Salvage something

I was quite pleased to find an unusual demi-john style bottle abandoned on a street corner the other week, which is something demiI’ve been wanting to try for a while, to see how well the bottle cutters can cope with a much bigger diameter bottle. This two litre cider bottle was approximately 130mm in diameter, and was in perfect condition despite being a street find, probably because it’s got it’s own ring handle. I intended to cut the bottle low down, and hopefully create a tall, bottomless bottle to use as a hurricane shroud on a routed wooden base.

First step was to clean off the large label, which too quite a while due to a strong glue. When clean, the bottle felt the most comfortable on the Ephrem’s bottle cutter, where it sat nicely using my home-made jog as the stop. It rotated well, but the cut did stutter a bit, probably due to the wheel reaching the end of it’s useful life. I used a manual glass cutter to join the cut line misses, and hoped for the best in the water breaking process. Sadly the cut ran a touch, so I repeated the cut an inch or so up on the Ephrem’s after an light oiling of the wheel. A second and third attempt also failed, so I gave a fourth and final chance to the G2 bottle cutter. The cut was clean, light and neat and looked promising, but sadly split vertically like a seam beyond a point of saving the top. Some you win, some you lose, even after several hundred bottles of experience.

fingerbowlI looked at the bottle bottom from the first cut, and though it had run over the original scoreline, it was perfectly save-able given enough elbow grease on the diamond pads. I set about doing that, this time using a full four pad range of grades, taking about thirty minutes to get a good standard of finish. It made a decent sized bowl for any number of uses. Though I was really looking forward to using the top half of the bottle, it’s still worthwhile to make something from nothing with any bottle you salvage from an inevitable broken mess on the street.

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