Cool Beer Glass Made Out of Bottle

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Introduction: Cool Beer Glass Made Out of Bottle

how to make a cool beer glass out of an empty bottle as well as a tip on how to cut the bottle - no! not using a glass cutter or the burning (acetone soaked) string and water bath - however this didn't work out as it was supposed as I didn't get the metal hot enough :(

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    My Father and I did this project yesterday, we used a tile saw. it worked pretty good except we had to use a belt sander for the polishing, we tried to melt the edges with an oxy/acetylene torch and the bottles shattered almost immediately. Anyone have a good idea how to get the edges smooth? maybee if I got some polishing disk for my dremal? or does anyone know a detailed process of rounding the edges with heat.

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    How are you adhering the bottom? I've been saving my pieces from other bottle projects so that I can make these drinking glasses. I love these! Are they stable when using them?

    oh yea they are very stable, i used two part clear epoxy from Home depot. i have been using these for years no with no issues.

    use a propane blow torch pointed away from the center of the bottle. kinda lick the edge with the flame.

    Agree. Too much heat will obviously break or melt the glass. All that is needed like you said is just a 'lick' of heat around the edges.

    If you want to melt the rim you need to slowly heat up the glass. It takes a little trial and error to get good at it. Look up glass bead making and that will give you basic glass melting how-to.

    I've read some replies and know that some of my suggestions have already been suggested. I actually have a cutter specifically for cutting bottles. A slight (do not try to go deep, the lighter and more even the score the more likely it will not crack up the sides). I have a pot of boiling water ready and spin the scored part into the water about 90 seconds, start a slow drizzle of cold tap water and again spin the bottle under the coldest water drizzle, again making sure the water is drizzling directly onto the score. Generally it will give the standard "clink" sound, then simply pop off into the sink. Keep tongs ready for handling broken & hot glass. Sanding with regular sand paper will make the glass "frosted" and will not cut your lips. Or use a stained glass grinder to smooth to rough edges.

    I gave this instructable a test drive yesterday and failed miserably. I'm not sure why, because I followed the steps exactly as they were outlined, and considering how straight forward they are I shouldn't have missed anything. I used vegetable oil in the beer bottles and made sure that the screw being heated turned glowing neon red before dropping into the bottle. i inspected the bottom for a separation line, but nothing was showing. so i reheated the screw and dropped it in two more times. i'm not sure if the oil can be reused so those extra steps might've been futile, but I even heated the bottom of the bottle over the flame to help continue the fault line. but after filling it half way with water and slapping down on the opening nothing broke off. has anyone successfully done this? oh, and i forgot to mention i tried bud and heineken bottles. that could be why. thanks ubiq.tv for the added info about why this tutorial is supposed to work the way it does.

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    http://www.ehow.com/how_7744446_polish-rough-glass-edges.html

    How did you get the base to adhere to the top of the bottle?

    I had a hard time hearing the guy talk on the video because of the music. What happened to the end of it?
    Anyway....
    Using a twenty dollar, aluminum bottle cutter is much easier and safer than the way the guy in the video did it. If you use a bottle cutter, only make ONE cut. Don't go around and around with it. Take the scored bottle to a safe work place and pour boiling hot water over the cut SLOWLY. Twirl the bottle around slowly too. The hot water heats the glass and the bottle will break exactly where you scored it.
    You then can either sand the edges or use a small torch to smooth the glass.
    I saw a lot of hand-made glasses on Etsy and they are awesome. Some are hand painted, some are etched.
    It might be better for some people to just buy a set of glasses from a merchant on Etsy than to make them but if you are artsy, it's a lot of fun to make your own.

    The possibilities are endless with making items from glass bottles. Practice on a bottle or two that you don't care about first. Remember too that you can use the other parts of the bottles. You can cut rings to make necklaces, bottle tops to make hurricane lamps or chimes. Just be safe no matter what you make.

    oooh could i use this method to make lanterns? got some red glass from christmas.

    Look here for instructions on using heat.
    http://www.learnglassblowing.com/art_proj.htm

    I did it successfully 1st time by using preheated oil to about 50deg C in an oven & pour into the bottom of bottle.I then use about 10 pcs of 6mm x 20mm stainless steel bolts & nuts all heated in a metal dish.whe it is hot ,I just pour in all and it worked as the preheated oil takes shorter time to reached cracking temperature.

    tried this myself and well instead of a nail i used a bolt, i assumed the larger amount of metal would transfer more heat. got the thing red hot, dropped it in and boiled the oil... cue beer bottle spewing a 4 foot tall tower of smoke and filling my garden shed with fumes... now you cannot tell me it wasn't hot enough if i managed to boil the oil...

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    did it cut the bottle?

    nope just boiled some oil and filled my shed with fumes, still smells to this day :L i did get it to work eventually. just score it once with a tile/glass cutter then pour boiling water onto it then cold water, repeat and it eventually cracks all the way around the score

    Okay not sure what we're doing wrong, but me and my roommate tried it half a dozen times and never once got even a crack. We're using regular vegetable oil, budweiser bottles, and have used a nail and screw. the torch looks to get it hot enough because the screw gets bright orange. does having a hot/cool glass to start with help or what are some extra tips?

    I used it on many bottles but also failed sometimes, the key is for the nail etc. to be realy hot, best if you can use a oxy-acethylene torch, getting the metal almost to the melting point.