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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Holographic jersey two-piece - grecian, ghostbusters inspired on: June 01, 2016 06:40:43 AM
Looks amazing and very tactile. Also you can wear the two parts separately and add the holographic sparkly magic to other outfits too. Great stuff!

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 107 ENTRIES / Re: Miniature glass fishing float for mermaid display on: May 07, 2015 08:51:35 AM
Hi Alan,
I just "winged it" and did it by eye. I used some garden twine and used reef knots which, when I look at better pictures of real floats, I don't think is the right type of knot OR string.

There's a nice hi-res image here: http://media.liveauctiongroup.net/i/10210/10907623_1.jpg
And I've found a macrame pattern that might give you some help: http://www.free-macrame-patterns.com/globe-float-hanger.html

I have no idea how good the pattern is, but I hope it is useful.
Good luck!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 107 ENTRIES / Re: Miniature glass fishing float for mermaid display on: March 26, 2015 06:08:04 AM
It looks like there are plenty of bottles on eBay in the US in case anyone wants to replicate.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xchambord+bottle.TRS0&_nkw=chambord+bottle&ghostText=&_sacat=0

I'm going to ask some of my friendly local bar staff if they can hold back a few empties for me.
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 107 ENTRIES / Re: Miniature glass fishing float for mermaid display on: March 23, 2015 03:28:19 AM
Thanks I Sew Cute - I'm thinking of scaling it up to a full size bottle if I can get my hands on one!
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 107 ENTRIES / Re: From bath salts to vases! on: March 17, 2015 09:08:16 AM
I don't think the administrators have made it active yet. Undecided
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 107 ENTRIES / Re: Miniature glass fishing float for mermaid display on: March 11, 2015 07:17:14 AM
Ha! That sounds exactly like something I would do! Grin
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 107 ENTRIES / Re: Miniature Perfume Bottle Doll on: March 10, 2015 04:46:48 AM
So tiny, yet full of attitude!
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 107 ENTRIES / Re: Miniature glass fishing float for mermaid display on: March 10, 2015 04:43:26 AM
So PVA glue and green acrylic paint might do the trick you think? I'll have to experiment! Thanks for the tips!

Patraw - Our Mermaid Club is a fun fitness class where we put together Esther Williams style routines in the pool. It's sort of Synchro meets Retro. For example, we were working on some moves to Bobby Darin's song "Splish Splash" last night.

MareMare - The new Chambord bottles are a bit more streamlined and modern looking, but this is what the old ones used to look like. Glorious huh? Definitely channelling (or Chanel-ling) French decadence!
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 107 ENTRIES / Re: Miniature glass fishing float for mermaid display on: March 09, 2015 05:58:37 AM
Thanks Onyxnox! I didn't want to buy glass paint for such a small project and I didn't think normal paint would stick well enough which is why I tried nail varnish. Do you think acrylic paint would have worked?
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 107 ENTRIES / Miniature glass fishing float for mermaid display on: March 09, 2015 04:48:04 AM
I'm in a mermaid club and we're thinking of holding a party to celebrate our first anniversary. I've been looking for inspiration for an underwater theme and one thing I see repeatedly is fishing floats - glass orbs surrounded by a knotted rope. Chambord (black raspberry liqueur) comes in spherical bottles, so I thought I'd try using a miniature one to craft a tiny float for this challenge. I can use it for a table centrepiece for the party, or I might even upgrade to a full size bottle!



(Here's what they're supposed to look like BTW! http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/03/Large_glass_floats-9-2.jpg)


Making of...

Sadly my bottle was full so I had to empty it first!



Then I washed it and removed the label. I did try to colour the bottle light green with diluted nail polish but it went gritty and so I cleaned it out.



I took 4 strands of rough twine, knotted them in the middle and began to tie them in alternating knots.



The big centre knot fitted well under the base of the bottle. The rest I built up around it, adjusting the distance between the knots so they best held the bottle. I pushed the remaining ends into the neck of the bottle and wrapped some more twine tightly around the neck to hold them in place.



Tada! My glass fishing float from a bottle. Thanks for reading!
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