a rarity. There’s a 1981 article by a guy who did make roofing tiles from printing plates: I wonder if you could do it using whole plates like other forms of metal roofing, and save all that crazy cutting and folding. We’re looking at cheap roofing alternatives, so if this were feasible I’d be interested. could you treat the non-anodized aluminum so that it wouldn’t corrode? Strange that in the article he doesn’t mention that issue.

  2. Go to your local printer, pick up the aluminum printing sheets for free. (At least our guy gives them away free!) Cut then w/ heavy sissors or tin snips.

  3. From Jozef:

    there is an easier way to make bottles than to use a tile saw.
    here’s how:

    score the bottle using a glass key (scoring/cutter) tool
    put the bottle over the sink
    pour hot water from a boiling tea kettle over the top of the bottle ( I dunk mine into a pot of boiling water up to the score mark)
    then I pour cold water over the lower half (up to the score mark)
    you should hear a tiny “tink” sound
    and the glass will break in a perfect circle
    I have done this many times without error or shatter

    In Prosperous Health,

    Jozef Woronieck, MS

    Ecology Director &
    Green Academy Coordinator
    Hayward High School

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