This is a great project by KC Eddy, one of our NEW Design Team Members!
Bottle Cutter (see Diamond Tech Crafts)
White Polymer Clay
#183 Blue Angel Ultrafine Pearlescent, #157 Purple Lame Ultrafine Opaque, #85 Crystal Ultrafine Transparent, #269 Horizon Ultrafine Transparent
Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Fantasy Film - SunkissedFantasy Fiber - Bellflower
I have a thing for bottles....I like to melt them in my kiln and I have been known to buy wine because I like the color or shape of the bottle. So when my husband saw a very nice blue bottle of a particular adult beverage, he thought 'I bet my wife would like that bottle'. (sure, that's what he was thinking... ;) Unfortunately, this bottle design does not work well for melting, so I wanted to find another way to reuse it. I had seen "Fairies in a Jar" on the Internet and decided to make my own version....Fairy in a bottle.
The first step was to cut the bottle. I have an old fashioned bottle cutter. There are new ones on the market - I'm not sure if they are easier or not, but if you go to diamondtechcrafts.com, they have lots of information on cutting bottles. Once the bottle was cut and sanded it was time for the fun part.
Coat the clay in Art Glitter Blue Angel Ultrafine Pearlescent. Cut a long teardrop shape in the clay and cover the newly exposed sides in Art Glitter Purple Lame Ultrafine Opaque. Then gently twist the teardrop into a spiral - the Fairy's body. Use some of the excess clay to roll a ball for the head - coat it in Blue Angel glitter and put it on the pin. Spin the head a little bit at this point so that it is lose on the pin - you'll want to be able to slide it off the pin after baking. Bake the head and body according to clay manufacturer's instructions.
After baking, I didn't feel that there was enough glitter - I wanted the purple to really pop - so I ran a little Designer Dries Clear Adhesive down the edges of the spiral and coated them with more of the Purple Lame glitter.
The wings were made with Sunkissed Fantasy Film from Art Glitter and then glittered with Blue Angel UF Pearlescent, Purple Lame UF Opaque, Crystal UF Transparent, Horizon UF Transparent. There are links to great YouTube videos on the Art Glitter website for working with Fantasy Film and Glittering butterfly wings. (The links are at the end of this post.) After the wings are dry, bend them slightly and then glue them in place with more Designer Dries Clear Adhesive.
The bottle was decorated using Stazon Silver Ink and a flourish stamp. When I stamp on rounded glass, I like to use clear stamps without an acrylic block. After inking the stamp, I carefully place it on the bottle - holding it in place with one hand, while I tap it to go around curves with the other hand. The nice thing about stamping on glass, is that you can remove it if it looks bad. But don't stress too much about getting perfect stamped images as it is a background and you don't notice it as much once you apply the glitter. Paint Designer Dries Clear Adhesive on the neck of the bottle and then sprinkle Crystal glitter onto that. Begin a free-form dotted scroll pattern by making dots of 3D Embossit on the bottle. After each small section, stop to coat the dots with Crystal Glitter. You want to be putting the glitter on while the glue is still white and looks wet. Then make a simple dot pattern at the bottom with little trios of dots going around the bottom of the bottle - again using the Emboss it and sprinkling with Crystal glitter. Once this is dry, use a soft brush to brush off the excess glitter.
Dangle the fairy inside the bottle by poking a hole in the bottle cap. Tie clear beading wire to the loop at the top of the fairy's head and then bring the end of that that wire up thru the top of the bottle. HINT: tie a bead or something to the wire so you can drop it down the neck of the bottle from inside the bottle. Once you have the thread coming out the top of the bottle, you can remove the bead, thread the cord thru the hole in the bottle cap and then put the bottle cap on the bottle. Tie a crystal at the top to hold the thread in place and send the excess thread back thru the hole in the bottle cap.
NOTE: If you don't have a bottle cutter but wanted to try this project, you could do this in a jar, or make your fairy small enough that you can put her in the bottle from the top. Since the wings are Fantasy Film, they could be wrapped around the fairy to drop her into the bottle and they would fluff back out once they had room to unwrap. (Make sure you have her tied onto the bead wire and don't let go, because once she's in there I don't think you'd be able to get her out!)
How to glitter a butterfly: http://artglitter.com/retail/Rrainbowbutterfly.html
How to make a Fantasy Film Dragon Fly: http://artglitter.com/retail/rfantasyfilmdragonfly.html