We have a lot of people that collect bottles for us now and one particular bottle that shows up for us is the Patron bottle.
It’s a unique bottle that has it’s own unique style. It’s a prized possession for some of it’s owners and they always add the comment; “I saw this and thought of you.” or “Imagine what you could do with this?”
Well, I tried a small string of lights in one and that’s about as good as it got. Because of it’s size we were only able to fit a light string of 15 in it. It was time to try something different and that’s when I began to look at the bottle upside down.
Enter the ‘Bottle Candle Holder’ Idea
With a nice concave surface bottom and plenty of room, it seemed like the ideal candle holder. Using my largest glass die cutter, I set to work on drilling out the bottom. First I set up my saw horses and used a piece of scrap wood to make a holder for it. By drilling a hole big enough for the neck to go through, I was then able to place it on a surface where I wasn’t relying on myself to do the holding and the drilling.
With the bottle now upside down and resting on my plank board, I proceeded to fill the concave bottom with water.
I didn’t need to use my clay ring as enough water was contained in this area. My electric drill has a level on it so between that and just getting a feel to make sure the drill is starting in a flat position, I would be ready to start. If you start drilling crooked you’ll end up working harder as you go deeper into the glass because you’ll feel the drill bit start to move around. It will still work but it’s harder to control it.
The base of the bottle is thick but in no time at all I found I had completely drilled through. Even with the water, the bottle had gotten warm so I decided to let it set awhile and cool off. The inside edges were sharp and to avoid anyone cutting themselves while placing a candle inside, I would file it to smooth it out.
Envisioning a hanger was a little more work. My first idea was to coil copper around the stem and work my way up with an over hang to work with. It seemed alright at first but the more I thought about it, the more I became concerned with the bottle simply falling out. I wanted something a little more secure. Silke came up with the idea of using her jewelry wire and attach a wired cord through each side secured beads on the ends. It made sense and all I would have to do is drill small holes on opposite sides to arrange the holder.
I used my drill press for the holes because I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t break the bottle during the drilling process. The drill press would allow me to apply a nice steady slow pressure as opposed to me using the electric drill and doing it free hand.
With both holes drilled I fed the wire through and Silke secured the ends with beads.
It looked awesome and we had it on the deck that evening. With the cork back in and the candle in place, it added a certain ambiance to our deck. I was quick to point out how much cooler it would be if we added more around the rest of the deck. I got ‘the look’ and thought better than to push my luck.
What do you think of the Patron Bottle Candle Holder? Leave us a comment below.