Friday, July 3, 2009

Water-bottle Chandelier

Look at this lighting project from from How to Make (Almost) Everything: A Do-It-Yourself Primer:

Is that not the coolest? I can not wait to make this.

Here's what you need:

9 glass bottles
9 pre-wired light receptacles
9 lightbulbs
Electrical tape
2 power strips
Large ceiling eye hook (to mount overhead)
Plastic tie

Bottle-cutter kit (runs about $50 at a craft or hobby shop)
Wire cutter
Wire stripper
Glass plate (you will use this to sand down your cut glass)
Ice cubes
Kitchen towel


1. Remove caps, rinse out the bottles, and let them air-dry.
2. Set up the bottle cutter and determine how long you want your pendant to be. Make sure you have
a solid end guide for the bottle when you rotate it on the cutter so your etch line will connect. We used a small, heavy box.
3. Using both hands, rotate a bottle in one continuous motion, applying even pressure throughout the rotation for best result.
4. Light the candle. Remove the bottle from the cutter and hold the etch line above the lit candle to heat the cut.
5. Slowly rotate the etch line above the flame in a continuous motion to apply even heat. If it gets too hot, you will hear the bottle crack. If you don’t heat it up enough, the glass won’t break off as described in the next two steps. This is a trial-and-error part of the process that depends on the thickness of your glass.
6. Remove the bottle from the candle heat and apply an ice cube directly along the circumference of the etch line, letting it drip over the towel.
7. The end of your bottle should break off by itself from the change in temperature. If not, using the towel, hold the end that needs to break off and gently twist. It should come off easily. (If it doesn’t, dry off the bottle and repeat steps 5 through 7.)
8. Wipe the end of the cut bottle and set aside.
9. Repeat steps 3 through 8 for each of your bottles.
10. Set your small glass plate on a level surface and sprinkle about a teaspoon of the carbide polishing powder that came with your kit and 1/4 teaspoon of water onto the glass plate.
11. Set the cut side of one of the bottles down on the glass plate.
12. Rotate the cut side to the flat of the glass in a figure-8 motion. The polishing powder and the water, combined with the rotating grind, sands the cut glass into a smoother edge. This process is very loud and will take about three to five minutes per bottle.
13. Wipe the bottle edge clean and set aside.
14. Repeat steps 11 through 13 for all the bottles.
15. Because the plug end of the light socket will not fit through the mouth of the bottle, you will have to cut the wire (preferrably closer to the plug end).
16. Feed the cut end attached to the socket through the bottom of the glass pendant and up through the bottle’s mouth.
17. Next, strip both cut ends of the wire, reattach, and wrap with electrical tape for a secure, safe connection.
18. Plug it in to see if it works.
19. Repeat steps 15 through 18 for the rest of the bottles.
20. Once you have all the sockets threaded through the bottles, arrange, and use a twist tie to hold the electrical cords together.
21. Secure to your ceiling hook, plug in the chandelier, and enjoy a glass of high-class water.

My neighbors an electrician so I think I'll ask for some help, but boy does it look pretty! (Found at Cucumbersome.)

1 comment:

  1. It looks very attractive. Thanks for posting this.