Turning empty beer bottles into awesome drinking glasses

It can take a few tries to get the hang of using a bottle cutter, but you can make amazing lamps, glasses and vases. Make sure that your are keeping the bottle firm against the backstop when scoring and that the score is not duplicated.

Below I will list the main steps that you need to follow when using our bottle cutter:

  1. Positioning the bottle

The bottle must be placed lengthwise on the cutter with the bottom agains the backstop and resting on the rollers. The position of the backstop determines the point at which you cut the bottle. To adjust lenght, loosen the screw and slide backstop forward for a shorter cut and backward for a longer cut.

  1. Scoring the glass

After placing the bottle on the cutter a light etch is all that is required. Apply only medium pressure on the bottle while rotating the bottle toward you with your hands. To assure an accurate cut, keep the bottle firm against the backstop. Do not allow the bottle to stop turning until you finish a complete circle. A slight crunching sound will signal the completion of the circle. One complete scoring circle of the bottle is all that is necessary, do not score over after you finished the circle, the score must not be duplicated. If the etch is properly scribed the ends will meet.

  1. Separating the bottle

Once the score is complete, hold the bottle over a sink and pour hot boiling water over it for about five seconds, rotating to completely heat the score line. Then switch to ice cold water, pouring it over the score line as you rotate the bottle for about five seconds. Repeat this process 4-5 times until the bottle is separated.

  1. Smoothing the edge

To prevent chipping, rub the inside and outside edges lightly with a piece of the sand paper.


Looking forward to hearing how you like your bottle cutter.

Constantin Olaru,

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