Bud Vase Trio by The Curiosity Shoppe
You’d think we’d had a baby with all the lovely flowers people have been sending us since we opened our Shoppe 2 weeks ago. We’re flattered and thankful…and completely out of vases. Luckily we’ve recently discovered the joys of glass cutting. We normally prefer crafts of the soft and fuzzy variety, so to pick up a hobby that requires fire, ice and glass has been a bit of a departure for us. But it turns out that cutting glass is easier than you’d think, and completely painless. With the surprising array of colors wine and beer bottles come in, you don’t have to be Tord Boontje to create a beautiful little bud vase trio. Click “read more” for the full instructions!
Derek and Lauren
Making a vase out of a glass bottle isn’t rocket science, but it does take some practice. Don’t be upset or frustrated if you end up sacrificing a few bottles to the recycling bin before you master the fine art of scoring. To get started, adjust the cutter so that your bottle lies flat on the rollers with the scoring blade at your desired height. Using both hands, carefully roll the bottle towards you, keeping steady pressure as you create as straight a score line as possible around the entire bottle. Remember that to get a nice clean break in your glass it’s more important that the line be straight, not necessarily deep.
Now it’s time for the fire and ice. Light your candle, and holding the score line directly above the flame, slowly rotate the bottle for 20-30 seconds. Then do a few quick rotations so that the score line is evenly heated all around. Next, grab an ice cube and slide it along the score. This is where it gets interesting. If you hear any clicks or tiny cracking noises, this is a good sign. Most bottles won’t separate during the first round, so you may have to repeat the fire and ice routine a few times before the bottle magically (and cleanly!) snaps in two.
Soften the cut edges of the glass with sandpaper and you’ve got yourself a perfect little vase (or votive holder, or drinking glass)… Experiment with different sizes and heights and you’ll see that the possibilities are endless!