Step 9: Final Preparations

Fill the squeeze bottle with tap water. Fill the lubricant reservoir with water from the squeeze bottle. Check for leaks at the edges of the clay reservoir, and seal any you find.

Don your gloves and safety glasses. Glass is a hard, brittle solid and whenever you drill it you run the risk of shattering the bottle and injuring yourself. From this step on, you could injure yourself or those around you so work slowly and with care, and always wear proper personal protective gear.

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<p>My wife is really happy how these turned out. Thanks for a great instructable. Only one bottle destroyed (the first one!).</p>
<p>What is the drill press you are using? I've been looking to invest in one, but I'm not sure the cheaper ones would be too good for drilling through glass.</p>
The drill press I have is an older equivalent of the Sears Craftsman 10&quot; benchtop drill press. I paid under $100 for it, and it's not much more expensive than that now.<br><br>The key thing is to keep the drill press speed low (around 750-1000 RPM), use a diamond hole saw, and let the hole saw do the work: Don't force the bit through the glass. In my experience, 30 seconds of scant, light pressure and you'll go right through.<br><br>Good luck!<br><br>Ken
<p>I'd like to figure out how to do this and hang the bottle as a pendant lamp so the bottom detail of this bottle shows</p>
<p>Great instructions! Clear and easy to follow I'm planning on making many more for a late summer party we have very year. I like the red wine bottles better than the clear white wine bottles but in a group they look very good.</p>
<p>I saw these at a craft show &amp; my mom &amp; I figured we could do our own. My husband &amp; I did them &amp; were going to give as Christmas gifts. However, our bottles are way too hot!! Is is because we are using lights that are too long? I saw you used 20, we were using 50 &amp; 100 cause our bottles are larger than the regular size plus we used whiskey ones also. Any suggestions? </p><p>Thanks, Angela</p>
<p>Angela,</p><p>I was able to locate some 20 light LED strings that are plug-in:</p><p><a href="http://www.noveltylights.com/20-Light-Non-Connectable-Warm-White-LED-Mini-Lights-White-Wire.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.noveltylights.com/20-Light-Non-Connecta...</a></p><p>(If this link doesn't work, search for 'novelty lights non connectable LED mini lights'.)<br></p><p>This link is for a white strand that is non-connectable. They also have them in 35 light sets, cool white, multicolor, green wire; you name it!</p><p>They are a little on the pricey side... But, they are commercial grade, will run waaaaay cooler, last longer and will save you money in the long run (the energy consumption is a pittance compared to the incandescent lights.)</p><p>Hope this helps!</p><p>Dave</p>
Hi Angela,<br><br>I think that's way too many lights, even for a liquor bottle. If you can't find 20-light strings (mine came from Wally World), then you might try with LEDs... those don't get as warm, but they may take a larger hole to insert them into a bottle.<br><br>Good luck.<br><br>Kenneth
I love this project, I made a couple and want to put a cute bottle stopper on it but then I really think it will get to hot and if I try to sell them I don't want to risk fires for someone else. I have 20 light strand and I want LED lights but they are all to long with to many lights. Does any body know where to get LED's around 6 feet in length that are not battery operated? IM DESPERATE! I've looked every where! Thanks!
I'm glad you like this project.<br><br>I've looked for short LED strands but all I can find are battery powered strings. Even with stoppers, none of mine get very hot. Please post if you find a source, though.
<p>Just to add, if you fill the bottle with sand before you drill, it works quite well with absorbing the vibrations when drilling. Use a glass drill bit. Quick and easy and cheap.</p>
<p>does water hurt the lable on the bottle</p>
Not at all. Most labels will stand up to gentle washing and the amount of water necessary to rinse out the bottle is minimal. Thanks for your question.
<p>Thanks for the great idea.</p>
bottle lights i make i use 35 string incandescent warm not hot http://www.christmaslightsetc.com/ <br>light supplier <br>i use a bottle light kit with an upgraded socket its a 2 circuit 3 wire turn knob once inside light om turn again top light on inside out turn again both on <br>
http://www.christmaslightsetc.com/<br> here are xmas light strings in mini incandesent and led i use 35 string incandesent have for a year and no prob not to warm the ones im making now use a bottle light kit i replace the single throw socket with a 2 circuit 3 wire switch you turn switch once bottom light turns on turn it again top light on bottom off turn again both on
Great Insructable? I wonder how it would turn out being battery operated with a magnetic reed switch to turn it on and off... <br> Ken
I'd love to see that. Where would you stash the batteries? <br> <br>With LED light strings, you could use a 1-inch diamond hole saw for the larger bulbs, and I'd expect that you could power those off of a battery box.
I love this! Faved! Thanks for sharing and do have a splendorous day! <br>sunshiine
i found christmas lights to be much too hot, the glass bottle becomes too hot to handle. LED is a better solution. ikea used to sell a great string of lights, they didn't market them as christmas lights, but that's what they look like.
If it is throwing off glass dust at all, you need to wear a respirator rated appropriately. It is horrible for your lungs. Good instructable, I'm going to attempt to make a few of these as christmas presents!
Very good point. Inhaling glass dust can lead to silicosis, which is very bad as you say.<br><br>If you ensure that the clay reservoir is filled with water, glass dust is captured in the liquid. If you were doing dozens and dozens of these, I'd wear a respirator for sure.
Great instructable...I have always wanted to drill holes in glass for different projects. From reading your instructable I know that getting the proper drill bit is important. What about drill speed? I have a drill press for my dremel and would build a jig but what speed did you use to drill through the bottle? <br /> <br /> Thanks,<br /> <br /> desnotes@gmail.com<br />
I set my drill press at 1,100 RPM&nbsp;when drilling bottles. I put scant pressure on the bit, allowing it to cut at its own pace. Keep the bit lubricated with water.<br /> <br /> In my experience (and contrary to some other 'ibles that say it takes minutes or hours to drill through glass) it takes about 30 seconds to drill through a wine bottle, and a bit longer to go through thicker-walled bottles like liquor bottles.<br /> <br /> Good luck!<br /> <br /> Kenneth<br />
The drill press does work wonders and fast; however, if you do put pressure on it, the glass where you're drilling will break. Also, odd shaped bottles (pear shaped) are difficult to work with but they can be done with the drill press too.
For odd-shaped bottles I fill a plastic bag with sand and put the bag in a small box. Then, nestle the bottle in until it's in the proper orientation for drilling.
&nbsp;Thank you for the response. Drilling glass has been something I've always wanted to do and now I have all the instructions. Thanks again.<br /> <br /> Mike<br /> desNotes<br />
hi, can the labels be left on the bottle then the bottle lamp sold for profit? just wondering if this is legal because i also make these for family but a friend wants to put them in her shop. thanku :)
That's a good question. Since I'm not a lawyer and I don't play one on TV, I'm not sure I'm qualified to answer. Fellow instructabrarians? Any direction for Cattco?
I just love these bottles....i bought one and love it but am a little fearful of the heat....i'm afraid the heat will shatter the bottle....am i being over cautious? The craftman used christmas lights.....
The light strings I use have just 20 bulbs, so the ones I've built never get hot, just warm. If someone crammed a 50- or 100-light string in I imagine it would get much warmer. Hot enough to shatter the glass? Most likely, not (in fact, I can't imagine that). But hot enough to melt the insulation? With 100 lights it might.<br><br>I'm glad you like them... They are pretty cool.<br><br>Kenneth
thanks for your response....i do believe there are only 20ish lghts....it gets warm...not hot...and so now i feel much better using it...thanks again and happy holidays!
I did this, but without drilling a hole. Its amazing, but gets VERY hot.
That's interesting; the ones I've made get warm but never hot. What type of lights did you use? Is it possible you nicked the cord?
What does accent mean? Sorry for the ignorance D:
No such thing as an ignorant question! An accent lamp or light is a lamp that is used to make a design statement in a room. It is used in addition to the primary light (like a ceiling light) in a room. See: http://interiordesign.lovetoknow.com/Small_Accent_Lamps
O I get it Thank you very much man
Great work! I seen this at a local flee market......the people were selling them for $35 dollars and up.......and they sold too!
This is fantastic! I also have wondered how to drill through glass and have lots of unused wine bottles so this is high on my list of &quot;to do's&quot;! Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us how!
You're very welcome. I'm glad you found it useful. I'd love to see you post your finished bottles!
I've made several of these bottle lights, using the led's. I&quot;ve put up to 60 led bulbs in bottles. I cut off the plug and feed the cut wires first into the bottle. I solder a lamp cord/switch to wire ends that are pulled through thedrilled bottle . Glass bits can be found on Ebay easily. I then feed the bulbs in through the neck of the bottle. I use a mechanics claw tool to grab the bulbs and wires to help spread them around the bottle for a more even look. I've also used an etching compound to &quot;frost&quot; the bottles exterior. I've left some of the led bottles lit for several days, with no noticeable heat.
That sounds very nice. I'd like to see a picture!
I can't seem to upload photos. All photos are jpeg format, but can't seem to get them into the reply box. Suggestions?
Down below the reply box, lower-left, is an &quot;add images&quot; button. Once you browse to the file and add it, click the &quot;Upload&quot; button.
&nbsp;I did this project yesterday - pretty cool results!
Glad you like it!<br />
i;ll finish my wine tonight and do this. i have a string of lights in my shopping cart. they don't work, but that;s ok. i don;t have&nbsp;electricity.

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