I have a few empty Crown Royal bottles out of which I want to make small
lamps. Most are the 750ml size & a couple 1.75 liter size. The bottles are
attractive and I think they could make nice lamps for background or accent
light in an office or den.
My problem is that I don't know how to make a hole in the back side of the
bottle near the bottom in which to thread zip cord.
I've tried new drill bits running the drill press as slowly as possible,
using various lubes (oil, alcohol, and carb cleaner), but can't get a hole
started in the glass. I even tried a masonry bit - didn't work either.
Any ideas? Thanks, Bob-tx
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glass bottle hole drill
I've never done it. I've heard that fillin bottle with wet sand,
packing dense, drilling with a tile repeat tile cutting bit ( which is
not a masonry bit) of the kind used for drilling into bath / shower
stalls to install grab bars is the way to go.
Again, though, I've never done a bottle,
I've installed a lot of tub/ shower grab bars through tile as a
volunterr for the local senior center though. The tile bits work great
Use a drill press. Get a piece of pipe the diameter of the hole you want,
cut an end square and chuck it. Put a ring of clay around where you want
the hole and put a water grinding compound mix in the ring. Have the drill
on slow and slowly grind through.
A glass bit.
I like your idea better, but just in case:
I'm looking right now at a lamp made of a bottle. The dark bottle is
filled with some kind of gravel so it doesn't fall over, and the light
socket is right above a cork. The wire comes out of the bottom of the
light socket and doesn't go through the bottle at all. I think the
whole socket with hole, short pipe, cork is sold as one item.
The easiest way to make a lamp out of a bottle is to get a bottle lamp kit
such as http://www.cherrytreetoys.com/prodinfo.asp?numberG-130 or
No need to take the wire through the bottle.
"Larry W" < email@example.comNoOnSePsAtMar.org> wrote in message
Build a little cofferdam of putty around where you want the hole,
fill it with jewlers rouge and cutting oil, And set a stick in there
in the drill press, and leave it running. come back once an hour or
so and bounce the stick up and down to get more abrasive under it.
If you're really skilled and lucky, you can melt the hole instead.
Preheat a bucket of sand and the bottles in your oven
to as hot as you can get it, then use a mapp-gas torch on the
spot where you want the hole, and poke it with a stick when
it starts to glow brightly. If the bottle doesn't explode,
bury it in the hot sand and let the whole thing cool.
(I've seen hobbyist beadmakers use a crockpot filled with
vermiculite, but I suspect your bottles are too big for that.)
Get a dremel tool with a thick grinding wheel, and prop it against
the glass, running, and go read a book.
Method 4: Use battery-driven LED arrays, and skip the external
you're cooling the tool and the glass you're grinding. temperature
differentials in different places in glass cause cracking. the water on the
inside won't cool the outside of the bottle except through convection, and
glass is a good insulator and a (relatively) poor conductor of heat. that's
why you have to carefully anneal glass when cooling it.
Glass bit is best. Other bits can be made to work with a LOT of
care. It helps if you have a few bottles on hand, so you don't have
to worry too much about breaking one. I find if I have 20, I'll drill
the first no problems, or at least the second. If I've only got 1,
I'll break it. Maybe the extra nervousness takes away from the
smoothness of my hand controlling the drill? Crown is tasty stuff, so
coming up with surplus empty bottles should be a joy.
Filling the bottle with sand seems like a good idea, never heard that
before today. The dremel w/ a grinding wheel is interesting as well,
though it would certainly require attention and lubricant. I've no
experience with either method, however.
You may try to tape the area you want to drill before drilling. I've
sucessfully drilled through glass with a regular bit by putting plenty
of tape over the area so that I was drilling through at least 1/16" of
tape using an _extremely_ light touch and plenty of cutting oil.
I've also used wick holders meant to fit into empty bottles and
convert them to oil candles. No holes required, nice light, oil can
be nuetral or scented. Cost ~$1US each at candle shops everywhere.
Not as bright as an electric light, but not a bad option.
Post back, let us know how you make out. Especially if you try the
dremel w/ grinding wheel.
Most grocery or department stores in cleaning products.
Granted, it is a dilute solution, but if you leave it on glass you will
cut it, eventually. With minimal contact time, it also works well
removing some hard water deposits on glass when regular lime removers
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