Thursday, December 19, 2013

How to make a lighted wine bottle lamp kit with deco lights

Making your own lighted wine bottle light  is lots of fun and easy to do. If you have a favorite wine bottle with a nice picture and you would like to insert lights this wine bottle light kit gives you all necessary  parts plus easy to follow instructions. You will love the new Deco super bright teeny bulbs. 
This lamp making kit includs the following:
(1) 3/8inch diamond drill bit with How To Drill a Hole in a Wine Bottle.
(1) String of 20  Deco  super bright teeny clear bulbs on a brown wire
(1) small pack of "Silly Putty"  Needed to drill hole in bottle.
(1) black Plastic snap-in grommnet. to protect wire from hole in bottle
Included with your purchase is some additional tips & information that I wrote that you may find of interest.

How to Drill a Hole in a Wine Bottle
How to Drill a Hole in a Glass Block

How To Drill a Hole in a Bottle
Tips for Inserting Deco Teenty lights in Your Bottle

Sunday, December 15, 2013

How to make a Incense Bottle Smoker

Use a 3/8 inch Diamond drill bit for a vent hole in your Incense bottle


Incense bottles or incense smokers are a very unique craft item. They sell at craft show between ten and twenty dollars.  They are used for aromatherapy. Many use incense bottles smoker instead of air wicks in their homes. They are very easy to make. All you need is a bottle so some kind, a drill motor and most important, a good quality diamond coated drill bit.  A 3/8 inch diamond bit will work just fine. You need to select a bottle that is about 12 inches high. Tell enough so that your incense stick can be placed in the bottle without touching the bottom. Many incense bottle artist buy bottle at wholesale.  They often will use clear bottles and paint a design on the outside or a swirl on color on the inside. I have seen a wide variety of different shaped bottles used. Small flower vases, vinegar bottle, olive oil bottle, just about any tall, thin shaped bottle that you can find.

You should place your 3/8 inch vent whole about two inches off the bottom of the bottle. I have seen incense bottles with only one vent hole and some with two or three holes.

Drilling the hole.

You need a good quality 3/8 inch diamond drill bit. You always need to keep the tip of your diamond drill bit cool using plane water.  You can use some silly putty or plumbers putty to make a little donut. Place the donut where you want to place you vent holes. Keep the donut full of water. Start your drill slow and on a slight angle to get your bit to bite. Bring your drill diamond bit straight up and use a touch n’ go drilling motion. Do not use a steady downward pressure. Lift your diamond bit out of the hole every few seconds to be sure that water is always in   it.  It will take just a minute or two to drill through depending on how thick the glass bottle is. Rinse out your bottle and let it dry. That’s all there is to it. You will find it easy and fun to do. Place your incense stick on a small key ring. Light and place inside the bottle.  You will soon see a swirl of smoke coming out of the top. Empty out the ash every so often. . Incense bottle or incense smokers could earn you a little extra money at your next craft show. You can also use a 3/8 inch diamond drill bits to drill holes in wine bottles. I like inserting DECO Teeny,teeny bulbs in my lighted wine bottles.  They burn very bright and most important they burn much cooler. Usually a string of 35 standard Christmas lights will cause your lighted wine bottle to be too hot to touch.  You may want to consider using DECO Teeny,teeny bulbs.


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Monday, December 2, 2013

How to make a Bell Mason Jar lamp

If you have ever visited a country store or antique mall you may have seen lots of old Bell Mason or Kerr canning jars. There is a certain charm to them and we love to reminisce and recall the canning days at grandma’s house. We are all very familiar with both bell mason and Kerr canning jars and that makes them somewhat attractive to imitative crafters.  They make charming, rustic country table lamps with them. Mason and Kerr canning jars  lamps eye catching and unique because they can display a wide verity of collectibles such as sea shells, beans, buttons, beach stones, marbles  or any others item that you can think of. If you were to use Google Search you will find lots of canning jar lamps for sell. However:   Why not make one yourself?.. They are rather easy to make and you can find Mason or Kerr canning jars at any garage sale, county store or you can use new canning jars that are available at any supermarket. Again, use Google Search to find a source for canning jar lamp socket adopters. You can also find them at your local hardware store. You will notice that most of the canning jar socket adopter uses a standard light socket with the lamp cord coming out of the socket base. I don’t partially like that style as it leaves the lamp cord hanging down the side of the  lamp. I would rather buy a 3/8 inch diamond drill bits and drill a hole near the bottom of the canning jar and insert the lamp cord from the bottom. As far as the lamp light socket goes, You can use a standard socket with a push threw off & on switch or if you want to insert lights inside the mason jar as well a light on top, you can use a two circuit, 3 terminal light socket. This socket gives you the ability to turn on the inside the jar lights only or the top light only, or turn on both. Making your very own Mason Canning Jar lamp is a fun craft and I am sure you would enjoy this craft