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Bottle lamp

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Mark Golab
Bottle lamp

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Make-it-Yourself

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Lighting

Waste Materials

Drinks Bottles

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A table lamp with a ceramic base and a layered plastic bottle shade creating ambience and a tranquil effect.

Materials & Equipment List

Materials:Plastic BottlesGlueCeramicGlassEquipment List:Band SawDremelSandblasterScalpelScissorsSandpaperGlue Gun

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Step 1: Begin by gathering three bottles and empty the contents. Once the liquid has been poured away start by peeling away the outside packaging until you have three transparent bottles.
Step 2: You will need to cut off the heads of the bottles to make a hole on the top, for this I suggest using a Band Saw because it is quick and will give a clean cut. Cut just below the bottles head just as it starts to widen so you have enough space to slot it onto the base later on, do this for each of the three bottles.
Step 3: To cut a hole at the bottom of the bottles I suggest using a Dremel because it is flexible and you can change the heads. Start to cut on top of the embossed sections of the bottles. Once you have made the five initial cuts start to cut in the gaps. After you have made all the cuts you should be able to push out the unwanted piece of the bottles. If there are any rough edges sand them down with a different Dremel head. Make sure you make the hole exactly the same size as the one on top.
Step 4: Once both holes have been made you are ready to sand blast the outside of the bottles. Make sure you spend at least five minutes sandblasting because some of the sand tends to fade after you take it out of the Sand Blaster.
Step 5: Now you are ready to cut down the sides of the bottles. Measure the width of the bottles with a piece of string and divide the width by twelve, this should be 2.5cm. Mark the side of the bottle with a pen at every 2.5cm along. Once the bottle has been marked cut at the points with a Scalpel and use Scissors to cut down the length of the bottles for a straight cut.
Step 6: You should now have twelve cuts along the bottles. Start to push down the top of the bottles so the top touches the bottom. Use a Glue Gun to attach the top and the bottom so there is only one hole. Make sure the side of the bottles are vertical.
Step 7: If you have glued the bottle correctly it should look like the image above. For two out of the three bottles fold the tops of the sides so they are parallel and straight not curved on the top. Make sure you sand down any rough edges with sand paper.
Step 8: Purchase a Wilko Opus Table Lamp Complete Chocolate from Wilkinson
Step 9: Now place the second bottle with the folded sides on top of the previous one and use a glue gun to glue them together. The last bottle should have curved sides, which will be placed on top. This time don
Step 10: Get hold of another bottle and use a band saw to cut off the head and 3/4 of the bottle so you have a 1/4 left like the image above.
Step 11: Place the new piece of bottle in the middle of the of the top bottle so it stops the bottle from touching the bulb. Once that is completed you will have your Bottle Lamp finished.
Step 12: The finished product in its natural environment.
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Mark Golab

Cambridge

United Kingdom

Product design student at nottingham trent university...

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