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Recycled Bottle Chandelier

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BAFPD2
Recycled Bottle Chandelier

Project Type

Make-it-Yourself

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Lighting

Waste Materials

Wine Bottles

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A stylish Chandelier light which reuses glass wine bottles.

Materials & Equipment List

12 glass wine bottle12 candle light bulbs4 carabinas50cm stainless steel chain1m mild steel drain chain15m 3 core cable4 reused caster wheels1 wing nut and bolt3 metal brackets1 old door stop

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Gather and collect the correct reuse materials and equipment.
Making the glass bottle jig:Set the single bracket to near the base of the wine bottle. This is where the glass cutter will score the wine bottle. The rest is pretty much self explanatory by the image. The door stop will enter the neck of the wine bottle, this will hold the bottle securely to make sure that you get a very accurate score on the bottle. The wheels allow for different sized bottles to be scored and can easily rotate.
The Glass Bottle Jig:The image shows how the wine bottle fits on the jig. the cost of a glass cutter is
The picture shows that only a single score is needed, without too much pressure being put on the cutting tool. The jig allows for one hand to turn the bottle on the caster wheels and the other to put pressure on the cutter.
Glass Bottle Cutting:The best way to get a very clean cut on a glass bottle I've found from endless trials is to heat the score line up with a small candle, keeping the tip of the flame on the score and to keep rotating the bottle in your hands. After a few minutes of this, rotate the bottle under a slow running cold tap and repeat until the bottom of the wine bottle literally drops off. You are left with a very clean line that only takes 5 mins to clean up. To smooth down, set a small glass plate on a level surface and sprinkle a teaspoon of carbide powder with a drop of water and sand in a rotating motion.
Glass Bottle Sandblasting:To transform the bottle and diffuse the light once the bulbs are inside, sandblasting the bottles is essential. This is easily done by a local glass business.
Drain Pipe Cover DrillingDrill 12mm holes with a metal work drill into the drain pipe cover spaced equally apart to hang the bottles via the 3 core electric cable. To ensure that you have a safe passage, use rubber gromits to make sure the cable doesn't rub against the metal.
Cables:Clip the cables at 1 meter each. You can alter the size later to suit your ceiling height. Pass the cables through the bottles and connect the fittings to the cables inside the bottles. This will hold the bottles suspended. Connect the other end of the cables into the junction boxes and wire to the rose. Then with the carabinas and cables, attach these through the drain covering. Once this is done you can alter the heights via the plastic gromets to your desired length.
Ceiling Hooks:Ceiling hooks are vital to this chandelier. They must be properly spaced out according to the length of the metal drain cover. I have used the fixture above to connect the chandelier to the ceiling as they are very strong and stable. Also the caribinas used allow for a safe attachment as well as being easy to take off. Simply attach the chain onto the caribina on both sides.
The finished glass bottle chandelier.
The final glass bottle chandelier, an elegant contemporary light which reuses old glass wine bottles.
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BAFPD2

Nottingham

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A BA Furniture & Product Design student @ NTU...

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