So, as of half an hour ago, Adam and I finished drilling holes in wine bottles. Because it is utterly important to me that the lights get crammed in the side, not the top of the bottle.
|Wine bottles with holes that seem large enough to shove lights through...|
I haven't put lights in them yet (partially because the lights I'm planning to use are still attached to the outside of the house...) but they should end up looking like this:
|End result, maybe? From this blog: http://witandwhistle.com/2009/11/03/diy-wine-bottle-light/|
|HERE is the real final result! 6 illuminated bottles in various shades of green and clear!|
Other people have succeeded at this on the internet (drilling a hole through a bottle with a drill bit like this and not dying), and now so have we.
Some of the highlights:
- Some kind of coating flaked off the drill bit and then it seemed to work slightly better.
- We had a spray bottle of water that we would use to spritz away glass powder (and turn it into glass mud) and also to cool the drill bit, although we did this outside in 40 degree weather so it didn't get too hot.
- Adam pointed out that in the hardware store, I was doing a "self-comforting" behavior of petting my hands with my other hands. Which makes sense because I was quite nervous about this whole drilling experiment until the first bottle was finally done and reasonable. Also I wanted a hole saw and the local hardware store didn't have those for glass.
- We had a fancy bottle of Chianti with a basket, but the glass was kind of thin and we cracked it.
- It took about 10 minutes per bottle.
- We used the 1/2 inch drill bit to make holes wider than 1/2 inch.
- It worked the best when I held the bottle and the spritzer water bottle and Adam held the drill with both hands.
|The chianti bottle didn't make it.|