06/14/2012 | 266 Comments.

How to cut glass

I posted a picture about 1 week ago on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter of me cutting glass using just string. I got LOT’S of requests for a tutorial on how I DID THIS! So here it is. FINALLY! You will be able to learn how to cut glass.


I want to warn you. When I first started doing this I got VERY frustrated because I could not get it to break the way I wanted. Be patient when trying to master this because after all, we are cutting with string and polish remover. Not the typical way to cut glass. I promise you though, when you “get it” you will “get it”. Let’s get started Jaderbugs!!!


It’s best to triple your yarn because it will burn longer!

Soak it GOOD! This is VERY important!

I like to tie my yarn where I want my glass to “cut” then quickly pour polish remover over the string again. I also slightly pour a little over the glass also!

Get a big bowl with ice and water ready. You will be dunking your glass in this. It has to be COLD so make sure to put enough ice! Also make sure your bowl is big enough! It needs to be deep enough to dunk where your string is!

VERY IMPORTANT! Make sure when you light this that it is not right over your bowl of polish remover! (trust me, I did this and everything got engulfed in flames).. hahah I like to light it over my water!

Slowly turn your bottle. Try not to do this where it’s windy because you want your string to stay lit or it will not work. The slower you go the better it is, but it has to constantly turn.

You can’t let the flame go OUT then dunk it in the ice water. You will notice after little while your flame getting lower and lower. Remember in the beginning I said you will be practicing a lot. It may take you a few times before you get it right. When the flame is “ALMOST” out dunk it in the ice water. You will hear a cracking noise. THIS MEANS YOUR GLASS IS CUT… If you mess up and your glass did NOT cut, take the string off and apply a new one. You can’t use the same string twice.

YAY!!! Look how amazing! It’s like a RAD experiment going on in your back yard. Wait, it’s not LIKE.. IT IS


I reallly hope you enjoyed this tutorial because I had ALOT of requests for it! Make sure and wear gloves or eye protection if you want to “really” be safe. Obviously, I am not safe. I like to play with fire. Dang Southern girls! Comment below and let me know how you like this craft or share your experience with us! You can fine me here also:




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266 thoughts on “How to cut glass

  1. Carol

    You were right! As soon as I get my hands on some nail polish remover, I’m so gonna cut every bottle I get my hands on. 🙂 This is really clever and I’m glad I stumbled upon your website.

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Carol, you could also use acetone. Pure acetone from walmart or any drug store1 It’s addicting especially when you get it just right! Let me know how your’s turns out! Thanks for the comment love!

        1. jaderbombllc Post author

          I like to use the tops and put them over a tea light, and I usually make a cluster of them so it looks full. If you search the internet for cut glass projects you might be able to find a ton of other things! Let me know if you find something interesting!

          1. rosie

            I know this thread is really old and I’m not sure if u found other uses. But I found out that the bottles can be hanged and made into wind chimes different cuts make different sounds.

          1. jaderbombllc Post author

            I like to use sandpaper and water! It works good for me 🙂 Jade

    2. sue

      I’ve tried this ;method at least 6 times to no avail, scoring the glass doesn’t work either I’ve tried that one too using that G2 contraption any other brainy ideas !!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. jaderbombllc Post author

        I am so sorry you are having trouble with this! I do find that some glass bottles are harder than others. It’s also VERY important that your water is full of ice because what’s causing it to crack is the sudden temp change, so if your bottle isn’t hot enough that could be a problem as well! Hope that helps XOXO, Jade

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Let me know how your’s turns out! It’s very fun! Thanks for the comment love!

  2. LarsLove

    What a amazing idea. I know what I will be trying this weekend. Only problem will be where I find all the glass to cut. Time to go pick up some wine!

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      It really is SO fun to do! You can cut any glass that you have, even beer bottles. Just be careful with smaller bottles because they are thinner! Thanks for visiting!

    2. Tracey

      Check with your local bars too….most of them can save beer bottles, or used liquor bottles for you to do this with as well!!

  3. PhotoBabe5

    I am totally trying this soon, we have lots of glass cause where I live you don’t get much back for recycling glass. Do the edges come out smooth or do they need to be sanded down after?

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      PhotoBabe5 I would totally try this with all of your bottles! Sometimes the edges need to be sanded and I just use a piece of sand paper to smooth the edges. It really is SO simple. Sometimes when you are sanding them edges you can use a little water with the sandpaper and that helps! Good luck! Make sure and let me know how it turns out!!!!

  4. abithefish

    This is great. Do you have any suggestions for getting the edges smooth? I’d like to turn a bottle in to a drinking glass.

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      abithefish: I usually sand the edges with a little piece of sand paper with water. Keep in mind where your string is, it will break below that line, not directly where the line is! Let me know how your’s turns out!!!!

  5. nicole

    Just curious what you end up doing with all the things you cut! this is such an awesome method but I’m stumped with what sorts of projects I can make with it…

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Nicole: I usually give them in gifts of 4 and you can put candles in them! Makes great home decor!

      1. Smashers

        I really enjoyed you video AND that song…. who is it by and the name of the song? Any idea on where I could get it?

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Not sure about making holes. You might need to get a “real” glass cutter to do that!

      1. Keepalowprofile

        To drill holes, You need a diamond drill bit, drill motor and some modeling clay.

        Make a “snake” with the clay, bring the two ends together and place it on the glass where you want to drill the whole.
        press it on the glass and add water.

        Drill, slow and steady wins the race… in other words don’t rush it and don’t try to push it thru, when the water starts to drain thru you have made a hole.
        The water is necessary to cool the glass.

    2. Karen Poe

      TO make a hole in in the back of a glass bottle- you need to have a drill and a “diamond” drill bit- I purchased one for 20.00 in a 1/2 diameter. It takes practice- It takes 2 people… one to hold the bottle and one to drill.
      Go in at an angel and then straighten the angel.
      You will have some waste… mistakes..
      Dont be afraid to breaK ONE!


  6. janice

    What kind of yarn? Wool burns, but smells like burning hair — because it really is burning hair. Acrylic does not burn, it melts like plastic. Would any kind of string work as well?

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      I use the cheapest yarn possible. It’s not wool. I find it works the best. I really think any string will work great for this project! 🙂

    2. Kevan

      I once did this project without yarn by with just taking paper and rolling it up and then dipping it and burning it. Way harder to keep on the bottle.

  7. Ross Rasmussen

    The Twitter/facebook/stumbleupon/pinterest pop-up makes it impossible to enjoy the site as it covers the article you are trying read. There seems no way to disable it.

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Ross: I apologize. I am working on getting that fixed right now! If it pops up on your phone hit the “green share” button at the top of it and it will go away!

    1. tar

      Have you ever put something hot in a cold glass container? Or something cold in a hot glass container? Glass shatters if it’s exposed to sudden changes in temperature. In this technique, burning the string creates a band of hotter glass around the bottle, so when you plunge it into a bucket of very cold water, the tension caused by the sudden change in temperature makes the glass break. The whole bottle doesn’t shatter because the whole bottle wasn’t heated – just the area where the burning string was.

      1. Tarzan

        if it just needs to be hot, can i use lighter fluid? i dont have any nail polish remover but i have lighter fluid 😛

  8. Tinypoohta

    How cool, I will give this a try, could be very useful for recycling bottles. Thanks for the info.

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      I hope you have a great time ;making memories! Let me know how they come out!

  9. Randomroy

    Really excellent idea!
    Does this work with anything other than Nail Polish remover?
    Say White Spirit, methylated spirit or petroleum etc.,

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Randomroy: I have never tried it with anything other than acetone. I would say, if you try it with anything else just be careful since your mixing it with fire. haha

  10. Trina

    What?!?! That’s a CRAZY COOL trick! I love the idea of being able to upcycle wine and beer bottles, especially the ones that come in pretty colors.

  11. Rachel

    after you cut it, and then put the candle in how do u get the bottom to stay on the glass again?

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Rachel:Hey there! I cut the bottom and just place the top of wine bottle over a tea light. I don’t attach the bottom once I cut it. You just place the top of wine bottle over your candle! Let me know if that works!

  12. Jennifer

    I was so excited to try this, yet after several earnest attempts, I could not get it to work! I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Suggestions?

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Jennifer: Ok. The most important thing is that you have a thick wad of yarn… I like to triple the yarn and then wrap around the bottle. Once you have it wrapped around bottle, put some acetone in a large bowl and dip the bottle with yarn in the acetone, (really soak it up) then light it. The most important thing is that you dunk it in the ICE cold water BEFORE the flame goes out! Right before it goes out! Let me know if that helps! Thanks!!! 🙂

  13. Sara

    I found a tutorial on menshealth.com for something like this but with lighter fluid and twine. It didn’t work. It didn’t matter how long we soaked the twine in the fluid or how thick or thin the glass was or if it was windy. We even bought different types of lighter fluid. Since you use string and nail polish remover do you have any idea why lighter fluid didn’t work? I’d think they would both burn at the same rate. The lighter fluid would just burn off and then the string would burn. It wouldn’t even leave a mark in the glass. The video tutorial took less than two minutes. It was incredibly frustrating. Any thoughts? I do plan on trying it your way. It looks much more fun 😀

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Sara: Hi! I wish I knew about using lighter fluid and twine but I never really heard of this one. I do know this, twine burns really fast! I like my tutorial but the trick is to put it in the ice cold water right BEFORE the flame goes out! Good luck! Let me know how it works for you!

    2. Carolyn

      Possibly the twine/lighter fluid combo doesn’t get as hot as the yarn/nail polish combo?

  14. Smarti

    Some nail polish removers are acetone free…maybe these wouldn’t work? Tks for the WalMart comment about buying the pure acetone. I wasn’t aware of this. Have MANY bottles to cut!

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Smarti: Your right! Some removers are acetone free. In that case we couldn’t use those, hahah! I would stick to the PURE stuff! Good luck!

  15. Cadeybug

    Totally using this for my wedding centerpieces! Would hemp work? I don’t have any string :/

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Cadeybug: I really don’t know. Hemp burns fast so it might not. You can buy a big roll of yarn from walmart for about 1.50 I think that is the best thing to get the job done!

  16. jess

    Thank you soooooo much! I’m trying to make a percussion instrument using 40’s and beer bottles haha, this is perfect! 🙂

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Jess: WOW! Please inbox me or post on my facebook a picture of this when you are done! GOOD LUCK!

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  19. rachel

    The problem with this method is that the cut made is pretty jagged. The only way you can really make this sharp edge smooth enough to say, use as a glass, would be with actual an actual glass working torch (not a regular torch!)
    So, you’ll cut your glass, touch the edge, and realize the only theing you can (maybe) use this cut glass for is a vase. Then you’ll cut your finger on it once and decide that, while a cute idea, its not very practical.

    I’ve tried this method and a diamond bladed glass cutting wheel. I’ve tried polishing the edge with every sort of dremel grinder available, with not very good results. Everything I’ve read says that you need a glass torch to smooth the edge.

  20. Frankie

    what can you use the bottoms for later? If the edges are sharp i want to be careful where i put these… 🙂

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      I usually throw away the bottoms. You can smooth the edges with sand paper and water!

      1. Lacious

        do you just throw the bottoms away and put the tealight candles on a flat surface and then put the cut bottles with no bottom over the top? or do you keep the bottoms to put the candles in and put the bottles back on top of the cut off bottom?

        1. jaderbombllc Post author

          I actually throw them away, but you can use them for tea lights!

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  22. Jyot

    I not only loved the technique, but also loved the way you have depicted the steps.. pretty colorful string, n nicely clicked photographs!

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  24. Angie

    This so rocks! My hubby has long wanted to make an outdoor chandelier and I can see this technique working well in getting us started!

  25. winnie

    I am glad I “stumbledupon” your site. This looks so cool. I am a bit of a klutz, so I will do this with hubby nearby… Thank you…Love the look you got!

  26. Nichole Jackman

    I think I did something wrong…. The house almost went up in flames

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      EEEKk so glad that didn’t happen! Did you light it over water? Perhaps some was leaking when you lit it! Try it outside next time 🙂 GOOD LUCK!

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    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Thanks!!!! Just don’t do it in your house and light it over WATER hahah

  28. Val

    OMG this looks awesome! im so gonna try it!!! i hope i dont have to burn a million bottles before getting it 🙂 but we’ll see how it goes! thanks for the tip!!!!!

    1. a

      Did the nail polish you used have acetone in it? It seems to be that it needs to be the kind with acetone (a lot of polish removers don’t have it) to work.

  29. Suzy

    This is a great idea!
    I was wondering if a similar idea could be applied to drilling holes in glass?

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  31. Gina

    This will come in very handy. Question… have you ever tried it on a flat piece of glass? Thanks!

  32. Pitzy

    I sure will try it ! I saw something recently that I wanted to try but did not know how to cut the bottle !!! Thank you soooo much ! I’m so excited to try it !!!

  33. Katie

    This is really cool and I can’t wait to try it, but do you have a way or know of one to sand down or whatever the part where you broke off the glass? I want to use some of them for cups, but I need to be able to smooth that edge. Know how to do that? Thanks!

  34. Pitzy

    I just tried it and it’s just great !!!! I’m so amazed !!! I think I’m gonna try it over and over again !!! hihihi

    I was also trying to make a outdoor chandelier and didn’t know how to make it ! Now, I can do it !
    Thank you so much !

  35. Emma Green

    Wow, this is so so cool! How did you ever figure out how to do this? I never, in a million years would have realized that yarn and fingernail polish can cut through glass! I can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  36. debbie

    I love this idea!! I’ve been working on hanging candle holders using fancy/colored bottles, but was at a loss how to cut without using an actual glass cutting tool. Can’t wait to try this!! The possibilities are already blooming in my head!

  37. Linda

    Great Tut lady !!! It really did make a difference when I waited for the “dying” flame & then just plunged it right into the ice water. smap crackle, pop! Yep! I got a lot more practice to get! More vanilla rum nightcaps too, for the bottles :~) Thanks!!

  38. Chelsea

    Would it make a difference if I wanted to cut the top of the wine bottle off? Like dunking straight down with the open end down? I want to make a vase and only have one empty wine bottle and don’t wanna screw it up!

  39. Tahli

    So I just tried this several times with a brown beer bottle. I cut the sting, tied 3 together, soaked it in acetone, tied it around the bottle, dripped some acetone on it, lit it, and the flame was so big! I had to drop the bottle into the ice water to avoid burning myself. What did I do wrong? Or is it supposed to be a big flame and I am just a wuss?

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Tahil: The flame will be big! It’s best to put it over water before you light it! I almost caught the house on fire before too, hehe..

  40. Tasha

    I just tried this. I managed to “cut” the bottles, but they came out jagged and uneven. I think it’ll take more practice (and a cooler day, ’cause whew, I broke a sweat after 5 minutes!). This is excellent, though! Thank you!

  41. Burberry

    I’ve cut quite a few bottles by filling them with oil then plunging a red-hot poker into the oil. The glass cracks neatly along the level of the oil. About 10% failure rate – in line with most cutting methods. Don’t forget the eye protection, and don’t do it indoors. Smoothing edges has always been a problem, but I’ve had some success with a fine diamond file.

  42. Lily

    Such a great tutorial!! Thank you so much. I’m so excited to try this out. I’m thinking I can make really cute candle holders, pencil cups, etc with these. Maybe even modge podge some newspaper or something around the sides. So fun!!

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  44. Nisha

    Stumbled upon this page & whoaaaaaaa. How did you figure out this method?!?!? It cuts so neat! Quite amazing!

  45. Darcy

    Thank you so much for the easy-looking method. I’ve always wanted to do this but thought it required special equipment! WOWOWEE!!

  46. butterfly

    Fantastic… will absolutely be giving it a go (have had lots of beautiful blue glass bottles hanging around for years waiting for action!), and will let you know how it goes… Thanks so much for posting.

  47. PrincessB

    Is there a way to do this and not cut all the way through…like etching the glass? we’re etching mason jars for our wedding favors but can only find the chemical etching cream and even though it says dishwasher safe it always comes off.

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Princess B: I am sorry this technique will only cut through the glass!

  48. rachel

    i just tried and love it but i cant seem to get the bottle not to crack down the side. It cuts and takes the top off but also puts a hair line or sometimes bigger fracture down the side of the beer bottle glass…any ideas on how to fix this or what im doing wrong?

  49. BottleCrafters

    My hubby and I tried this about four different times last night with yarn, hemp and string. We couldn’t get it to stay lit long enough to even warm up the bottle.
    After reading some of the comments I’m wondering if I picked up non-acetone nail polish remover. Just my luck, I’ll check when I get home and we’ll give it another try. Hopefully we’ll be able to figure it out.

    Thanks Jaderbomb for the tutorial, I love the pictures.

  50. Chrissy

    So…we were able to do this, but the edges were SO jagged we’ve kinda given up on this…you mentioned using sandpaper to smooth it down…what kind of sandpaper did you use?

  51. sandy martin

    I just tried this.. first few attempts the glass didn’t break at all. Next few attempts the glass broke, but also spiderwebed cracks all over. I used acetone. Any suggestions as to what went wrong?

  52. Kendel

    Is the edge of the glass very sharp afterward? I mean, of course, it’s glass so it’s going to be kinda sharp, but I read on another site about cutting glass and using it as shotglasses, but it was a lot more technical and required some items that I wouldn’t even know how to find, so I’m wondering if this version would be safe to use as shot glasses or other dishware? What do you use yours for?

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      I honestly don’t know. Never tried that! good luck! If you do it and it works please share on my facebook page!

  53. BottleCrafters

    We never did get this method of glass cutting to work, we tried about a half a dozens times and the closest we got is when we accidentally bumped the bottle inside the bucket.
    We are now looking for a different method of glass cutting. Shoot us an email if you know of one.

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      BottleCrafters: I am sorry this method didn’t work for you! It does take some getting used to because you have to put the glass with flame into the water before the flame goes out…That is a very important factor. Did you dunk the bottle in the water before the flame went out?

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Axel: Did the flame go out before it went in the water? I am sorry this did not work for you!

  54. manimany

    totally gonna try this! there’s a wine bottle in the fridge screaming my name ;D not sure what to do with the end result though? what can I make using this technique?

  55. Christine

    Holy begezzers… I have tried every way of cutting wine bottles and this is the most simple and effective! Acetone works well with this trick. No more trips to hardware stores and bothering employees. Now everyone I know is going to have a terrarium. Thanks so much again.

  56. Sarah

    This was way cool! I just did it and it broke before I even dunked it in the water, but still turned out perfect 🙂 Thank you!

  57. HHI Ladybug

    I just did this,but the cut was not even it was a little wavey. I was a bit afraid the thing would shatter when it was dunked in the ice water (actually terrified) so I didn’t dunk, I just dropped it in the ice water. Like I said the cut was clean, but wavey, was that because I just dropped in on it’s side into the water? Thanks for any info you can share.

  58. katie

    do we have to use bottles because i dnt have any 🙁

    when i say other than bottles i mean like picture frame glass or window glass or mirrors etc.

    and cool stumble i like it.

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Katie: I honestly have never tried anything but bottles. Let me know if it works with other things!

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  60. Misty

    I have had a beautiful glass vodka bottle on my counter to some day cut for a project I wanted and nowi can’t wait….. Thank you soooo much wish me luck lol

  61. Kelee

    Thank you so much for this. Going to try it today as I am using a ton of wine bottles for centerpieces at my upcoming wedding and we are putting votive candles inside them. 🙂

  62. Lilia Rhodes

    I have seen your post on Twitter. I’m glad that you have posted the steps because I was so curious of how you did it. I’m really going to try this! Thanks a lot!

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Joey, I am not sure. I never tried it on Pyrex! Let me know if it works~

  63. Debra

    Wow bud, this is simply awesome! I cant wait to try it! Really! This Stumle thing is amazing as well. My daughter told me about it and now Im hooked

  64. Aneta

    That looks like a super exciting project, sending this to my husband, he will have a blast playing with this.

  65. Barbara

    This is genius! Pinning immediately!!
    Great blog glad I found you on stumble upon!

  66. Erin

    Neat. You are shocking the glass. It happens when glass heats and then cools at a faster rate. The differing rates of heating and cooling cause it to crack. You managed to do this controlled enough to get a clean cut, which is super amazing.

  67. Bev Dietsch

    I love the idea and I’m going to give it a try. I have a simple, hanging light fixture with 3 dangling lightbulbs. I’ve been wanting to add glass “shades” and I’m having trouble deciding what direction to go. I thought about the mason jar lights, but decided they were a little too “USA” country whereas my kitchen is more country “French”! I think wine bottles may be the way to go and this sounds like a great way to remove the bottom of the bottles to make for easy hanging and bulb changing. I just hope I can find the bottles and that it actually works! Thanks!

  68. Shannon

    how do you stop the bottles from cracking? maybe i’m not letting the yarn burn long enough?

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      You know some bottles just crack. There is nothing you can really do to stop that unfortunately. Sorry!

  69. CyHebert

    I’ve always wanted to make a set of glasses using wine bottles and this is a great way to do it. Can the edges be sanded smooth to be able to drink out of them?

  70. Grace Galdo

    Thank you! I can’t wait to try this! I wonder if it would work on smaller pieces of glass. I make small glass pendants and beads. I will try it and let you know!

  71. Lori Buff

    I’ve tried this with no success. I wonder what I’m doing wrong. Did you have many failures before you found the way that works?

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      I did have to try a few times until I got it just the way I liked it. Sorry it’s giving you so much trouble!

  72. Katie

    I’ve tried and tried and tried… using cheap yarn, acetone polish remover, and keeping the yard lit until the very last moment possible…. still will not break :-/ any suggestions? I want the bottoms of my wine bottles to use as unique votive holders… 😀

  73. Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

    Shut the front freakin door!!! I just bought a glass cutter at Lowes just for cutting wine bottles…I’m going to try this first a few times and take it back! You da bomb!!!

  74. Elizabeth Carr

    Thanks for sharing this great tutorial. It really is the coolest science experiment. I love the beautiful blue bottle!
    Elizabeth from Mom’s Thumb Reviews

  75. Jean

    Hi Jade, I can’t wait to try this! It just sounds like so much fun; a little bit dangerous, but it gets the job done!

    I was thinking that I will try this with my grandson. The perfect experiment: fire! ice! breaking things to make them into something else! We won’t tell his Mom until later! After we make her a beautiful vase! Thanks.

  76. BERNIE

    I was wondering what grit of sand paper do you use to make the smooth edges?

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Bernie: I use a low grit initially then I end with about 120 grit to smooth it out.

  77. karen

    Great idea I need to try this experiment. I have a few questions. I’m doing this on glass vials so they’re pretty small…how well will this method work especially if I’m not cutting it around the bottle but longways? And since the glass is real thin should I be more cautious since it may potentially crack, would it ever explode as its on fire? Should I make any changes to the method if the glass is much thinner? Thanks!

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Karen, I would try it the regular way because it will still work that way. You might not have to wrap the yarn as many times as I did though!

  78. Alyssa

    I apologize if you went over this already in other comments but i just tried several times to cut a square glass (the awesome california olive oil ones) and i just could not get it to crack… This is my first attempt at glass cutting though… Thanks for any advice!!

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Hey Alyssa! You know I have never tried a square one! I might want to just to see if I can help you in any way. Have you tried adding more yarn?

  79. fanwar

    I have broken many bottles but never have thought like this, this is a great idea to cut glass, absolutely perfect technique!

  80. Karen

    Today at the art festival, a woman had made very beautiful wind chime using glass bottle slices approx. 1-2 inches in diameter and attached them to a base with what appeared to be clear fish line in varying lengths and colors. Really a very interesting idea. Can you cut multiple rings from one bottle?

  81. Georgie

    GEEWIZZ,,,,,,I`m 67 and I was doing that at 12,,,,, I used the tops for filler funnels and the bottoms when I smoothed them as drinking glasses…..also used some of the tops as garden lights…..” what goes around certainly comes around” ha.

  82. Lisa

    I watched a tutorial on cutting wine bottles down and using the bottom half for glasses, but it included a glass cutter and sand the edges of the bottle. This looks like it would be easier and much less elbow grease. tks!!

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      It is SO much easier Lisa! Just make sure you sand the edges after you cut because they will be sharp!

  83. Lan

    Hi Jade, I read your tutorial and went through the comments but I didn’t see anyone have this query. So I just wanna ask if it is ok to use embroidery threads. I have loads of these from some previous projects and this seems to be a good chance to use them. Thanks.

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Hi Lan! You can use embroidery thread for sure! Any yarn, thread is good to use. Thanks for visiting, hope to see you around. J

  84. Lia

    Saw this being done with fancy wine and vodka bottles recently… can’t wait to give it a try!

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  86. Bree

    I just tried this, literally 10 times. Nothing happened, not even a scratch on the bottle. I did it correctly every time. Do you have any suggestions?

  87. Simsage

    This is fabulous. I wanted to make a chandelier, out of old scotch decanters, or vases so you have to
    cut off the bottoms this is perfect, I cannot wait to try it out.
    Thanks loads, to you and to Stumble.

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  90. Arden

    Hurrah, that’s what I was searching for, what a stuff! present here at this weblog, thanks admin of this web page.

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  92. Shane

    This is very interesting. I never would have thought to cut glass like that. Thank you for posting this.

  93. Mette

    I can get the glass to break but the cut is far from clean.. Does anyone what I’m doing wrong?

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Mette: Sometimes certain glass cuts differently. If you want you can sand the edges with some sand paper,that should help smooth it out! Let me know if that works!

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  95. toni

    hey jaderbombllc, just seen this! it sounds like a well good idea!.. Have you worked this on a flat piece of glass – tying the yarn around it the same way? Would it work?

    Thanks 🙂

  96. Maria

    simply amazing, love this idea! I have a nice tequila bottle I’m going to turn into a vase, thanks!

  97. Teddy

    I wonder if this is how they get ships into bottles. Now to figure out how to stick them back together again.

  98. marcia

    going to try a hanging pendent light from a nice green wine bottle. love the info. will be cutting the bottom off and threading the wire up through it. hope it works.

    1. Josie McHale

      Looks easy enough, but I am always so leary about cutting glass. Just gotta get over it, right? Always wanted to repurpose all the bottles of wine that I have not thrown away just for the purpose of making them into candle holders. Thanks for sharing!

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  100. Jason

    Thats pretty cool. I want to try it just because. Now I want to come up with a project that calls for cutting a glass bottle.

  101. Anita

    I have tried this over and over. I can’t seem to “get” it. I have probably used 10-15 bottles. The bottle will break and send cracks down the side.

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Thanks Anna! It’s really a cool tutorial. Don’t give up if it does not work right away! Sometimes different bottle cut differently! jade

  102. Lori Buechel

    My daughter and I tried the wine glass cutting. We CANNOT get it to cut!!! Help!!!! We’ve followed the directions step by step and still NO LUCK! Any advice for us???

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Honestly Lori, I had trouble in the beginning until I figured out just the type of glass I needed to use. I found cutting colored glass was the hardest. Brown was the easiest. Not sure why… And clear was easy. Don’t give up!

  103. Richard

    After you dunk it and the bottle breaks, isn’t there a rough or sharp edge? how do you take care of that? any particular way?

  104. Koneck

    With so many glass bottles around my house I am sure I can make a couple decorative pieces out of them. Thanks for the idea and tutorial. 🙂

  105. Eric

    Very cool!I wanted to reach out to you and see if you would be willing to test out some of my glass etching craft supplies for free for feedback. Any interest? I will ship the supplies to you all for free with cream and stencils. Urgently, waiting for your reply. I would really appreciate it Eric

  106. Lalit

    Really Nice. After inspiring from your post, I am just curious If you are willing to see my work done. I have made some beautiful bottle lamps for my bed room. Let me know how to share with you for the same.


  107. Sarah

    So ive tried this about 4 times now on the same bottle…. its not cutting… ive had it work on others but this one is stubborn… any ideas if only certain glass will cut? And yes i realize that sounds stupid. This is a vintage purple wine glass type shape. About 20 in tall and pretty thin glass. The top section itself has some diamond shape detailing on it- so its not smooth-could that be why its not working? Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Hmm..I will say some glass bottles do not work and for some reason different colors sometimes don’t work as well as clear. Sorry you having problems with it! Let me know if you figure it out! Jade

  108. Char

    I’VE TRYED 4 DIFFERENT REMOVERS AND IT STILL DOESN’T WORK! I love the idea but it didn’t work.

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Hmmm I am sorry to hear this! I had no problem at all using a normal polish remover…. Maybe try the cheap bottle because that is what I used!

  109. Nick

    Hello. I came across your site and was a bit surprised to see this primitive method of bottle cutting still being used. My first attempt to cut a bottle was with the string and nail polish. Let’s just say that I’m glad that I did it outside. Unfortunately it still made a mess of our deck and I had to power wash all that stuff before it came off. Next came the g2 cutter. What a nightmare. Then I discovered The Kinkajou, The Creator’s Bottle Cutter, The EZ-Cut bottle Cutter and the C&C bottle cutters. All of these cutters worked wonderfully for doing the job. They all vary on the price range and you will be able to find the one that works best for you based on a solid performance.

    1. jaderbombllc Post author

      Awe man, sorry you had trouble and it made a mess! I truly didn’t have a problem with a mess but maybe I am just OCD and I don’t allow a mess to even start, haha!!! I will have to try some of those cutters! Thanks for the info! Jade

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