Making Wine Bottles

Here's a quick tip for making bottles that requires very few tools. All the the tools you need are in the picture below.
Chuck some clear sprue or acrylic rod into your motor tool. For the ease of photography I used gray sprue as an example. Use a little masking tape on the chuck end so that the collet doesn't leave marks on your bottle. Using a suitable chisel or knife, start carving away as the motor tool rotates on the lowest speed. I use a cheep wood chisel for this. You need to be careful not to have your motor tool on too high a speed or you will melt the bottle
Once you are happy with the shape, use increasing fine sanding cloths to polish the sprue back to its original transparency.
Colour the sprue with the paint of your choice. I usually use Tamiya clear green, but you could use Future/Kleer with a few drops of food colour.


About the Author

About Michael Cuell (ModlrMike)

I've been modeling for about 30 years, though I took a break for at least 20 of that. I don't really have a main interest, I build whatever strikes my fancy.


That's an excellent suggestion-- and much cheaper than buying a Verlinden set or some other aftermarket set. I always love tips that involve recycling otherwise useless junk into something useful.
OCT 26, 2003 - 05:01 AM
I agree! That is a fantastic tip...I don't think I'll ever do it another way (especially not buy 'em again!)
OCT 26, 2003 - 05:34 AM
Excellent tip!!! Its so simple and would seem so obvious and yet nobody has really thought of it until modlrmike . THANKS
OCT 26, 2003 - 05:43 AM
Very good, but have you sure itīs ok to use the Dremel at lowest speed, or Iīll need something else to low even more the speed? I really like this tip. Cheers
OCT 26, 2003 - 09:06 PM
too cool,its kinda like a micro lathe
OCT 26, 2003 - 09:11 PM
I've got an even easier way. I took a couple of bottles from a Tamiya kit (can't remember which ), made a silicone mould which has 6 bottle moulds. In this I pour transparent polystyrene resin and, hey presto, 24 hours later 6 transparent bottles. :-) Kris
OCT 26, 2003 - 10:05 PM
BRAVO! i never thought of this in the past, although i use a similar system to create wooden stairwell bannister railing and street lamp posts!
OCT 27, 2003 - 08:42 AM
I use a hand held mini-dremel, so slow speed is ok. Just don't apply too much pressure and you will keep the heat down. If you have a larger size tool, or one without variable speed, you could try using a rheostat foot switch to regulate the current and thereby the speed of your tool. Oh... always remember to wear eye protection with this tip.
OCT 27, 2003 - 10:21 AM
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