So, to fix my problem, I took up drinking copious amounts of wine. HAHA, GOTCHA. No, not really. I did steal a few empty bottle from friends and family. I have this crazy old glass bottle cutter, and I decided to get crafty. I have done it before, with mixed results. I have cut myself. I have burned myself. I have almost shot myself with half a bottle. This time, I was determined to NOT do any of that. Yay me.
To start, you bust out bottle cleaning. Labels have to be removed and the glue has to be scrubbed off. Hot water and elbow grease works best. The glue can interfere in the actual cutting, so make it clean.
Once the bottle are dry, clean, and ready, assemble your necessary tools: bottle cutter, candle, matches, grinding powder, bowl of ice cubes, towel, flat piece of glass. Have everything on hand, because it sucks to realize you are missing a step. Then you are going to cut the bottles. Be sure to adjust the height of the scoring blade every time, not every bottle is going to be cut in the same place. I have noticed it is much easier to cut on the flat bit, rather than the curving neck. And then you cut. You place the bottle against the scorer, press down, and turn, as evenly and carefully as possible. You will hear a crunch noise when you are all the way around. If you don't press evenly, you will have gaps. You can go back over those spots, but they create a less even cut, and will result in more possibilities in cracks or uneven cuts. So be consistent. You will get better over time.
|A scored bottle. This bottle cut was very evenly.|
|The ice gets black and messy and drippy. Don't wear nice clothes.|
|Heating up the score line.|
|All 5 of my bottles, cut and ready to polish.|
|Rub it out!|
After you have gotten it to where you need it, wash the hell out of it. The glass shards are not good to drink! It needs a good scrubbing before use.
And voila! You have new glasses! You are dirty, you have bleeding fingers, your ears don't work right anymore, and your arms have new muscles, but by God, you have some wine glass cups you can use. Yay you.