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How to make your own homemade bottle cutter

May 7th, 2010 · 10 Comments

Parts list:

  • glass cutter (buy from AMAZON)
  • 3 bearings
  • 3 bolts + 3 nuts to hold the bearing
  • 3 washers that will only apply pressure on the inner part of the bearing
  • an extra 1 bolt and 1 nut if you intend to hold the glass cutter to the corner with a bolt
  • piece of plywood
  • a small 90° shelf  holder as the stopper and a wood screw
  • 4 metal brackets (those 90° metal corners) with holes, preferably the same diameter as the bolts or smaller (and use a drill to widen them exactly as the bolts diameter)

Option 2: Instead of using the metal bracket, bolt and bearing you can just use a simple plastic/metal wheel like this, it’s up to you. That can work as well:

You can use 3 of these wheels instead of the more complicated bracket+bearing. Click the picture to BUY it from AMAZON.

Tools:

  • drill/screwdriver (buy)
  • Drill Bits – if you need to widen holes for the bolts to go through
  • Drill Bit for the stopper screw (see in video)
  • welder if you plan to weld the glass cutter on to the metal corner

About the glass cutting: some mistakenly think that a glass cutter should really cut the glass all the way through, well that’s not what it does. A glass cutter is supposed to leave a tiny and gentle score on the glass, so any pressure applied on the glass after wards, will result in the glass cracking and separating exactly at that weak spot. In the video I make it too deep I think, it is better to make the cut a gentle as you can. There is also an oil you can use to make the cut cleaner. The cleaner and straighter the cut is, the better looking and less sharp, the two bottle piece will be.

Examples:

Example 1 - put the neck in the body and you got a Vase!

Example 2 - get smart and put something in the bottle: a miniature boat, golf balls, small change that's bigger than the neck hole, or just about anything that will look cool. You can then glue the two bottle pieces with 3 second glue to close it permanently. If you make the score right where the label usually goes, and put your own label, you won't be able to see the cut at all 🙂

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Tags: Crafts · DIY (do it yourself) · Home and Garden · Just Fun

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