Are you the type that likes to recycle? Do you save glass bottles?
Well I have got a tip for you that will bring new life to old Wine Bottles.
Lets make small lamps with them for indirect lighting! Great for ambient lighting, or even gifts.
NOTE: I did not originally come up with this idea. I wish I did, but in my keyword search on a title for this article I discovered there is nothing new under the sun.
Ok are you ready to make some awesome bottle lights? Well lets get started.
Things you will need:
Drill or drill press with 1/2 inch carbide or glass cutting drill bit
Here is the drill bit I used the most.
Duct tape / electricians tape or a solid base to hold your bottle still
WD40 or water for lubricant
Miniature light string with 20 lights
Patience….lots of Patience!
In the pics you will see below, I first started out drilling the bottle in the sink with painters tape wrapped around the bottle to get the drill to not wobble around and start. I was also using a plain glass cutting carbide bit which I later changed over to a better drill bit.
When I got the better drill bit I borrowed a drill press which made it a lot easier to manage. I almost completely submerged the bottle in water to lubricate it. This bit was like a spade bit designed for cutting through glass.
With this drill bit you can usually complete 3 bottles. It really depends on the thickness of the glass and if lubricant is used.
Steady the glass bottle and drill a 1/2 inch hole in the bottle. Its that simple, but take your TIME doing so.
It takes anywhere from 40 minutes to well over 1.5 hrs depending on the glass the sharpness of the bit.
The bottles in these pics are a jagermeister bottle, a Kahlua bottle, and a blue wine bottle called once bitten. I have made several true wine bottle lights but at the time of this writing they are all wrapped up as gifts.
Do not force it and break the glass, take your time. This is not at all like drilling metal or wood.
You really need a variable speed drill or drill press and maintain a speed of 350-600 rpm.
Once you have honed out your hole, feed the lights through the hole and use a coat hanger to adjust to the lights to your liking inside the bottle. I used the 20 strand of lights found at Wal-Mart.
That’s basically it, now you have a really cool ambient light.
- Get yourself a nice wine bottle
- Secure it still with tape or whatever
- Drill a hole in it with the special bit
- Patience don’t rush it…this could take awhile (40mins to 1hr)
- Rinse it out really good
- Feed the lights through it
- Enjoy your craft
If you feel this is too much for you, you can order them online here