Cut A Glass Bottle Using Nail Polish, String And Fire

There are a lot of fun ways you can reuse beer and wine bottles. Two months ago I showed you how to build a glass cutting jig on the cheap to make wine bottle glasses, but YouTube user TrashPeaches shares another easy method of precision cutting of glass bottles using acetone (nail polish), a cotton string and fire.

As the video above shows, what you're basically doing is tying a string in five or six loops around the bottle, removing that string with the loops intact and soaking it in acetone (nail polish remover), reapplying the string and setting it on fire, then plunging the bottle into cold water when the fire is almost out.

Make sure you don't breathe the fumes coming from the burning acetone, and turn the bottle as it burns so that the bottle is cut evenly. If you don't have nail polish remover handy, you can also buy pure acetone in most hardware stores in the paint section and it is also commercially marketed as a superglue remover.

How to cut a bottle using household items [YouTube via Recyclart]


    I've done this with metho before too.

    The post refers to nail polish and nail polish remover as if they are the same thing. When I first started reading I was excited because the Crimson Red nail polish I have here was just going to waste......

    Also, acetone can be used to disolve styrofoam, so all that packing material that takes up space in the bin can be disposed of easier

    Yeah, nail polish is kind of the opposite of nail polish remover. Plus a lot of nail polish removers are acetone-free or have a very low percentage of it, because it's kind of horrible for your skin/nails.

    Never use solvents to melt down styrofoam, this makes a simple version of napalm, and should not be used as a method of disposal, thankfully acetone evaporates faster then most other solvents.

    on a green note, using petrochemical solvents is not really a good idea if you are trying to recycle objects around the house, for those who care about carbon footprint, the solvents carbon footprint is not undone by reusing a bottle unless its processing is also carbon free.

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