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Ideas for Breaking Bottles

Postby tgotch » Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:10 am

I am trying to break wine bottles to get large chunks of glass to do some fusing. I have recently tried to wrap the bottle in a plastic bag, and strike it with a hammer. The result more shattering, with a lot of small pieces, and very few large pieces.

Any ideas of how I can break these bottles and get larger pieces of glass?

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Re: Ideas for Breaking Bottles

Postby Valerie Adams » Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:34 am

Looking at your website, it appears you must be using a tile saw to cut bottles. Can't you just chop them up in bigger sizes with your saw?

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Re: Ideas for Breaking Bottles

Postby tgotch » Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:03 am

Valerie Adams wrote:Looking at your website, it appears you must be using a tile saw to cut bottles. Can't you just chop them up in bigger sizes with your saw?


I could, but that is a bit time consuming, plus I am looking for more of a "broken" look.

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Re: Ideas for Breaking Bottles

Postby Brock » Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:21 am

Score. Tap. Break . . .

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Re: Ideas for Breaking Bottles

Postby Laurie Spray » Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:15 am

Would it work tomheat it in the kiln then dunk into a bucket of cold water?? Never tried it but might be interesting.........
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Re: Ideas for Breaking Bottles

Postby Morganica » Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:10 am

As Brock said. Make a few random scores on the clean bottle, then stick it in your plastic bag and whack it with the hammer. It'll still break, but the scores will relieve some of the shattering.

You could also try dropping it on a corner of a concrete stair from about 3 feet up. When I do that the bottle always breaks, and there goes the wine...
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Re: Ideas for Breaking Bottles

Postby Tom Fuhrman » Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:24 am

also try scoring and then put in a box and hit it with a sharp flame from a torch. It should give you nice larger pieces.

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Re: Ideas for Breaking Bottles

Postby bob proulx » Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:46 pm

Tom Fuhrman wrote:also try scoring and then put in a box and hit it with a sharp flame from a torch. It should give you nice larger pieces.

That' how I do it.
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Re: Ideas for Breaking Bottles

Postby Peter Angel » Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:11 pm

Hitting it with a hammer is applying too much force.

Try putting it in a plastic bag, tying a knot in the plastic bag, and dropping it from a moderate height onto a hard surface eg stand on a chair and drop it on it's side onto concrete.
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Postby rosanna gusler » Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:09 pm

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Re: Ideas for Breaking Bottles

Postby Brock » Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:33 pm

"Hitting it with a hammer is applying too much force."

That might just depend how hard you hit it, doncha think?

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Re: Ideas for Breaking Bottles

Postby Kevin Midgley » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:21 pm

Isn't doncha think the sound of a correctly scored and struck bottle breaking? :lol:

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Re: Ideas for Breaking Bottles

Postby Tammy Macdonald » Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:06 am

Kevin Midgley wrote:Isn't doncha think the sound of a correctly scored and struck bottle breaking? :lol:


I'd guess the correct spelling would be -- doncha TINK :roll:

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Re: Ideas for Breaking Bottles

Postby Tod » Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:21 am

For fun & in the name of science, you could also try lighting up your propane torch and hit the bottle with the flame...
Maybe fry it in a pan like we used to do with marbles?
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