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Piloti Candles

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Julie
Piloti Candles

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The Piloti candles are made out of Imperial Vodka, Rachmaninoff and Lambrini glass bottles and placed on a wooden stand.

Materials & Equipment List

Materials:Glass bottles (Imperial Vodka, Rachmaninoff and Lambrini)Curtain wood hoopsWood stickTea candlesEquipment:PPE equipmentGlasscutterKettleTapGlass band sawGlass vertical belt sanderFlatbed grinder40mm drill head for glassGlass drilling machineWet and dry sanding paperUV adhesiveUV lightDrilling machineWood glueSaw

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The bottles I have selected for the Piloti Candles
I have used two different methods to cut my glass bottles. The first one is with a glasscutter. I cut the glass on the neck and the middle of the bottle and then pored very cold water and boiling water alternatively until the glass broke. The cut was very neat but the glass tends to not follow the line of the glasscutter mark and have an uneven finish.
Example of a bottle cut with a glasscutter
The second method is using a glass band saw. When using it on a bottle you have to rotate the bottle very slowly until it is fully cut. This method leaves very rough marks on the glass, as well as cracks which are hard to get rid of. The glass band saw constantly sprays water on the bottle for it not to heat up and smash.
After the cutting, I used the vertical belt sander to get rid of the biggest uneven parts as well as the cracks that the band saw left. The higher the sandpaper grade is the smoother the paper is. Using at first a very low grade paper slowly going towards a higher grade paper. The machine sprays water as well to keep the glass cool.
I used a flatbed grinder, which is much smoother to make the glass even and get rid of the sharp edges. There is a lubricant on the main plate to keep the glass cool as well as making is easier to sand the edges.
The final sanding is done with wet and dry sand paper. The paper is dipped into water to make it less rough on the glass and not leave scratches on the edges.
To make the glass circle that will be placed under the candle's main body. I drilled a hole into a glass sheet and used the part that was left in the drill head.
The glass Circles
To glue the circles of glass to the main body of the candles I used UV adhesive. I applied very little glue on the edges and then placed very carefully the two parts together
I then placed my candles under a UV light for 30 seconds in order for it to permanently glue together the two parts.
To make the wood stands I bought curtain hoops from John lewis, 35mm diameter. I unscrewed the screws to make is smooth.
I then bought a wooden stick 6 mm diameter for the legs that I saw to the right length.
I then had to drill 6mm holes to fit the feet. In order to achieve that I made a wooden angle to make the holes in the right place, I then drilled 3 holes equidistant to each other.
I then used wood glue to place everything together.
I took tea candles and have taken the wax outside of the aluminum wrapping and simply placed them inside the candle. My first idea was to melt wax inside but then the candles wouldn
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Julie

Nottingham

United Kingdom

BA Product Design- Nottingham Trent University...

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