In my last blog, Get Your Wine On Part Two Prep I talked about the bottle cutter, g2 and the pro’s and con’s of my first attempts to use this exciting tool. I was finally able to make a wine bottle creation after multiple attempts at getting it just right.
- 20 gauge wire or thicker
- Beads (any color, may need larger beads depending on size of wire used)
- Needle Nose pliers
I selected wine bottles and beer bottles for this project. You can use any glass bottles or jars, size and color does not matter. You can be as creative as you want to be. Once I had my bottles I practiced cutting a few to get the hang of the glass cutter and then decided how I wanted to cut the bottles for my final project. I decided to use different two different size of bottles and then cut the larger bottle so it was taller than the two shorter bottles. I then selected white candles to place under the bottle. You can choose to use battery operated candles or wick candles. I like to have a variety in my house depending if the kids and pets are going to be around.
If you wanted to further enhance the above look you could take your 20 guage wire or larger and string beads on it and wrap the wire around the neck of the bottle.
First I took my 20 gauge wire and cut off approximately 8 to 12 inches. I took my round noise pliers and curled the end of the wire. (I took the wire and wrapped it around the round noise pliers.) You can wrap it around as many times as you want and make a wire design at the end if you want to. For mine I made a smaller wire wrap loop because I did not want to take away from the bead design I was creating. Once you have the first end curled you start adding your beads. You can lay your beads out on your towel or piece of felt first so you can see your pattern or you can start stringing without making a pattern. Depending on the size of beads you use will depend how many you need for this project. I like to use lots of different sizes to add more dimension to each wrap.
After I had strung about 4 inches of beads onto the wire I started wrapping the wire onto the wine bottle neck to see how it was looking. I then bent the wire as needed to see how many more beads to add. The wire holds it shape after it’s bent so it appears to wrap around the bottle neck.
As I neared the top of the wine bottle I had to decide how much of a wire accent I wanted at the top. Again I did not want a big wire end, I wanted the beads to be the focal point of this piece. I cut off the excess wire I did not need and again took my round noise pliers and wrapped the wire around the pliers to finish it off.
You have now just created a unique way to use old wine bottles and now have a great centerpiece for your next wine party. Another fun tip is I like to trade out the color of candles depending on the time of year and will sometimes add more decorations around the base of the wine bottle. Example for summer I will add some flower petals for the wine bottles and candles to sit on or place a few fresh cut flowers around to dress it up a little more. Get creative and most importantly have fun!