Wine Bottle Luminary

 Bottle cutting is a thing and to be completely honest, I'm not very good at it.  

The instructions make it sound so easy...etch the bottle, alternate hot and cold, the bottle breaks along the etching.  Simple enough...except I had 3 bottles break and NOT along the etching!  Sorry, no pics.  Fortunately, the 4th one broke the way it was intended:

Look at that!  Perfection!

No worries.  
I promise to drink more wine so I can get better at this hobby.

Welcome to The Sustainable Pinterest  Challenge, a group of bloggers who are challenged to recreate a pin from Pinterest focused on sustainability. Many thanks to Julie from Sum of Their Stories for hosting.

This month's theme is 'Upcycle' and my inspiration came from this pin, but I decided to 'kick it up a notch' and use more of the bottle. 
 This is the bottle cutter I use.
After cutting the bottle, I used wet sandpaper to smooth the edge.
I also had a piece of sandpaper flat on the table and spun the raw edge on it until it was smooth.  
Once that was done, I chose some images from Design Space and cut them on permanent vinyl using my Maker.
If you don't have a machine, don't be discouraged.  You can always use vinyl stickers from the craft store.
Weeding took some time.
But, after a while, they were all ready to be applied.
Application is pretty easy, just be sure your surface is clean.  I wiped the bottle with alcohol and let it dry.
Transfer tape was applied to the images and the were lifted off the blue background.  The tape (with the image) was applied to the bottle.
Press down over the images with an old credit or gift card and lift off the transfer tape.
I always go over the images again with the gift card - just to make sure!
Since this bottle had a punt...
...I added some glass gems to level-off the bottom... 
...giving the tealight a level surface.
The tealight was lit, and the bottle gave it a warm glow.
After I cut a few more bottles, I plan to have them sit together on a table outdoors.  
Have you tried bottle cutting? More importantly, have you had better luck? lol 


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Comments

  1. So pretty, a lovely upcycle. What a shame that you will be forced to drink more wine to source more bottles to perfect this craft!
    I've never tried cutting glass, it sounds a bit scary so I'm super impressed that you've managed it at all. Just take care and share your tips once you become a glass cutting expert :-)

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    1. Thanks, Julie, and no worries! I'm up for the challenge of drinking more wine! lol

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  2. I haven't tried cutting a bottle but I do like the results! We recycle our bottles, but now I'll be looking at them a little differently as we empty them. :)

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    1. It really is fun - especially when the break the way you want! I truly think this is something that just takes practice.

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  3. Oh my goodness, this is so cute! I’m going to have to give these a try. Where did you get your bottle cutter?

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    1. Thanks Zenda, and yes, give it a try! The bottle cutter is from Amazon.

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  4. Your luminary bottles are so cool and impressive, Ann! I've never tried bottle cutting and have no plans to. I can just imagine me having slivers of glass everywhere! You are so brave and the outcome is quite pretty! Great job!

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    1. There really are no slivers of glass, Gail. Just large chunks! I still wear safety goggles, though. You never know and you only get one set of eyes!

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  5. Very pretty! I've always wanted to try cutting a glass bottle but just haven't done it yet. You aren't the only one who has said it's not as easy as it looks ;o)

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    1. Thank you, Tania. You should give it a try....I think the key is practice, which I clearly need more of!

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  6. I've always wanted to try cutting a glass bottle; it looks like a bit tricky or is it easy, I don't know. Surely you've done a great job!

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    1. It really is easy. The tricky part seems to be out of my control. I will keep practicing!

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  7. Love the addition of the dragonfly designs! Your luminary turned out perfect. It's such a shame you'll have to drink more wine for future bottle projects. lol

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    1. I know...drinking more wine...but I'm no quitter! Bottle cutting success is a goal! lol

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  8. That's beautiful, Ann. I've never cut glass, it's always intimidated me. It's looks very worth it...4th time's a charm!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. It's really very easy, although the end result is totally out of your hands! I'm currently working on a another bottle (it's almost empty) 😉

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  9. It came out beautifully and I really like the dragonflies. I have never tried to cut a bottle in half so I am sure I would mess it up several times as well. It really is very pretty.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. From what I can tell, glass can be very fickle, but I plan to keep trying!

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  10. I love the dragonflies! I've never cut bottles before, and this is such a cool way to reuse bottles.

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    1. I've always love dragonflies and they just seemed perfect for summer.

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  11. Amazing, but I can see how it would be tough to master!

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    1. I will keep trying! Sooner or later, I should start winning!

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  12. I have to try this. With fireflies (my personal favorite summer bug.)

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    1. I remember catching fireflies in a jar when I was little. Fond memories!

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  13. Ann,
    WOW! these look great! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  14. Wow, very cool!! I've always been scared to try to cut a bottle, it turned out great!
    Jenna

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    1. Thank you! Cutting isn't hard, it's getting it to break correctly.

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  15. Ann, what a great diy! I love the color of the bottle and the design. I've never been comfortable with bottle cutting, but yours turned out really well and so cute.

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    1. Thank you so much. I really want to make more of them!

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  16. This is a lovely up-cycling project. It does appear daunting to try cutting a glass wine bottle, but yours turned out great. The dragonfly embellishment is the perfect complement to the wine bottle luminary. Thank you for participating in Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 27.
    Carol
    http://www.scribblingboomer.com

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I want to get better at bottle cutting since there are so many wonderful projects out there!

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  17. So pretty! Thanks for sharing on Crafty Creators!
    XOXO,
    Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

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