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How do I cut the bottom off a glass wine bottle?

There are a few different ways to do this, but most of them involve extremes of temperature: first intense heat along the line where you want to cut the bottle, and then submerging in cold water, ...
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What can I do to smooth and polish hand cut glass edges?

I think I can help you. To make a living, I carve glass. Tabletops, door fronts, serving platters, and almost anything else made of glass has seen my efforts. By far the best tool to use would be ...
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How do I remove labels from glass jars/bottles?

There usually two different kinds of glue you commonly find. One will come off if you just soak the label under water over night. Doesn't have to be soapy. It helps to score the surface of the label ...
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How do I cut the bottom off a glass wine bottle?

There are certainly several methods to be found online however most of them can have mixed results where you edges are concerned. This can be done rather well with a scoring jig, regular glass cutter ...
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Which glue should I use to attach paper to glass?

We make beer. We occasionally make labels for that beer. The easiest, best cheapest way to attach the labels is... ready for this... you sure??? Milk. Don't know why, don't ask why. It works. You ...
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What paint works for "mock" stained glass?

A very simple approach are Window Colour types of paint (example). They basically produce removable decals. You can either work directly on the glass or - if bottle design and pattern permit - work ...
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How should I fix a large mirror ball with many cracked mirrors?

See if you can find some adhesive vinyl with a mirrored surface. I had some a few years ago and it was every bit as reflective as the individual squares of a mirror ball. The material is meant for ...
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How do I remove labels from glass jars/bottles?

There are 2 kinds of glue used in bottles (as far as I'm aware): Water based glue; Oil based glue; To remove For water based Leave the bottle soaking overnight and scrub it next day. For oil ...
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How do I cut the bottom off a glass wine bottle?

There is yet another, more elegant solution, requiring no cutting tools. Safety goggles or glasses. Protect your eyes. Gather the following materials: Large metal bowl (common kitchen bowl) Glass ...
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What is a good technique for drilling holes in glass bottles?

This can be done, but the difference can have more to do with the type of glass than the method. From personal experience, tempered glass is inherently stressed and is almost impossible to work with. ...
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What is a good technique for drilling holes in glass bottles?

Always wear safety glasses! (It's a good idea with any drilling, but especially when drilling through glass.) There are specialty bits made for drilling through glass that can be found at most ...
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What can I do to smooth and polish hand cut glass edges?

A tile cutter with a diamond blade works to smooth the edges of glass. I bought one at a garage sale to cut slate tiles and found it also works to finish glass edges. Mine has a way to tilt the blade ...
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What can I do to smooth and polish hand cut glass edges?

By the sounds of your application, a table-top glass grinder is the right answer. I'm saying this from a couple assumptions: It sounds like you're making many of these and just want a nice edge to ...
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What should I consider when making homemade steam distillation equipment?

Steam distillation is used to convert catnip leaves to concentrated catnip oil. There is an Instructable that I've followed in the past to make what they call kitty crack. It's relatively simple, at ...
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Proper glue to adhere laser printed paper to glass beads

There is a pretty big ‘cabochon’ crafts movement that sounds a lot like what you are talking about: Flattened glass bead + acrylic emulsion glue + laser print + backing. The first video I Found on ...
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How do I smooth, cut, and drill holes in glass found on the beach?

For drilling glass, drill bits for tiles (the spear-point type) work. Work wet and go slowly. I've seen them down to 3mm. You need to hold the glass steady, but a cordless drill will be adequate. If ...
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What are good methods to attach glass to wood?

Epoxies are the essential answer to your question. Since you are affixing two materials that can expand or contract quote a bit, you need to choose an epoxy that will not shrink and risk cracking the ...
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What paint works for "mock" stained glass?

Most of the sites I've found on the internet recommend Deco Art for buying glass-staining paint. They sell specialised paint for use on glass, both transparent and pearlescent, as well as an opaque ...
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How do I remove labels from glass jars/bottles?

If you have particularly tough to remove labels, I have found Goo Gone to be very effective. Apply a bit to the label and let it sit for a couple of minutes. The label should come off really easily. ...
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How do I remove labels from glass jars/bottles?

There are specialised chemical sprays, available reasonably cheaply, for doing exactly this: I've always used the Maplins one. It comes in an aerosol spray bottle and with a long thin tube to attach ...
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How do I remove labels from glass jars/bottles?

Method for effortless removing labels and glue: Fill the bottle with boiling water and wait a few minutes. High temperature should weaken the adhesive, so the labels can be peeled in one piece. Use a ...
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What paint works for "mock" stained glass?

When I did my faux stained glass window (see below) I used hot glue to do the "lead" outline. It worked really well on glass because although it sticks very well, if I made a mistake I could remove it ...
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How do I remove labels from glass jars/bottles?

For labels not affected by the dishwasher I found that WD-40 removes most glues, and it has the advantage that it is easily absorbed by paper labels so just spraying it on the label and waiting is ...
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Is it possible to melt a glass bottle without a kiln?

Glass has a melting temperature of around 1400-1600°C (see here ), and most household ovens top out at around 200-250°C so no, you cannot melt glass in a normal home oven.
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How to sand food safe glass by hand

You would use a hand held diamond file. They are sold specifically for the purpose you are describing (fixing chipped articles). There are a number of articles and videos online which detail the ...
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Is it possible to recycle the glass bottles and jar in desired shape and size by melting?

Yes, The general term is 'bottle slumping'. There are several images on pinterest. The glass is heated to the point that it can be shaped. Current trends are to use a Kiln, with temperatures ...
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How do I smooth, cut, and drill holes in glass found on the beach?

First you need a tool to work the glass. I suggest a dremel or similar rotary tool for that, but there are vast differences in quality: You can get a dremel / rotary tool including a collection of ...
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How do I remove labels from glass jars/bottles?

Vinegar I had never found just water alone to work. I usually felt the need to remove most of the label before I recycled it. But now I have tried vinegar to much success. Here is the bottle I tested ...
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How do I remove labels from glass jars/bottles?

I homebrew, so on occasion end up removing labels from previously-enjoyed beer bottles before reusing for bottling my own beer. I've found that soaking overnight in a water solution of sodium ...
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How do I remove labels from glass jars/bottles?

Ours is the low-tech, slow method. An overnight soak in soapy water (start it out hot) usually helps the glue release pretty nicely and softens the paper so that it's easy to scrape. If the first ...
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