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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2006 10:16:43 AM »

Try making this, if you can cut the bottle:

http://www.unicahome.com/p23915/artecnica/transglass-by-tord-boontje-and-emma-woffenden.html

If you don't want to buy a bottle cutter, or risk the string method on your own, you could advertise a "wanted" on free-cycle or craigslist, for a one-time use of someone else's bottle cutter, and offer something in exchange (cookies? a bottle vase? I dunno, you'd think of something.)
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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2006 10:53:17 AM »

I don't know if this will help, but if you have a local craft facility with a kiln, you can flatten it.  On my campus, our craft shop had a special activity where you could bring any glass bottle in and turn it into a flat decoration or even a cutting board!

This was my immediate thought as well. I went to a craft fair this weekend, and flattened bottles were everywhere. There was one place that was selling flattened wine bottles as cheese serving plates.
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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2006 02:45:39 PM »

One more question- How would I make it heavy enough to stand up with a lamp top on it? Most marbles I see wouldn't quite fit through the top.
Resin!  I wouldn't fill it completely, though (because it would take forever to set and it would be ridiculously heavy).  You could even dye the resin so the bottle would look like it's half-full of red wine.

An easier solution would be sand or salt (and you could mix it with powdered tempera to darken it).  But I think dyed resin would really look "right" in the bottle.  I've used resin just once, but I was surprised by how easy it was. 
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« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2006 04:22:25 PM »

I just did a quick search and you could probably get something like this to make it into a lamp! I wish I had found that earlier, I had a brief obsession last year with making my own lamp, and I loved the idea of a wine bottle lamp but had no way of being able to drill a hole on the bottom.

I really like those transglass vases, too!
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« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2006 06:24:12 PM »

Here you go.  Make your bottle into a lamp with this kit, no drilling required!  http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=1216_1217&products_id=5674

This site has a TON of kickass stuff at great prices.  Go crazy!
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« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2006 10:52:10 PM »

Okay, because I'm notorious for cutting off parts of my fingers when I mess with sharp things, I'm going to suggest something totally different.  Sterilize the bottle, fill it with garlic/herbs and olive oil, then put one of those metal or plastic pourers (that you see on liquor bottles at the bar).  I found some generic plastic ones in a 3-pack for less than $6 and they fit down the neck nice and tightly... which means no leaks!  Classy, useful present on the cheap that works just the same as the ones at Italian restaurants.

Here's a tutorial from DIY network:
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_diy_people/article/0,2025,DIY_13752_2277178,00.html
Here's a useful link to things you can and can't put in there with oil:
http://homecooking.about.com/library/archive/blcon3.htm
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« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2006 06:10:08 AM »

Okay, because I'm notorious for cutting off parts of my fingers when I mess with sharp things, I'm going to suggest something totally different.  Sterilize the bottle, fill it with garlic/herbs and olive oil, then put one of those metal or plastic pourers (that you see on liquor bottles at the bar).  I found some generic plastic ones in a 3-pack for less than $6 and they fit down the neck nice and tightly... which means no leaks!  Classy, useful present on the cheap that works just the same as the ones at Italian restaurants.

Here's a tutorial from DIY network:
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_diy_people/article/0,2025,DIY_13752_2277178,00.html
Here's a useful link to things you can and can't put in there with oil:
http://homecooking.about.com/library/archive/blcon3.htm

Infused oils are great, but be careful.  Some herbs, especially garlic, may contain harmful bacteria.  Because the oil isn't cooked, you won't kill the germs.  One possible thing to try is to buy fresh herbs yourself, wash them carefully with vegetable wash, then dry them in your oven and put them immediately in the oil.  Be especially careful with using garlic.  Because it comes from the ground, it can have botulinum bacteria and cause a lot of problems.  Maybe roast the cloves and put the roasted garlic in the oil.  With fruits, use the zest, but *please* wash the outside very, very carefully; it might even be okay to roast them in the oven just to make sure.  See this link for more:

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/infusedmixes
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« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2006 08:17:52 AM »

For previous questions about drilling glass...You can use a normal hand drill or a drill press and drill bits that are made for glass--like spear pointed carbide drill bits (you can pick these up at any hardware store).  I'm actually in the process of drilling holes in wine bottles right now to make incense burners for Christmas presents.  I don't have a drill press, so I'm just using a hand drill.  Make sure that the spot you're drilling is always wet or else the glass will get overheated and will crack.  And the drilling process takes a long time cuz you can't use too much pressure.  You have to let the drill bit do the work.  I recommend a practice run first on a bottle you don't care for.  Hope this helps!
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« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2006 08:22:42 AM »

We have drilled into glass blocks before and we found that a diamond tipped hole saw works better than the spear shapped drill bits.

The trick is to submerge your piece into a little bit of water so that it stays wet while you are drilling. That said, it takes a whole lot of patience and some time.

As mentioned before, practice on a scrap bottle first.
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