How-To: Bottle Cutting

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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By Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

85 Articles


With a bottle cutting jig, you can easily recycle your used glass bottles into reusable drinking glasses or flower vases. After scoring the glass with the jig, there are a few different ways to make a clean break. In this video, I show how to do this using a candle flame and a piece of ice. It doesn’t work perfectly every time, but many imperfections can be sanded down fairly easily. For another way, check out Sean Michael Ragan’s bottle cutting method over on Make: Projects. If you have a method of bottle cutting that you prefer, share it in the comments!

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How-To: Bottle Cutting

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

85 Articles

By Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

85 Articles

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With this unconventional method of recycling, you can turn many kinds of bottles into drinking glasses, vases, or other vessels. In this video, Matt shows you how to convert a used beer bottle into a reusable drinking glass.

Sean Michael Ragan’s bottle cutting method on Make: Projects: http://makeprojects.com/Project/Bottle-Cutting/106/1

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