So you have a lot of Wine bottles lying around and possibly some Red Stripe Bottles.
While you could gather them and even start collecting them for sale (Deer, 2018, January 14), you could cut them as shown below.
You may even use them to make your own rooftop garden (Deer, 2013, July 31)!
How to cut glass bottles – String and Fire Method
The main method of cutting any bottle is by using the String and Fire Method.
This involves soaking a string in alcohol or Acetone and then wrapping it around the bottle at the point that you want to cut.
Then you light the string while it is wrapped around the bottle on fire as shown in the video below.
How to cut glass bottles – The Cooking Oil Method
Another method of cutting glass involves using cooking oil.
In this method you fill the glass contain to the level you want to cut it. Then you place the glass bottle in a basin and fill it to the same level of the water in the bottle you want to cut.
Then you pour some cooking oil into the basin until the water is evenly covered with a layer of oil. Then heat up a piece of metal, such as a nail or a knife edge with a blowtorch until it is red hot.
Then quickly drop it into the water as shown in the video below.
In an instant the glass bottle is cut and cut perfectly as well, as the water –oil layer makes sure the heat is delivered precisely.
The main problem these methods are that it results in imperfect cut, requiring you to use a sand paper with a gentle grade to rub down the jagged edges. Hence I’ll introduce you to the next method!
How to cut glass bottles – The Nichrome Wire Method
A better method involves using an old charger and a nichrome wire to heat the bottle precisely at the spot you want to cut.
This delivers the heat to the exact spot and thus allows you to cut the bottle very precisely. Best to use ice cold water to dip the bottle in as the colder the water the cleaner the cut!
With a little practice, you can make works of art using this method. You can always use a glass cutter which you have to buy of course, so these methods are best as any Jamaican can afford them.
How to cut glass bottles – The Solder Iron Wire Method
This involves using a solder iron to heat and cut out specific shapes in the glass bottle.
This method is more for the artisan who want to make artistic designs in bottles. Careful though, as this method is very frustrating and requires patience as the cracks have a mind of their own!
Sharing is caring so share this interesting DIY with your friends!!
- Deer, L. (2013, July 31). How to Cut Glass Bottles to make a Rooftop Garden Wick-Based Hydroponic System. Retrieved from https://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.ca/2013/07/how-to-cut-glass-bottles-to-make.html
- Deer, L. (2018, January 14). How Jamaicans can make money from collecting Red Stripe Bottles. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2018/01/14/red-stripe-bottles-jamaican-money/