Step 1: What You'll Need
- Wine bottles (count on some bad 'cuts' and have extras).
- Bottle scorer of your choice. We used one called the "Amazing Bottle and Jar Cutter" that we found on eBay
- bowl of ice water
- taper candles with some sort of holder such as a clamp or even a candlestick
- something to grind the glass with
- adhesive foam tape or rubber spots to hold glass in place
- silicon caulk
Step 2: Collect Wine Bottles
- Drink wine. Boxed wine doesn't work, nor does oversize wine bottles
- Encourage friends to drink wine. Usually this is not a problem - you'll find many who are wiling to help
- Remember to save the bottle (depending on how much of Step 1a you did, this may present a problem)
Step 3: Score Bottles in Preparation for Cutting
Step 4: Turn That Scored Line Into a Fractured Line...
- Add ice and water to a bowl or pan
- For heat, we found that a taper candle held in a vise worked best. Boiling water is ok but with the number of bottles we were cutting, that was too time-consuming.
- hold bottle over flame and turn slowly to heat all around the bottle where it is scored
- After 2-3 complete turns - or when the entire scored line is heated - dip the bottle into the ice water for 5 or so seconds.
- Your scored line should now be fractured all along its length. Hold it up to the light to check it out. Any spots that aren't fractured you can re-heat and dip in cold water.
Step 5: Separate the Bottom of the Bottle
Step 6: Smooth Bottle Edges
Step 7: Place Bottle Bottoms Into Gate
- Use the adhesive bits to hold the glass in place and centered in the circle
- Place all the bottoms in a color pattern that suits you. Ours was pretty random.
- Have them all placed and arranged before you start caulking
Step 8: Apply Caulk
Oh...and one more thing ->