Weekend Project: Glass Bottle Light Installation


I came across this really good example of a glass bottle light installation this week from the folks at Tuis magazine (out of South Africa).  We've seen this done with mason jars - but I like this more updated version using clear beer bottles.  Sorry mason jars. The neon coloured cords really make a difference too.  Cool tip: As it's hard to find coloured light cords (in South Africa and N. America for that matter), they improvised by covering the white cord with coloured electrical tape (so so clever)!  How to:  Probably the hardest thing to do in this project is cut the glass and if you can pick up this magazine they have a great tutorial.  I bought it through Zinio here (and they have an english version of it there as well, called Home).  But if you want a really good video on it, I found a bottle cutting tutorial here on Make.  (Hint: Fast forward to about 3:30 to get to the how-to).  The Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter looks like a good option and the one being used in the Make video. The other tricky thing is hard wiring all the wires together.  They show how in the magazine, but if I was making this, I think I would play it safe and take it to an electrician to do for me. They bundle the cords together with connector blocks but there's a whole bunch of wattage issues to consider, so you probably need to find a good tutorial on this if you were to tackle it yourself.  Anyway - a little inspiration for a weekend project!  (Photo: Francois Olberholster | Project: Ashley Stemmet). Happy Weekend!

A note to all of my Pinterest friends: Seems there's an issue at the moment where all the images pointing to my blog from Pinterest have been incorrectly marked as "inappropriate content" and because of that, one is unable to pin from our site at the moment.  I'm looking into this sad matter; I'm afraid either spammers got a hold of my images or there's a bit of tampering happening.  Whatever the case - I just want to thank you all for hanging in there with me with this, and if you are experiencing a similar problem, I'd like to hear from you.  Seems I'm not the only one.  -Jan

Jan Halvarson

12 comments:

Cathy Schusler said...

this is an ingenious idea. a nice blend of industrial and vintage with a pop of colour :)

Barry C. Parsons said...

The same thing has happened to me on Pinterest. Please tell me what you have done to attempt to resolve this issue. Did you attempt to contact Pinterest? Did they respond?

I really have no idea how this happened. You can email me directly at barrycparsons@gmail.com

Barry from rockrecipes.ca

ghulam sarwar said...

thank you for sharing

sameer said...

nice work keep it up

Im Mary said...

great idea! Im Your fan :-)

Julia said...

I had the same thing happen. My older photos (pinned from my blog) are all marked as spam. I've contacted them several times but no changes yet. If you find answers please share!

Barry C. Parsons said...

My new posts via Pinerly are working properly. The older stuff pinned from my site is the problem too. I'll report back if I get an answer to my "blocked sites" report.

Stel said...

Yeay! Tuis/Home is one of our favourite magazines :-)

Jan Halvarson said...

Barry and Julia,

I have reported but they have not responded. I figure I'll give them a bit - I think there are many of us - but will definitely keep you posted.

Thanks!
Jan/Poppytalk

Jan Halvarson said...

Stel - i'm still reading it - i like it too!

Melissa Kojima said...

I so love it when things are up-cycled and this light is ingenius to re-purpose glass bottles. Not to mention, of course, it's beautiful.

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Hi Jan! Thanks for mentioning about the Pinterest issue. I write a little itty bitty blog out of Edmonton and I am having the very same issue. One of my readers told me about it yesterday and I reported it, but I have heard nothing so far. It makes me feel a bit better that I am not the only one...although I wish that no one was having this problem at all! My #1 source of traffic is Pinterest...so this is a tiny bit upsetting. Anway, Happy Monday Jan! Angie xo

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