After hanging out on Pinterest and seeing a bunch of fun cut bottle projects, I bought myself a bottle cutter for Christmas, thinking it would be the gift that keeps on giving (making things and emptying alcohol bottles). I got the Generation Green g2 Bottle Cutter, I think I paid around $20. I read the directions, twice, and rummaged through my empty liquor bottle collection (which is embarrassingly extensive). Removing the labels and top off of my Smirnoff bottle took forever, so I was hoping this would be the hardest part. Wrong. After using the little gizmo to score around the bottle, I dipped it in boiling water and then in ice water, per the directions. Nothing. Tried again. Nada. Re-read the directions and it said to try the boil/ice dip 5 times, leaving the bottle submerged for 5 seconds. I dipped it for 30, and finally got a break. However, it wasn't a nice, clean cut. It was something that you would use in a seedy bar to stab the dude you caught trying to slip roofies into your drink. Not classy. I tried again with a Kahlua bottle. Same miserable result. I didn't get any pictures, but it appears that this lady at Craft Test Dummies had the same results. Trying not to get discouraged, I decided to try one more time on a beer bottle. They are made out of thinner glass than liquor bottles, so I thought it might be easier to get a clean cut. BOOM! Success! I was able to get 5 out of 6 bottles cleanly cut. Which gives me 5 cute little juice (or something on the rocks) glasses.
Now, I have 5 bottle tops to deal with. I decided to make a little candle holder/centerpiece for the outside table.
|5 bottle tops and a piece of driftwood|
|Authentic beach tumbled tile pieces. Collected and hoarded, by yours truly.|
|Glued the tile to the wood using a silicone tile adhesive, being careful to leave room for the tea light and also overlapping where the bottles would rest.|
|Done, and you can barely see Helper Cat under the table.|
I'm going to try the bottle cutter again on thicker glass, now that I've gained some confidence in the gizmo. Hopefully I'll be able to showcase some more classy, crafty, recycled projects soon. Better get drinking! Glug, glug, glug.
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