Everything old is new again, and that goes for some of the “green” crafts of the 70’s including recycling bottles and glass. DiamondTech is right on top of the trend with the G2 Generation Green Bottle Cutter. It was up for a CHA Innovation Award at Winter CHA, and I was excited to try it out myself.
Here’s how it’s described on the website:
Be part of Crafting a Green World, itâ€™s easy with the new Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter. Made from recycle aluminum, the g2 is lightweight and allows you to easily score and separate discarded bottles and wide-mouth jars in 3 steps. Its 6 turreted cutting head means cutting longevity. Using the g2 Bottle Cutter you can turn old glass bottles and jars into glass sculptures, vases, lamps shades, votive holder or fashion anything you can imagine.
The box comes with the cutter- you need to assemble it- a “tapper”, sandpaper, and instructions. Did I mention that the tool itself is “green,” as it’s made from 100% recycled aluminum! I thought that was a strong selling point.
I assembled the cutter pretty quickly- the instructions for assembly and all step-out photos, so you can see exactly how to put it together.
With the bottle cutter assembled, it was time to prep my bottles and jars. I had two wine bottles, two glass bottles, and a pickle jar. The instructions say to remove all labels and glue residue. After some prep, I was ready to go!
I stared with a glass bottle and started to get my cutter set up. There are wing nuts that need to be adjusted to get the bottle cutter in place. The instructions say you can just tighten them with your fingers, but I got very frustrated because the screw would just turn and turn- I had to put a screwdriver in the back in order to properly tighten the wing nuts. This of course, mean that I had to remove it from the bottle and hope that I didn’t shift it before I tightened it up.
It was a little unwieldy, as there is no base, per se- the bottle cutter rests in the mouth of the bottle, so you need to hold the bottle up. The system isn’t heavy at all to hold, but it still will knock the bottle over because of the weight and lack of counterbalance or base.
I read and re-read the instructions, and got ready to cut my first bottle. I made sure to told the cutter with the flat of my hand, not “grip” the cutter and guide bar. I also tried to keep in mind that you don’t need to use a lot of force- essentially, you are just scoring it.
The next step is to dunk the bottle in to alternating hot and cold water baths to get it to crack along the line and break. I filled my pot with hot water and a bucket with cold…and dunked for 5 seconds each about 5 times as directed. I though I heard it crack, but I’m not sure.
Then I took the “tapping” tool- the long metal wire with the plastic do-hicky in the middle and inserted it into the bottle. (Yeah, I know that it’s not technical, but I don’t know what it’s called.) I started tapping away. The glass broke, but not along the score line exactly.
I tried dunking it a few more times, and tapping again. I didn’t get far. I took the tapper out ofÂ the bottle and started tapping on the outside. It broke, but there was one part that was kind of jagged.
Now, as an aside, when I was working with the wine bottle, I didn’t really have a big enough pot. I tried to make the score line close to the top, so I know that the line would be submerged. However, I couldn’t submerge the entire bottle, so maybe that was the problem.
A little daunted but not completely discouraged, I tried yet another beverage bottle.
Same process. Adjust the cutter, make the score, dunk the bottle, and tap….
Great for a bar fight, but nowhere near the clean cut I’d hoped for. Assuming at this point that I was doing something drastically wrong, I set a larger pot of water on to boil and took a moment to review the video on the site.
The only think I identified as a problem was the water temperature- my water was hot and steaming, but not just past the full boil. So for the next two tries, I made sure the water was at a boil and then turned off the heat. That water was hot!
Back to step one: score. By the way, this was a much bigger bottle.
I had to lay the bottle down and tap it from the outside. It just wouldn’t crack! Finally I started to wail on it a bit- and, well, force didn’t help.
Lastly, I had a pickle jar. It was much harder to get it set up, because you have to position the part that usually goes IN the bottle on the opposite side of the mouth of the jar, and it kept slipping. This actually was really frustrating! But I got it set up, scored the best line I could, and then did my dunking. This time,Â dunked back and forth 3 times, and then let it rest in the ice water a bit longer to see if cold glass broke better.
So there I was. I had 5 bottles to try, and all 5 were failures. I followed the instructions, I watched the video- and I know I heard a few of them crack! But no nice edges for me.
I’m willing to chalk this one up to my being a craft test DUMMY. But if I got these results, I wonder if “average jane crafter” would get much better. (?)
So folks, this one has me stumped. I obviously cannot recommend it, and I can’t help you if you are having problems. I’ll do some research and see if the Royal “we” can’t figure it out and get back to you at a later date! Suggestions welcome…
Disclosure: sample provided for review purposes.