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johloh
« 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)

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yes, i do like vodka =)

(i hope this is the right forum)
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2006 12:15:39 AM »

omg thats so lovely!
how did you cut the glass?
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« Reply #2 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.
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Janny-Poo
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2006 03:20:50 AM »

hehe thats a great idea! I cant even begin to tell you how much i love them. As soon as im done with my bottles, ill for sure copy you. Cheesy

i do have a question though. Isnt the edges rough?...Did you use anything to dull them up?

again, i LOVE LOVE LOVE that!
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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2006 03:36:56 AM »

Oh, TOPS. I love the gel look of the candles. Stop it! I want to drink more vodka now. Grin (I'm mostly a beer or rum kinda gal)

YAY for Red Stripe =D I wonder if this kind of thing would encourage me to light more candles. Fire. Yum.
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2006 03:40:19 AM »

hm.. thanks.. do you no where you can find a tool like that? :/
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« Reply #6 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
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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2006 10:24:43 AM »

Those are very cool! I really like the pictures of them lit, looks good!  That orange one is my favorite though if i had to pick....looks awesome.  Did you put something in the bottom of that orange one to get that glow?
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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2006 02:08:05 PM »

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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)

Holy crap that sounds fun.... off to find the rubbing alcohol.........
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tivaclare
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2006 02:16:31 PM »

OOOhhh...more cool gift ideas. Thanks!
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