Need Help making a lamp out of an old glass wine bottle

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Old 07-06-11, 02:00 AM
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Need Help making a lamp out of an old glass wine bottle

I have an old glass wine bottle and I want to make a lamp out of it
I started off drilling a 3/8" (1/8 IPS) for the cord to go through (I know there are bottle kits out there but I think they look tacky with the cord coming out of the socket shell)
Any way I know how to assemble a lamp as I have done it many times before, and I am very familiar with fixture wiring
So my one and only question is can the SPT-1 (18/2) cord be in sand?
I want to put colored sand in the bottle (To weigh it down and to look better) and I am going to be putting a pipe (3/8" 1/8 IPS) through the bottle and there will be a cord bushing in the hole so very little cord is going to be directly in the sand
I am going to be using the special craft sand not the regular ol' Sand (Very fine particles) I just want to know if that would be OK to do
I think it is but I just want to make sure

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Obviously it won't have a UL listing but I don't see anything dangerous about what you are planning.
 
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Old 07-06-11, 03:02 AM
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I'd probably sheath the cord, maybe with clear poly tubing just as an extra precaution. Your talking more UL rules here then NEC. As long as the sand is dry I see no problem.

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I'd probably sheath the cord, maybe with clear poly tubing just as an extra precaution. Your talking more UL rules here then NEC. As long as the sand is dry I see no problem.
I would use heat shrink tubing or some other listed product.
 
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No need to do either. This is craft sand we're talking about here. It's very fine, non-abrasive, and non-conductive. The same stuff they do sand art at the carnival with - it's almost powder.

And on that note, a regular wire bushing isn't going to cut it as far as keeping the sand in the bottle. You'll have to fill the hole around the wire with silicone caulk.
 
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