My latest Modern DIY came from pure curiosity. I had read about bottle cutters on different sites and forums and thought that could be pretty fun. I live in a area where there are a lot of wineries so that means there has to be plenty of wine bottles laying around. I personally don’t drink wine but was easily able to get my hands on some. I was also able to pick up a Ephrems Old Time Bottle Cutting Kit on eBay. Get some of the tips and tricks I learned on the way after the jump.
The directions that come with the kit are pretty strait forward. But there are a few tips I learned on the way.
While making your score on the glass roll the bottle towards you and only go around once. If you go over your score a second time you may make pathways for the glass to run during the heating and cooling processes.
The directions say to run an ice cube around the heated score, I found dunking the bottle vertically in ice water worked much better because it made the glass separate all at once instead of following your score with an ice cube.
Now that you have a cut bottle you have to deal with the sharp edges. The kit supplies a small amount of polishing grit which took way too long. I simply took my palm sander with a little water and wet sanded the lip. After I cut a few bottles I thought, “anyone could do this”. I have access to a sand blaster so I had some patterns cut at my local vinyl shop applied them and then sand blasted the bottle and got these beautiful raised translucent shapes.
I really don’t see these being used for drinking glasses. I see them more being used for pen holders or maybe in the bathroom holding your toothbrushes. Anyway I ended up with quite a few of these so I decided to throw them up on an Etsy shop if anyone wants to snag one.