I love colored glass bottles and have recycled them for years. I was looking for an easy way to Cut Glass Bottles that I could do without fancy tools to reuse them into other projects. Of course, I never imagined that the solution was acetone and it is so simple! PLEASE be very careful if you try this technique, AND take all necessary safety precautions! Any type of glass cutting has risks – always follow manufacturer’s guidelines, as well as the suggestions in the video tutorials.
Here’s what you need to Cut Glass Bottles:
- Some cotton twine/string
- 1 Glass bottle (the thinner the walls of the glass bottle, the better)
- Acetone (Most commonly found in nail polish remover, but also in the paint section at your local home centers)
- Some form of abrasive paper (I used an emery board)
- Sink filled with cold water (The colder, the better. I used ice, which helped)
- Igniting source, such as a long BBQ lighter
Watch the videos below to see how to easily cut glass bottles:
It’s a simple process, but be sure to sand the edge of the cut bottle with an emery board or sandpaper to prevent injuries. Here are some ideas about what you can create with them:
- Fantastic candlesticks that you can use to decorate your home, patio, terrace, indoors or out for unique party decor! (Learn how to build a chandelier Christmas garlands)
- Amazing chandeliers – cutting the bottom of the bottle and fastening them to a piece of wood or metal, or suspend them with DIY chandelier light kits. (Learn how to build a light sculpture using wood from crates)
- Lights: just cut the bottom of the bottle, pass through the electrical cords and pieces to hold the bottle in place, secure, and adjust to different lengths.
- A table lamp with larger decorative bottles. To built it, remove the lower part to pass the cable and adjust a cloth hat in the neck of the bottle.
But don’t stop there! Do the same with antique glass decanters that you can find at used stores and even yard sales. Create this budget-friendly, romantic, and stunning chandelier for less than 40 dollars. You can even construct an old fan following the instructions found in the suspension or found here: chains like.
Update 12/2016 Want Other Ways to Cut Glass Bottles? There are many other techniques to cut glass bottles (with a flame, with boiling water, etc.), but the one presented here with a cotton twine and acetone has been the safest for us!
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