- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
Note!! I still need grapes and Christmas lights with battery packs!! Please let me know if you have any!
Alright girls, this is for you! Last week I began the adventure of creating my wine bottle centerpieces. The centerpieces have three wine bottles, each with a hole drilled in the back and a strand of battery pack Christmas lights strung through the hole. Special thanks to the craiglist man who sold me cheap batteries, the bees who sold me cheap lights and grapes, and all my friends and family who … drank a lot of wine! I know, I ask so much 🙂
My aunt and I started this adventure full of hope! After about 2 hours, 6 successful bottles and 5 broken bottles .. we took a very discouraged break to eat pizza. The garage was freezing, our hands/arms were tired, and we realized we still needed 39 more bottles … our rate of success was not good.
Well after the pizza break we returned to the work space and continued. And for no apparent reason, had great success! After about an hour and 15 minutes we were up to 15 total and only 1 more broken!
So, here is our set up and things to keep in mind.
Use the ½ ceramic/glass drill bit. I got the “good one” from Home Depot that was about $15 bucks, but I really think it was worth it!
You need two people: one to hold the bottle and spray the hole with water, and one to drill. The area will get wet with glassy water .. it is messy.
We put the bottle in a bicycle pad to hold it, with a“diaper” cloth to pad it (can you tell me were getting a bit punchy).
Wear protective ear gear! If you are like us, when you fail and the bottle breaks, it will be scary and glass will fly! It doesn’t help both my aunt and I are twitchy!
Ok, things to think about as you do it.
First of all, keep the surface wet! The “holder person”should also be spraying the bottle every few seconds. Keep in mind, you are working with a power tool, could just be me, but water and power tool makes me nervous. So we were careful to just spray the bottle when the area gets “milky” from the glass being ground out. A couple of small squirts every couple of seconds.
We had a bucket on a step stool at the end of the table. When we started, we had the end of the bottle hanging off the table and over the bucket to make the water drip into the bucket .. I think this contributed to our failure. Place the bottle, in the padding, at the very end of the table, but with the whole bottle on the table. This provides support and makes it much easier for the holder person to keep the bottle stable.
When you first start, you can go at full speed and press down as hard as you can… after last night, my right shoulder hurts today. (Also I am a weak girl .. if you have FI helping, maybe tell him to press as hard as YOU possibly could :)) I will tell you when to stop pushing down on the drill, but you CAN keep the drill at full speed for the whole process, so just pull the trigger and don’t worry about that part.
When you break the surface, push about half as hard and start turning the drill in slow circles. Think of a top spinning, that is how you want the drill to look with the top making a circle with about a 1 foot diameter. Alternate between turning the drill in circles and holding the drill straight up and turning your hand back and forth. Think of screwing a lid on and off of a jar.
When the hole is about half the size of the drill bit (1/4 inch), stop pushing on the drill. Just let the weight of the drill do the work for the rest of the process.
As the hole gets wider and looks like the drill bit can almost fit through it, stop making circles and alternate between the “jar twisting action” or holding it stable, straight up and down. Be sure to keep the drill straight up and down because if it is angled, when the drill breaks through, the angle will make it more likely the bottle will break.
With the weight of the drill doing all the work, be very sensitive to when it breaks so you can pull it out quickly. This is where our twitchiness paid off, we were so ready to pull the drill back out!
About the lights … Everything I read said to sand the holes. But because of laziness and practicality, I will not. The reasons I saw to sand the holes is because the holes will be sharp and it can cut the cord, or people that decide to touch the holes. Well the hole has to be so big to get the light in that there is plenty of room for the cord. Just make sure that you have some slack and it should be fine. Also, all the holes will be facing the center of the circle and will have grapes and corks piled up to hide the battery packs…so if the guests cut themselves, it’s their own fault.
Next, to keep the lights from all bunching up in the bottom. Pull the lights through the hole and out the top. We made a hook out of wire to reach through the top and pull out the cord. Pull about 1/3 of the lights out of the top. At the 1/3 mark, thumb tack the lights to the bottom of a cork. We used the flat heading thumb tacks so there is more surface area to hold the wire. Put the lights back in and put the cork in the top of the bottle.
Finally, the grapes. The grapes we used are from the dollar store and have a loop in the top. Run floral wire through three bunches and the the wire in a loop. Place the grapes on top of the battery packs with a bunch hanging down between each bottle. And then throw one on top to hide the wire loop!
Yay!! Hope this helps, we were kinda at a loss and figured it out as we went 🙂