September 7, 2011

Booze Lamp!

Well... after the final exams is a social necessity to burn all of the neurons used preparing the exam

During college years you'll probably throw away a LOT of bottles of booze water
What if you could turn them into a lamp?

You'll find different ways of doing this trick... the top 2 (IMHO) are from  and

Here's the link for the original designs:

For my little mash-up you'll need:
  • Bottle(s)
  • Drill
  • Christmas Lights
  • Sandpaper
  • Sand (optional)
  • PVC small tube (the diameter should be like the  Drill Bit's one)
  • Sewing wire

Well... as you'll see the most frustrating and difficult part will be the Drilling
I suggest to practice with other bottles before trying with the chosen one.

If you're lucky enough to own a 1/2" glass bit you'll achieve the perfect hole in a nanosecond but if you're like me you'll have to go the hard way:

Check before drilling if the diameter of the light and the drill's bit are similar (I learned the hard way)
  1. Choose the spot (near the bottom) where you want to drill the bottle
    • Define the area with tape
  2. Block the bottle in order to fix the spot
  3. Start drilling and lean gently the drill
      • You'll have to often stop and clean the glass dust
If you can't get any friction you can try to
  • Glue/lean sandpaper to the drill's end
  • Use sand

The sand method is fastest but risky: you'll have to glue the PVC pipe on the drilling area, and while drilling you'll have to go gently up and down while pouring a little amount of sand in the tube

If you're lucky enough you'll eventually reach the end. Immediately shut down the drill and pull it out.
Remove the PVC pipe (if you used it) and use the sandpaper to refine the hole.

Tie with a knot a small sewing wire to the first Christmas light and (helping yourself with a needle to spot it) pull it out from the bottle's top
(using this trick you'll be able to pull the light nearly to the top of the bottle, making the lamp's light homogeneous)
Carefully feed the strand of lights into the bottle trough the hole

If you want you can fix the hole with a rubber circle with hot glue

In my opinion, wine and Absolut Vodka bottles are the best for this project:
The last image is from the guide you'll find in the effect with Absolute's opaque glass is amazing

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