I like working with glass because of its sparkling transparency. Even when covered up, as I've done with these bottles, it's still exciting to feel the heftiness of glass in my hands.
|Wire-wrapped, paper patchwork, decoupaged bottles.|
Before I tore up my papers, I decided on a color scheme of:
- whites/creams/silvers for the 1st bottle,
- pinks/mauves/fuchsias for the 2nd,
- and golds/silvers/cremes/whites for the 3rd.
|Salvage old bottles and cover with paper scraps and wire.|
I painted and embellished a wooden ball for the top of one bottle, attaching it securely with tacky glue.
|Glitter, wire, paint, bugle beads and tiny Styrofoam ball used to embellish wooden ball topper for patchwork bottles by Artsy Craftery.|
I kept the black, plastic, twist-on cap on the silvery bottle, decoupaging it with silver paper. I then formed a sculptural design on top of the cap with another piece of the paper.
I really like my design for the cork stopper that I used for the gold and silver bottle. I painted it with a spiral design and glued it into the top of the bottle. I created a sculptural topper for the bottle cork out of reclaimed metal, wire and beads. The metal disk had a metal post on it (it was part of an old pierced earring), which I stuck into a glue-filled hole in the cork.
|Felt used to pad bottoms of paper patchwork and wire bottles.|
The most time-consuming part of this technique is, of course, designing the paper patchwork design. Once you get started it goes very quickly. I like my work to be finished on all surfaces, so I cut and glued craft felt to the bottom of each bottle. It helps keep them from sliding off of shelves, and protects surfaces.