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Bottled Up: Poison

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Bottled Up: Poison

“If you drink too much from a bottle marked “poison,” it’s almost certain to disagree with you sooner or later.” -Lewis Carrol

After smashing the bottle I was going to use in the first incarnation of this tutorial, I found this amazing set at Michael’s (it’s from Tim Holtz’s idea-ology line and the bottles are stunning).

They aren’t jewelry ready, so refer to this tutorial for how to make your bottle into a pendant.

Here’s how you make your own poison bottle necklace just in time for Halloween:

Supplies:

– Bottle

– 20 gauge or similar wire, wire cutters and needle nose pliers (for pendant tutorial)

red ribbon

-2 bead caps (like these)

-fine black glitter (mine is onyx by Martha Stewart Crafts)

GOOP (or other clear craft glue)

-clear liquid (mineral oil, acrylic resin, water, or other liquid of your choice)

-hook and eye closure or other jewelry clasp

Add glitter and liquid of your choice to your bottle, if it’s a thick liquid (i.e. not mineral oil or water) stir in glitter( if you want it suspended in the liquid.) I actually used clear shower gel (I know) because it’s thick enough to keep the glitter suspended and I like the little bubbles it gets at the top, reminds me of classic bubbly cartoon poison. Add a bead of glue around the bottom edge of your cork before you put it back in the bottle, this will help the cork stay in and prevent spills or leaks.

Thread your ribbon through the wire loop on your bottle. Put a bead cap on one end of your ribbon, loop the end (tail) of the ribbon through your hook and back through your bead cap (I had to use a pin to help get the ribbon back through).

You’ve effectively created a loop of ribbon that your hook is secured too. Knot the ribbon under the bead cap so the tail doesn’t slide back out. Trim excess, repeat with eye on other end of ribbon.

(If you’re using a lobster clasp instead of a hook and eye follow the directions above for the clasp on one side and simply make a loop with the ribbon on the other end, knot it, and slip the loop through your other bead cap, the lobster clap can fasten to this loop of ribbon.)

The bead caps are really optional, but I think they help cap the knots in the ribbon and give a polished look.

 

 

 

Voila! Poison Bottle.

Look for 2 more Bottle Necklace Tutorials and then a GIVEAWAY!!

~O & B

PS comment of email with any questions!

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The Edge of a Knife

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One of my favorite and most go-to craft tools is my trusty exacto knife. I actually have a few, and I use them a LOT.

Scrap booking, cards, stencils, pretty much any and all paper crafts at some point involve my trusty exacto.

So when I was browsing my usual craft store a couple of weeks ago, juggling purchases for multiple projects, and came across a shiny new swivel knife by Crafts etc. with pen-like design and three replacement cutting blades and promises like ‘360 degree blade rotation’ and ability to cut curves and circles I may have fan-girled out, just a touch.

Look at it, isn’t it beautiful?

Now that I have a couple of projects in need of fancy blade rotation and curve cutting powers it’s time for me to try her out. And it’s time for our first ever product review on Owl & Bell!!

Project 1) Doctor Who themed stencils to finish the legs of a geek-tastic (potentially time traveling) end table I’ve been working on. My trusty exacto did great on the TARDIS a while back, but the other subjects I have in mind are decidedly more curvy.

Project 2) A fab bookmark for a friend of mine (with a peacock feather cutout. Definitely curvy.)

I’m gong to try my hand at the bookmark first, the feather design will be more free-handed than the others and allow me to (hopefully) get a handle on the knife before I start on the more precise cuts I need in the stencils.

What I’m using:

Canvas Home Basics Acid Free Bookmarks

Swivel Knife of wonder.

-A pencil with a great eraser

– Clip board (or other cutting  surface)

I sketched out my feather on the bottom of the bookmark lightly to give myself a general shape for cutting. The swivel knife was amazing for the fine, curvy shape I wanted and i ended up free handing most of the feather.

I finished the bookmark by cutting a piece of scrapbook paper the same height but double the width of the bookmark, fold it and seal the two sides together. Glue the paper to the back of your bookmark, the color will peak through your cuts and give a pretty backing. I finished mine by punching a hole top center and threading through a sheer purple ribbon. I’m still not too sure about my last-minute decision of a fleur de lis stamp, but it’s growing on me.

I’m in LOVE with the swivle knife. I was afraid it would take me  awhile to get a hang of the swiveling tip, but it was super responsive and made it almost ridiculously easy to cut very fine curves.

New favorite tool? I’m thinking yes.

~O & B

P.S. here’s a sneak peek at the Doctor Who end table. Stay tuned for the full project.

**This blog is not affiliated with Crafts Etc., Canvas Home or any of the other companies.  No one payed me in any way to review or use any of the products.

Weird Wednesday.

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If you’re having an awkward day like me, where you oscillate between being hyper busy and having ridiculously dull downtime. Or you’re just in that mid-week ‘please let me sleep or die’ phase, have I got a post for you? (no, really, have I. Cause I’m winging it pretty hard here.)


Stroll over to the never disappointing, totally enchanting How About Orange for an amazing giveaway. (which I entered. and should you, and not I, win I will be very perturbed) Or waste some time with their completely mesmerizing time wasters.

Curbly, a paragon of amazing crafting, has a framed branch tutorial that screams ‘fall’ to me.

And Craftaholoics Anonymous has an adorable printable meet-your-neighbor template that I should probably use since I literally just moved, but won’t because I’m too antisocial. Maybe you’re into that.

~O & B

Bottled Up Redux

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I’ll tell you a secret, the bottle necklaces were supposed to be a double tutorial, making two very different necklaces from two identical bottles. (Genius, I know) Tragically I dropped bottle number two and it was smashed to tiny, no longer bottle-shaped, bits. Alas I will not be able to complete the tutorial for it until I go and purchase more bottles.

Here’s a sneak preview of Bottles: The Lost Tutorial.

~O & B

P.S. Keep a lookout for the finished tutorial, which will include a contest. The winner will get their choice of bottle necklaces!

Bottled Up

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These guys, along with my own (months ago) impulse buy of two amazing tiny bottles, were my inspiration for the week. I do this thing where I buy amazing stuff, with no freaking clue what to do with it, and then it clutters up the place until I have a light bulb moment.

I loved both of the ideas above(click-through the pictures for sources), and they’re amazingly simple to personalize. Here’s my finished product-


I decided to combine the ‘sky’ charm (left-over from a bracelet I made last year) with a feather for mine. You could put almost anything in your jar, with or without charm, for a pretty sweet necklace.

Here’s what you need:

jewelry Bottle

– Chain (or ribbon) (mine’s Metal Madness)

– A couple of pairs of jewelry pliers (round-nosed and another narrow pair of your choice)

3 jump or split rings (i prefer split when connecting the clasp, they tend to be sturdier)

– a lobster claw or other clasp of your choice

– a charm (optional)

feather or other item to put in your jar

Decide how long you want your chain, usually you wont use the whole package, so, with your pliers, open a link at the length you want and detach your chain. Finish your chain by adding a ring to each end, attach your clasp to one of the rings.

Use your remaining ring to attach your charm and bottle to your chain.

Note: my bottle already had a ring in the cork, so I could use it with jewelry, if yours doesn’t check out Etsy’s Bottled Potions tutorial for how to make your bottle into a pendant.

Last step: place your feather (or whatever you decide) in the bottle. (Hint: if you decide to use  feather, and have a bottle like mine with a narrow neck, it may seem like it wont fit into the bottle, or will mess up the feather. Trust me, push the feather in and use its ‘stem’ or your narrow pliers to push it way down into the bottom of the bottle, it will reform and curl up nicely into the bottom of the jar.)

And you’re done!!! I added a drop of craft glue (GOOP for life) onto my cork before I put it back in the bottle for the last time, just to make sure the jar doesn’t slip off.

If you have any questions, or idea of what else you could put in these amazing jars, leave a comment!

~O & B

Upcoming

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…Coming up on Owl & Bell…

How to make an adorable Stuffed Owl.

What is the feather for?!

How to make this 3-D owl art.

What’s the secret of Owl & Bell’s background?

Tutorials! Works in progress! Crave-able! Lovable! Contests!

Who is batman?!

Join us next time on Owl & Bell, the (mis)adventures of a part time crafter.