Etched Glass Olive Oil Bottle From Recycled Wine Bottle

I was looking for a gift idea for Christmas. I went to woodcraft and bought a bottle stopper mandrel and some black mesquite.  I have wanted to give more personal gifts this year. This is what I came up with.

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Step 1: Turning the Stopper

I drilled a hole in the block and turned it on my Shopsmith. The original plan was to just make a shape I thought looked good. I was looking for a tool in my garage and found a coin I was given in the army. I thought it would be cool to mount it in the stopper. I slowly cut the recess in the stopper and kept test fitting the coin till it fit perfectly. I sanded the peace to 1500 and applied some friction polish.

Step 2:

I used some Gorilla glue to hold the coin in the stopper. Let it dry overnight and attached it to the stopper base. The base just screws in to the wood. I added a few grops of glue to make sure it stayed in place. This may look complicated but making the stopper it only about ten min of work.

Step 3:

I grabbed an old wine bottle and cleaned off all the labels. I put the stopper in the bottle and at that point it still needed something. I read an article about using etching paste on glass. I called sent an email to Fastsigns in Denton TX and had they cut me some vinyl stencils. It was a great customer service experience; I will only use them from now on. I applied the vinyl to the bottle and applied the etching paste. I did two coats to ensure proper coverage. Next time I will use a larger font it was fairly hard to weed out all the little pieces of vinyl.
I grabbed an old wine bottle and cleaned off all the labels. I put the stopper in the bottle and at that point it still needed something. I read an article about using etching paste on glass. I called sent an email to Fastsigns in Denton TX and had they cut me some vinyl stencils. It was a great customer service experience; I will only use them from now on. I applied the vinyl to the bottle and applied the etching paste. I did two coats to ensure proper coverage. Next time I will use a larger font it was fairly hard to weed out all the little pieces of vinyl.

You can make these with any type of wood you like, and any type of glass bottle.  It is a cheap gift and can be personalized however you like. Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas!

Here is what it cost.
Bottle – free
Stopper base - $5.00ea
Stencil- $2.00ea
Mesquite block- $2.00ea
Etching paste-maybe $ .50 worth
Friction polish –maybe $.30 worth
I would say $10.00 total (tool and equipment cost does not count)

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