Garden path made of broken glass

ccpe

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Puts lights in last night. I'm pleased with the results. Coco seems to like it too.
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LalaGirl

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I kept finding so much broken glass that I decided to put it through my rock tumbler to use for my garden path. I'm going to add rope lights under the glass. The pics are of about 10 gallons. I'm going to need a lot more! 80% is found glass and the other 20% is flea market/thrift shop glass. The photos show the path dry and wet.View attachment 226469View attachment 226468View attachment 226470View attachment 226471
What a cool idea! It looks very nice; can't wait for pics of the lighted up glass!
(Never mind... Just saw them =D )
 

relic rescuer

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That's a great idea. With the one and only bottle dig I've done, I could have done 5 times that much. I found over 300 intact bottles, and there were at least three times that much broken. Mostly brown and white tho. I did find some broken Vaseline glass too, and some milks.
 

ccpe

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That's a great idea. With the one and only bottle dig I've done, I could have done 5 times that much. I found over 300 intact bottles, and there were at least three times that much broken. Mostly brown and white tho. I did find some broken Vaseline glass too, and some milks.
Some of the colored glass is thrift shop & flea market. I asked all the local thrift shops to save broken and un-sellable glass for me. I've even asked local bars to save colored liquor bottles. Better it end up on my path than in the land fill.
 

CanadianBottles

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That looks fantastic, especially all lit up! Hard to find much beach glass around here but there's definitely no shortage of broken glass. How long does the tumbler take to make them smooth enough? The time keeping the thing running has been what always kept me from tumbling rocks but I imagine glass would take a lot less time.
 

ccpe

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That looks fantastic, especially all lit up! Hard to find much beach glass around here but there's definitely no shortage of broken glass. How long does the tumbler take to make them smooth enough? The time keeping the thing running has been what always kept me from tumbling rocks but I imagine glass would take a lot less time.
I have a tumbler that holds about 1 gallon. I add a couple of tablespoons of 60/90 silicon carbide grit. It takes about 1.5 to days to smooth down the edges and give it a matte finish. I tried it with water added but it didn't work as well as dry.
 

CanadianBottles

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I have a tumbler that holds about 1 gallon. I add a couple of tablespoons of 60/90 silicon carbide grit. It takes about 1.5 to days to smooth down the edges and give it a matte finish. I tried it with water added but it didn't work as well as dry.
Thanks for the response! That's longer than I was imagining it would take, although I imagine you could get a decent amount done with a gallon drum.
 

ccpe

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Thanks for the response! That's longer than I was imagining it would take, although I imagine you could get a decent amount done with a gallon drum.
The glass put on the path so far is about 15 gallons. It's going to take me another 6 months to get all the glass I need for a 50' long by 3 to 4 wide path.
 

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