You’ll Need:

    • Beer bottles (with screen-printed, unremovable labels)
    • Rubber gloves
    • Safety goggles
    • Wine bottle cutter
    • Sandpaper (low and high grit)
    • Boiling water
Photo from Flickr user surrealpenguin.

First, make sure the beer bottles you’ll be using are washed, clean and dry. Then, using a wine bottle cutter, score a straight line around the entire bottle where you’ll make the cut. Next, boil some hot water (preferably in a teapot.) After putting on safety gloves and goggles, bring the bottle over to a sink and run cold water. Slowly pour a small amount of the boiling water onto the score line you made in the bottle, heating it up. As the glass begins to heat, place the bottle under cold water. You’ll notice the bottle has cracked on the score line. Repeat this process once more and the bottle top should fall right off, leaving a smooth edge. Finish by smoothing the edges with sandpaper, beginning with a low grit, working to a higher grit if necessary.

For the full tutorial, watch this instructional video:

Wine Bottle Cutter 30 seconds Perfect Edge Glass Bottle Cutting GreenPowerScience Guitar Slide

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You can also use this photo guide by College envy (different way) :

How to turn your beer bottles into glass cups