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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Graphic Glasses


We got these at "Dog Town" in Rochester, NY.

 I admit it... I'm addicted to pretty graphics.

...And I LOVE these!

They are just so nostalgic but fresh about the graphics that really appealed to me. I know they are just bottles but I hate to throw out something that is actually quite beautiful.
I don't know why, I have a thing for glass. Old glass windows, old glass bottles..I probably need a self-help group....
And another confession... I have always wanted to get one of these. Hippy craft maybe but I always thought this was neat.. and macramé.. but not the owls... those things were in every house I think I went into as a child...but I digress....
Cutting bottles always scared me. I guess I thought they would just explode in my hand. But it's actually really easy...

Set your spacer so that the cutting line is where you want it. I wanted it just above the "Cane Sugar". Slowly, pull the bottle TOWARDS you to get a good score line. You may need to adjust the small cutter wheels to get them to touch the bottle to score it.

Showing the score line... and the pretty graphics!
Won't these make pretty glasses?

Now you need a candle and preferably an ice cube. My water had gone out and I was waiting for the plumber to call (which he never did the !@X&!) so I was improvising with a popsicle and a lunch box freezie.

Hold the bottle about 1/8-1/4" above the flame. Don't put in in the bottle in the flame as I learned the hard way. It will still break but not as cleanly and more than likely you'll have little off breaks into the glass making the glass unusable.

Quickly take put your ice cube (or popsicle, although it makes a big mess!) Keep alternating
between the two. The glass breaks along the score line due to thermal stress.


Who hoo success! It really happens before you realize it. You'll hear little pops as you are going through the heating and cooling process but don't fear, it literally just falls apart at some point, there is no big explosion or pop.

The kit comes with some jeweler's grit as well as a piece of glass sandpaper. I found the sandpaper worked fine but at some point I may go back and actually sand them on the grinder. I was a bit concerned it may ruin the bit as the glass is so much heavier than stained glass I typically work in.

Now isn't this just neat?

I just love it. It's something I wanted to do since I was a kid and I think it's such a fun recycling craft.

I guess everything that was old is new again. Try it, it's really fun (and hopefully you won't have to resort to using a popsicle!)


  1. I'm glad to hear it wasn't a scary process! I've always wanted to try this too!

  2. This is so cool. I've always wanted to try this!

  3. yes! This is really neat! I'd love to give this a try sometime. Thank you for sharing with us at the Brag About It Link party!
    Have a great weekend!

  4. I have always wanted to try this! Thanks for the tutorial!
    I would love for you to stop by and share at our Something to Talk About link party that starts every Monday morning!

  5. Just love how these turned out.... and I decided to feature this post today for "Let's Talk Vintage!" Hope you can stop on by and see! Enjoy your day, Jill

  6. I need to join that self help group as well! lol! I love graphics and especially old advertising. The bottles turned glasses are awesome! Love this idea. I'll have to look for a kit. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. Pinned to my Crafts and Homemade Gifts board on Pinterest. What a lovely way to recycle this beautiful glass! Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  8. 'Seriously cool! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  9. These are super neat! I love the graphics as well...brings back memories!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

  10. Cute idea!! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  11. Congrats! You are the "Featured Caboose" & are being featured on The Great Blog Train (blog hop) this month:
    PS - This month we are digitally traveling to Manila, Philippines!