June 12, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Video on Sanding Edges of Cut Glass Bottles

In the previous post, I created a video on how to cut a wine bottle and included plans on making a cutter yourself. I hope you enjoyed that project idea.

I didn’t really talk much about sanding the edges smooth where the bottle was cut. Most people use sandpaper to smooth these by hand sanding the edges. Well, I thought of an even better idea which is included in the video below with a rotary drum sanding wheel.

As discussed in the video, listed below are some of the sanding drum wheels I found:

Sanding Tips & Safety

In the video, there are some things I forgot to mention.

  1. Sand Paper Types for Glass: Most sanding paper or drum wheels use aluminum oxide which works for glass, but there are premium types of sandpaper that work even better. Silicon carbide sandpaper or diamond grit wheels are 2 types that works better.
  2. Glass Dust Safety Issue: Sanding glass can make silica airborne and breathed in which causes a serious health problem known as silicosis. Using a fast moving rotary drum wheel will release even more. To combat this, most people either sprinkle on water while they are sanding or dip the paper in a bucket of water occasionally. The water will prevent the dust from getting in the air. You can also use a quality dust mask.
  3. Grits: When sanding, it’s best to use at least 2-3 different grit sandpapers. Start with a course grit such and finish with a fine grit. I only used 120 grit to finish, but that isn’t very fine. Use up to 400 grit for a smoother finish.


If you have a question or suggestion, please post a comment below. Thanks!

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Eric Robert
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I am the owner and creator of this website. I got my start in etching many years ago. At first I wanted to start a business, but after finding a lot of cool information through countless hours of researching, I decided to etch as a hobby and build this website to help others. -Eric

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8 comments so far

  1. Nevruz

    June 17th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    This tool seems really great. Your personalized-works also! You really inspire me to be a glass artist, but this is a too much luxury for conditions of Turkey :) Many thanks for the video, keep producing good-quality art-job. Best regards,

  2. Ernie

    June 18th, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Great tip! Another way to smooth the rim is to incorporate your etching design that will include frosting the rim, or taping off a decorative band or ring at the top.

    You can also check out a diamond sanding block used to de-burr the edge of a ceramic tile. They can be found in the tile cutting and grout applying supplies at hardware or tile stores.

    Our old friend “Harbor Freight ” has diamond grinding tool including little barrel sanders for dremel tools. I also have found them on Ebay under search “Dremel tool”.

    Keep the tips coming!


  3. Tony

    May 25th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Thank you very much for you tips they are simple and help a lot again thank you

  4. Mea

    August 5th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks — very helpful. Have struggled with getting bottle glasses smoothed at the rim. Nicely presented. Mea

  5. Gloria

    September 7th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Are U using any type of protection ? What about glass dust that can be breath in to your lungs ? Just asking I heard it could be dangerous .

  6. Jessica

    November 24th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Eric – do you ever want or need to polish your glass to give it an optimal shine or feel? I’m thinking about polishing my glass vases that I’ve etched into, but I’m not sure which accessories to use for that. Do you have any recommendations? I saw some polishing accessories by Dremel like the brushes or wheels, but not sure if they would do the trick.

    Thank you!

  7. Chris

    December 11th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I do have a question: What is the name of the sanding utensil you used at the end for final buffing/smoothing? Looks like a starfish or something?

  8. Eric Robert

    Eric Robert

    December 12th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    @ Chris- it’s just a piece of finer sandpaper. It was a leftover sandpaper disc used at the bottom of a floor sander. I used it to redo my wood floors. Any sand paper should work.

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