How to Make a Wine Bottle Lamp

Learn how to easily remove a bottle's bottom and how to turn it into an artistic lamp

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How to Make a Wine Bottle Lamp
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First we will remove the bottoms in the wine bottles. This can be done in various ways, here is one method.

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Fill a sink with ice cold water

Fill a sink with ice cold water

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Cut about 1 meter cotton string

Cut about 1 meter cotton string

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Wrap it around the lower end of the bottle

Wrap it around the lower end of the bottle

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Tie a knot, then remove it from the bottle

Tie a knot, then remove it from the bottle

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Get you acetone (nail polish 😬) you will need about a full bottlecap. Soak the string in it

Get you acetone (nail polish 😬) you will need about a full bottlecap. Soak the string in it

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Put the soaked cotton string back on the bottle

Put the soaked cotton string back on the bottle

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Fire hazard! Wear security glasses! Set fire to the cotton, spin the bottle steady around in a slightly upward angle. Keep going until the fire is small and blue. Then quickly dip it in the water.

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Note: some types of bottles might leave cracks, others simply won't pop. The shown example needed a punch in order to release the bottom.

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Sorry about the poor camera angle...

Sorry about the poor camera angle...

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Basically what happens is the bottom of the bottle is warmed up, next it is shocked by being dipped in the ice cold water, which causes the bottom to pop

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The cut is not very clean (not sharp though), but I like the roughness. If you don't like it you ought to use a glass cutter instead.

The cut is not very clean (not sharp though), but I like the roughness. If you don't like it you ought to use a glass cutter instead.

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To remove a label, soak it in warm water and scrub it of. It should come of easily. I kept some of the labels on

To remove a label, soak it in warm water and scrub it of. It should come of easily. I kept some of the labels on

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Now for the lamp part. Cut the cable in five equal lengths. Then connect it as follows

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Strip about 1 inch of the cable. Next strip the wires

Strip about 1 inch of the cable. Next strip the wires

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Separate the lamp socket

Separate the lamp socket

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Put the cable through the socket like this. Zip tie the cloth-isolation or it will go berzerk

Put the cable through the socket like this. Zip tie the cloth-isolation or it will go berzerk

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Brown wire in L1, blue wire in N. If there are no letters, just remember the brown wire should go in the terminal connected to the bottom piece of metal

Brown wire in L1, blue wire in N. If there are no letters, just remember the brown wire should go in the terminal connected to the bottom piece of metal

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Tuck it in and screw the socket in place

Tuck it in and screw the socket in place

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You will need a base for the lamp. I used an old metal dish, spray painted it, drilled five holes in it for the cords and three for the bolts

You will need a base for the lamp. I used an old metal dish, spray painted it, drilled five holes in it for the cords and three for the bolts

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Place rubber rings in the holes for the cords, zip tie the cords in place. Next, fasten the bolts with washers+nuts, add wire with loops then another nut.

Place rubber rings in the holes for the cords, zip tie the cords in place. Next, fasten the bolts with washers+nuts, add wire with loops then another nut.

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Three pieces of wire should be enough for holding the base in balance.

Three pieces of wire should be enough for holding the base in balance.

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I used mini terminal blocks to connect the wires. They are placed on a small rail which is attached to the base. Note: You can also connect everything in wire connectors.

I used mini terminal blocks to connect the wires. They are placed on a small rail which is attached to the base. Note: You can also connect everything in wire connectors.

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Green/yellow terminals are for earth, so the base won't be electrified. 4 terminals are connected with a bridge for N, same goes for the remaining 4 for L1

Green/yellow terminals are for earth, so the base won't be electrified. 4 terminals are connected with a bridge for N, same goes for the remaining 4 for L1

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Hang it from the ceiling. Adjust the length of the cords so the bottles look harmonic

Hang it from the ceiling. Adjust the length of the cords so the bottles look harmonic

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Something like this 👍🏾

Something like this 👍🏾

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Add light bulbs. Be cautious with the watts, the light should be comfy to look at. I used different sized bulbs, it adds to the charm

Add light bulbs. Be cautious with the watts, the light should be comfy to look at. I used different sized bulbs, it adds to the charm

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Finished product

Finished product

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