Make glasses out of old bottles

Cut bottle glasses

Cutting glass might be a mystery to many, but there is an easy way to do it without expensive machinery. In fact, its so simple, glass makers for centuries have been using this method.

To do this, first you’ll need an absorbent string, the more natural you can get (cotton, flax) the better. Of course, the string should be long enough to easily tie around the next item you’ll need; an empty bottle. While most any bottle will do, for making a glass you’ll want a thicker glass, and for style, pick a colour you like and even a brand. Finally, you’ll need some fine sand paper, and if you’re the scared type, get some good gloves.

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Once you’ve gotten all the items you need, just follow the directions below:

  1. Soak the piece of string in denatured alcohol.
  2. Wrap the wet string around the bottle at the desired height you want, and tie.
  3. Light the string on fire, and allow it to burn for a little while.
  4. Dip the bottle into cold water, in a bucket deep enough.
  5. Firmly tap the bottle against a rigid surface.
  6. The bottle should break at the level of the string.
  7. Once completed, sand the sharp edges of the cut with light-duty sandpaper, until smooth.

Now, drink a toast to this simple method of reducing the flow of waste by repurposing recyclable materials!