Iron Craft Challenge 1

In an effort to jump start my promise to be more crafty this year, I joined up with the Iron Craft peeps.  52 craft challenges with one week to finish them.  The first challenge was to make something to light up the dreary winter bluckies.  Technical term.

I made up some wine bottle torches, and took a few “in progress” photos to show you how it’s done.

First up, the supplies:

  • Wine Bottles–or any bottle with approx 1″ opening (free from your own lushiness or from friends/family)
  • 1/2″ x 3/8″ copper couplers (found in plumbing section of your local do-it-yourself store for about $0.75)
  • 1/2″ caps (same, about $0.25)
  • Teflon Tape (same, about $0.99 for a roll that will last you forever.  Or your SO might have some in the junk drawer that you find after you already made a bunch of these)
  • Tiki replacement wicks (seasonally found at said DIY store, unseasonally found online for a couple bucks plus terribly high shipping costs)
  • Not pictured, torch fuel ONLY for tiki torches (ditto what I said about wicks).

Easy-peasy instructions:

Wrap teflon tape around the 1/2″ end of your coupler until it fits snugly into the wine bottle.  I don’t bother to cut the tape, I just pull until it snaps apart and smooth down the edges.

Fill bottle with fuel using a funnel.  If you don’t use a funnel, the teflon tape will slip and slide around on the fuel in the opening.  Stick wick in coupler, and insert wick/coupler set into the bottle.  If you find the wick slides in once it’s coated in fuel, you can use a pin stuck in at the top of the coupler to keep it in place–moving it as necessary (once the fire is out, of course).

When not in use, throw some caps on the wicks to keep them safe and dry.



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