If you've ever been to my etsy shop, you know that I have a thing for old bottles....especially ones with gorgeous purple colors. These bottles contain manganese and were originally clear. They turn beautiful shades of amethyst over time when exposed to UV rays. Of course, that takes many, many years to happen as these bottles are from the early 1900's.
Another one of my passions is porcelain doll parts. I think they have a character and history that speaks volumes.
One day I was looking at them and felt like they belonged together. I dug out a few old corks from wine bottles and mixed up some epoxy and went to work. If I wittled the corks down they fit in the heads perfectly and then I had a good base to stick into the top of the bottle.
I let those set overnight to get good and dry and then came the fun part...embellishing!
I have a bag of antique lace set aside in my studio to use on special projects. I think this one fit the bill.
I dug through my skeleton keys, hardware and chain and tried to figure out what worked and what didn't.
I normally work on a flat surface, so the round bottles were tricky at times. Glass can also be slippery, so I used lots of epoxy to hold things tight.
After going back and forth, adding this and that and messing with them for a few days, I think I am done. They will be traveling to my 1st show with me in September. I think I may just need to make a few more before then!