How to cut a bottle and make a glass or vase from it
Often, after parties and various events, a lot of bottles of wine, champagne or other drinks are left. What do you usually do with them? That's right, you throw it away. Today, we suggest that you keep a few such empty bottles and make them perfect glasses. In addition, these glasses or glasses will be an excellent topic for discussion when you put them on the table on a regular holiday!
You will need:
- empty bottles (from wine, champagne or other drinks);
- tool for cutting glass;
- rags or towels;
- 2-3 sheet of sandpaper of various granularity (from 150 to 400);
- working surface (fit cutting board);
- Gloves and glasses (optional, for your protection when cutting glass and grinding).
1. The first thing to do is to completely remove the labels from the bottles. The easiest way is to lower the bottles for 1-2 minutes into boiling water.
2. After the previous operation, the labels should be easily removed. Note, if you drop the bottles into boiling water - they will be hot, so use a rag or towel to hold the bottle in your hand and not get burned while removing the labels from the bottles.
3. Now start cutting the bottle! In fact, the glass cutting tool does not really cut glass - it just makes a small groove, for the cleanliness of the scrap and the formation of a flat line. But before cutting - mark the bottle, drawing a straight line around, so as not to get lost when cutting. By the way, you can pour water into a bottle, put it on a flat surface and draw a line with a marker. Then you can start cutting. In doing so, try to cut a straight line and keep the same pressure in all places. On how to make a special device for cutting bottles with your own hands, you can read in the articleHow to make a "machine" for cutting glass bottles.
4. Next, take a bucket and fill it with cold (ice water). You can throw a few ice cubes there to cool the water even more. Then, using a candle, heat the cut line along the entire length. Try not to touch the bottle of flame.
5. When warming the entire cutting line, immediately wipe the bottle in ice water. For a second or more, you will hear a slight crackle.
6. Carefully remove the bottle from the iced water and check that it is broken along the cutting line. If not, try a little twist the top of the relatively lower. If the bottle is still intact - repeat the operation with heating and lowering into ice water.
7. Put a piece of medium-grained sandpaper on the chopping board. Drip some water on the skin. Put on your glasses and gloves. Now, holding one hand by the glass, and the other holding the skin, start grinding the cut line. Do forward and backward movements, circular / counter-clockwise to grind the cut to an even surface.
8. When you sand the edges with medium-grained sandpaper, take a fine-grained and continue to polish the edges with a slight pressure. Periodically moisten the edges with a damp cloth, by the way do this also during the coarse grinding stage.
9. Walk a fine-grained sandpaper on the inner and outer edges to create a small bevel.
That's all! Your glass is ready! You can use it as it is, or you can decorate it in addition!