7 Simple Tips to Help Your Bottles Separate

craftmdIn honor of Earth Day, coming up this Monday, we are bringing you our best advice for using one of the most popular upcycling tools out there, the Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter!

There’s not a parent or a pet owner out there that does not understand the term “separation anxiety!”  Well, in my Upcycling quest, I have come across a group of people who have put new meaning to this term – those afraid to score and separate bottles.

Well, fret no more Dr. Lauren (I’m not really a doctor, I just play one in this blog) is in the house. To get over your “bottle separation anxiety” here’s what you must do:

  1. Practice good bottle hygiene. Make sure that you remove the entire label from the bottle you want to cut. Even the smallest amount of sticky residue will interfere with the scoring process. We recommend using rubbing alcohol to get most labels off, but 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 – a lot of theDADBOTTLE-WEB separation issues I hear about are quickly resolved when the wheel is oiled – bonus – the more you oil the wheel the longer the blade will last!
  3. Remove stress. Remember a good cut doesn’t require a lot of pressure. Most people think that the bottle will separate much better with a deep cut, but that is the opposite of what will happen. When you score deeply, 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 – bonus – the less force you exert on the cutter the longer the tool will last – a lot of crafters break their tools because they are simply using too much force.
  4. Not all bottles are created equally! Keep this in mind when you are cutting. Some bottles, especially recycled ones, have an uneven wall thickness which can really ruin the separation process.
  5. Textured bottles are really cool, but you just have to avoid them. They are really impossible to score and the uneven surface makes for a difficult separation.
  6. When you are first starting out, practice on beer bottles. They are easy to cut and easier to come by.
  7. I use and recommend the hot and cold water shock method to separate our bottles for a good reason- it’s the safest and most efficient way to separate the bottles. Please use this method before any other to get the best separation.

Bottle Art KitsI prescribe a healthy dose of practice, practice, practice as often as you can. This should alleviate any further “bottle separation anxiety” symptoms!

P.S. I don’t make house calls!

Are you in need of a g2 Bottle Cutter, find one at any of these fabulous retailers or win one along with our four fabulous Bottle Art Kits by entering our Earth Day Contest, check out this post for all of the details!

Create Glass Cloches with Wine Bottles!

Glass ClochesApril is the perfect month for green crafting! Earth Day is near, so we decided to share a project that makes use of three bottles that would otherwise be headed to the landfill!

Glass cloches are perfect for parties; display your hors d’oeuvres without letting the bugs get to them before your guests have a chance to snack.

Make this pretty green project using the g2 Bottle Cutter, some old wine bottles, etching cream, twine and buttons! Download instructions for this great upcycling project here. Check out our Creative Corner for more fun upcycling projects and to find the G2 Bottle Cutter in store near you, visit our dealer locator.

P.S. Don’t forget to enter by April 21st  to win your very own G2 Bottle Cutter here. 

How to Use Upcycled Glass Bottles in Glass Art

G2 Bottle CutterEarth Day is near and what better way to celebrate than to incorporate upcycling into you next glass craft or art project!  There are plenty of ways to be green when it comes to creating fabulous mosaics, stained glass panels, fused projects and more.

One of our favorite ways to upcycle is by using the G2 Bottle Cutter to create functional home décor like vases, candle shelters, and drinking glasses as well as fun and funky art! Did you know that the G2 Bottle Cutter is made from recycled aluminum, so when you use one to make fantastic bottle art you are being twice as green! Not only are you

Bottle Necklacekeeping bottles out of the landfill, you are keeping aluminum out too!

Not satisfied with making vases, candle holders and drinking glasses? Well the fun doesn’t stop there; glass bottles make a great medium to add to fused glass, mosaic and stained glass projects!  How so you ask?

Rings cut from bottles can be fused to make bracelets, pendants, and napkin rings. Or use a wheeled glass nipper to cut rings into  squares to make glass tiles. Cut the top and bottom off a bottle to make a large glass tile! Just keep in mind, the COE or Coefficient of Expansion is unknown on bottles so to be safe, only fuse pieces of the same bottle together.

Cut squares from rings to make mosaic tiles, the slight curve from the bottle adds great dimension to a flat mosaic surface, better yet, mosaic a rounded surface like an old vase or candle holder with multiple bottle colors! If you don’t want a rounded texture, you can always
TrinketBox-WEBBottles make great additions to stained glass pieces too, create hinged trinket boxes or stack multicolored rings to make a fun lightshade. Incorporate rings and bases into panels to make a fun and modern panel!slump nipped squares to flatten them.

We can’t forget about mixed media projects either! Upcycled bottles can be used with upcycled wood to make fun coat racks or jewelry hangers. The possibilities are endless!FleurDeLis-Hook-WEB

Are you in need of a g2 Bottle Cutter, find one at any of these fabulous retailers or win one along with our four fabulous Bottle Art Kits by entering our Earth Day Contest, check out this post for all of the details!

Win a Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter and All Four Bottle Art Kits

Bottle Art KitsEarth Day is right around the corner, how will you celebrate? We are celebrating by giving you a chance to win a Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter and all four Generation Green Bottle Cutter Kits!

Whoever said it isn’t easy being green? Stop tossing those glass bottles in the trash and start your Earth Day Crafting by upcycling! It’s simple with the Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter. Made from recycled aluminum (making it Earth friendly too), the g2 is lightweight and allows you to easily score and separate discarded bottles and wide-mouth jars in 3 steps. Using the g2 Bottle Cutter you can celebrate Earth Day all year round by turning old glass bottles and jars into glass sculptures, vases, lamps shades, drinking glasses or votive holders.

Create the ideal environment for growing and watering any type of plant with the 3-in-1 Plant Keeper, for all the keepsakes you treasure – a special photo, a dried flower, concert or theatre tickets, vacation trinkets, cards and letters keep them close at hand and inside a unique Keepsake Bottle, add a dancing glow and a warm ambience to any room or outdoorG2 Bottle Cutter space with a Glass Luminary or create colorful and whimsical Wind Chimes from recycled bottles and jars.

Enter our Earth Day Contest from now until April 21, 2013 by leaving us a comment on this blog post telling us what you plan to create with the g2 Bottle Cutter, go to our Pinterest page and check out our Creative Corner to find some great ideas! We will pick a winner at random on Earth Day, April 22, 2013! Exciting news like this is hard to keep to yourself, so feel free to pass this contest on to your friends.

CHA Winter 2012 Sneak Peek 1 of 2: Bottle Art Kits

We are so excited about the CHA Winter 2012 show that we just can’t wait to show off some of what we have in store!

Last year, we introduced the Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter and it was a huge success! We have had so much fun upcycling our glass bottles and jars and there were a few projects we made that really excelled, but there was one little problem… the cost to put some of these projects together became a little overwheming for some crafters because most of the supplies need have to be bought in bulk.

We decided to take four of our favorite projects and make them into conveinent, economical kits!

Introducing the new Luminary , 3-in-1 Plant Keeper, Keepsake Box and Wind Chime Bottle Art Kits!

Check out the finished projects below and be sure to check in next week for our second sneak peek!

                         

Weekender Project: Upcycled Wind Bells

Upcycled glass bottle projectUpcycling is a great way to reuse your trash and turn it into a great piece of art. Take this Upcycled Wind Bells project for example; from a few used wine or beer bottles and some stringing material, you can create some wonderful wind chimes, all you need is a Generation Green G2 bottle cutter. Think of all the other great glass projects you can make too; planters, vases, tumblers, pitchers, candle holders, the list goes on and on. The instructions for this Upcycled Wind Bells Project can be found in the Diamond Tech Creative Corner along with many more awesome upcycled glass crafts. What are you waiting for? Find a store, grab a Generation Green G2 Bottle Cutter and start turning your trash to treasure!

Glass Upcycling Inspiration

Upcycle bottle cutter projectA little while ago I was flipping through a stained glass book  and came across this image and I just had to share it! 

What a great way to incorporate trash into  art. I love this image because it ties upcycling with stained glass and it’s a little abstract; clearly this trash is being put to good use. The thing I love about upcycling my old glass bottles is that it brings a new light to mixed media and there are so many things you can create! Check out the Diamond Tech Creative Corner for more upcyling inspiration with the G2 Bottle Cutter.