I needed something to do while waiting for the gel stain to dry on the legs of my ottoman (which has been a total nightmare and I'm considering stripping it and starting all over again). So I set aside a little time to work on a neat project..."little time" being the key words here.
I found several decorative wine bottles with mini Christmas light strings inside them on Pinterest. I loved most of them and there were so many cute ideas so I wanted to make one of my own.
There's even a nifty little drill bit for it.
I was prepared for 30 minutes of steady drilling because I had read that it may take that long...I was not however, prepared for an hour!!! Yes, I said an hour of steady drilling, well maybe I took a 5 minute break, but that was it.
Let's back up............
If you're interested in drilling a hole in a wine bottle, this is what you'll need:
- 5/16 inch drill bit
- Gloves & goggles
- Duct tape
- Wine bottle
The tape is to give ya some traction when you first start to drill, otherwise your drill bit will slide all over the bottle. I kept mine on the entire time I was drilling, it made me at least feel a little more secure that I wasn't going to crack the bottle, although I'm not sure it matters either way.
This is how it looked after about 15 minutes of drilling on medium speed:
And this is after 30 minutes, it finally made it "through" the glass but I was having serious doubts as to whether I wanted to continue, my hands and arms were killin' me:
This is how it looked after 45 minutes, still not big enough for a cord so I continued onward but I found new hope that it was actually going to work:
Thank the good Lord Almighty! I did it! A hole!
I'm so excited that I can now get creative with my purdy wine bottle.
A few pointers, apply zero pressure, the weight of the drill resting on the bottle is more than enough pressure. Think of this as carving, you are s.l.o.w.l.y. carving a hole through the glass, not drilling. Keep the drill bit in the same position the entire time, don't "wiggle" it around. Be patient. It's going to take a while and the thicker the glass the longer it will take. If you force the drill into the glass you risk breaking whatever glass your drilling the hole into.
Now, I can start the fun part of decorating the bottle, yee haw! I'm sure it will be worth all the effort when I'm done, but I'm dreading doing the next bottle, maybe the hubs will volunteer?
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