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« on: November 16, 2013 07:57:20 PM »

I've finally been able to work with glass cutting now that my Hubby & I designed our own glass cutter---We've not had much success with the ones you purchase.

Beginning with beer & wine bottles, we've become pretty good at simple cuts & our rate of success keeps getting better.

I've been using the bottom halves of wine bottles to make decorative patio lights. After painting the outside, I purchased cheap solar lights & twisted off the top solar panel. I stuffed a bit of iridescent excelsior inside to reflect more light & super glued the solar disk to the top. The super glue seal makes them fairly watertight.  If I leave them sitting on the deck or patio during the day, they glow softly at night & cast an interesting reflection on the surface beneath them.










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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2013 09:27:45 PM »

Oooo...oooey! I used to go to a restaurant that had the neatest wine bottle chandeliers.
They took the bottoms off the bottles, and hung them inside a crate style...well...crate.
Many of them side by side.
And the result was what you are speaking of. A great ambiance style of lighting.
Similar to this: http://img0.etsystatic.com/005/0/7163337/il_fullxfull.385950808_19rf.jpg?ref=l2
only different.
I googled "wine bottle chandelier" to get this one. There are tons more, there.
Another good re-purpose for wine bottles??? MAKE MORE WINE!!!!  Grin Cheesy Grin

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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2013 09:55:39 PM »

I was going for the solar but your chandelier idea is great.  I might have to try it next.  Hubby was an electrician in his former life (before retirement) so he's available to help with the electric part.They'd make lovely patio lights if they could be strung but I'm afraid that wouldn't be practical.  On second thought---what about smaller beer bottles?  I'll have to ask him.  Thanks for the inspiration.
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2013 06:27:27 AM »

These are great! I like the added sparkle material. Wink
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2013 03:51:03 PM »

LOVE this!
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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2013 01:06:18 AM »

Hmmm. Beer bottles. {Dad was an electrician, and I am his "son". I know what a UL knot is  Grin} And have "welded" myself to the wall  Roll Eyes
You would obviously have to go with a smaller bulb and fixture. And I would wonder how you would reach into the bottle to change the bulb. Just hanging in the breeze outside gives me a bit of concern, as well. We aren't making wind chimes, here  Cheesy Though I have seen some neat chimes done with melted bottles. But that fuses the sides together, and makes a stronger piece. I would be afraid the wind might blow around and shatter beer bottles. But, I don't know what your porch area is like, so maybe it is protected from the winds.

It would be neat if you collected a bunch of different import beers, in the different colored and labeled bottles. And strung them somewhere, like tiki lights, just bigger. Hey...I bet you could use the mini light strings for that idea. And put several bulbs inside each bottle??? You would just have to fashion a way to hang them...think 'Mason Jar bail wire' style. Google it, and you can see what I mean. That would do the trick.
Just ideas. I have wanted to try glass cutting.

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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2013 02:30:15 AM »

Very cool!
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« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2013 11:41:49 AM »

These are lovely and a fantastic idea!!! Love it!!!
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2014 06:35:32 AM »

Lovely and I really like your pictures on the bottles.
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