Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Repurposed Wine Bottle Gifts

     Every year I participate in a local Christmas Bazaar, Ladybugs...hosted by local artist Martha Howell. She clears out her studio and invites other local artists to bring in their wares. This year she celebrates her 39th year of the Ladybug Christmas Collection.

     Repurposed wine bottles is one of my contributions to the sale, I make wine chimes (wind chimes from wine bottles), photo holders and scoops. The scoops have turned out to be a real hit...I first discovered them when I was cutting bottles for other projects to go in my book on recycled bottles, 'Bottle Art',  and messed up on one of the bottles. It looked just like a scoop so I smoothed down the sharp edges and started brainstorming about how to cover them to make them more durable.

                                       Wine scoops ready for sale. It's a Scoop!!

     I normally paint with a paper towel on my table ... and use it to wipe off paint from my brushes. They have so much glorious color on them I save them all. These turned out to be the perfect solution for the scoops...very colorful and makes the glass more durable. I also discovered the color was more vibrant if I painted the bottle with gesso first. When gesso is dry I apply torn strips of paper towel with Modge Podge until I like the way it looks. When dry I apply two more coats of Modge Podge for extra protection.

                                                     Close-up of paper towel texture.

     Normally I have to cut down the cork a little to insert it back into the bottle, I then drill a hole through the cork and wrap wire for a handle. These are great for entertaining...scoop up nuts and other dry snacks. Don't put them in the dishwasher and wipe clean rather than wash.

                                             Wine bottle photo holder with added acrylic paint.

     I used the same technique on the photo holder and added additional acrylic paint. If you are making gifts this holiday season try this easy craft. Make your own paper towels by applying paint...possibly add water to run the colors together and let dry. Have fun!! 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

House of Spirals

I admit it, I really don't enjoy talking on the phone. Never have...but sometimes you have to do it.  Thank goodness I usually have pen and paper in hand. I found myself drawing spiral after spiral ...decided it looked like the roof of a house so I kept going.

By the time I got off the phone, I had this little guy completed....House of Spirals.