Weekender Project: Tuscany Wine Bottle Vases

I hear Tuscany is beautiful this time of year, but if you can’t be there to see it for your self you might as well bring a little Tuscan charm to your living room with some sweet upcycled vases! Spring is in full swing, so show off those beautiful new buds with some upcycled flair!

Sure Earth Day has passed, but that doesn’t mean all of your glass bottles have  to literally go to waste. Did you know that every month, we throw out enough bottles and jars to fill up a skyscraper! Put that trash to good use and make something special today!

Find the instructions for these sweet upcycled vases here and while you’re at it, check out our Luminary Bottle Art Kit, it would make the perfect complement to these Tuscan Vases!

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5 Tips for Bottle Cutting Success

The G2 Bottle Cutter is a great tool for cutting glass bottles and jars, if you use it the right way.

Follow these simple tips to get the best results!

  1. Make sure that you remove the entire label from the bottle you are cutting. Even the smallest amount of sticky residue will interfere with your score line. A soak in a hot tub of water will remove many labels but we recommend using rubbing alcohol or goo gone to get really sticky labels off, however if you have a really stubborn label try nail polish remover with acetone.
  2. Always keep your cutting wheel oiled – this is a big one. The better you oil the wheel, the smoother your cut will be and you really don’t need any special kind of oil; olive oil, vegetable oil, machine oil all work well!   Here’s an added benefit, the more you oil the wheel, the longer the blade will last!
  3.  Most people think that the bottle will separate much better with a deep cut, but the opposite is actually true. When a deep score is made, the glass will splinter and run up and down the line you actually want. A light score is best when trying to separate a bottle. This tip has an added benefit too,  the less pressure you use while making your score, the longer the tool will last – a lot of crafters break their tools because they are simply using too much pressure 😦
  4. Not all bottles are created equally and not all bottles are meant to be cut. Some recycled bottles have uneven wall thickness which can alter the separation process and textured bottles may look really cool, but you just have to avoid them!
  5. We definitely recommend the hot and cold water shock method to separate our bottles and it’s for a great reason, it’s the safest and most efficient way to separate the bottles. Use this method before any other!

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Weekender Project – Upcycled Brew Glass

Have you ever heard someone day “beer tastes better in a glass”? I think its true, whether from a glass bottle or drinking glass, beer does taste better from a glass! This chalice is perfect for a pilsner or an ale – hey, why buy your drinking glasses, when you can make them – from bottles!

Did you know that last year Americans tosses over 1.5 million tons of glass in the trash! Imagine how much space those bottles are taking up in the landfill, now imagine how much space would be freed if everyone made their own drinking glasses! Less waste + more money in your pocket = a more enjoyable beer, am I wrong?

Find the instructions for this awesome brew glass here and when your done, check out our New Bottle Art Kits – we’ve combined everything you need to make a luminary, garden keeper, windchime or a keepsake box.

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Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Glass Bottle and Jars

Earth Day is this Sunday, but why not make Earth Day every day? When it comes to glass,

Developing our new Bottle Art Kits has made me start rethinking a lot of the materials I consume on a daily basis. A while back I wrote about the G2 Bottle Cutter helping me make decisions about beverage consumption (read about that here) and last week, I wrote about how creating these kits inspired me to start repurposing waste materials into new crafts (if you missed it, read it here).

We created these kits so that with the help of a G2 Bottle Cutter and little more than some empty glass bottles or jars you can create a 3 in 1 Plant Keeper, Wind Chimes, Luminary and Keepsake Bottle, but little did I know they would help me start creating other crafts and household items from the trash I used to just throw away!

I love using my glass bottles and jars to create décor and gifts, but when I am not using them for projects, sometimes I score and break a slew of bottles for future projects and others I collect and save for later. I have found quite a few other uses for all of that glass!

My favorite use for glass jars is in the kitchen, I store beans, rice, pasta and other dried goods in them to keep them fresh and I have even started using glass jars as containers for leftovers! It was one of those “why haven’t I thought of this before” things, I was reaching for a plastic container and found that it stunk so bad from the previous meal that I couldn’t bear using it again, I saw the recently cleaned sauce jar from my dinner and put the leftovers in. A large 1.5 liter wine bottle works perfectly as a tool holder in the kitchen, and if you are anything like me, you need two or three! I love the fact that I can reuse and reduce when I can’t upcycle or recycle!

What are some ways you like to repurpose or upcycle? Leave us a comment below and check out our Creative Corner to find more fresh and fun Earth friendly projects.

Weekender Project: Recycled Glass Bottle Ringed Sculpture

Sometimes being green isn’t just a way of life or a statement, it can be a work of art too! Earth Day is celebrated every year to remind us to that we need to be conscious of our decisions about what we throw away every day. What better way to start being green this year than by turning your trash into art!

Did you know that some bottles take over 4000 years to decompose in a landfill, just imagine all that landfill space you could be freeing up, not to mention – making your own decor is much less expensive than buying it!

Stop tossing those perfectly good glass bottles and jars in the trash and start using them to make awesome art and home decor! Try this Ringed Sculpture, the instructions can be downloaded here – all you will need is a G2 Bottle Cutter, adhesive, and old frame and about 5-6 bottles or jars of different colors to make the one in the photo and if you are like me, you can gather that from one or two week’s worth of groceries! You may have leftover rings, but you still don’t have to discard them, you can make plenty of other projects like a mosaic or a windchime.

Visit our Creative Corner for more fun green projects and join us on Facebook for great crafting tips, projects and news. Looking for the G2 Bottle Cutter and Bottle Art Kits in your area? Check out our store finder to purchase one near you.

Mixed Media Upcycling – Glass Bottles, Paper, Plastic and More

While we were developing the G2 Bottle Cutter and Bottle Art Kits, I got a great chance to get really creative with glass bottles, creating tons of projects from functional décor to fabulous art! To get an idea of what I’m talking about – visit our Creative Corner!

Now that I have a few glass bottle projects under my belt, I have been considering mixing more mediums into my designs, and I can’t shed the thought of using anything other than repurposed material. I love the fact that I subscribe to a variety of crafter’s blogs and twitter feeds; it gives me a great opportunity to see how I can use other mediums in my glass work! I have been looking at tons of other projects to create that require a bit of upcycling.

I am currently hooked on upcycling magazines and books into wall art  and functional pieces, one of my absolute favorite blog posts is by Melissa Marro check it our here. Melissa painted her magazine art, but I also love the look of the natural print colors showing, it sort of creates a mosaic effect! I have even seen garbage cans, bowls, frames and bookshelves made from magazines!

I love  fusing my glass bottles, like in this project. So naturally,  fusing plastic bag wallets and reusable bags is right up my alley – there is a completely different procedure when it comes to plastic bags but I love it, a really great tutorial for this can be found here.

Even toilet paper and paper towel rolls can look totally awesome around the house, just cut, glue and paint, like in this project.

Finally, I love the look restyling old t-shirts and using them for yarn or even wall art!

Projects like these remind me constantly that there are practically free crafting materials all around us; you just have to get a little creative with them! Now I just have to figure out a way to incorporate them into my upcycled glass projects! What do you like to upcycle, share with us in a comment below!

Diamond Tech Bottle Art Kit Giveaways to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is right around the corner and to celebrate we have teamed up with FaveCrafts, CraftBits and Create & Decorate to create three giveaways  for our brand new Bottle Art Kits! We posted a blog about all four of them a little while back, read about them here.

Our FaveCrafts Giveaway ends April 6th – to enter click on this link!

http://www.favecrafts.com/sweeps/Generation-Green-Bottle-Art-4-Pack-Giveaway

Our CraftBits giveaway ends May 1st – to enter click on this link

http://www.craftbits.com/competition/win-a-bottle-cutter-kit-from-diamond-tech-crafts

Check out their Create & Decorate’s blog to enter every week until April 20th

http://createanddecorate.wordpress.com