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Cutting Glass Bottles in Stop Motion

Cutting empty beer or wine bottles to make drinking glasses.

Every container of alcohol sold in Ontario has a small deposit added to the price to encourage consumers to return their empties. That’s an easy thing to do if you can collect them in your garage and then drive to the Beer Store. For me, I’m not sure an apartment that smells of stale beer or ┬áthe jangliest of ten-minute bike rides is worth the two and a half bucks.

Still, it annoys me to just throw the bottles in the recycling bin and I’m intrigued by useful ideas of how to reuse or recycle them myself. On a web site called Green Power Science that’s run by Dan Rojas I found this video of what looks like a very effective method of turning empty bottles into drinking glasses and other containers. I ordered the tool and have had great success with it so I thought I’d share my version of the procedure here.

Positive feedback on my first shot at stop-motion video and the fun I had making it have inspired to use the technique again. This time I’ve narrated the video and I hope that makes it easier to follow.

The music in the video is “Avenger” by Nicwillu and it can be found on Soundcloud. The bottle I’m using is one of the ones from Beau’s Brewery outside of Ottawa, ON.

With a couple minutes of sanding the cut edges of the bottom and top are smooth enough to drink from. As I sort of allude to in the video’s opening sequence, I can see making use of the tops as covers for tea light candles.

As Dan mentions in his original video this method is really easy to use and has a high success rate. So far, I’ve only had one of about eight bottles not break cleanly.

Let me know what you think of the video, what your experience is with cutting glass bottles, and if you have any creative ideas for how to use this technique.

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  1. kim says:

    Hi. Great tutorial. Where would I find the cutting guide and what is it’s name? Thanks!

  2. David says:

    Where did you get the bottle cutter???



  3. Peter Kernohan says:

    Hi – I want to make glasses from wine bottles etc. I was given two years ago in Ireland but I just broke the last one. I now live in NZ and can’t find them so maybe there’s a opnening here for me. I’m keen to know what I would need in terms of equipment such as the scorer. Can you help me please?


  4. Danny says:

    Where do I get the cutter ?

  5. David Ort says:

    Hi Danny,

    You can get the cutter by clicking through here:


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