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EmmyS
« 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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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2015 04:53:45 AM »

Cute!  Great use of the mini bottle.  If you want to do the green paint, you could find a translucent green or dilute one and either pour it inside and pour it out, or dip the bottle in, to reduce the brush lines/sponge marks.
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« Reply #2 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?
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2015 06:27:23 AM »

So cute!  I like crafts where you have to eat or drink to get the container...Grin.

I think they are fine as they are...I coated glass Christmas ornaments on the inside using acrylic paint that I diluted with water and Elmer's glue...they still look great after 10 years!  I just poured it in, swished it around, and put the ornaments upside down into paper cups to drain and dry...
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2015 06:50:14 AM »

Agree - I was thinking one of the blending mediums, but plain old glue would be cheaper and you wouldn't have to spend the money for something else.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2015 07:31:20 AM »

Neat-o and very authentic looking.  I could picture this bobbing merrily away on the waves.  And I think it's totally awesome that there's actually such a thing as a mermaid club!
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2015 11:05:41 AM »

I love this! And what a fun bottle shape!
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« Reply #7 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!
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2015 07:01:46 AM »

Super glorious! And I adore Chambord! One time a friend and I ordered martinis like James Bond and when they were too gross to choke down we had shots of Chambord added! Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2015 07:17:14 AM »

Ha! That sounds exactly like something I would do! Grin
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