The first step to making your Inverted Wine Bottle Planter is to cut the bottle, of which there are several methods. The method I used
requires a Bottle Cutting Jig. They generally can run you around $15-$60, I purchased an Ephrem's Bottle Cutter for about $60 online (The local Glass Art Supplier was charging something in the ballpark of $125 here in Canada, but if you take the effort to look online you shouldn't be paying more than $60). If however you aren't as keen to drop a couple of bucks on a store bought Jig, here's a couple of ways in which you can make your own:Jig1
And if you'd like to for-go the cutting jig altogether, here's a couple other ways to go about bottle cutting.Wet Tile Saw
, Jet Torch
, Nail Polish Remover
If you choose one of the above methods, you can probably just skip to step 3 or 4, otherwise, here's how to cut your bottle (Although technically we're just scoring it right now).
So to cut the bottle you must first score it. To do this you need to adjust your bottle cutter to the right position to cut as little or as much of the bottom of the wine bottle off as you desire. Once you're happy with where the score will be made and you have your bottle positioned on your cutting jug you need to rotate your bottle on the machine while applying consistent pressure to the bottle in order to make one continuous score (you should be able to hear the glass being scored). You will want to try and do it all in one continuous line, spinning the bottle back and forth tends to score different areas differently, making the bottle more prone to cracking (which could give a cool effect if that's what you're going for, but I tend to like the clean breaks myself). If you listen you should be able to hear a faint click once you reach the point where you began the score, at which point you would want to stop... One rotation is all you need. Remember, you're not actually cutting the glass with this device, you're just scoring it.