There is confusing information about recycling glass. My local municipality says it isn't cost effective, but this article from Earth911.com indicates otherwise.
If we can figure out how to reuse glass we won't have to worry about recycling. Bottle cutting is a project I've been wanting to try for a few years but like the recycling issue there is so much conflicting information about it I kept putting it off. I recently found a youtube video by Dan Rojas of Green Power Science that caused me to order a glass cutting device and give it a try. You can watch the video here.
Here is the assembled glass cutter.
instructional video made by the manufacturer of the cutter, Generation Green, says to dunk the bottle in buckets of alternating hot/cold water. I followed the advice Dan gave in his video however and just poured the water on the score line. It seemed like less trouble. If there is an easier way to do something this housewife is going to use it.
The basic method here is just scoring the glass and allowing the heat/cold to actually do the breaking.
When you have your bottle separated (I did this in the sink with a towel in the bottom for the top to drop on) you sand the top to smooth it down. Now that you have your bottle cut what can you do with it? This large wine bottle will be used for a vase. My next step with this will be glass etching to create a design. Beer bottles would be the perfect size for drinking glasses
If you are planning on using your finished product as a container you can leave it as is. If you are going to use it for something that is going to require washing, you'll either need to remove the label or seal it with a water proof sealer.
There are other ways to use glass. Here's an article with a few of them from Apartment Therapy. At a craft fair last week I saw wine bottle cut just like the ones I've done here and filled with candles. I'll be trying that soon! And when I look at those tops lying there I'm thinking funnel. I need a funnel come to think of it.
Got other ideas for how to use glass? Let's hear 'em!