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sorry, no pics of cutting the bottles, it's probably best to remove the labels before cutting, I didn't and paid the price, luckily it was just a cut glove! Cut a 1/2 inch or so off the bottom of the bottle, if you have emery paper or wet sanding paper, clean up your cut
<p>What kind of wire do you use? I tried some copper in the crafts but it was too soft.</p>
<p>I <br> was using a piece of house electrical wire, commonly called coaxial, I <br>have several electrician friends who save me scraps and I find some at <br>building sites. I don't know if you can buy small amounts of it. There <br>are several wires inside a plastic sleeve, once you remove the sleeve, <br>one wire will be bare copper, you can strip the other wires or not. You <br>could also use coat hanger wire or any other stiff wire like baling or <br>fence wire</p>
These look great! Have you ever tried this guy's method for cutting bottles? https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=sFXngPx3w3M <br> <br>It seems like it works pretty well but I haven't had a chance to try it yet. Also, the bottle necks don't crack when the candles are lit? I've had problems with narrow-necked candle votives that crack or shatter internally when they get too hot.
I didn't c&amp;p the link to the video, I feel that most amateur videographers are more amateur than videography gurus, I seldom watch the ones on here, I prefer to be able to skim the written instruction for the salient points and possibly delve closer if interested enough. All that being said, over the years I have tried many methods of cutting glass bottles all with mixed results and never get a really clean cut. <br> <br> I haven't had any instances of the bottle breaking due to heat from the tealight candles or votive size candles with this design, although if the candle was too high in the bottle I could see it being possible
I didn't c&amp;p the link to the video, I feel that most amateur videographers are more amateur than videography gurus, I seldom watch the ones on here, I prefer to be able to skim the written instruction for the salient points and possibly delve closer if interested enough. All that being said, over the years I have tried many methods of cutting glass bottles all with mixed results and never get a really clean cut. <br> <br> I haven't had any instances of the bottle breaking due to heat from the tealight candles or votive size candles with this design, although if the candle was too high in the bottle I could see it being possible
Did you try cutting a bottle with a string, acetone, and a lighter? <br>http://youtu.be/_vILNflmwFw
I have tried that method with mixed results
I'm totally doing this! I think <a href="http://www.everythingstore.biz/default.asp?dept_id=45230" rel="nofollow">hanging candle lanterns</a> add so much to the yard, especially in the evening. This seems pretty simple too. Thanks for sharing!
Keep up the good work. <br> <br>
thank you, I'll try
Funny (odd): your reference links to other 'ibles seem to just jump back to yours (this one)...
Hopefully it's working properly now
you are right ! that is odd ! Thank you for pointing it out, I'll try replacing the links
I love bottles like this! Never got the hank of it.<br>sunshiine
I never had much luck cutting bottles either until I read about the wetsaw idea, you can buy fairly inexpensive ones...thank you for leaving a comment
Hmm I will look into that. I have been wanting to make some to put candles or lights in. they are so beautiful.<br>sunshiine
it's also helpful to have an affinity for wine ( I don't ) or a friend who does ( I do )<br>When you beg,borrow,barter the saw cut 2-3x what you think you'll need because friends have a tendency to appropriate one or 2 for their trees... or in one case, windows.
They look gorgeous, nicely done!
Thank you, they are pretty at night, during the day its more like high falutin redneck = ) Clear bottles of course give more light but I like the colored glass.<br> Maybe if I frost/etch the clear bottles...hhhmmmm<br><br> Thank you for commenting
Etched bottles would look really amazing. I wish I had a wetsaw.
I borrowed one but you can get them fairly inexpensively, of course even at $50-60, you'd need to sell a lot of lanterns to get any return
Wonderful use for that YellowTail bottle! I'm working on something similar, but am still fine tuning my glass cutting...
the wetsaw makes it ezpeezy ! But get the thin carbide type blade, it should make a thinner/cleaner cut

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