The moment you realize that you like the bottle of a liquor better than what's inside.
In this Instructable, I made a lamp from 2 Glass Bottles.
Almost everything in the lamp was upcycled (apart from the bulb and the bulb socket)
What Was used:
- 2 x Bottles
- Bottle Cutter
- Silicon Carbide Powder or Sandpaper
- Diamond Coated Drill Bits
- Scrap PVC pipe with an end cup
- Nozzle From a Caulk Tube
- Light Bulb Socket
- Cable with the switch
- Perlite (optional)
- Epoxy Glue
- Nut, Bolt and a washer
- Light Bulb
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First I scored a line on 2 bottles.
Then I used candle & Ice technique to split bottle in 2 pieces.
Spin the bottle on top of a candle (so the line is above the flame).
Then cool the line with ice.
Repeat as many times as necessary until the bottle splits in 2 pieces.
Alternatively you can pour hot/cold water on the line or put the bottle in hot water and then in ice bath.
I personally prefer candle and ice, so that's how I did it.
I sanded both bottles with silicon carbide powder.
Put some on a glass sheet and add water.
Use that slurry to sand the bottle.
Alternatively you can use a wet sandpaper.
I used diamond coated drill bits to drill 2 holes in the bottle.
Put the bottle in water and use a CORDLESS drill to make a hole.
I drilled a hole for the cable and a hole for the bolt.
I used a nozzle from a caulk/caulking tube to make a strain relief.
I used a scrap PVC pipe with an end cup.
Cup already had a hole drilled in it, so I made another hole in both pieces to make space for the cable.
Then I slid the pipe onto the cable and attached the light bulb socket.
I glued the pipe to the socket.
I attached the cup to the bottle with a bolt, washer and a nut.
I glued the cable to the nozzle/strain relief
Then I put it all together.
For decorative purpose, I added some perlite.
If you use perlite, make sure it's dry.
If you're not sure, you can dry it in the oven.
The design of this lamp will not let you change the bulb.
Use a bulb that claims to last for many, many years.
Good quality LED suppose to last for 5 years if you burn it 24/7.
Then I glued the other bottle on top.