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This is such an awesome tutorial, you could end up in the hospital!
No, really. I am such an incredible klutz that it is only by the grace of some higher power that I am not bleeding from an artery in the ER right now.
Today I'm gonna show you how to make drinking glasses out of wine bottles. "Wait. Jamie? Does that mean I get to drink with purpose?"
(edit to add: some very smart person on pinterest noted that that these would make great candleholders! I'm totally gonna try that. Also be sure to scroll through the comments; so many people have offered up their own bits of advice!)
I've been seeing little things all over the internet about wine bottles-turned-into-fillintheblank, including drinking glasses. So this isn't really my idea, just my version. I think I originally saw it on Pinterest, the source of all wonderful creations.
You will need!
- Common sense. Don't be a dumbass!
- Some empty wine bottles. C'mon, you can do it.
- Nail Polish Remover and a little bowl to pour it in
- Source of Fire. (lighter? matches? 2 sticks rubbed together?)
- Big basin of cold water, preferably with lots of ice
- Sandpaper, 60 grit and 150 grit
- Protective gloves
- Protective breathing mask
- Protective eyewear
- Goo-gone (not totally necessary, but may save you from losing all knowledge of vocabulary beyond swear words)
- Common sense. Really. Don't bleed all over your pretty new glasses.
DISCLAIMER. This is actually very dangerous. Definitely NOT suitable for children, shaky people, drunk people, dumb people, and well all people really. There is every possibility you could get hurt. Don't go blaming me when that happens, you risk-taker-in-the-name-of-craftiness, you!
Getting the labels off is a pain in the butt. I got down a big stock pot and filled it with water and heated till boiling. Then I dropped the bottles in there and let them roll around for a bit. Be careful, seriously. Glass and heat is a dangerous combination. Use tongs and don't leave them in the water for very long.
Once they've soaked a bit the labels should peel off easily.
Wash them with dishsoap and water, and then use some goo-gone if there are still bits of adhesive.
Fill a small bowl with nail polish remover, and cut a length of yarn. Longer is better (yes). Fill up the sink with cold water. If your water only gets kind of cold like mine, dump a bunch of ice in there. It's the temperature differential between the heated glass and the cold water that causes the break.
Wipe any excess polish remover off the bottle. If there are drips, they will catch fire and burn you. Really. My thumb is proof.