Some of you may remember my post from a while back talking about wedding decorations and the DIY wine-bottle cutting process the sounded oh-so-easy (read that here).
We started this little fun-filled project a few weeks ago in the driveway. In one of the many how-to’s I read for cutting a wine bottle, they suggested the following method:
Tools: Cotton string, lighter, lighter fluid (or nail polish remover), bucket o’water, wine bottle
Step 2: Tie string around wine bottle where you want to cut it
There were a few hold-ups with this method.
1. I don’t know if it’s because of the non-acetone nail polish (which even though the bottle says highly flamable…it’s not) or bad luck, but we could not get the string to stay lit.
2. You could do a heckofalotta damage with the jagged edges left by this cut. Yikes!
So back to the internet I went to find an alternative method. I found this video and proceeded to give it a shot.
The method is as follows:
Tools: Glass scorer (we found one at Ben Franklin – craft store – for $9, but the guy in the video bought a special bottle cutter on the web for $45), boiling water, cold water, and since I didn’t splurge for the special $45 bottle cutter, we built our own ‘stand’ for cutting.
The $9 glass scorer – should do the trick!
Initially, I tried holding the bottle in my lap and scoring a line around the bottle. Easier said than done. This scorer is made for flat glass (for making stained glass I suppose) and rolling this little guy over glass in the shape of a bottle (whilst applied enough pressure to make a score line) proved impossible. Which leads me to step one:
Step 1: Make stand to roll bottle on: 2 wine-bottle-long 2″x4″ pieces of wood, 1 small piece of wood for the stopper, nails.
I liked the ‘V’ version because it will fit any size wine bottle, whereas if you built a box around a wine bottle, only a few bottles might fit.
Step 2: Hold the glass scorer in a position on the stand where you want the class to break. This is a little tricky because you have to make sure the diamond tip is on the glass and in a position that allows you to push down on the edge of the scorer to make the score line.
It’s important to point out that you will hear it if you are scoring correctly. It sounds similar to…well…cutting glass. If you hear nothing, you aren’t pushing hard enough. Just don’t push too hard, you’ll put too much force on the score line and cause whiskers or an uneven break.
Note – it might take a few tries to get the score line all the way around and start and stop at the same spot, so make sure you have a few bottles lying around. My first few tries didn’t start and end at exactly the same point and had uneven score lines, which isn’t too bad but won’t give you a perfect cut.
Step 3: After scoring a line all the way around (you’ll see it), you’ll want to make sure you have boiling and cold water on hand (the guy in the video uses a tea kettle. Our water gets hot enough that I just used the tap and kept a pitcher of cold water to the side).
Holding the bottle at the base, run the scored line under a light stream of boiling water and rotate the bottle to soak the whole line (if using a tea kettle, just pour slowly), then immediately do the same with the cold water. The change in temperature will cause the glass to break completely around the score line. You will hear the water breaking the glass. Trust me. It scared the phooey out of me the first few times…still does actually.
When the glass breaks all the way around, the neck of the bottle will fall off into the sink (which will also scare you the first few times)
None of these are perfect, but they are certainly better than the first one we did with the nail polish-flame method! I’m sure with a little practice, they’ll start getting better and better. See the one in the above picture at the back, in front of the soap bottle? That one has quite a jagged edge, but that can be fixed with emory paper!
I’m so excited to do more of these, and more excited to use them as centerpieces (filled with flowers) at the reception!!
If you do try this – be careful – I wore dish gloves the first few times to make sure nothing crazy would happen, and I’m sure safety glasses would be good too, but, you know, no one likes to go to the ER, especially in Richmond. 🙂