Saturday, October 27, 2007

Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee Bottle Light Tutorial:

Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee Bottle Light Tutorial:

Supplies for this project:
1 Frap bottle (13.7 oz. or the 9.5 oz. size)
Acrylic paints…I used Delta Ceramcoat Palomino Tan & Ivory
Clear spray paint…(cheap WalMart brand)
¼” glass drill bit (Black & Decker from WalMart in a variety pack)
Glass cutting lubricant or small amount of water
Paper towels
1 electric candle light
Drill press or hand held drill
Scroll saw
Crayola Model Magic Clay…any color
1/8” plywood or luan (can be found at Lowes)
Mod Podge in matte finish
Craft wire in 19 gauge
E 6000 Epoxy glue…found at WalMart
Paint brush or sponge brush
15/64 drill bit or ¼” bit
Old toothbrush
1 graphic of choice sized to 7” for the 13.7oz bottle or 5-1/2” for the 9.5oz bottle
Free Graphics:
This tutorial can be downloaded at this link for free:

*Please read ALL directions before beginning this project.

*First thing to do is clean the stickers off of the back and front of your bottle. I boil some water in a tea kettle and pour the hot water over the stickers and I pour water into the bottle and let the water sit a few minutes to soften the glue. Then I pull off the stickers and use soapy sponge and warm water to clean off the glue. Dry the bottle.

*Drilling into glass:
When drilling glass you MUST use goggles and a lubricant for your glass drill bit. I use a small amount of water since I can’t seem to find glass lubricant. The glass will overheat resulting in breaking the glass and the bit can be ruined.

Take a small amount of the Crayola clay and make a snake with it bringing the sides up a bit to hold some water…like a moat (See pic below with yellow clay). The clay will stick to the dry glass. After that is set into place, drill a hole into one of the flat sides of the bottle (this will be the back side) centered at about one inch from the bottom. If you don’t have a drill press, you can use a hand drill, but you may need to place the bottle between some pieces of wood and clamps to hold the bottle in place while you drill. When you start your drill use a small amount of pressure and go slowly so you don’t crack your bottle.

Rinse your bottle out and dry the outside. I was able to cut seven bottles with this one piece of clay. If it gets out of shape or wet, just blot with paper towel, reshape and reuse to cut more holes.

Welcome light instructions:
*Unscrew your light from the base (where the bulb sits) like in the picture below. Take a long screwdriver or a piece of metal and pop the inner light base out of the top by pushing up through the bottom of the candle sleeve.

Now pop the little piece of plastic at the base of that like in the pic below and remove the electrical wire…paying attention to how it is assembled because you are going to need to put all the pieces back together later.

Now take the candle sleeve and measure 2 inches from the top and mark it and cut through the plastic keeping it as straight as possible so the cut is even.

Now take your cut sleeve and epoxy it to the lid of your Frap bottle like in the picture below AFTER you drill a hole in the bottle lid to allow the electric lamp wire to come up through.

After the epoxy sets, wipe the bottle with alcohol and handle it with gloves so the oils from your hands don’t touch the bottle. After that is done, paint the sleeve, lid, and bottle in clean smooth strokes. Apply two coats drying between each. You can spackle the ivory paint here and there with a toothbrush. After that dries, seal the bottle and sleeve with clear spray paint. Two coats should be fine.

Now it’s time to assemble the light. String your electric wire through the bottle base up to top through the lid, through the sleeve and out the top. Take your two white pieces and thread the wire back into place and into the top of the sleeve. Add light bulb and test the light to see that it works.

After the light is assembled, now it’s time to get the graphic ready for the bottle. ~Please Note~ you must follow all author graphic copyright laws in using graphics either for yourself or in selling. Most graphics require a commercial license so check before you sell any kind of graphic crafts.

I use Digital Image Suite 2006 to size my graphic to the small or large Frap bottle. Then I take a piece of 1/8” smooth plywood (the same size as the graphic) and apply a coat of Mod Podge as shown in the pic below. Then lay the graphic on top of that smoothing with a ruler to get the air bubbles out. After that dries, I apply another layer of Mod Podge on top of the graphic.

After the graphic/wood dries, it is time to cut it out on the scroll saw as shown below. Sand the back and edges with some sandpaper. Wipe off dust and apply another layer of Mod Podge to back of the wood. This step could be done in the earlier application (on the front). It’s up to you when you brush it on. Don’t forget to coat the edges of the graphic also.

Drill two small holes (to accommodate the wire) on either side of the graphic.

Wrap your graphic around the front of the bottle and twist the wires around the back of the bottle.

Finishing Your Light:
At last, you can start adding your embellishments to the top base of your sleeve. I add pip berries, raffia, and a strip of homespun. You can even add a cute prim graphic tag that says something like ”Homespun Blessings” or “Home Sweet Prim Home”. You get the idea…just be as creative as you want.
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