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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2 thoughts on “5 Tips for Bottle Cutting Success

  1. I just got my g2 bottle cutter. I keep having the bottle break in the hot water the second time I immerse. It breaks into numerou jagged pieces. What am I doing wrong?

    1. Thank you for contacting us about your G2 Bottle Cutter. It seems that your score may be too deep. A deep score, caused by using too much pressure, will usually cause the bottle’s break to be jagged. Using a light score that resembles a fine hair will most likely remedy your problem.

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