Skyy Vodka bottle recycled into sun-melted glass earrings

From bottle to earrings

by Tawny Reynolds on Nov 07, 2018

Recycled Skyy Vodka bottle to eco-friendly earrings.  Behind the scenes at Sundrop Jewelry.

This week has been full of gorgeous, sunny, cloud-free skies - which means it's the perfect time to start stocking up on popular colors before the holiday rush!  I thought you might like to get a few peeks behind the scenes at how Sundrop Jewelry is made, from bottle to earrings!

I start with an empty bottle (Skyy Vodka is today's color - we won't go into how it got emptied, haha!), and use glass cutting tools to slice off the top and bottom, and cut the sides of the bottle into long skinny strips.

cutting a Skyy Vodka bottle into strips with glass cutting tools

And here is why the weather matters...  On a clear sunny day like today, I can focus sunshine with my giant magnifying glass.  The focal point or "hot spot" is pretty small, about 1 cm in diameter, but it is super hot - about 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit!  Watch the video below to see how quickly the glass starts to melt!

Once I've made a bunch of tiny teardrops, I finish them off by wire-wrapping in recycled sterling silver to make a loop.  For most designs, I use this minimalist wire-wrap...

wire-wrapping cobalt blue sundrops

... but for a few of my designs I add a more elaborate silver spiral wrapping down the entire teardrop, like these pairs, destined to become Lyra Earrings.

glass teardrops paired for earrings

And here's the finished product - Cobalt Lyra Earrings!

Cobalt Lyra Earrings, featuring sun-melted Skyy Vodka bottle glass and recycled sterling silver

Love these earrings?  Hop on over to my shop and grab a pair of your very own!  The Lyra Earrings are also available in a rainbow of other colors, or browse all the cobalt blue designs made from Skyy Vodka bottles!

By the way, they'd make a great holiday gift for the environmentalist in your life!  *wink*

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  • Angela
    Feb 05, 2024 at 11:11

    Please send information on magnifying lens. What kind and the size


  • April Bagster
    Apr 27, 2023 at 08:35

    What kind of magnifier do you use? Your earrings are beautiful
    thank you


  • Robert L Wade
    Feb 24, 2023 at 17:54

    Just checking on the good you are doing for the environment.great Idea, love it.. Robert.


  • Tawny - Sundrop Jewelry
    May 05, 2022 at 16:24

    Thanks, Nancy! I use a bottle cutter like this one:

    Wendy, I use the 55" spot fresnel lens from


  • Nancy
    Apr 08, 2022 at 11:22

    That is awesome!!! What tools do you use to cut the bottles?


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