- Clean, empty glass beverage bottles
- Glass cutting tool
- PVC pipe
- Rotary sander
- Large pots for water
- The first step was to “empty” several glass beverage bottles, then wash them and let them dry.
- Next, he built a “jig”. Two pieces of scrap wood were used as the base. One on the bottom, and one on the left edge. A piece of pvc piping was screwed to the outside edge of one of the boards to create a “stop” and help hold the bottle in place. He used a bottle to determine where he wanted to make the cut in the bottles, then he cut a notch in the wood and mounted a glass cutting tool to the block in the right location. The finished “jig” is held in place with a clamp.
- The bottles were then placed on the jig, and rotated to create an etching line.
- A large pot of boiling water and a large pot of ice water are the next two things needed.
- Carefully submerge the top of the bottle just to the etched line in the boiling water. Wait 15-20 seconds then remove and immediately place into ice water.
- The glass will break clean on the etched line. Repeat until all bottles are cut.
- Sand the rough edge of the glass to smooth. They began with 80 grit wet sanding and worked up to at least 320 grit until the rims were smooth enough for drinking. If you have a rotary sander available, it can help speed up the process somewhat, but hand sanding will still be required to get a smooth finish. The sanding will take quite a bit of time – patience is a requirement!
The glasses are now ready for use. We recommend hand washing them as the labels are more likely to come off sooner in a dishwasher, etc. If you are using bottles where the “label” is actually painted on the bottle, a dishwasher would probably be fine!