Sunday, March 4, 2012


This week Simon Says Stamp and Show says "Bottle It!"  I had recently seen this really cool Faux Crazed Glass Technique Video on Wendy Vecchi's blog and wanted to try it!  What a perfect opportunity to use that technique for this week's challenge!!

With this technique, you can take inexpensive clear glass bottles and turn them into little works of art!

Here are my finished bottles.  I love them and they will look perfect in my shabby chic guest room.

Clear glass Faux Crazed bottles colorized with Magenta Hue, Coffee and Aquamarine Archival Ink.  Then lightly brushed over (and wiped off) with Frayed Burlap Distress Stain to add the brown antiqued tones.

 I found these regular glass bottles at a local craft and hobby store and bought them to try this technique.  They originally were just clear glass and had a cork in the tops of them.  I first brushed on a thin coat of Matte Glue N Seal over all of the exteriors of the bottles and let that dry.  Next I brushed a liberal coat of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint over each of the bottles; purposely made a run or two here or there for added texture on the bottles.  Then the hard part....waiting for it to dry!!!

It didn't take THAT long (only an hour or so) but it seemed like forever when you're excited to see if the technique really works as beautifully as Wendy's did!  IT WORKED!!!!  I had three beautifully crackle distressed clear glass bottles.  

I wanted them to be tinted like old vintage glass.  So, I added Magenta Hue Archival Ink to a piece of Cut N Dry Foam and lightly rubbed it over the square bottle.  The round bottle was colored using Coffee Archival Ink.  The third bottle became teal by added Aquamarine Archival Ink.   Then I brushed on (and wiped away the excess) of Frayed Burlap Distress Stain to each bottle.  That added the rich brown tones in some of the cracks.

Here is a closeup of view of the color and texture of the teal bottle before I decorated it.

Let the decorating begin!  On the amber colored bottle, I first found a vintage label that I liked and sized it to fit my bottle.  Then I distressed it using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and edged with a black cats eye ink pad.  I centered the label on the bottle and glued it in place using Matte Multi Medium.  Next I added a piece of vintage lace trim with a piece of 1/8" double sided Wonder Tape.  

For the upper portion of my bottle, I gathered some vintage lace on a cream thread and tied it around the neck of the bottle.  I draped some antique gold chain and hot glued it in place.  The chain dangles free in between where I glued it and I love that!

To hide where I glued the chain to the bottle, I added some small flowers that were white.  But first, I wanted them pink-ish; so I sprayed them with Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist followed by a light spritz of Vanilla Breeze Glimmer Mist to brown them up just a tad.  Then I hot glued them in place.  

I didn't want an ugly old cork to be the topper for my new shabby chic bottles.  So, I went to the craft and hobby store and found crystal knobs (drawer pulls) that worked perfectly for pretty bottle toppers! I screwed them down into the corks and decorated some of them more than others on the bottles.

Here is my bottle topper on the first bottle.  I think it looks perfect without any added embellishments.  And it happened to be an amber color already.

Here is the first bottle that I attempted.  I really loved the way it turned out.

The second bottle I made was the teal one.

This label was actually a combination of two labels for cigar boxes.  I used the background of one label and then cut out the beautiful vintage lady from a different one and combined them to create my own shabby chic label.  I think she is beautiful.  I love the gold-ish background against the teal and the lady, holding the teal-ish feather could not have been more perfect for this bottle!  I inked around her edges with a black cats eye ink pad and then glued her in place using Matte Multi Medium.  I edged the gold label with Platinum Stickles to make it pop even more.  I cut apart some vintage lace, dyed it in some coffee, dried it, added 1/8" double sided tape and wrapped it around the bottle.

I embellished the lace with some white pearl trim that I had.  Before I added the pearls to the lace, I added some color using a combination of Shell Pink and Mountain Rose Alcohol Inks.  

I added a piece of vintage lace to the bottom of the bottle with 1/8" double sided tape.

The teal bottle top is a pink crystal knob (drawer pull) with vintage lace gathered around it as well as the top of the bottle.  I added some cream thin ribbon and some little mini white flowers that were sprayed with a mixture of Worn Lipstick Distress Reinker and Water.  I hot glued them all into place.

Here is the teal bottle.

My final bottle is the pinkish one.  

I loved the little girl holding the nest on this label but it was for a chocolate product...not a perfume.  Still, I loved the design, so I used it anyway and covered up the chocolate part of the label with lace.

I added a bit of "vintage" lace to the bottom of the bottle and added a few more of my alcohol inked pearls.

I added two different pieces of vintage lace to the top of this bottle.  Then a bit more chain that was run through the lace and wired in place.  I added more little flowers; this time light blue to accent the blue in the label.

To the front of the bottle, I added a butterfly charm left over from last year's Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden collection and a couple of Chain Tassels on the end of the chain.

The round knob (drawer pull) on this bottle is clear crystal.  I added a little bow around it and a charm made out of Tim Holtz' crystal Baubles, a little 7 Gypsies Key and a small teardrop shaped Facet that was alcohol inked with Stream and Caramel Alcohol Inks.

Here is a picture of the finished pink bottle.

This was NOT a difficult technique.  Try it!!  You will LOVE the results!  

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  1. These are amazing! Love 'em ... will definitely be giving this a try!

  2. uau! isso é lindo! Parabéns! Vania Angelo - Brasil

  3. Candy, these bottles are gorgeous! I will have to find a clear bottle and try this technique. I love the lace, chain, flowers and other embellishments that you added!

  4. Absolutely stunning loved the way youve coloured the bottles.
    So lovely and shabby chic!

  5. This are fabulous! I did this technique on a small vase, and it is great. I love how you have embellished your bottles. Thanks for all your fantastic inspiration!

  6. Wow oh Wow, these pieces are absolutely stunning! Love the shape of the bottles, love the antique lace. The bottles look positively vintage now. Well done.

  7. Lovely pieces, Candy, very inspiring. Can't wait to go home and try this wonderful technique!

  8. Loving all your altered bottles, great glazing and love the bottle stoppers, always inspirational Candy, x

  9. I love these bottes; so interesting with all the elements you added. My first attempt at this technique didn't work as well as I'd hoped. You've inspired me to try again.
    Alison J.

  10. How perfect are those drawer pulls they match the bottle perfectly, you would think they were specially made for them. Love lov the labels on each and the lace is just gorgeous. This technique is great fun isn't it Candy but like you I was impatient for them to dry quicker lol. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous and perfect for a guest room. Tracy x

  11. Your bottles came out an absolute treat - real little cracked, yet sparkly stunners! I love them big time and the vintage look, feminine details and wonderful labels....time to set up shop my dear! x Sarah

  12. Candy these are gorgeous! The lace and thin chains look fantastic and you totally rocked the faux finish.

  13. Wow Candy! These are SO cool! Great work with the technique, it turned out FABULOUS!

  14. These are stunning! You are Maestro!

  15. Absoulutly gorgeous!! I love these bottles candy....just stunning xx

    kaz x x

    hope the postie comes soon xx

  16. Beautiful! I have to try this. They look so vintagy.

  17. These are beyond gorgeous! Thanks for giving us a little peek into how you did them - I'm always at a complete loss when it comes to this kind of stuff. I appreciate you sharing your techniques!!

  18. Hi Candy just got to say wow! These vintage bottles look absolutely amazing I love them. Must try this technique as like you I am enjoying taking my creations to another level. Just new to blogging too and hope to join sites once I add a photograph of myself . Happy crafting :) Annie

  19. This is pure vintage gorgeousness at it's best! I love the faux finish and the embellies are perfect!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  20. Your bottles are adorably vintage!
    Hugs and creativity!

  21. I LOVE these, so sweet and so many nice details. Your tag is very nice also. Have a nice day.

  22. Awesome bottles, We played with bottle art at our last club meeting and I did a tech similar to this ,so much fun!!!
    hugs Lynn

  23. Hi Candy I just love this technique so I'm patiently waiting on the postman with my new crafting goodies. Your bottles are beautiful. Hope mine turn out as nice. x Annie :)

  24. but with the little leafy designs around the lip, these would also make a cute little vase to accent a shelf or an end table. wholesale liquor bottles


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