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Make A Wind Chime- Recycle a Wine Bottle

We love our customers. We love selling wind chimes. But, we love recycling more. If you have several wine bottles lying around- why not recycle them into wind chimes? Here is how.
** Special thanks to Dana Goolsby who placed this idea on her website after inheriting hundreds of old wine bottles.

First, know what you need. To do this project you will need the following items;

* 4-5 wine bottles

* Ball of yarn

* Fingernail polish remover

* Lighter

* Cold water

* Masking tape

* Glass drill bit

* Drill

* 3-4 medium size washers

* Durable string

* Safety goggles

* Painting respirator mask

* Gloves

Start by filling the kitchen sink with cold tap water. Fill it almost to the top.
Set aside the fingernail polish remover into a small container on the side.
Cut four feet of string.
Wrap the string around the wine bottle tightly. Place the string where you want to cut the bottle.
Cut the rest of the string away from the bottle.
Slide the string that is around the bottle off it- still keeping its form. Place the ring of string in the nailpolish remover.
After you have submerged the string, place it back around the bottle where you want to cut it.

After you have secured the yarn where you would like to cut the bottle, hold the bottle over the sink filled with cold water and light the string with a lighter. Hold the bottle at about a 60 degree angle, in order to ensure that heat is sufficiently trapped in the bottom of the bottle.

Rotate the bottle slowly in order to burn the yarn evenly. This usually takes about a minute or so. The yarn will not turn black and burn off. If the flame on the yarn burns out, re-light it and continue to burn it again until it extinguishes itself again.

Once the flame is out on the yarn, plunge the bottle into the cold water. You will be able to hear the bottle slicing in two, and then you will hear a “pop” as the halves separate.

Cut the rest of your wine bottles using this method. You will need to cut off the bottom of at least one bottle for the bottom piece of the wind chime. We recommend cutting the bottom off approximately one inch above the base.

Now that you have cut all of your wine bottles, before you begin stringing your wind chime together you should sand down the edges. Sanding the edges will make stringing the bottles together much safer. If you are making the wind chime for a gift, you want to ensure that no one gets cut by the glass. We used a dremel tool for maximum control.

Be sure to wear safety goggles, gloves, and a painting respiratory mask. You do not want to breath in the dust from the glass, or risk cutting yourself or getting a piece of glass in your eye.

After you have made your bottles safe to work with, drill a hole in the wine bottle bottom with your glass drill bit and drill. This piece will be the hanging piece that catches wind and causes the wine bottles up to clink together.

Place a small piece of masking tape over the desired entry point on the side. The masking tape will help the drill bit not to slide as you drill. Drilling into glass is not a quick chore and is a sensitive task. Do not put too much pressure on the drill, or you will surely break the glass. This process takes time and patience.

As you are drilling your hole, every so often spray or pour a little water on the area you are drilling. This way the shards of glass will not fly around as easily, and the bottle is less likely to break. The temperature of the drill bit will stay low if you spray water on the bottle frequently. (This is the same procedure used to make a wine bottle lamp. Once you have drilled your hole you can then insert a small strand of lights into the bottle.)

Set all of your sanded bottles aside.

Cut about a 7ft piece of your string. (You may want to cut more or less depending on where you intend to hang your wine bottle wind chime and how many bottles you use. ) Double the string over so that your string is now about 3.5ft long.

Thread one of the loose ends through the hole that you drilled in the wine bottle bottom. Tie both loose ends together. This will be the bottom of your wind chime.

Now tie on a washer about 10 inches from the wine bottle bottom. The washer will hold the bottle in place. Once you have tied your washer on, thread your string through the base of one of the wine bottles, up through the neck.

When the washer catches and there is not more slack in the line, tie another washer about three inches above the mouth of the bottle. Then thread your string through another bottle.

Repeat this process until you have used all of your bottles.


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