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81  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: liquor bottle candles... on: November 14, 2006 06:50:34 AM
"I push down and rotate but I must somehow move it a cm or something because it's going into a spiral not a finished line!"

If yours is like mine it has nuts that you tighten to set the height that you want the line to be at. I would say that when you push down the line is changing because those nuts havent been secured well enough.  maybe set the height then use a pair of pliers to really lock it in before you scratch?
82  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: liquor bottle candles... on: October 06, 2006 11:56:23 AM
yeah, totally let us know how it worked out. people are always asking me where to buy cutters and i never know what to tell them...
83  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: liquor bottle candles... on: October 03, 2006 02:13:49 PM
the benefit of using gel is that it glows when iti s lit. it doesnt come through too well in those pictures but it makes the entire bottle look lit up instead of just the flame.
84  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: liquor bottle candles... on: September 26, 2006 12:51:48 PM
to make the gel candles you just buy a big tub of gel candle material (any craft store has it, and online places).  I have a dedicated pot that I use to melt the gel because its kinda messy. so just heat it up on your stove till its metled. then I take a wick (craft store too) and center it in the glass, and wrap the excess around a pencil that lays across the top of the bottle.

then you pour in the melted gel and leave it, once it hardens you can cut the excess wick away.

as far as it being dangerous ive made many many many candles and its never done anything...id say cutting your hand on the bottle is the most dangerous part. ive done that a million times.
85  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: liquor bottle candles... on: September 24, 2006 02:44:04 PM
the orange looks brighter because its older and the wick burns brighter. the orange blob at the bottom is the bottle. it comes with the bottom orange like that.

oh, and i dont think i meant rubbing alcohol, im not sure if that is flammable or not. but you could use lighter fluid or gasoline or anything thats flammable.
86  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: liquor bottle candles... on: September 24, 2006 09:17:44 AM
thanks for the feedback!

to answer a few questions...

-The edges are rough.  I put on glasses and gloves and use sandpaper on them.  I know using sandpaper on glass edges sounds like a bad idea but it works really well. and ive never cut myself. you want to use a really really fine grit sandpaper.

-as far as where to buy the tool, I have no idea. i borrowed my parents.

Another method that ive used is to dip a piece of string in rubbing alcohol and tie it around the bottle where you want the cut to be.  Then you fill your sink with cold water and ice.  You light the string on fire and once it burns off you dunk the bottle immediately in the cold water and it should break on the line where the string was tied.  The fire heats a small portion of the glass really hot causing it to expand, and the quick cold water forces a quick shrinking making it snap hopefully where you want it. (sorry im getting my credential to be a science teacher)

of course this method is riskier but free. Id try it with some cheap beer bottles first and get good at it before you try your large cool alcohol bottles.

here are some more links with some info--
http://www.doityourself.com/stry/makelamp
http://www.cowtown.net/mikefirth/bottle.htm
87  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: liquor bottle candles... on: September 24, 2006 12:19:09 AM
thanks.

something that looks kinda like this kit.

http://www.homecrafts.co.uk/html/product.asp?cat1=14&cat2=250&cat3=502

basically, you scratch a line around the bottle with the metal T object thats touching the bottle in the picture. The you go back with a little mini hammer and tap lightly along the scratch and the bottle slowly cracks along the weak point (the line you scratched in it).

after you go around the bottle the top pops off. its really easy.
88  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / liquor bottle candles... on: September 24, 2006 12:13:32 AM
Hi, this is my first post. I cut some old alcohol bottles and made gel candles out of them...let me know what you think. (craftster wont let me post images yet)

unlit ---




lit ---


yes, i do like vodka =)

(i hope this is the right forum)
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