August 12, 2020
hanging bottle lamp with chain maille

Chain Maille Bottle Lamp

New and creative ways abound these days with the Bottle Crafting community.

We received an email from one of our members that shares his enthusiasm for chain maille and bottle crafting:

Hi, I’m Dennis.  A few months ago, I went to the Allentown Art Festival in Buffalo, NY, and I found a wine bottle with the bottom cut off of it.  I thought I might be able to use it in my art (I’ll go into that in a minute), so I bought it.  After ‘inflicting my will’ upon it, I was amazed at what I had wrought, and I looked for ways to improve it.  Lighting it up seemed the obvious answer.  So, I did.  I got a candelabra outlet and bulb, wired it up, and set it off.

I AM SO PROUD, I can’t begin to tell you.

As you can see from the picture, I make chain maille.  This bottle is wrapped in European 4-in-1 maille done in 16g 1/4″ bright aluminum rings, with European 6-in-1 diamonds of 18g 1/4″ anodized aluminum rings.  THIS could be the answer to a question that I saw on your blog, about how to provide a lampshade.

Each wrapping (I’ve done many bottlewrappings in maille, but this is the first that’s lit) is unique, so they really can’t be interchanged…but I was so proud of the results, I knew I had to try again.  So, I recently bought a Kinkajou.  It arrives next week.  I’m really, REALLY looking forward to it.

So, I was looking around online today, and I found your site.  I am DEFINITELY going to be coming back here for advice and such once my cutter gets in.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the linked picture (trust me, it’s not nearly as cool as the VIDEO, where you can see the shadow move as the bottle spins a bit), and I look forward to your input.  Have a great weekend!

Take a look at this short video to see the chain maille bottle lamp in action:

Dennis, thank you so much for sharing your awesome DIY creation!

What a wonderful way to combine your love of chain maille by thinking outside the box and creating a unique look for a wine bottle pendent light. Chainmaille (also known as chainmail, or simply maille) is typically armor or jewelry made by connecting metal rings to one another. The word maille derives from the French word maille (mesh), which comes from Latin macula (mesh of a net).

We like your idea of adding chain maille to a lamp shade as well. It will add another dimension and will diffuse and/or reflect the light in unusal ways. Well done, Dennis!

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5 thoughts on “Chain Maille Bottle Lamp

  1. Hi, I’m Dennis! Yes, that Dennis. :)

    I’m really looking forward to getting my new glass cutter, so that I can *apply* the bottlewrappings I’ve come up with to an active, beautiful use. And I’ll be certain to introduce the Maille-making community I’m part of to this new application.

    Here come the wraps!

    1. Dennis,
      The Chain Maille really add a distinct style to these bottles. I have seen this type of crafting before but never really knew what it was called. The old addage, ‘You learn something every day’, aptly applies. I’m looking forward to seeing your creations.

      P.S. Please let us know what you think of the Kinkajou.

  2. Hi Nick,

    Great Youtube video. I am planning on making some bottle lights as Christmas gifts and have pretty much everything that I need except the acrylic vase fill. Do you know where I can order some for a decent price without going to China? I am going to make quite a few and at the prices that I am finding I may have to scrap my project. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thank You

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