1. On covered work surface, follow manufacturer's instructions to coat bottle labels with sealer or shellac (Fig. 1). Apply second coat on labels, letting dry between coats. (Note: The sealer prevents label from coming off when dipped into water to separate score.)
2. Measure and use black marker to mark line 5-1/4" from the bottom of bottle. (Fig. 2).
3. Follow manufacturer's instructions to use bottle cutter to score on drawn line and cut into two halves. Smooth rough edges.
4. Clean cut edges with vinegar/water solution and clean cloth. (Note: Foil will not adhere properly if glass is dirty or oily.)
5. Remove backing on 4" of copper foil. Center edge of glass on sticky side of foil, beginning on back of bottle. Wrap entire cut edge with foil, overlapping ends 1/4". (Fig. 3).
6. Use a pencil to rub surface of foil onto edge of glass. Press firmly, being careful to not tear foil. (Fig. 4).
7. Replace cork back into bottle. Use rubber mallet to gently tap cork to fit. (Fig. 5).
8. Embellish sides and top of bottle with decorative buttons. Use hot glue to secure. (Fig. 6).
9. Position bottle top on bottle bottom using painters' tape to hold in place. Position bottle on pillow or zip-lock bag of rice to prevent rolling.
10. Find center on front and back label; use black marker to mark area. (Note: This marks spots for front catch and back hinge.)
11. Wearing gloves, follow manufacturer's instructions to mix two-part epoxy glue. Use toothpick to apply small amount epoxy onto back bottom portion of front catch and press onto bottle (Fig. 7). Repeat process to apply epoxy onto top portion with top part of catch. Let dry.
12. Turn bottle over and follow steps 10 and 11 to attach hinge onto back of bottle (Fig. 8). Let dry.
1. Always wear safety goggles when using glass-crafting tools.