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Project 4: Bottle Lamp

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About a year ago, I made this for Keith. He liked the way the bottle looked so much, I figured we might as well make it useful instead of just letting it sit around and get broken somehow.

He liked it so much that he bragged to his buddies about it and it didn’t take long for his roomie to ask me to make him one too. However, I somehow failed to snag a pic (imagine the above only with a Three Philosopher’s bottle instead).

At a dinner party not too long after that, another friend ask me to make him one as well! Only problem with this one is that it’s made with a vodka bottle (much thicker than beer bottles) and it came from somewhere outside the US (a.k.a not easily replaceable by a trip to the liquor store). Also, if I remember correctly there was some emotional attachment to the event the bottle was gifted to them. *EVEN MORE PRECIOUS TO THE OWNER AND TERRIFYING TO WORK ON!*

Anyway, I’ve kind of been putting it off because I’ve been a little afraid of cracking it. Recently, the same friend allowed us to stay at their lake house for the weekend, so I figured I should get it done and give it to them finally as a thank-you if nothing else! Me and my procrastination skills (oh yeah, isn’t that why I’m writing these posts today :P)…

So, materials!

  • Bottle you want to make into a lamp
  • Wooden base
  • Stain for base
  • Clear sealant (not pictured)
  • Felt for bottom and adhesive spray (also not pictured)
  • Lamp kit
  • Lamp shade
  • Light bulb
  • Clear stik’n seal adhesive
  • Dremel
  • Diamond tip dremel bits
  • Goggles or other eye protection (so that’s why I kept my Organic Chemistry equipment!)
  • Newspaper or a towel to collect glass particles so you don’t get them all over you kitchen floor
  • vacuum/broom/mop just to make sure you don’t walk through a field glass dust in bare feet!

That list is a lot larger than it seems it should be, but I think I included everything. I had everything except the stain and base already so it made for a quick project. You can get pretty much everything at Lowes or Home Depot or any other home improvement store, ‘cept the bottle of course. (I can only imagine… “Hey honey, while we’re working on the deck, lets get some booze to keep us motivated!” *weekend project fail*).

First things first, you need a hole for the wiring. I drilled straight through the back of the beer bottles, but the vodka bottle had a nice little nook that the wire fit in perfectly so I just went through the bottom of it. Make sure to drill slowly. Or rather, have the drill on a high speed but stop frequently to let the glass cool. I’ve seen videos on YouTube where people had the bottle full of water, in a tub full of water to keep the whole thing cool however I don’t like the idea of getting electrocuted so I didn’t do this. I also cracked the bottom a smidgen and the Dremel got away from me a couple times. It was a lot thicker than I expected! Fortunately, it’s all on the bottom.

I already have my lamp kit assembled in the first pic. The directions on the back of the packaging are super easy to follow. I promise, I am not an electrician and I have made three of these now…and have yet to burn down a house!

Then, I stained the base. I used wood-sheen which you paint on and then wipe off. It’s dry and usable in an hour so it’s great for someone with as little patience as I have. My base is in two parts so after they were dry I lined them up and glued them together. I started to attach the bottle and then decided that it would be easier to put the felt on first. I sprayed both pieces (felt and the bottom of the base) and glued them together and put it felt side down under some newspapers and old text books.

 

Attach the bottle with the Stik’n Seal and let it set for 24+ hours. Finally, sit down in your favorite easy chair and read a good book by the light of your own, awesome, one-of-a-kind lamp!

Lamps to match!

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I bet you guys didn’t think I was doing anything with my crafty summer, well I’ll prove you wrong!

Check out these awesome lamps I painted to go with my new(ish) furniture.

I found these great lamps in the garage today. The brass is a good look but I was looking for something a little brighter and more fun so I got to thinking and since I’m creating a living room from scratch I figured I’d make lamps to match so I looked through my materials and had everything for this project except the primer!

Two lamps to match my room for the cost of a can of spray primer ~$4!

What you’ll need for this project:

Lamps
Krylon Primer (I used white)
Krylon Paint (I used Regal Blue)
plastic bags
tape
cleaner
paper towels

I washed off my lamps with a little Windex, brass cleaner would’ve been better but I didn’t have any handy and I just wanted to get the dust off anyway.

Don’t they have the best shape?

I then covered everything I didn’t want painted in plastic bags and taped them shut and to the lamp.

Now cover the thing in primer! It was probably a little too windy for me to do this today but I’m stubborn like that >.<

They kept their class through the primer didn’t they? I almost kept them white but then I remembered they’d be sitting next to a white couch and chair and on a white table… nah, they needed to be blue.

So I let the primer dry, it only about 15 minutes to be dry to the touch but I let it sit for about an hour.

Now for the blue!

This was easier said than done. I thought I had finished the whole thing and sat down and was looking again and the undersides of all of those curves were still white :/ (whoops!)

First coat

second coat…

up close!

Ta da! All done! I also love three way bulbs, and I’m all for saving the universe but I hope the government brings back regular light bulbs. 😦

Oh, I was also down in the barn (these were up on the old picnic table) and it started raining. I completely forgot they were outside, but when I got back the bags had protected the electrical components and the lamps were dry so the rain didn’t bother them at all.

Anyway, not only was this project inexpensive, it was quick and extremely easy. Before you throw your old lamps out, think about anywhere that could use a lamp and then MAKE them match your decor! 🙂