Tag Archive for cutting bottles

Q & A Monday 1/6/14

Jodi McRaney RushoDid you know that there is a Glass With a Past Youtube channel?  Turns out there is.  And, if you have a question about a video, you can send it to me through Youtube.  Today’s Q & A is an entire e-mail string from a great guy (Hi Fish!) with questions about cutting bottles and making glasses.  Now, I have a question for you: Read more

Q & A Monday – 12/30/13

Jodi McRaney Rusho To finish out the year, I thought we’d do something fun today and list the top reader questions from 2014. These are the questions that I get asked the most often.

5.  Q.  How do I make glass donuts? Read more

Q & A Monday – March 18, 2013

Jodi McRaney RushoHere we are at another Question and Answer Monday.  These are reader questions, which I thought may also be useful for everyone.  If you have a question, send it over.  (I’ve removed personal details for privacy reasons, if you submitted a question and would like attribution and a back link, let me know!)

Wow!  Last week’s Tech Tip was extremely popular, the number one question last week was:

  • Q:  Where do I find Boron Nitride Spray? Read more

Fused Bottle Glass Donuts and Rings

Fused Recycled Bottle Glass Donuts

A common question from new recycled glass artists is “How do I make glass donuts and rings?”  Happily, I’m here to tell you. Read more

Cutting Bottles With a Tile Saw

Bottle cut with a tile saw

There are lots of ways to cut bottles, I’ve tried all of them that I can find and think of, my favorite is still the tile saw.  There are pro’s and con’s to using a tile saw, it’s a tool that is great for somethings, not so much for others.

Things to consider:

  • It’s FAST!  I can cut upwards of 50 bottles an hour with a saw.
  • Works great for bottles with surface texture or raised patterns.
  • Fairly accurate with practice.
  • Leaves a raggedy edge that is really best either cut off, or ground smooth before fusing.  I usually cut them off.
  • Is pretty darn messy.
  • Needs safety gear.  I STRONGLY recommend a respirator, safety glasses or face shield and a combination of ear-plugs and gun muffs.

I have an 8″ tile saw, so I roll the bottle into the saw blade as I cut.  If you have a larger saw, you can pull the blade through the bottle, I still recommend a slight roll, it will keep your cut smooth and keep the last little bit from breaking.

Once you get the neck and the bottom cut from the bottle, you’ll have a cylinder of glass that is the start point for lots of other projects.

Here is a short video showing how to cut the bottom from a Crown Royal bottle.






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