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Cutting Glass Bottles

This idea came from my good friend over at My Side of Life and really I thought it was going to be so hard. I made sure the kids were back and warned my husband we may be making an emergency room Much to my surprise it was so simple! I used beer bottles, because well my neighbor keeps throwing them into my yard and I figured I might as well try to use them for something. However you can use any kind of glass bottle you may have laying around.
First make sure your bottle is clean and COMPLETELY dry inside and out or this will not work. Next fill your kitchen sink up about half way with cold water. After you have done that you will want to take some yarn and wrap it around your bottle 5-6 times tying a knot to hold it on. 

Then remove the string loop and saturate it in nail polish remover. After you have wet the string loops place them back over the bottle make sure you have the string EXACTLY how you want it cut this string will be your cut line. Now comes the fun part :O) take a lighter and light the string on fire, holding the bottle sideways by the end turn the bottle slowly to distribute the heat for about 30 seconds. Then place it in the cold water and watch the two pieces just pop apart! It is so cool.

After you cut the bottle it will be VERY SHARP! You will need to take sand paper and sand it smooth. You can also use glass polishing sand or a diamond file if you have one handy. I did not so I'm sanding mine down with sand paper :O) it is very time consuming but not to hard to do. If you are interested in other ways to cut glass check out MySide Of Life's Tutorial. Stay tuned I think I am going to make some candles in the bottles I cut :O)


Mellissa Hanks said…
Just test commenting I hear that my site is having issues.
Melanie B said…
Glad it worked well for you! Now you'll have to try bigger bottles! :)
Angie said…
That is so neat! Me, sharp objects, and fire probably wouldn't mix or else I'd try it. Can't wait to see the cnandles.

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