Wine Bottle Wind Chime

As promised, it's time to share my first project made with my new bottle cutter.  I loved the color of this bottle and immediately had a plan for it.  
The first thing you need to know about cutting bottles is that it is a learning curve and there's a LOT of trial and error, as illustrated by this photo:
The first two bottles I tried to cut ended up like this.  They started to crack along the etched line and then they didn't.  I'm not sharing the brand of bottle cutter I have, since I'm not endorsing anything, but if you really want to know, send me a message.  By the third bottle, I had the hang of it and this was the result:
After the bottle was cut, I sanded the edges until they were smooth.  Then it was time to make a windchime!
I wanted a nice soft sound, so I found this wooden egg.  Two holes were drilled into either side and metal eyes were screwed in.
I thought about glass pieces, but we can get some pretty strong winds around here and I didn't want glass shards flying through the air!
Next came the chain and key rings.
I'm looking at this photo and noticing the cut edge looks 'wavy'.  Trust me, it's not.  It looks that way because we are looking at it through the glass that must be a bit wavy, but, let's get back to the next step...
I measured the length to where I wanted the egg to be and cut a piece of chain.  The key ring keeps that length from going up the neck of the bottle.  A larger key ring was added for hanging the windchime.
Now I needed something to hang below it to catch the wind.  I cut a small piece of wood and drilled a hole in it.
Yes, I know it's crooked, but that's how I roll!  
I glued some wine corks around it and attached a ring and another length of chain.
This piece was attached to the bottom of the wooden egg and the windchime was almost done.  I thought it needed some 'dressing-up' so I wrapped some wire around it and added a little bling.
It was done!
If you're wondering what happened to the bottom of the bottle, have no fear, it did not go to waste.  After sanding the edges, I glued on some trim:
I put a candle inside, lit it, and said, "Well, aren't you pretty!"
So, there you have it, my first bottle-cutting project complete. No worries, I'm drinking wine for more's a tough job, but 'somebodys gotta do it'!  Lol! 

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  1. Neat up-cycle ideas. I love the chime with the corks.
    Happy weekend,
    Kippi #kippiathome

    1. Thank you, Kippi. You know, I LOVE to upcycle!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. I'm so glad you stopped by and I hope you'll be back again soon!

  3. Very cute - I'm so happy you used the pretty bottom too. That blue glass is a real find.

    1. Thank you, Carol. Blue is my favorite color and I love the shade of this one!

  4. That's completely adorable!!! Man, I have recycled tons of cute wine bottles - who knew they could become something like this!!

    Love, love, love!! So cute!

    1. Thanks, Debbie. I plan to experiment with a few more...this bottle cutting can get addicting!

  5. So, Ann, what does the 'chime' sound like? I've never seen one made with corks. It's very pretty! Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering!

    1. It actually sounds beautiful, Julie, since it's a piece of wood that hits the glass.

  6. Oh this is just GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing it with us at the To Grandma's house we go link party, I'll be featuring you at the next party!

    1. I'm so glad you like it, Tarah and thank you so much for the feature!

  7. Hi Ann, I love this project! I have used a bottle cutter and wow it wasn't as easy as I thought. I was sort of dissapointed so I definitely know what you mean by a learning curve. I even do stained glass and I thought it was hard. I think next time I am going to try the string, heat and ice method. I have to look more into it but maybe it will be better than my bottle cutter. ha. WOW love this project! It is such a whimsical project design!!! Saw your post at the bloggers pit stop! pinning!

    1. Thank you so much Kathleen. There certainly is a learning curve, but it's a lot of fun. I look forward to hearing how the string method works.
      So glad you stopped by!


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