For my Upcycle project, I decided to make a collection of items with rustic aesthetics out of wine bottles. To achieve this, I decided to look into glass cutting and the type of textures you can get from glass. As glass is brittle and usually hard to work with, I had to be careful, so I purchased a glass-cutting kit from amazon that included special gloves and a pencil to score the glass before cutting. I first had to remove the labels from the bottles, which I accomplished by using hot water, baking soda, and a credit card.
Now that the glass was clean, I could start with my first idea: to cut the bottom off a bottle with a bulge and cut the neck off the same bottle. From there, I could sand the edges, so there were no sharp areas and glue the neck of the bottle to the bulge of the bottom to create a wine glass. After letting the super glue cure for a day, I was able to test for leakage and use it the next day. It now sits in my cabinet, waiting for it to be used.
My next idea was to use a bottle as a canvas for painting. So when thinking of what I wanted to paint, I thought of my favorite artist, Van Gogh. The Starry Night painting could be a good test for me to try out on the bottle. So I started by painting a white rectangle on the bottle and taped an inner rectangle where I painted it royal blue. From there, I could try my best to recreate and add some of my artistic liberties (more like mistakes) to the painting. As you can see below, I believe it turned out quite well for my abilities.
Finally, I experimented with cutting a unique shape out of the bottle. I chose to try to cut a raindrop out of the bottle to turn it into a candle. I initially taped out the raindrop shape and scored it into the bottle, as seen in the photos below. Then I poured boiling water followed by cold water, which caused the bottle to crack in non-scored areas and eventually break into the sink, as seen below. I think this happened because I forgot to pour the boiling water over the whole bottle before pouring the cold water. I also believe that I could have scored the bottle a little deeper to penetrate and cause the break to happen easier. In my upcoming trials, I will make sure I implement these changes.