We have assembled for you some of our best solutions to frequently asked questions regarding the Bottle and Jar cutter.
Before you start, you have to understand you are dealing with recycled glass that in itself is imperfect. There may be air bubbles, unseen debris and uneven hardness in the glass that will affect how the bottle breaks. Also, the walls of some bottles can be quite thick and unevenly so at that. This is particularly true of wine bottles, so try to choose ones that look evenly molded.
The Bottle and Jar Cutter only scores the glass, it does not actually cut through the glass. In order to get the bottle to separate, you have to tap the bottle on the score line until it cracks and breaks.
Finally, you have to be patient. Practice makes perfect. Once you learn the technique that works for you, your success rate will increase.
Once you have cut your bottle, see our Tips: Bottle Cutting Accents, for ways to decorate your newly cut bottle and jars.
Finally, recycling bottles and jars into useful, repurposed items can be fun, rewarding and even profitable. If at first you do not succeed, try, try again!
Tip #1- Too much oil- Do not over oil the cutting wheel, 1 drop is all that is needed. The oil is only necessary to keep the spindle from wearing out when the wheel turns. If there is oil on the edge of the wheel, it will skip over the glass and not make a score line. Once you have applied the oil, take an absorbant paper towel and rub over the wheel as you spin it until the paper towel is dry and clear. If you discover there was oil on the wheel after you have already tried to make a score line, make sure that none of the oil got onto the bottle as well
Tip #2- Wheel will not turn- Make sure the cutter head assembly is not screwed on too tightly. If it is, the wheel cannot turn freely.
Tip #3- Wheel will not score- Make sure you have the bottle squarely up to the wheel, if it is over to the side or at an angle, you will not get a nice clean score.
Tip #4- Broken score line- Sometimes the score line misses a beat or will not score evenly. This is a result of the glass having uneven hardness. To get a better score line, ratchet the bottle right, left, right to get the wheel to dig into the glass better. Once you get a good solid line started, keep an even amount of pressure on the bottle and continue scoring. If the line skips, just twist the bottle back the other way until it meets the rest of the score line.
Tip #5- Getting the bottle to crack- When tapping the score line from inside the bottle, keep going around and around even though it is not cracking on the line at first. After you go around a few times, give the bottle a few taps near the score line on the outside. Sometimes this will be the final straw that starts the crack. Then return to cracking from the inside until it breaks. Thicker bottles take a little more persistence than thin ones but eventually they will crack too.
Tip #6- Bottle breaks unevenly- Thick bottles (like wine bottles) can be tough to crack and when they do, sometimes they do not break evenly. To concentrate the vibration from the tapper and to keep the bottle cracking on track of the score line, place two rows of masking tape close to the score line, one above it and one below.
Article Posted: 05/11/2018 12:19:51 PM