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A Glass Bottle Art Project to Try at Home

Updated on July 16, 2013

Glass Bottle Projects

There are many art projects that can be done with glass bottles. And, with the variation in color, shape and applied designs that glass bottles offer, there are many options to work with. Art created using glass a bottle is popping up more and more often at art shows. Some example projects include jewelry, glass bottles flattened and shaped into incense burners or a wall decoration and drinking cups. If you want to give this type of art a shot at home, start out with something simple like a drinking glass. Read the how to that follows to complete your first glass bottle project.

Supplies needed include: a glass bottle of your choice, a bucket large enough to hold your bottle, mid-grain sandpaper on a block, a steel wire no thinner than 30-gauge, a butane lighter or other hot fire source and some leather gloves for safety.

Make a drinking glass from a beer bottle

The first step in this project is to fill the bucket with cold water.

Next, you will be heating the steel wire and using it like a section cutter, which is a machine tool that uses heated wires to cut through various materials. So, put on your leather gloves to protect yourself from possible burns and begin heating the steel wire with your lighter. Hold the wire in the flame for up to one minute, then wrap it around your glass bottle where you would like the cut to be. Make sure you wrap the wire around the entire bottle, then hold it in place for 30 seconds.

After you have done this, remove the wire and immediately submerge the bottle in the bucket of cold water. Use your hand to gently hit the top of the bottle, which should cause it to break in half where you placed the heated wire.

Finally, while the bottle is still wet, take your sandpaper and smooth the edges of the cut glass. Be careful not to cut yourself.

Voila! You now have your very first homemade drinking glass. These can be created using something like a Corona bottle that you cut above the logo for some added decoration to the glass or a pretty blue wine bottle. Just use your imagination and get creative.

The next time you have some bottles you intend to chuck in the trash or place in the recycling bin, consider repurposing them. Once you have perfected your skills of creating a homemade section cutter used to manipulate glass bottles and form them into glassware, you can try your skills at other more difficult projects using the same supplies.


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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting for anyone who would like to try a different craft. This sounds scary but the cut specimen looks pretty. Thank you for sharing this with us. Voted up and sharing.