About this project
We are the team C&C - a bunch of friends who gathered their best skills and qualities to make this project happen. Desire of keeping beautiful empty glass bottles to make a second use of them made us start working on this idea. To begin with, we did some research and found out that bottles can be cut. As this idea caught our eyes, we started to experiment with it. Lots of damaged bottles and different prototypes were made until we got to the point, where we had a useful bottle cutting tool. After showing it around and giving to some people handmade gifts, made from old bottles, we were ensured by others that this could be something more than just a home project for ourselves. We did some improvements on the technical and visual side and now the C&C Bottle Cutter is ready to meet the crowd. To make it as successful as possible, we are asking your help and support to start manufacturing. We are really excited to share it with you here, on Kickstarter.
C&C is a glass bottle cutter, which is designed to cut any diameter bottle super easy, fast and precisely at home.
With C&C you can create glasses, vases, candlesticks, lamp pendants, ashtrays and even aquariums.
C&C is made from durable laser cut plywood. Precision of laser cutting guarantees the strength to all connections of plywood parts. After laser cutting, parts get hand sanded or stained brown. Both options provide a beautiful finish. Then assembled together with a custom made cutter and screws.
Our first prototype was made only for one reason - to ensure that the glass bottles could be cut. Actually, it worked way better than it looks - even with non-adjustable cutter blade position, we were able to cut bottles.
Of course, in the beginning there were many failures, so we decided to create another design - with adjustable cutter blade positions. Our second prototype already was drawn on SolidWorks and plywood parts were laser cut. It was way better in the sense of cutting, but still with some flaws. The design was not as good, as we expected it to be, so we set up a new goal - the bottle cutter not only should cut perfectly, but also should be a perfect bottle holder. We made completely new aesthetic design and improved technical performance. After some last corrections we are finally ready for production.
There have been bottle cutters out in the market before, so why should anyone need exactly C&C? This was the main question that we asked for ourselves, when creating our product. We did a research and found out that non of them is perfect. Our goal was to make it as handy and perfect as possible, so this is what we got:
Comparing with other bottle cutters, that can cut only standard diameter bottles, with C&C you can cut starting from very small diameter bottle necks up until 3L jars. In addition to that, you can adjust the cutter length and keep it for the next bottle, for example, to create sets of equal glasses.
Comparing with other bottle cutters with only one cutter blade, you won't need to worry about buying new ones for a long time.
C&C does not only work perfectly, but it also looks great. Comparing with other bottle cutters, that can be used only for cutting, C&C works also as a beautiful wooden bottle stand. Different color variations are available.
With a single screw you can adjust the lenght of the cutter. You don’t need to fit in the bottle somewhere, just put it on the C&C and it’s ready to use. All step by step instructions how to use the C&C are added.
What you should know is that the C&C does not actually cut the bottle. It creates a score line on the bottle at the exact place where you need it to be split. By adding boiling and ice cold water, a thermal shock is caused and the bottle is split.
It takes only three steps to cut a bottle:
Take a round bottle and simply put it on the C&C like it is shown on our campaign video and instruction. Adjust the cutter to the place where you want the bottle to be split. Make one full circle by slowly rotating the bottle and keeping it in place. Do not add too much force. You should hear the glass cutter scratching the line. The score line should be slightly seen and continuous.
Slowly pour boiling water on the score line, then the ice cold water from the faucet. This action will cause the bottle to crack along the score line. Bottle may split at the first try, but it is possible that you might have to do it again, depending on the thickness of the glass. Better to add smaller amount of water many times than trying to do it with the first try and spoiling the glass. The water is supposed to get only on the score line and a bit around it. The rubber ring, included in the kit, helps to do that.
After splitting the bottle there is a sharp edge on both halves. Finish the sharp glass edge by using sandpaper. There are three different grit size sandpapers included in the kit (60, 120, 180). You should start with 60 grit sandpaper, that will remove the sharp edge fast. For smoother result use 120 and 180 grit sandpaper. After using the 180 grit sandpaper the edge is perfectly smooth for simple use. If you still want it smoother, you can buy higher grit sandpaper in any local store.
By supporting us and using C&C, you are helping the environment. Extend the life of glass bottles by creating new accessories, lamps and many other things instead of throwing them out. Give a second chance to empty bottles and jars.
It all started just as an idea of making some random glasses from empty bottles. By experimenting with C&C our team created a lot more. Get inspired!
Your pledge makes everything possible. 100% of the money raised will go towards the first production run of the C&C. Back our project and help us to meet minimum production requirements.
Risks and challenges
Our product works exactly the way we have explained. All components have been sourced and our manufacturers are lined up and ready to start production as soon as we reach funding goal.
Our goal is to have the finished product ready for shipping until April. If for some reason we do encounter delays we will be sure to keep you notified.
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