I like working with glass because of its sparkling transparency. Even when covered up, as I’ve done with these bottles, it’s still exciting to feel the heftiness of the glass in my hands.
I had thrown so many bottles away that I put my foot down and declared I’m going to find a quick, decorative technique so that I can salvage these bottles.
Before I tore up my papers, I decided on a color scheme of:
whites/creams/silvers for the 1st bottle,
pinks/mauves/fuchsias for the 2nd,
and golds/silvers/cremes/whites for the 3rd.
Once I tore up a supply of various papers, it was easy to apply glue to each piece and stick it to the bottle. I started from the bottom and worked up to the top of each one. Once finished, I painted each bottle with a matte sealer.
I decided to add another fav medium, craft wire, to the largest bottle. I chose a golden wire and twisted a design with wire pliers as I wrapped it around the bottle. I crimped each end back onto the wire, securing it.
I painted and embellished a wooden ball for the top of one bottle, attaching it securely with tacky glue. I kept the black, plastic, twist-on cap on the silvery bottle, decoupaging it with silver paper. I then formed a sculptural design on top of the cap with another piece of the paper and glue.
I really like my design for the cork stopper that I used for the gold and silver bottle. I painted it with a spiral design and glued it into the top of the bottle. I created a sculptural topper for the bottle cork out of reclaimed metal, wire and beads. The metal disk had a metal post on it (it was part of an old pierced earring), which I stuck into a glue-filled hole in the cork.
The most time-consuming part of this technique is, of course, designing the paper patchwork design. Once you get started it goes very quickly.
I like my work to be finished on all surfaces, so I cut and glued craft felt to the bottom of each bottle. It helps keep them from sliding off of shelves and protects surfaces.
I like looking at these bottles. They dress up any table or shelf with a pretty flash of creativity. Thanks for looking.