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    Re-Purposing Broken Bottles

    Greetings!

    Lately I've been finding beautiful old bottles that are, regrettably, missing their blob-tops. In the past, I used to leave them, but now I'm bringing them home, with the idea of cutting them, to create glassware. Has anyone here done this? Being old glass that is thick & often bubbled, I'm dubious of having success.Then again, you never know till you try!

    To that end, I've ordered a glass cutting tool. My plan is to start on new glass bottles ( recent dinner parties have left me a good stock of empty wine bottles! ), then slowly work my way into older glass as my proficiency increases.

    Here are two broken bottles with very nice embossing, that I think would make great beer glasses:

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    Cheers,
    DSD

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    That is a great idea! Just be sure to grind the edges so people don't get sliced mouths!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Screwtop View Post
    That is a great idea! Just be sure to grind the edges so people don't get sliced mouths!
    Good advice! I plan to sand them into smooth perfection, as a glass splinter in the chops is no way to enjoy a frosty one!

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    I've seen such things, but, yes, you have to grind and round (if possible) the edges: that no one gets cut.
    Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

    Joshua chapter 1, verse 9.

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    That's a great idea. Let us know how it works out.

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    I do a lot of glasswork with stained glass and use a diamond glass grinder all the time. This will be perfect for your endeavors. I have a Whizling glass grinder and it makes short work of smoothing down sharp, dangerous glass edges. Might find a grinder cheaper on eBay.

    http://www.thegrindershop.com/inland

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    Hello Mr. Hemingray,

    Well, I've got some cut! Practiced on wine bottles a bit first. I used the filing stone that came with the glass-cutter kit I bought, but it doesn't quite do the trick. These Whizling glass grinders you speak of look like they'll do the job. Which one would you recommend for my needs?Click image for larger version. 

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    I 've been saving broken bottles for past year just for this reason. Bought a glass cutter off ebay 6 months ago but still haven't tried it yet. Whats the name of the glass cutter you bought & how good does it work, Did you have any not cut & not work or Malfuntion? Curious.LEON.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hemihampton View Post
    I 've been saving broken bottles for past year just for this reason. Bought a glass cutter off ebay 6 months ago but still haven't tried it yet. Whats the name of the glass cutter you bought & how good does it work, Did you have any not cut & not work or Malfuntion? Curious.LEON.
    Hey there Leon. I bought the "Creator's Bottle Cutter" on Amazon. It works quite well. I experimented on various bottles-of-a-lesser-nature to practice. Heavy, raised embossing proved the biggest obstacle, but a rep. from the manufacturer gave me some tips, and my cutting improved. The other factor that is critical is heating time. I learned that less time is better, as overheating can cause crack propagation. I was also advised not to over-rotate the bottle on the cutter by any more than 1/4", and that was good advice.

    So...have at er' & let's see how you make out! Btw, can you recommend to me a reasonably priced polisher that will make my glass edges smooth?

    Thanks Leon,
    DSD

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    I have a little pnuematic (air powered) polisher I use at work to polish small parts ect ect & I'll have to try it on these bottle tops once cut, as of now don't know how good it will work but I'll let you know. THANKS, LEON.



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