Introduction: "Floating" Chain Wine Bottle Holder

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I hate buying things when I can make them myself. A family member wanted a wine bottle holder like this, and I saw an opportunity to make something cool and improve my welding skills. I quite like the idea behind this sort of bottle holder. A chain (something not often associated with holding up an object all by itself) is turned into a solid support for a wine bottle.

Step 1: What You Need:

Picture of What You Need:

- Access to a welder
- A welding mask, gloves and appropriate clothing
- About 3.5 feet of steel chain; DO NOT use a galvanized metal chain (I used a chain with 1.25" long links; for anyone using the same sized chain I'll list the number of links that correspond to each measurement)
- Spray paint and clear coat
- An empty wine bottle

Step 2: The Base

Picture of The Base

- Arrange about 17.5" of chain (14 links) into a circle; I used the lid of a jar as a guide.
- Weld the links together.

Step 3: The Stem

Picture of The Stem

- Drape the chain over an empty paint can or some other object so that part of the chain is almost perpendicular to the base. However, you don't want the chain to be straight up and down at a 90 degree angle. Rather, you want the chain to be offset slightly, at around an 85 degree angle.
- Weld 7.5" (6 links) of vertical chain together. Pay special attention to the bottom link.
- If you want you can weld the bottom link at a bit of an angle, giving the stem a more curved look.

Step 4: The Neck Hole

Picture of The Neck Hole

- Arrange the chain into a circle with a diameter of about 1 3/8" to 1 1/2" at the top of the "stem" you welded in the last step.
- Weld the circle.
- Check to see if the bottle holder works with a larger, preferably empty wine bottle.
- Wrap the remaining chain around the neck of the wine bottle.
- Weld the rest of the chain, including the dangling end.

Step 5: Painting

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- Clean up the metal.
- I applied two coats of spray paint (I used semi-gloss black), and one light touch-up coat.
- I then applied two coats of clear coat.


cfinley4 (author)2014-02-18

I love the idea of this project and had a couple hours to kill so I just finished making mine right now! Currently it is drying in my shop! I ran into a few problems along the way so my designs a bit different but check it out!

M3G (author)cfinley42014-02-19

That looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

TIG maybe?

i agree TIG would work great for this

M3G (author)cfinley42014-02-19

By the way, how did you get the metal so nice and clean?

Logisticz made it! (author)2015-06-05

Its been a while when I made this (probably May 2014?) But I never manage or even remembered to post it here.

It has been literally my first work with a welder, and as you obviously see was not set correctly. All those "blobs" etc. However my Dad (fathersday present) loved it with all those blobs all over it. It was a fun project which I made with just scrap lying around.

Thanks again for the inspiration!

M3G (author)Logisticz2015-06-07

Great work! I'm glad your dad liked it!

FalconXLunch (author)2017-11-29

Im making one in my welding class and this instructible just made it 100X easier! Thank you so much and when i finish it ill show you :D

jaynolan1127 made it! (author)2016-01-13

Just made this at my local Makerspace. Akron Syn Hack.

jaynolan1127 (author)2016-01-13

Just made this at my local MakerSpace. Akron Syn Hack

zposner (author)2014-10-02

Do you mind if I make them and then sell them? It is a great idea

MicioGatta (author)2014-09-20

Magical! >^-^<

M3G (author)MicioGatta2014-09-20


keepintouch (author)2014-05-16

nice job

M3G (author)keepintouch2014-05-16

Thank you!

keepintouch (author)2014-05-16

nice job

Mr. D. (author)2014-02-17

Wine should be stored with the cork facing down.

M3G (author)Mr. D.2014-02-17

I'm still a teenager, so I don't know much about wine :p. However, I intended for this to be used for shorter periods of time, such as a dinner party.

bricabracwizard (author)M3G2014-03-31

White wine is very rarely corked so wouldn't matter. Reds are different. I must say I would use your cool "Floating" chain wine bottle holder in fine dining.....the bottle would only be in the holder for a short time. Storage is usually done on racks anyway.

Mr. D. (author)M3G2014-02-17

:) Well, when storing wine, you want it to tilt down so that the wine rest against the cork. This helps to keep the cork wet preventing air from seeping through the pores of the cork and helps preserve the flavor of the wine. No the wine will not leak out. You will notice this in wine rooms and cellars where wine is stored for many years. It is best to do this even for short periods of time, thought it is ok not to, ie bottles standing straight up during dinner.

Just some info for your future projects if you make another one.

Good build.

M3G (author)Mr. D.2014-02-17

Thanks for the info!

silvertank (author)Mr. D.2014-02-18

Sorry, but no. Red wine is generally stored on its side to allow the cork to be wet (prevent oxidation), and allow the sediment to fall downward. If sediment hits the cork it can become tainted. This clever design actually keeps the cork wet and allows sediment to fall down to the bottom. I like it! You just need to make sure that the bottle is inverted before you place it on the stand. If you see the entire air bubble on the upside of the bottle, then you know your wine is safe. If not, you have the angle wrong.

Mr. D. (author)silvertank2014-02-18

1) This design does not allow the cork to be wet. All the liquid is toward the bottom of the bottle.

2) All wine is stored at a downward angle (on its side but tilted down). Go into any wine cellar and you will see the bottles with the cork facing you and tilted down.

This still prevents any sediment from reaching the cork as it all settles below the neck of the bottle.

silvertank (author)Mr. D.2014-02-18

Insert the bottle in the chain holder, invert it, let the air go to the back, gently place it on the table, all the air should be on the side under the neck. Sediment should drop to the bottom. Cork is wet and away from sediment. Sorry you can't see that from the many pictures the author has shown, but this design does appear to work.

-A-N-D-Y- (author)Mr. D.2014-02-18

Can't remember the last bottle of wine that still had a cork!

Mr. D. (author)-A-N-D-Y-2014-02-18


All the wine I buy has a cork.

-A-N-D-Y- (author)Mr. D.2014-02-18

Maybe I buy the cheep stuff then :p

Ahh... it's because I'm in New Zealand:

John_the_Builder (author)Mr. D.2014-02-18

I was thinking this was more for presentation, to pretty up the dinner table rather than a long term storage solution. If so, it should be fine for that purpose. Then again, I don't drink alcohol, so what do I know ;-)

Mr. D. (author)John_the_Builder2014-02-18

Oh, you are correct. It looks great and it is fine for short term use.

But a lot of people use these kinds of wine stands for long term storage/display. like on a counter. :)

John_the_Builder (author)Mr. D.2014-02-18

There is little chance that This wine will spoil.. Look the bottle is empty... Makes one wonder what M3G did with the contents... Hmmm.

dmott1 (author)2014-02-17

very clever, my welder is in the shop so may I can figure out how to do this with something else? Do you think liquid nails or some other adhesive product would work? You know for your regular run of the mill domestic engineer?

bricabracwizard (author)dmott12014-03-31

You could make a copper chain with thick copper wire and solder the joins with a micro torch which should be strong enough if done well. Depends on your skill level.

clazman (author)dmott12014-02-18

As MG3 said, JB Weld would be a nice adhesive it is an epoxy. Very Strong with little elasticity. A plus is it's color. The color is a nice grey, very close to the chains color. No, DO NOT use liquid nails! For the amount that would be used it could not handle the stress.

M3G (author)dmott12014-02-17

Hmm, I suppose it could work, but I would be worried about the strength of the adhesive. JB Weld might work, but I wouldn't want to test it with an expensive bottle of wine.

cfinley4 (author)2014-02-19

To clean the metal I used a wire end brush drill bit and spent lots of time really giving it a good clean. It worked great!

Phil B (author)cfinley42014-02-23

I used a flux core welder, which left a lot of flux dust discoloration. Normally, I would have used a wire brush in a Dremel tool to remove the brown dust, but, that is a lot of slow handwork, and the little wire brushes are expensive to buy. First, I used a MAPP gas torch to burn whatever zinc did not burn away during welding. Then I went over the welded chain with my wife's electric pressure washer. It seemed to work well and clean up nicely. I rubbed the chain down with a degreaser and painted it with primer after the degreaser had dried. Finally, I used black enamel spray paint.

lime3D (author)Phil B2014-03-05

Sandblasting it would clean up any residue and residual zinc. And of course, powder coating it after would make a rust-proof finish that will last forever.

Phil B (author)lime3D2014-03-06

Yes, those things would work. But, I and many others do not have access to the necessary equipment. When I post Instructables, I often hesitate to do things that require welding, or suggest alternatives to welding. because so many do not have access to welders and cannot weld.

lime3D (author)Phil B2014-03-08

Sure. With more and more TechShops and other "maker spaces" opening up around the county, more folks will have access to equipment. I never welded until I joined TechShop two years ago.

M3G (author)cfinley42014-02-19

It really did!

HammE (author)2014-02-19

Wow! I have to say that's just awesome! Quick question, could an oxy/mapp gas brazing setup work?

M3G (author)HammE2014-02-19

I would think so.

HammE (author)M3G2014-02-19

I'm actually 14, but I am a welding nerd (although I have never welded yet) so I know some things, but I know more about the SMAW processes, not much about brazing or soldering.

HammE (author)M3G2014-02-19

OK, thanks for replying!

Phil B (author)2014-02-19

Thank you for your Instructable. I just made a version of it as a birthday gift for my wife. I thought about things that could go wrong for me and did things in a different order than you did. I made an aluminum tube from an old license plate and made it just a tiny bit larger in diameter than the neck of the bottle. I looped chain around it and welded the part the holds the neck of the bottle. Next I welded the vertical support links. Then I placed the whole thing over a piece of plywood, draped the chain in the pattern I wanted for the base, placed an empty bottle in the neck holder to get the final orientation of the bottle the way I wanted it, and began welding the links in the base while checking the position of the next link after each weld. Finally, I welded the links that hang off of the bottle's neck. I need to clean up the welds and paint it. I am looking at what I can do to make sure the paint sticks to the zinc coating left on the chain after welding.

Regardless of who originally developed the design, I would not have done as nice a job as you did when I was 17 years old.

M3G (author)Phil B2014-02-19

Thank you very much for your comment and the kind words!

eyalww (author)2014-02-19

i like to take a good idea and make it myself - BUT when i do it i give the credits to the guy who did it before...

not cool, dude...

M3G (author)eyalww2014-02-19

I never claimed to have thought up this idea, but I will give credit to that person. The only examples I was able to find were from amazon, I had no idea this person had created it.

AaronW (author)2014-02-18

You may want to rotate the neck hole about 35 to 40 degrees. Tilt the bottle slightly down so the cork does not dry out.

clazman (author)2014-02-18

Got my vote.

Since this is seen by a lot of people unfamiliar with welding a mention of NOT welding galvanized metal should have been included as had to be mentioned in a comment.

On another note, I don't see why it sounded mandatory to weld the portion of chain that dangles. I think it might be nice to leave that portion free to dangle.

As to the bottle orientation I do not see the need to "wet" the cork for this stand would most likely be used at the dinner table and thus the wine would be consumed momentarily. Another reason to let it hang down is that I think more appealing to the eye. The allusion being that it feels more stable.

I think a gentle sandblasting would be nice if using a transparent paint or if plating.

Again, very creative.

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