Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Glass Cutting Revisited: Vases and Funnels

 I have a hard time just tossing any glass these days. If I'm not trying to save the container for a home made lotion or cream, I'm looking at it thinking whether or not it would make a nice set of juice glasses or a funky vase. Here's how a recent afternoon went...

  I started off with a LOT of bottles. Please feel free to supply your own jokes...

If you are ever in a bar fight, I'm your girl...to stand behind you and say "Not THAT one!"

I thought these little pomegranate sparkler bottles would have made an adorable set of juice glasses.  You can see the line where I scored the bottle.

 The process works by alternating hot and cold water to (hopefully) get the glass to break where you want it, along that line.

 When you get this effect, just stop and put the bottle in the recycling bin. It cracked away from the line I scored so there is no saving it. I had 4 of these bottle and NONE of them had an acceptable break.

 I was just about to decide that it was the clear glass that didn't want to make a clean break, when this vodka bottle broke perfectly. I think it makes a great vase. I love the clean bold graphic!

The tops of wine and olive oil bottles can be made into elegant funnels.

I use these all the time in the 99%  kitchen!

Don't remove the little plastic stopper on your olive oil bottles. It's very useful in filling tiny jars.

 A group of even imperfect cuts, can make a lovely centerpiece.

Some of the losers...feel free to use THESE in your next saloon brawl.

I have such high hopes for every bottle...

This kind kills me...so close and yet....

This is what you want. Clean, easy to sand. Comes out very smooth.

Here's the link to the previous glass cutting post with all the how to details:

Recycling Glass: Bottle Cutting 101

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