I love bottles as a keepsake of special occasions as well as for their unique shapes and designs. Unfortunately, stacking bottles along a kitchen counter just makes my kitchen seem cluttered and in desperate need of a recycling bag. I was excited when I found a number of tutorials on how to cleanly cut a bottle in half in order to make it into a reusable glass, vase or candle lantern.You might have seen tutorials on this as well, the simplest utilizing your old bottle, some yarn/thick string and acetone (nail polish remover).
The process goes: soak yarn in acetone, tie around your bottle, light it on fire, let the fire burn out while you turn the bottle quickly, and then stick the bottle in ice cold water in order for it to break along the burn line. Seems straightforward, but you’ll find that if you’re not used to it, it’ll be a little more involved and you might have to do this several times in order for the bottle to break. Even then, be prepared to sand the edge down vigorously because the first attempt might not produce the cleanest cut line.
Here’s my step-by-step process and what you can expect the first time doing this: