|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!)