Try This: Cut-Glass Chandelier

A beautiful way to recycle

| May/June 2004

These days, bottles come in all shapes, sizes, and colors—many too lovely to throw away. So don't! Use capped mineral water bottles to make this contemporary candelabra. The beaded finials at the bottom give the chandelier a stylish finish while stoppering the bottle ends and anchoring the candlewicks. A short length of copper pipe decorates the bottle necks. See the directions below for an easy way to "cut" bottles.

1. Use a hose clamp as a guide to score a clean bottle with a glass cutter. Go over the line only once.

2. Heat the scored line thoroughly with a candle flame.

3. While still warm, run an ice cube over the scored line. With a little pressure, the bottle will break easily along the line.

4. Use wet emery paper to smooth the edge of the bottle.

5. Use a hole cutter to drill three holes in a scrap of half-inch birch plywood about 2 feet by 4 inches. The holes must be at least 11/2 inches for the bottlenecks to fit through. Save the “holes” for use as part of the finial at the bottom.

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