Saturday, February 9, 2013

Wine Bottle Pendant Light How To

I finally got around to making my wine bottle pendant light.  I saw these become popular a few years ago, back when I started the frugal-interior-design website.  A vendor called ROOST had some incredible lighting that I salivated for.  I was drawn to the classic simplicity of the lighting - meshing new with old - inspiring a nod toward both modern and rustic.

Roost Pendants - recycled wine bottles.  By the way, how cool is that wood-strip wall?
It has given me a few ideas for walls in my home!
I never forgot about the above image.  And of course, I've seen other interpretations of the same principle and have my own.  

I began cutting wine bottles about a year ago and have been using them for various projects (upcycling and repurposing them in cool ways.)  See my previous posts on:

Finally. I got my hands on a large clear-glass wine bottle and was successful at cutting the bottom off with a smooth, straight, clean break 

The bottle sat like that for about another year.  Finally, with some free-time and motivation, I set to task - time to create a light!

The original frosted-glass shade was nice and worked fine with the room,
but I sure love the new sleek and simple look of the clear wine bottle!

A spiral filament vintage bulb was of course used for that extra coolness factor!

A clear glass wine bottle theme perhaps?
If you have a similar tube-like armature light pendant or even one with a simple wire (with/without the chain), you'll be able to recreate this pendant light.  The only other thing you will need is a cut wine bottle and snazzy light bulb (I recommend vintage Edison bulbs).  Each application may be a bit different, but if you read how I secured my bottle to keep it straight, you'll be able to come up with ideas that will work for yours.

To read about how to make a wine bottle pendant light
please visit my page entitled Wine Bottle Light.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Holiday Wine Bottle Craft

Since the holidays are typically a whirlwind of activity, I never found (or took) the time to post some of my fun, upcycle creations.  I've been in this wine bottle upcycling frenzy lately (see older posts and the main website's recent wine bottle light for evidence of this) and although the holidays have gone, I decided there is still time to share them.  Maybe they will spark some Valentine's Day decor ideas or future holiday wine bottle crafts.

 Wine Bottle "Trees"
Trio of various height wine bottles.

This decor was simple.  I cut the bottoms from three various-sized clear glass wine bottles I had been saving.
I sprayed the interior of the bottle with Krylon Looking Glass spray paint after lightly misting the inside with water using a fine-mist spray bottle.  This technique of pre-misting the interior (or exterior if you decide to paint that instead) will allow the development of a mercury glass type effect.  

Mercury Glass Wine Bottles?
Somewhere in between the start and finish of the project.
Note the mercury glass-esque finish  from the spray paint.

Oh Starry Night!
Rustic and rough-formed stars bent from heavy-gauge spooled craft wire.

I felt the bottle trees needed stars and of course a star theme established itself early on with the introduction of the "star garland" I had previously purchased at a Dollar Tree - - - simply cut to length and wrapped from bottom to top.

Sledding Anyone?
A vintage saucer sled comes to the rescue.
My free saucer sled seemed a fitting vessel for displaying my holiday wine bottle trees.  I liked the monochromatic scheme with all the silvers and reflective surfaces.  Oh, and of course, the wine bottles have no bottoms, so they can be placed over tea-lights for extra shimmer.

Go simpler and leave the bottles intact.  Spray the outside instead!

Let It Snow!
Snowflake Table Runner

Somewhere after Christmas and before New Years, the display morphed to this!  I have this stash of vintage thick-cut glass window panes.  They were in the home when I acquired it and have been sitting silently, untouched, for nearly 10 years.  I remembered them and decided to put them to use.  Each pane is a hair more than 8 1/2 x 11 (the perfect size for a standard piece of copy paper).  

I used three pieces of paper to create three identical snowflakes (albeit rectangular ones to fit my glass).  I lined them up down the center of the kitchen dining table with a glass pane over each to create a runner.  The aforementioned mercury glass wine bottle trees decided they wanted to stay out a bit longer.  

TIP: Remove the garland and star, and group these bottles together for non-holiday decor

Terra Cotta NOT!
A terra cotta clay saucer gets a simple face-lift!

I had this huge candle and nothing to place it in or on that seemed appropriate.  I remembered the abundance of old clay planter saucers I had stored in the garage.  After a spray with flat black paint and a spray with matte clear-coat, the old dull saucer looked quite fitting for my cranberry candle.  

Some collected pods create an encircling wreath of organic-ness around the candle.  
The perfect, finishing touch!

So, if you have some old empty wine bottles and/or old clay saucers, dig em out and get to work.  The holidays may have gone by, but they will be back again (and always sooner than we expect!)

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