If you are looking for a methodical way to cut glass bottles, with consistent cuts, then let me introduce you to a bottle cutter that does exactly that.
The Creator’s Bottle Cutter (CBC) was mailed to me by the inventor and upon arrival I inspected the conforming box that the device came in. A full color attachment showed the bottle cutter and a few of the projects that you could create using cut bottles. The box was surprisingly light weight and the cutter came turn key out of the box. I was more than ready to begin scoring.
The Learning Curve – I was a little confused at first on how to properly use this bottle cutter and this resulted in less than adequate scoring. It was my apprehension of pressing on the bottle that ended up being the problem.
The scoring wheel sits on a spring that regulates the amount of pressure that’s being put on the bottle. You can’t really press too hard… since the bottle is resting on the rollers that’s as far as you can push it.
Creator’s Bottle Cutter Device
The Technique – By lowering the scoring wheel and tightening it down you are ready to position your bottle. Once the bottle is in position you simply release the scoring wheel and allow the spring to push it up against the bottle.
Carefully rotate the bottle around the base, holding down on the main part with the sheathing device and rotate the bottle with your other hand. After I figured out the proper technique I was ready to go.
Taking bottle cutting further.
It was very impressive to see consistent cuts coming off the CBC device. This alone was gratifying to me, but the CBC is so much more.
Once you set the device in the upright position you will notice a measuring scale that shows the length of your cuts. Being able to regulate the length of each cut is huge when it comes to doing bottle crafts that have multiple, identical length items.
Creator’s Bottle Cutter Measures Up
I’ve always wanted to create a pendant light with multiple cut bottles on it. I want to have them all cut to the same length. Just like the beer bottle glass sets would seem a little strange if one glass was taller than the others. “Mom, how come Billy always gets the taller glass!?” Once I figured out how the Creator’s Bottle Cutter worked I was ready to try different things like cool looking pendant lights that I wasn’t able to do with any of the other bottle cutting devices that I had used.
The picture below shows multiple scores on the same bottle with 1″ high rings. Given the length of the beer bottle that I was working with I ended up with a top and bottom with three perfectly sized rings upon completion.
The scores went down perfectly and the separation was flawless. I lined all of the pieces up and marveled at how easy the whole cutting process was.
Bottle dissection using the Creator’s Bottle Cutter
Finishing – Taking a light grit, wet sand paper to the edges of the cut bottle is highly recommended. Little shards are usually left behind after making the break. You want your edges to be smooth, not only for the end user (nobody wants a bloody lip), but for the look of your project as well.
The separation on all of the score lines I did was so precise that I really didn’t need to spend a lot of time sanding the bottle edges. I simply smoothed out the edges.
Creator’s Bottle Cutter Review Summary
With the ease in which you can score and separate your bottles, I found the Creator’s Bottle Cutter to be the perfect glass cutting tool for the types of projects that I wanted to put together. With a price tag of under $80 you are getting a top of the line bottle cutter.
Sturdy and easy to use, you will have a glass cutting tool that is built to last and will provide you with a consistent performance. This was huge for me given what I intended to do with it. I have been able to get other devices to separate glass before but no two pieces were ever completely identical.
The Creator’s Bottle Cutter will allow me to make all of my thought up bottle craft projects a reality.
I had a chance to talk with Ray Nicholas, the President of Creator’s Stained Glass Inc.
Along with the CBC, Ray has also invented numerous other glass cutting devices, like the Bottle Neck Cutter and the Linear Scoring Module, as well as other useful items that can all be found on his company’s web site. In conversation we talked about all the time he puts into creating his patented devices and how he likes to tinker with things. Ray is always trying to improve upon any given product!
All of the Creator’s products are Made in the U.S.A.
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