Cracking Off: The time honoured way to cut glass...

 
   
   
 
 

You've probably noticed many of the homes built by natural builders often have some artistic expression designed into the building. In centuries gone by this was done through wood and stone carvings and pargeting with lime and clay. Many modern natural homes still add embellishments to their homes in the traditional ways but also use other materials normally considered waste.

 
   
 
       

Many use bottles to add some colour, light and design to a wall here and there. Below are a few examples with links to facebook. Bottles used in walls in this way are cut and taped together presenting the ends of the bottle on both sides of the wall stretching across the whole thickness of the wall. Cutting the bottle can be a bit of a challenge if you don't know the best way to do it. As with many simple and effective techniques we can look back to the Roman period to around AD 20 when cracking off was invented (see the video above). You don't need a fancy turntable to try this at home. In the video right you'll find a DIY approach.

 
   
 

Cracking Off
DIY bottle cutting

 
 
           
 
 
 
   
     

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