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fizzle7033
« on: December 30, 2006 11:08:24 PM »

I have tons of empty wine bottles I've been saving cause I'm having a wedding in July.  I know I can use them for something but have no idea what!!!  I like the gel candle idea but I would probably kill myself with a glass cutter!!!  Any thoughts???
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2006 03:23:07 PM »

You could try making olive oil bottles. I say it on Diy. You fill it with olive oil of course ands then you can put in plants, herbs and different seeds. JUST a thought
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2006 03:24:58 PM »

You could glass etch them and then fill them with anything! Glitter, candy, flowers, colored sand, etc. etc. etc.!
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2006 03:44:10 PM »

Cool!!  Thanks guys! I knew you would have ideas!!!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2006 03:47:22 PM »

Wine bottles look awesome with fake plants (or anything you want to throw in) and lights! I've seen christmas lights put in bottles, and the excess lights either layed on the surface around the bottle. or just tied up behind it.
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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2006 05:59:51 PM »

Ohhhh that would be cool!!  And I could probably snag some lights for cheap right now!!!  Thanks!
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2007 03:30:25 PM »

I've used them as candle holders before.... you just use regular taper candles and then shape the bottom of the candle so they fit in the bottle openning.  You can also cut the candle in half if it looks too long on top of the bottle, or burn it down some so the wax runs over the bottle (I always thought that looked kinda cool myself)
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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2007 04:19:30 PM »

Ohhh I had forgotten about that!! I really like the melted candles that are different colors dripped over the bottle!!!
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2007 04:51:20 PM »

If you can get your hands on a kiln you can melt them into cutting boards, candle holders, or spoon rests:) Know any potters?
My studio mate does this on occasion. It's wicked cool.
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examples: http://www.savethebottles.com/melted_wine_bottles.htm
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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2007 05:12:51 PM »

OMG!!  that is the coolest thing!!!!  I don't know anyone with a kiln Sad  May have to network a little!!!!
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« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2007 09:20:49 AM »

One of my friends used to score them, then he would crack the top off (I don't really know how he did it, but I can find out if you're still interested) then grind the edges... They make great heavy glass cups!

You could also use them for floating candles, add some glass marbles for tealites, or small flower vases...?
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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2007 06:05:14 PM »

If you can get your hands on a kiln you can melt them into cutting boards, candle holders, or spoon rests:) Know any potters?
My studio mate does this on occasion. It's wicked cool.
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examples: http://www.savethebottles.com/melted_wine_bottles.htm

OH MAN! My Dad and I just finished rebuilding a kiln. Does anyone have more info on how to do this? (or any other exciting uses for a kiln, beyond clay and such?)
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« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2007 02:26:31 AM »

There's this bottle cutting tool I got off delphiglass.com that is easy and safe that cuts any glass bottle perfect and smooth.  It's quite amazing.  There's a few steps but they're easy to follow.  Anyways if you decide to invest in this tool you could make awesome candle holders and perhaps use the top of the bottle as the lid.   
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« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2007 10:14:08 AM »

I'll check it out!! Is it fairly easy to use? I imagine glass shards flying everywhere. Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2007 01:20:38 PM »

no it's actually very neat.  You score it then heat it w/ a candle around the score mark, then cool it w/ ice and it break off cleanly.  Check it out.
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« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2007 07:10:46 PM »

This may sound tacky and over-used buuut...what about covering the wine bottles in some sort of material relating to the wedding?  Em...for my own I've used fish net stockings over red material...but that may not be too wedding-oriented.  Smiley  Anyway, then you just stick a single flower or babies breath...simple but cute.  I dunno.  Just an idea though. 
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« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2007 04:50:34 PM »

Do you already have centerpeices for the wedding reception tables?

You can some how incorperate it as a vase, or something.
Dunno, though.
That's the first thing that popped into my head.
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« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2007 08:07:57 PM »

If your wine bottles are clear you could print a picture of you two on transparency paper.  Cut it so that it is a little smaller than the diameter of the bottle then role it so it would fit inside the neck of the bottle.  Drop it inside and it should unroll.  You could even do this on regular paper but with the transparencies you could use mini lights inside.  With colored wine bottles you could make a wine label with a picture of you two that says yourlastname vineyard and put the date.   If you want to put lights in the bottle I would suggest drilling a hole in the bottom of the bottle.  I have a diamond bit that is 1/2 inch in diameter that I use.  I drill the hole about a 1/4  to 1/2 inch from the bottom.  When I drill the hole I keep the bit wet as then it doesn't wear out as soon.
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« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2007 11:51:40 PM »

My mom does the Christmas Lights in the bottles...  it makes a PERFECT gift!  If you're planning on using them as centerpieces, though, you might have issues with the cord...  I've heard that they make battery operated Christmas lights...  maybe you could play around with those?

I'll have to take a picture of the one she has with the Grey Goose bottle and show it to you...  might help to have a visual!
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« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2007 05:07:05 AM »

if the bottles are relatively clear, you can always fill them up with things that remind you of your wife and her of you eg put some sand and shells as a reminder of your first trip to the beach together, then seal it up, box them with the rest you've filled and box them up as a present for her.
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