Step 4: Making the cuts

Now that you've traced everything out, it's time to start our cutting. For the circles, I've chose my holesaws based on the bottles I'm using, and going to use a drill press for this. Since it's especially important that everything be properly lined up, I'd recommend this to everyone attempting this project. The drill press will make sure my cuts are even and in line without wandering out of position.

Wear proper eye protection. I'm sure I sound like a broken record, but no one wants a metal sliver in their eye!! With that said, this is messy, so I'd make sure you're working in an area that metal shavings won't be an issue.

I'd recommend placing the aluminum on top of a piece of wood, then clamping them down to the drill press bench to make sure they won't move. When cutting metal, make sure to run your drill press at a higher RPM and if you don't have cutting oils, use water to keep the temps down. It will make a world of difference. Now you're ready to make your 20 cuts to the aluminum. This one is time consuming, but pretty simple. Move at a speed that feels comfortable, as you don't want to crack your bit.

When cutting the acrylic, you want to run your drill press at a lower RPM. This will prevent the acrylic from melting. If it starts gumming up your saw, your cuts will take much longer, and you can risk cracking the acrylic.

I've intentionally left the exact measurements out of this, but I'll include the exact measurements for my layout at the end.
To be honest, when I saw beer bottles and diamond plating I rolled my eyes. This actually turned out pretty damn good! All I can picture though is flipping it up sideways on my wall and using the bottle necks as a coat rack (a single row version at least). Maybe use wine bottles and make a necklace/jewelry hanger for the wife!
<p>I think you mean a Beer Bottle Chandelbeer!!!!</p><p>HA HA HA HA HA HA :P</p>
Love it! Where can you get diamond plated aluminum?
You can shop around for it online at decently affordable prices, especially if you want to get a larger sheet and cut it yourself. I got mine from home depot I believe. I probably paid more than necessary for it there, but at the time I just wanted to make something cool and it was perfect! I think after looking into it more, it would have been more affordable to replace the top piece of mirrored lexan with metal as well.
I'm going to be making different versions of these to use in our night club. Nice job.....
<p>That'd be really cool! Send me some pics when you get them up!</p>
Hey There!! This is Michael from Elemental LED, The creator of your inspiration! Your chandelier looks awesome! The blue bottles are a great touch, as well as the top acrylic piece. Good Job!! <br> <br>Michael :)
I will add though, I was bummed I couldn't come up with a cool way to integrate the beer caps in mine.
I'm glad you liked it. I loved the one you did, but I didn't have access or the knowledge on welding to make something similar to yours. It got me thinking about how I'd come up with a nice scaled down version. Mine doesn't have all the cool effects like yours, but I think it's still flashy enough to get some attention, lol
nice it looks pretty cool, too bad it doesn't put out much light tho, or is that just the pic
I wouldn't count on it to light up a room, but it'll look good anywhere you hang it, lol. It puts out about as much light as the lights people place on the underside of their cabinets to light up their counters. <br> <br>I just uploaded some more pictures. I had thought about taking it a step further and hunting for three small recessed lights to place in here. They would have fit great and made it so it still gave off some nice lighting while keeping the cool look, but I didn't want to worry just yet how I'd wire it all together or fasten the lighting in place. But that's my suggestion for taking it a bit further.
I'm glad you guys like it. I kept the design simple because there was no need to overly complicate things. I've been debating on adding some pod lighting to the bottom panel, but overall I still love this one. The cuts take a little bit of time, but that's only because there's 40 of them, lol
dude! awesome idea, granted im only 16, im still gonna do this in my little workshop, awesome idea, and the blue bottles add an awesome touch. Very nice work as well, Thank you for sharing

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