Wine Bottle Lamp

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Submitted by respaceit on Wed, 05/21/2014 - 11:05

Learn how to take an old wine bottle and convert it into an accent light figure. Use it in your kitchen, bedroom, bar and more. With just a few tools you can be on your way to creating something cool.

The tools you will need to get started are:
Power Drill
3/8 diamond drill bit (ask your home improvement store for bits made for glass)
If you find the lights are too hard to push through, then you can drill a 1/2 inch or 5/8 drill bit.
String light (25-50 LED lights)
Rustolem Glaze finish
Wet Sponge or access to a water hose

Here are some quick steps to use.

1) The first thing you will need to do is dampen the area where the hole will be drilled. When you cut through glass, it heats up really quick so you have to cool it down with a wet sponge or run cool water over it in between drilling.

2) Start off by slowly drilling an indent into the bottle. The drill bit will wobble around but once you get the groove in there, it will anchor itself and go through smooth.

3) Drill in increments, then wipe down to cool bottle and continue drilling again. The entire process to drill the hole through the bottle took me 5-7 min. Once the hole has been drilled, wipe it down with a sponge to get any loose glass chips off the bottle.

4) Take you LED lights and push in one bulb at a time into the hole drilled in bottle. You can use a coat hanger from the top (neck) of the bottle to pull the wires up.

5) Once all the wires are in the bottle, then tape up the remaining wires on the outside and the neck. Grab your glaze and spray it on. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area and wear a mask.

6) Once done, grab a 2 sided male extension cord from your home improvement store and plug it in and wash it glow.

Note: Although LED lights emit low heat, you may want to create some kind of ventilation for your bottle. I drilled another small 1/4 hole near the middle to allow for any built up heat to escape. You can also take a sharp tack and pierce the lid of the bottle.

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Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used
Rustolem Glaze Finish
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project

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