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Intro: Wine Bottle Lamp

A simple lamp using an old win bottle and a string of Christmas lights. A great gift idea.

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Step 1: Acquire Materials

You will need:

A WINE BOTTLE
This is one of the more fun building materials to acquire. I used a dark brown bottle of Prosecco. I'd suggest using a bottle with little or no tint if you would like the lamp to be bright. Tinted bottles, like the one I've used create a cool effect but are not that bright.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
I used a ten foot string of 50 small blue bulbs. I would suggest using strings at most ten feet long. This is where you can get really creative with light color and bulb tight. I imagine LED strings would look especially dynamic.

GLASS CUTTING BIT
You'll need a 1/2 inch glass cutting bit that you can find at your local hardware store, Loews, or Home Depot.

STONE COASTER
...or another way to add weight to the base.

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Step 2: Drill the Bottle

Be sure to leave a label on the wine bottle (you can remove it later) to provide a little resistance in getting you hole started, otherwise use a strip of masking tape. Be sure to wear long sleeves, gloves, eye protection, and a dust mask. You'll be grinding out glass dust so take all safety measures seriously, its some pretty nasty stuff.

Start your drill hole about 1-2 inches above its base. Start slow and allow the label to provide a pseudo template for your hole. Drilling is slow going as it is more of a slow grinding process. Be patient and do not force the drill with too much pressure. It took me over an hour to drill the hole through this bottle. Pay attention when you are nearing breakthrough so as to not punch the other side of the bottle.

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Step 3: Insert Light String

You will need to double over the light string to begin inserting the bulbs while keeping both the male and female plugs outside the bottle. I used the eraser end of a pencil to help with the process. I also used a wire hanger bent into a fish hook from the top of the bottle to adjust the string inside of the bottle as well as to keep the bulbs moving up and evenly distributed within the bottle.

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Step 4: Add Some Weight

The bottle will be light and easy to tip over, so its a good idea to add some weight to the base for lateral stability. The bottle will likely get hot if the lights have been used for a long time so you won't want it tipping over. I used a marble coaster to add weight. I simply used Gorilla Glue on the under side of the bottle so that it would expand into the concave bottom of the bottle to connect the coaster.

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Step 5: Plug It In

I used a dimmer switch to provide an on/off to the light as well as the opportunity for variable lighting.

Given as a gift, this lamp has been named the "bottle of pixies".

Again, the light will get hot and it should be used as an asthetic accent rather than a permanent light source and it should not be left on for long periods of time.

Total Cost: ~$10 for light strings and coaster

Enjoy!

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    SIRJAMES09

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I had found a blue wine bottle(about 24 inches tall) that I wanted to make something from...but if I make it a electric lamp, how do I get the light socket to stay on the mouth of the bottle?

    The rest of it(wiring the bottle & all that) is easy, I just can not figure out how to secure the light socket. :(

    BTW, I like this Ible. TY for sharing Sir. :)

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    There are available, nylon fittings with a threaded stub made to push fit into the neck of a standard wine bottle and the lamp holder screws onto them. I don't know where to buy them from though.

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    cbg3868

    6 years ago on Introduction

    If you are fortunate enough to have a stained class grinder with a small diamond bit. Just keep the bit damp during the process of creating a hole

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    cbg3868

    6 years ago on Step 2

    Why drill through the label? The label provides very special decoration for our favorite wine.

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    jnifrwebb

    7 years ago on Introduction

    When I drilled the whole in mine, it looked really jagged and wasn't so much a circle as what a 3 year old draws when asked to make a circle. I'm okay with it being a little wonky, but my husband thinks I should try to even it out. What would be the best way? I was thinking my dremmel, but I'm just not sure.

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    love4fun4life

    8 years ago on Step 5

    If you use LED lights instead of the traditional you pretty much eliminate the heat issue as well as cut down on the cost of electricity! Its a win/win!

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    oxcrete

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I used a center punch to start the hole and shattered the bottle - what did I do wrong? Just kidding. Awesome idea. I used LED string that was being sold at discounts this christmas (thanks local electric co). works really well

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    Elijay

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I have read about this method but not tried it. Use putty to make a leak proof 'well' round the drilling area. Put mineral oil in the well then drill slowly.

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    oligore

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Ive seen something similar done, but using a stand underneath for the lighting, it shines into a bottle filled with something coloured (looks good with a scotch). The water disperses the light and the bottle glows the colour of the liquid.

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    brendan945

    9 years ago on Introduction

    you can speed up the drilling process by running water over the the bottle while your drilling. In my experience, it was the friction and heat that caused the bottle to break while drilling. Settin it up with a couple of towels in the sink and letting the water run down the side keeps it cool. Obviously keep the water away from the vents on your drill. With this process I can get through a bottle in less then ten minutes with a clean whole and no cracks. This process is not friendly if your trying to save a unglossed paper label though.

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    AzureEyes

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I always wanted to do this, i didn't know that glass drill bits were so easy to find. I think this would make a beautiful lamp.

    It would be even cooler with other, funkier, bottles, for example finlandia bottle or if you are under 21, a VOSS spring water bottle

    finlandia_vodka.jpgVoss_Water.jpg

    You could easily change it to the contest by sanding the plastic bottle a bit so it gets opaque, then coloring it with markers?

    Isn't the bottle supposed to be plastic for this contest? It says so in the description. Don't mean to be a pain, I'm just saying.

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    cd41

    9 years ago on Introduction

    since i cant drink i'm gonna take a welch's glass bottle and just turn that into a lamp(no crate for me!) i'm trying to find a new way to make a lamp from a plastic bottle(not for the contest) hopefully think of something good soon

    If you ask around at your local wine stores you should be able to drum some up. Try the more high end wine stores as they'll be more likely to have their wine delivered in the pine crates.