Wine Bottle Lamps DIY Tutorial
Wine & Liquor Bottle Lamps
Beautiful and Unique Alcohol Bottles
1. Jack Daniels Whiskey
2. Grey Goose Vodka
3. Diva Vodka
4. Inish Turk Beg's Maiden Voyage Single Malt Whiskey
7. Dalmore EOS - Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
8. Gordon and Macphail Generations Mortlach 70
10. Macallan Scotch Whiskey
Every creation needs an inspiration and purpose
Passing across a scrap-dealer's dump-yard one day in Kolkata, I noticed that the largest amount of dump that was present was alcohol bottles of all shapes and sizes. While it gave me the creeps regarding the amount of alcohol consumption that takes place just in that part of the city, it also raised a point in my mind as to why should all these bottles, most of which are so beautifully shaped, be thrown away?
The thought kept rumbling in my mind for a week. Every morning, I woke up with the same thought in my mind till one fine afternoon, I hit upon something similar on Etsy and decided to go the whole way, converting alcohol bottles into lamps.
There are a variety of glass drills available in the local hardware stores. Usually the ones with a 1 inch diameter work the best.
It is safe to drill the hole keeping a gap of 1 inch from the bottom of the bottle.
It is important to stick to LED lamps as they have greater longevity and emanate less heat which is important for this product.
Beginner's Guide to Making an Alcohol Bottle Lamp
If you want to make these lamps by large numbers, it is wise to get in touch with a scrap-dealer. In India, these bottles sell for peanuts - 4 or 5 INR. Besides, a scrap-dealer will also be able to give you a good choice of variety. Otherwise, its just okay to wait for a few weekends and collect some bottles from your friends!
- Once the bottles are gathered, they need to be washed and the labels need to scraped clean from the surface of the bottles. The stubborn adhesive can be scrubbed off with a touch utensil scrub by soaking the labeled bottles in warm soap water.
- I took my bottles to a glass-cutter's local hardware shop for drilling. A gap of about one inch from the bottom of the bottle is a safe measurement and won't make the bottle break to pieces.
- The diameter of the hole to be drilled is about 1 inch. Usually, drills (shown in the picture) come in this exact measurement.
- The first picture of my recycled lamps were made by a cane-furniture maker whom I discovered through the internet. I googled out information and found this young man who lives in the outskirts of Kolkata 7 months a year and is originally from the north-eastern state of Assam. Assam is a state in India which is famous for its cane-work. Craftsmen from Assam make some of the most beautiful bamboo and cane furniture in India. I was lucky that I found this young man in his twenties. He listened to my instructions and did produced results that I really loved!
- Back home, after I bought the LED string lamps, also from the local hardware shop, I wasn't too sure about how the finished lamp would look. I inserted the string through the drilled hole (which required time and patience) and plugged it into a point and Bingo! The bottles looked beautiful!
Beer-bottle Lamp with Newspaper and Hemp
DIY Lamps that you can make yourself!
My cane craftsman made a lot of lamps for me which I sold like hot-cakes in my exhibitions. But once his seven months were over in Kolkata every year, he would go back to Assam and spend the rest of his time there, only to come back later. The first time he left for Assam, I did not have a clue how I would meet the ever-growing demand for these bottle-lamps of mine.
That was a time when I was crafting a variety of items with newspapers (which I will share in a separate hub). I decided to try out newspapers and some left-over jute-fabric and make my own version of the alcohol bottle-lamps which wouldn't require the help of the cane craftsman.
Take a cut-out of a jute fabric/burlap (about 8"x 11") and paste it around the body of the bottle, snipping off the extra bit with scissors. Try that on the nec
Some Points to Remember....
While making your alcohol bottle lamps, it is important to remember the following points for longevity of the lamps and your safety.
- Always keep the mouth of the bottle open. Do not seal it with the cap or any other material. This will help the heat to escape and keep the bottle cool.
- Keep these bottles out of the reach of children. They do get a bit hot which may not be safe for toddlers.
- The LED lights wear off but don't be disheartened. Just yank this one off the bottle and insert a new one. Usually the Chinese made LED strings last about a year or so.