Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Staying Glassy

For the past couple months, I have been collecting all of the glass jars we have used in hope of using them for a project. I wasn't sure what I was going to do. I also did not have a glass cutter until last week. Here are some of the bottles that I have collected:

This was our first attempt at cutting glass. And boy was it exciting! We got a glass cutting tool at Ace, similar to this one (only our was $7 not $20...). And instead of buying a $45 stand, my handy husband made one up using out workmate bench.

We then put the glass bottle on top (in this case Woodchuck!) and scored the upper edge by firmly pressing and turning. You want to make sure the line is very straight - steady hands are a must - that is why I am NOT the one turning the bottle :-).

Now comes the fun part! Heat a kettle of boiling water. Take the bottle and pour the hot water all around the crack, then run the line under cold water. Repeat. Keep doing this until the top breaks off - and trust me it will surprise you every time. (I think we did about 8 bottles and I literately screamed every time the top would break off  - even though I would try to prepare  myself each and every time!)


We had some that didn't make a clean break. Bummer! Some of these are easily fixed with a little more scoring or hot/cold water.  Or if it is small by sanding. Others continue to get worse as you try to fix it - that much we know. That is why it is important to have a good, straight, steady score for the first step.

Other than that one most of our turned out pretty great. We are going to use some of the bigger bottles for vases - once we get them sanded - look forward to another post for that one! And the cider ones - we are thinking some for candles and maybe drinking glasses?

I think they call this a red-neck wine glass, can anyone verify this?
Have you ever attempted cutting glass? What are  are some cool things to do with it?  Happy Hump Day!

P.s. Did anyone get the Anchor Man reference in my title? I hope so! :-)


  1. Oooh, I'm going to have to try this. I tried cutting some glass before using this method ( and spoiler alert, it doesn't work. Boo.


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