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Project for old bottles?

I have about 20 or more old beer bottles--the dark kind from craft beers.  I saved them because I thought I could steam the labels off and make something--a lighting fixture, a sculpture--something!  Either that, or break them and use the glass for something.  Or I could refinish them?  Paint them?  I don't even know.  Any ideas?

They're mostly pop tops, so no caps.  If they had caps it would've been neat to use them to hold cooking liquids.

Also, I want to do something cohesive with all of them, rather than this and that.

Also, suggestions for how to remove the labels would be good!

The theme in my living room is red/black/white with lots of damask print and black and white photos on the wall.  Kind of vintage/noir mish mash.  My bedroom is grey, and light blue with splashes of salmon.  My kitchen has no scheme.  Just for background info!

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My mom makes bottle trees. With an old tree brand or board and the bottles stuck all over it. She usually uses any blue bottle she can find.

Thats all i can think of...

I think some type of lighting thing would be cool, but i have no clue how you would go about doing that.

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Well, I don't own a walkway, but I like the lamps!  I wouldn't be able to install a chandelier in my apartment, but maybe I can look into the different types of portable lamps I can make.  Hmmmmmm.  Neat!

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One of my projects for the kids at the farmers market this year was to take old wine bottles (I just soaked them in warm water and the labels peeled right off) and decoupage them. We used tissue paper, then wrote words on paper and add that (use mod podge). You can do poems, quotes, song lyrics,  or anything! I just used recycle tissue from gifts. They came out great! I also did it with a class once and we added photos of ourselves to them as well.

PM me your email and I can send you a pic of one maybe.....although I am slow to do this sort of thing! :)

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One of my projects for the kids at the farmers market this year was to take old wine bottles (I just soaked them in warm water and the labels peeled right off) and decoupage them. We used tissue paper, then wrote words on paper and add that (use mod podge). You can do poems, quotes, song lyrics,  or anything! I just used recycle tissue from gifts. They came out great! I also did it with a class once and we added photos of ourselves to them as well.

Oh, this reminds me of a project I did in high school. I think it was like to learn about color, but we just did different little colors of paper (like a little mosaic), and decoupaged them (?) onto the bottle. So, the bottle came out to be just this pretty gradient of color.

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I know bottle tree has already been suggested but I thought I'd provide a visual.
http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii85/Stormflakes/Art/BottleTree.jpg

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Hi

If you were interested in lids for your bottles you can order them, also corks on line. If you did you could make your own bath oils, or give them as gifts. Or you could make olive oil infusions and herbal vinegars.

http://thm-a01.yimg.com/image/dd2347bd88d29600

Here are directions on making a glass lamp - I didn't see a photo though which was too bad.

http://www.make-stuff.com/recycling/

Mosaic backdrops are beautiful, something I've always wanted to get  into myself and have bottles  broken plates and shells stored, but the initial start up ( all the tools) is expensive at least for me.

Maybe you could do some mosaic on the bottles and make vases? I recently was reading some sort of blog online and saw this small mosaic 'plate' which was really neat because it had the mixed glass but also scrabble tiles to make up words.

you really don't need a ton of tools to mosaic. just some mastic, a hammer, grout is cheap....i did a whole bathroom floor and it was really inexpensive. I even got the tile free in the broken bin at the tile store. I save broken dishes and stuff also! :)  I mean you can get a glass cutter if you want to be exact, but I did my whole floor with just a hammer.

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that beer bottle chandelier is gorgeous!

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When you first posted this, I was racking my brain trying to remember where I saw this lantern, and I just ran across it again.  I'm not sure how well it would work with a brown bottle though.

http://www.serrv.org/Home/PorchGarden/Porch/74139.aspx

http://www.serrv.org/images/products/275/74139.jpg

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