My first Pinterest project… unfortunately it was a massive fail!
- Project: How to cut a bottle without using a glass cutter
- Pinterest Link: http://pinterest.com/pin/264445809341276616/
- Difficulty: Medium
- Effectiveness: Low
- Overall Rating: 0/10
I pinned this months and months ago, but never got round to doing it. But a few nights ago we had some friends round for dinner, and the boys polished off a few bottles of Corona. I love a bit of Corona myself, and thought that the bottles would make quite funky candle holders.
The basic instructions are:
- Cotton String
- Acetone Nail Polish Remover
- a match
- pot of ice-cold water
Fill a pot with ice-cold water and set to the side
Wrap a (medium thickness) piece of cotton string around the wine bottle three times (wrap it around up to 6 times for a thicker bottle), tie it.
Once the string is tied around the point you want the bottle to break at, slide it off the wine bottle.
Soak the string in acetone based nail polish remover for 10 seconds
Put the nail polish remover soaked string back around the bottle on the spot where you would like it to cut.
Using a match light just the string on fire, continually rotate the bottle in circles so that the fire spins around the bottle. Keep rotating the bottle until the flames goes out.
Once the flame goes out, quickly submerge the bottle in a pot of ice-cold water and watch it break!
This, unfortunately, was a total fail. It was also extremely dangerous, and I would not recommend you try it yourself. As you can see the flame was pretty big – I’m actually quite impressed that I was able to reach for my camera and take a picture, whilst holding onto this huge ball of flames! And actually this picture is of the flame once it had calmed down enough for me to actually take a picture. The flame you get when you first light it is immense!
It smoked – a lot, and burnt for quite a long time.
I was quite surprised that it actually broke. But I think I would have got a cleaner break if I smashed it up against the wall at the end of my garden. As you can also see it was also filthy by the time it was hot enough to break,
So this is not something that I will try again. I just can’t see how it would work effectively. It’s so dangerous, too haphazard and just too messy. There’s no way you’d get a safe, clean break. Reading the comments in the original Pin, there are a lot of people saying they’ve used cotton thread or shoelaces with some decent results. Plus you ideally need cold water with ice in, and a deeper bowl would have been better so you can plunge the bottle in fully straight away. But even so, I doubt you could get a nice break that wouldn’t be ragged or sharp.
Have you tried this, or are you tempted? Let me know below!