I like to browse Etsy and other online stores for cute, crafty things that I’d like to try someday. Lately, I’ve really enjoyed looking at hurricane candles like the ones you see here at this Artfire Shop.
These hurricane candles looked easy to make, and the materials didn’t seem all that expensive. I thought if I could pull it off, then I could maybe sell them at my Etsy store, too.
I finally had time to give it a try, and with the help of my husband, I think it turned out rather nice.
- A Glass Cutter/Scorer. There are several you can try on Amazon, though I used a Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter because it was the cheapest.
- Glass Bottle. I used empty sparkling cider bottles – but wine, soda, or water bottles work too so long as they’re glass.
- Pot filled with hot water
- Pot filled with cold water
- Protective gear – eye mask, face mask, and gloves would be best since you’re dealing with glass shards and varying temperatures.
First, assemble your bottle cutter.
The instructions for the Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter were the worst I’ve ever seen. The pictures weren’t particularly helpful, and the instructions were so short and vague that I had to have my husband help me out. We both kind of guessed at it, and I think we got the general idea after a lot of trial and error.
Really, the manufacturers need to rethink their instructions. . .
This is what the bottle cutter looks like when it’s assembled and ready to cut. It’s kind of neat how it can be adjusted to fit different sized bottles. I tried it on both a regular sized bottle and a mini bottle, and it worked fairly well for both sizes. (Pardon the mess in my hallway.)
Note: Wash the bottle before starting this project. Labels and glue should be gone before beginning, as these will dull the bottle scorer.
Next, use the bottle cutter to make a fine score all the way around the bottle. You want to press hard enough that it makes a slight grating sound as it cuts. However, you don’t want to push too hard because the instructions warn against cutting too deep. A frothy, deep cut won’t separate cleanly compared to a thin, hair-like line around the bottle.
After making the score, you’ll want to put your bottle in hot and cold water. It’s best to have the two close together.
When you’re ready, dip the bottle in the hot (practically boiling) water for 5 to 10 seconds.
Then dip it in the cold (icy) water for 5 to 10 seconds.
Repeat the process a few times. The scored line will start making cracking sounds, and then the bottom half falls off on its own. If it falls into the hot water, make sure to use some tongs or something to fish it out because it will be HOT.
If you did it right, the edges will be nice and clean around the bottle. However, I haven’t quite mastered the technique. The first time I did it without my husband’s help, the bottle didn’t crack along the score at all. I tried making another score higher up above the original crack and attempted to do it again with the same bottle. After several hot and cold dunks, the bottle cracked everywhere but the score line and I ended up throwing it away.
But, practice makes perfect, and I’m rather happy with how my mini hurricane candle holder turned out. The bottom and the top separated cleanly.
I sanded the edges to a smooth finish, and put it on this cute candle base.
I’ll save the bigger bottle for my next project. I plan on making a hanging hurricane candle holder, like the one I see here at this Artfire shop.
As for the base of the bigger bottle, I’m thinking about turning it into a candle holder as you see here, or possibly filling it with wax and turning it into a candle.
I particularly like how the bottles add a fun tint of green to the light, like you’re at the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland or maybe some other more exotic place.
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