Introduction: Tiki-Torch Bottle Lamp
Here is another bottle cutting project. Today we will be making a Tiki-Torch Bottle Lamp.
What we need:
✓ A main bottle for the lamp
✓One or more bottles that are smaller in diameter than the main bottle.
These will be used for lampshades/covers.
✓A big Jar for the base of the lamp
✓Bamboo stick - I had one left over from previous project (spud gun).
✓Plastic Tube's cap (plumbing department).
If you don't have one, bottle cup should do the job.
✓Something to fill the base jar, to make it more stable and cool.
I used some decorative stones and coffee beans.
✓Potato sack or another fabric
✓Cable, switch, plug, heat-shrink tubing, cork
✓Something to cut the bottle, I used Ephrem's Bottle Cutter
✓Glass/Tile drill bit
✓Epoxy glue or alternative
✓Long drill bit or a screw
✓ Wire puller? You might not need it, if holes are big enough.
Some of the items are optional, and can be replaced with something else or not used at all.
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You will want to drill a hole. I used a large screw for drilling as it's much cheaper
than getting an extra long drill bit.
After cutting one end of the stick, I fed a wire puller into the stick and attached the wire to be pulled.
I did not have a lot of space to pull the cable, after failing to pull the cable, I covered the connection with heat shrink tubing. That worked well and I was able to pull the cable through.
I cut the main bottle for the lamp. After scoring the line, I used candle and ice method to separate the glass. I also cut a few more bottles for the lamp shade/cover.
I drilled a hole in a cork and slid it onto the cable, followed by a bottle and light bulb socket.
I put the cork inside the bottle and screwed in the bulb.
A rubber band was used to hold the bottle, while I tied it to the bamboo stick. You might want to used some glue to help.
I drilled a hole for the wire, but I messed up a little bit by gong to fast and cracking the glass.
Luckily the crack was small, so I did not need to get another jar.
Then, I realised that I have to cut the space for the cable. I should have done it before pulling the cable through the stick, not a big deal. Bamboo is easy to cut.
Let's drill/cut a hole in the lid, big enough to hold the stick.
As the plastic cup was a little bit too big, I covered end of the stick with some electrical tape.
Then, I covered the cap with some glue and glued it to the bottom of the jar.
When glue dried, I removed the electrical tape from the stick to slide ON a piece of potato sack (I believe it's called burlap)
I covered the stick with electrical tape - again.
Then I fed a cable into the hole.
To make sure cable does get damaged with the time, I covered it with heat-shrink tubing.
To give the jar some weight and look, I half filled it with decorative stones and coffee beans.
Then, I glued the stick to the Lid and covered it with a piece of potato sack. I also sewed it a little bit.
Last thing was to add a foot switch and a plug.