I have been wanting to cut my bottles into vases, lights and glasses for about 3 years but never took the plunge. That is, until I saw an ad for the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter. I have attempted DIY projects in the past with moderate success and figured this would be a simple process. Initially, I was dead wrong! But, like the saying goes, “Practice makes perfect.”
After cutting the bottles I had on-hand with the Kinkajou bottle cutter I am looking forward to using it more in the future.
[column size=one_half position=first ]I eagerly unwrapped my Kinkajou Bottle Cutter from Bottling Cutting Inc., feeling very Christmas-y. The cutter includes some bottle rings, a few pieces of sand paper, a glass finishing tool, some stickers and a quick instruction pamphlet to get you on your way. Typically, as the stereotype goes, I skip reading any and all instructions. This time I did not, and I am glad for it. Read them a couple of times, and go online to watch their instructional videos before cutting. The more knowledge you have up front, the more success you are going to have. I did not watch any online tutorials for my first night of cutting, and the results were disastrous (see below).[/column]
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[column size=one_half position=first ]My first night, after reading the instructions and feeling VERY confident ended up with me cutting 12 junk bottles for practice and having a total of 2 with clean breaks. A few things factored into my difficulties with the cuts on my first night and none of them were the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter (in my opinion).
1. I did not watch all of the tutorial videos. If I had, I would have used 1 bottle to perfect the scoring technique.
2. Some of the bottles I was practicing on were very thin and cracked irregularly.
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My second night, I cut 6 bottles and 5 had clean breaks. This was after I watched the Kinkajou training videos. My third night was the same. I only ran into trouble when the glass would break unevenly, which is just a defect in the glass being exposed.
The one thing I wish the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter had was some measurement markers on the adjustment bars that tighten around the bottle. I ended up with uneven score lines a few times when I was less than careful in making my adjustments. I think some measurement markers would help with the ease in aligning.
My words of advice would be to:
1. Read the instructions.
2. Watch the videos.
3. Practice on some junk bottles before doing any of your good bottles.
4. Perfect your technique.
5. Take your time.
Then, once you feel comfortable, dive into your good bottles and have fun making some cool accessories out of your old bottles!
I loved using the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter and cannot wait to make some cool glasses, vases and light fixtures.