Thursday, January 22, 2015

CRAFTING: Metallic Paper Patchwork and Wire Bottles

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.

I had thrown so many bottles away that I put my foot down and declared I'm going to find a quick, decorative technique so that I can salvage these bottles.
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.
Once I tore up a supply of various papers, it was easy to apply glue to each piece and stick it to the bottle.  I started from the bottom and worked up to the top of each one.  Once finished, I painted each bottle with a matte sealer.  I decided to add another fav medium, craft wire, to the largest bottle.  I chose a golden wire and twisted a design with wire pliers.  Wrapping it around the bottle, I crimped each end back onto the wire, securing it.
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.
White paint and gold metallic pen used to decorate cork stopper.

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.
Silver metallic paper used in decoupage.
I like looking at these bottles.  They dress up any table or shelf with a pretty flash of creativity. Get busy! Make your creative flash today!
Find Products Used In This Project At Amazon:
Matte Sealers
Craft Wire
Decorative Papers
Tacky Glue
Bottle Corks
Craft Felt
Decorative Bottles


Roudi said...

LOVE the wire work! Lovely collages and color schemes. :)

Sending you some crafty love. ♥

Roudi @

tettidesign said...

Gosh, these are all gorgeous! Seems like a lot of work, but so worth it.

Chorley Cake said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your bottles .. so pretty & the wire is a such an unusual decoration, I would never have thought of adding wire to a bottle but it works so well ! WELL DONE xxxx

Sheryl Hastings said...

I've seen bottle decorated in so many ways but I have to say that I really love these! You can make them look dramatic or soft. I actually have a few bottles laying around too.

Angie Ouellette-Tower said...

Those are so beautiful and felt at the bottom - genius!
Your link from last month's blog hop received the most clicks and is featured on my blog:
Also, June's blog hop is going on right now.
Thanks again

Sandra Tyler said...

Hi Sandi! Glad you found me on my new site! Yes, would love to have you come play with some fictional prompts!And love the work you have here! I'm away from my looms now with kids getting out of school....sigh.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Cool! I especially like the bottle tops. Blessings!

Teresa Rusk said...

I can't believe I missed this post! These are stunning Sandi!

Sandi Holland said...

Hope you are doing well Roudi. Thanks for visiting.

Sandi Holland said...

It goes really fast when you tear a supply of paper squares in advance.

Sandi Holland said...

Yeah, the wire adds great dimension and interest.

Sandi Holland said...

Time to start tearing and gluing, Sheryl. Think of all the color combinations!

Sandi Holland said...

Choosing the felt color is another fun activity. Your hops are fun because they are not congested.

Sandi Holland said...

I guess kids are getting in to school now, Sandra. You must be back at looms.

Sandi Holland said...

I enjoyed designing a different type of bottle top for each. Blessings to you!

Sandi Holland said...

Well, you know...I love metallics. Anything metallic is stunning to me. Thanks for compliment!

Susan Mikaelian said...

I love bottle crafting, you have some great ideas.

Sandi Holland said...

Hi Susan:

Thanks for visiting! Covering these bottles was a lovely experience. And they came out so well for a first time effort. It is a little time-consuming, but not as much as you'd think. The process went very fast. I bookmarked your site and got your email too.

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