Glass Bottle Cutter: A Great Tool for DIYers
You may be wondering just why you would want a glass bottle cutter, I know I was until I discovered all the things you can do with one. There are all kinds of things that you can make out of old wine bottles, just head over to Amazon and look at all the products for sale that are made from them. This is something that I have recently gotten into and I have made drinking glasses, vases, and candle holders out of them. I am currently planning a chandelier made out of old bottles. If you decide to get into the hobby one of the things that you will quickly discover is that cutting bottles is not nearly as easy as you would think it would be. Fortunately a glass bottle cutter solves this problem.
The glass bottle cutter that I chose to go with was the Generation Green Bottle Cutter. In truth it was a hard choice to make since there were only a very small number of options on Amazon and this one was by far the most popular and had the most positive reviews.
Since getting my wine bottle cutter I have had far more success with my projects. I still break the odd bottle but it happens nowhere near as often as before. The cutter holds the bottle firmly in place and allows you to score it with a minimum amount of pressure. It can handle bottles of all sizes right up to 5 gallons. Once you have scored the bottle it is just a matter of putting it into boiling water for a few seconds and then transferring to cold water, at that point you should get a clean break along the line where it was scored.
While I really do like how easy my glass bottle cutter is to use there is one major downside, you can only make straight cuts in a complete circle. It is great if you want to take the top off of a bottle for example but it doesn't work if you want to make angled cuts. Obviously this limits what you can make with your bottles so I am still working on learning to cut freehand. Even so when I have to make straight cuts, which is most of the time I will be using my glass bottle cutter.
Other Stuff You'll Need
You'll need this to clean up the edges after you have cut the bottle.
This book is full of useful ideas for things you can make out of old wine bottles.
This is another option for a bottle cutter. It seems as though it would be easier to use but more limited since it can't handle large bottles.
Lots of Information on Cutting Glass Bottles