I know that I have been terribly remiss in updating this website with all my latest works. Honestly I have a minimum of two new creations every week, so it’s a bit of a time consumption to take pictures and post them. But I will make a better effort in the future.
Ok, so I was approached by a wine maker to create wine glasses from wine bottles. Now mind you I initially thought tumblers. But I did my usual background check (google images) and saw someone had come up with the idea of cutting the top off of a wine bottle, inverting it and turning it into a wine glass. So I thought *brilliant*! I can so do that. So it turns out that cutting a wine bottle and getting it to break on the score line is a *LOT* more difficult to achieve than it sounds. So 15 bottles later… then you have a sharp edge, which isn’t lip friendly. So then you either have to sand the edge smooth, or flame polish them. So given the choice I went with playing with fire. So I tried to melt the lip with a propane torch and it wasn’t enough. Plus you have to rotate the bottle and bottle top while doing so.
Which is perfect because I freakin’ love to make jigs. Sometimes I take on a new project simply because I want to make the jig to do the job. So I made one. And I totally over did the jig, but it works great. I then upgraded my flame from propane to Oxy-Acetylene, which worked fabulously. So now I got the lip of the glass flame polished. Now I need a base. So to prove that this whole crazy scheme would work I designed a base to be 3d printed and I did so. But (and I’m not exaggerating here) the minute I pulled it off of the 3d printer, one of my muses (Dylan) in the shop said “you should turn the base out of an exotic hardwood”. I looked at him with that quizzical look I get when I know a freekin’ brilliant idea when I hear one. So I pointed at him accusatorialy and proclaimed “*BRILLIANT*”! I also happened to have some bubinga disks from a memorial cross project that I did.
I turned the base to include a dowel in it, then drilled a hole in the cork to fit the dowel. Put it all together and what to do you get… I wine glass made from a wine bottle. Terribly apropos don’t you think?
So here we are. This is the one that I made for my mother and father for Mothers Day and Fathers Day.