How to Cut and Recycle Glass Bottles

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A bottle cutter is a great tool that can convert many glass objects found around the home into works of art. Bottle cutters allow artists and craft persons easily to cut and reuse glass bottles and glass jars. There is a plethora of arty objects that can be made from recycled bottles and jars.

Glass, by nature, has a beauty to it that when incorporated into crafts or art can become quite stunning. A few items such as flower vases, sun catchers, and wind chimes are easy to make and even easy to sell, which could make your craft into a small business.

More intricate projects might include turning a bottle into a lamp. Cut glass can also be used to make jewellery, or even items that can be used around your home. The possibilities are only limited by the imagination of the artist.

Easy to Make Projects:

There is an assortment of flower vases that can be made from all types of bottles and even some jars. These range from single bud vase, to floating vase, to very large vases that can hold a lot of flowers.

There are a number of kitchen tools that can be created, as well. An example would be a funnel made from the top of a wine bottle. It is a very handy tool that allows dry ingredients such as flour to be funnelled into a smaller container. There are containers that can be created by using the top half of a bottle that work perfect for holding wooden spoons, etc.

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The bottom of bottles makes perfect little votive holders. Perhaps one of the simplest designs is to cut the bottom third off a bottle and then the top third off a bottle of the same colour, but that is wider than the original bottle and make a candle lamp. Simply put the candle in the smaller bottle and place the larger bottle over the top of the smaller bottle.

Bottles come in all shapes, colours and sizes. Some are thin and difficult to work with and not strong enough to be used in a finished product.  Avoid this type of bottle. Wine bottles are both easy to cut and make beautiful finished products.  Most pickle, sauce and condiment jars are an excellent choice.

Bottle or jar cutting requires three very simple steps.

These steps are:

  1. Score the bottle or jar.
  2. Separate the two piece using heat from a candle and cold from an ice cube.
  3. The last step is to polish the sharp edges so that they are safe to use.

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Cut glass Uses

The simplicity of the bottle cutting process makes this an easy craft for everyone. The benefits of taking up bottle art are that used bottles are free. They also have the added benefit of coming in many different colours, shapes, and sizes. This means that starting the craft is fairly inexpensive.

If you think about how a wind chime is made, then all you would need are some sticks which can also be free, and some twine or fishing line, which is fairly cheap too. The possibilities, again, are just amazingly plentiful.

Cut glass Decorating

Glass paints are available that are dishwasher safe. Painting requires that the glass be washed in dish soap and water bath, dried, and then painted.

The last step is to bake the painted pieces so that the paint becomes permanent. You can do that in a standard kitchen oven by following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Glass slumping

If you have access to a kiln you can even slump the glass, which is the artistic word for melting the glass bottles or pieces, until they begin to sag or slump. This is a process that is similar to other glass working techniques. It does, however, require very high temperatures and should only be attempted in a kiln or profession glass- blowers kiln.

What glass cutter to buy

Of all the glass cutters that are available to consumers, one stands out. This is the G2 Bottle Cutter. For many years this has been the biggest seller on the American market.   

Considering its performance and quality, the G2 is one of the most economical glass cutters.  It is capable of cutting bottles and jars that are under five gallons. This allows the artist to utilize a wide selection of glass objects for their creations. It also features a removable glass cutter which is handy for those times when you need to cut a straight line or a flat object.

The G2 is designed as a pendulum-type structure that anchors into the opening of the bottle at the  neck and then the cutter is positioned by adjusting along a slide until the right height is achieved. Then the cutter is rotated around the bottle. The process is smooth and almost effortless.

The G2 also is equipped with a cutting head that contains six durable blades, which means that this tool lasts longer. It is also made out of recycled aluminium, which makes this a green purchase. To further emphasise the green nature of this tool, the manufacturer sells replacement parts as needed.

No need to throw this product away when it wears down, just replace the worn parts and continue you on with your projects. This makes the G2 a win, win situation for both you and the environment. Click here for further information.

By demand we also import 2 other more expensive bottle cutters for those who require a more professional or special purpose unit, the Ephrem and the Armour Bottle and Jar cutters.

Ephrem Bottle Cutter

The Ephrem Kit is the original bottle cutter on the market and still sets the standard. It has a flat design with an expandable platform that is used to adjust the cutting height on the bottle or jar. The vessel sits on rollers and is spun manually over the glass scorer. It is very easy to use and also very stable.

Once the glass is scored heat is applied along the score via a candle and then the glass is cooled using ice. The combination of heat and cold fractures the glass cleanly along the score line and the jar or bottle separates into pieces. The edges are then polished and smoothed. The result is either a finished product or a finished piece to a larger project.

The Ephrem kit contains, the sturdy metal bottle cutter, candle, polishing paper, polishing compound, instructions and project ideas.

The Armour Bottle and Jar Cutter

The perfect way to put the fun back into recycling all those glass bottles and jars that seem to accumulate around the house, while transforming them into useful items such as hanging planters, terrariums, bowls, and candle holders.

The Armour Bottle and Jar Cutter features an exclusive floating head design that allows you to cut bottles and jars of various shapes and sizes. Kit Contains: Adjustable Bottle Cutter, two cutting wheels, glass taper, adjustment wedge, five glass sanding sheets for finishing the cut edges, and a full colour bottle cutting instruction guide in English, Spanish and French.

Stan Alderson

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