Hello, loves! Please welcome my HUSBAND Mike to the blog today as he outlines how to make beer bottle chandeliers. Take it away, my love!
How to make beer bottle chandeliers without spending a bajillion dollars.
You will need:
- Beer Bottles, 14 to 20 per chandelier. You are going to ditch the labels but the color of the glass is important if you care about the color of the glass.
|Beer is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy-- Benjamin Franklin.|
- Stucco wire corner pieces, one makes 3 to 4 chandeliers. They are available at home depot like places and come in 8 and 10 foot lengths.
|This stucco siding forms the structure of the chandeliers.|
- Tape, a lot of it. The color is again important here. Black duct tape works great, but whatever you want works.
- Christmas lights, one strand per chandelier.
- Wire or heavy twine to hang the chandelier with.
- Tools: heavy gloves, wire cutters, scissors.
|Flattened, cut stucco cornering is in the wheelbarrow.|
Third. Remove beer bottle labels and glue. Soak the bottles in very warm but not boiling water for about 15 minutes. Too hot water can make the glue tough to remove, and each type of label has it's own glue and ideal temperature and time so experiment (perhaps while doing step two.) I had a lot of beer bottles ( and wine bottles, stay tuned!) to de-label, so we filled a trash can with a hose and soaked everything in there, which worked fine. Saint Pauli girl beer is a good choice. The labels came off like wet bandaids, it comes in nice green bottles and is from Germany and has boobs.
Fourth. Use a round thing like a wine bottle as a mold to bend the wire into a circle. Attempt to line up the wire pattern where the wire overlaps. Use the tips of your wire cutters to bend the exposed ends of the wire around loops so that the wire is secured in a circle, and will not unravel. This is an excellent time to put on those heavy gloves.
|I am finishing a "halo" of wire by bending loose edges around the loops.|
|Beer bottles being fitted to the wire at the bottom of the frame.|
|A chandelier with Christmas lights in place at the bottom of the frame.|
|Sara is using a paintbrush to push lights into the bottles.|
|Steve (right) is beginning to put bottles into the wired "halo".|
|Completed chandeliers roped and ready to take to the venue.|
|The chandeliers lit up at night.|