Wine Ship

26 Dec

A while back I got the idea of making a ship from a wine bottle.  If you cut a wine bottle down length wise it looks a bit like the hull of a ship.  The biggest problem I ran into was trying to cut a wine bottle lengthwise.

I tried everything. I tried sawing it, that didn’t work. I tried scoring it with a glass cutter and then pouring boiling water over the score marks followed by ice water; that cracked it, but often in unpredictable ways. I think I went through about five bottles experimenting with this. I had decided a while ago that this is what I wanted to make my dad for xmas, and when Dec. 24 rolled around I was in a bit of a panic.

I realized that I didn’t need to crack the bottle clean in half. Trying to do that with the super thick neck and elaborate base of many bottles made cutting it lengthwise nearly impossible. Instead, I figured I only needed to remove a portion and could leave the neck as the bow of the ship, and the bottom as the aft cabin. I took a bottle, carefully smashed a section on the shoulder, and then proceeded to delicately snap off pieces with a pair of pliers. (click pics to enlarge)

I didn’t want anyone being able to see into the ship, so I decided to paint the inside with a tapestry wine color paint. After I did this I realized I had a problem. The bottle I was using held white wine and was see through. I needed to use a dark bottle that held red wine. The green glass tinted the paint and made it look like a bottle full of chocolate milk.

(You can somewhat see the purple there, but without the light shinning right on it, the whole thing looked an ugly brown….so I scraped it all out.

Then I repainted it in a black paint and it looked much better.

The next big problem were the sharp edges around the bottle where I broke the glass. I didn’t have the tools or the time to file everything down to a smooth edge, so I came up with the idea to incorporate the wooden deck onto the boat in such a way that it covered the edges. I first built the base foundation for the deck which extended ever so slightly above the top of the glass so as to provide a level plane for the deck to sit upon.

After staining the wood, I applied the deck, glued it down, and then carefully trimmed around the edges to give it a much cleaner look.

Lastly came the mast and rigging and presto!

Rose under glass

3 Dec

A few days ago we had some fresh roses in the house and they gave me some “beauty and the beast” style inspiration for an accent lamp.  I had a glass vase and some mirrors left over from a lava lamp project, so I decided why not invert the vase and put the rose in it. I found a nice chunk of quartz to hold up the rose at the base. The best part is that it glows under the light. With only about 20 minutes of fiddling, I had this awesome lamp! (Click the pics to make them larger and see more detail)


29 Nov

In an evening of sheer boredom, I decided to make some chopsticks:

Wine bottle collage

28 Nov

My father is a huge wine drinker and I’ve been collecting the bottles for various projects. I thought it would be a cool idea to make a wine bottle collage out of the various wine labels. I had to carefully peel of the labels with a razor blade, and then place them under the cut out of a wine bottle to create the collage.

I went out and got a frame for it. I’m thinking it might be cool if I get two smaller fames and make a wine glass image, a flowing wine image, and arrange them like this so it looks like the bottle is pouring the wine into a glass:

Flying Spaghetti Monster stained glass

23 Nov

So the other day I was messing around with faux stained glass paint and I suddenly felt this divine presence in the room. I’m sure it was the FSM, come to touch me with his noodly appendage. I felt divinely inspired to make this stained glass likeness of his tasty image. I’m considering making stained glass night-lights for sale. Anyone interested? (Or I could just make more of these to whatever size I can find the materials for)


Chariots of Iron stained glass

20 Nov

The other day I found some materials to make stained glass like crafts and hit upon the idea of making a light box for one of my favorite podcasts The Chariots of Iron. I took their logo, enlarged it, cleaned it up, altered it to look like stained glass, and then spent all night long until the sun came up working on it.

In case of revolution, break glass

20 Nov

A while back I saw this picture and really loved it; I thought “Why not make my own?” So I did, and I even put in a light to illuminate it at night.