There is not much information on the internet about using a bottle cutter.
Which one is the best for your needs?
Do they actually work?
From the individuals that I have heard from…NO, bottle cutters don't work!
They have you scoring a cutting line, heating the cutting line with a candle, and then cooling the line with ice cubes.
Well, this is great if you don’t want even cuts and you don’t mind broken bottles.
But, if these don't work, how can you cut bottles?
Reminder - Safety first! Wear protective eye wear before ever beginning to cut any type of glass!
If you have a large amount of bottles to be cut, I would suggest using a wet tile cutter.
You will find that there is very little chipping or cracking.
You will need to purchase a diamond blade for glass.
While the blade that comes with the tile cutter will chip your glass, the diamond blade almost glides through the glass with ease.
These wet tile cutters come a range of prices.
Purchase one that will fulfill your needs and fits your pocketbook.
You can always start with an expensive brand and if the need arises purchase a more expensive product at a later time.
A method mentioned on the internet doesn't use a bottle cutter, but uses a regular glass cutter, a rubber band and a sharpie marker.
Place a rubber band around the bottle where you want to cut it, make a little mark with a sharpie marker.
Set the bottle down and use a normal glass cutter.
Start at the mark left by the sharpie and use the rubber band as a guide.
Simply roll the bottle and score the glass like normal.
When you get to the sharpie mark again, quit scoring.
This method takes a bit of practice, but after a few bottles it should get easier to accomplish.
Once scored, fill the bottle with the hottest tap water.
Allow it to sit for a couple of minutes, and then run the coldest tap water over the score line.
Thermal shock from the cold water will help run the score line.
The bottle might break from just picking it up, so be careful.
The method of running the hot and cold water might have to be done a couple of times to get the score to break.
You can purchase bottle cutters from a numerous of places on the internet or even from a local craft store.
But, be aware of what you are purchasing.
There is no need to be throwing your money away on a piece of equipment that won’t do the job.
Before cutting your bottle, you will need to remove the labels.
These can be a little stubborn to remove.
Here are a few suggestions:Soak the bottle in a sink of hot water. Using a scratch pad, remove the label.The heat from a hair dryer will help to loosen up any glue that is on the bottle.Use mineral spirits, rubbing alcohol, vegetable oil, or even peanut butter to remove glue from the glass.
Once you have the label off of the bottle, be sure to clean thoroughly.
Allow the bottle to dry completely before fusing.
Bottles are not always an even thickness or even smooth and even on the outside of the glass.
This poses a problem when trying to cut them.
If cut properly, these bottles can be used for wind chimes, drinking glasses, shot glasses, etc.
Use some diamond hand pads to finish off your pieces.
Clean thoroughly and allow them to dry before fusing or slumping your bottle.
If your bottle has a fired on enamel label, be aware that they can contain lead and cadmium.
Make sure that these do not come into contact with any ingested products.
Don’t use slumped bottles that have a fired on enamel label for trays or platters.
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