Jul 18, 2012

Gemstone Bottle Tops


Here is a way to add style to your home!
These bottle toppers kind of remind me of something you'd find at Anthropologie or Pier 1, no? They'd probably be wayyy more expensive than these that you can make yourself, just saying'.....
This is just a super-easy and super-quick tutorial you can whip up in less than an hour. 
It was inspired by the urge to use up some of my more unsparkly glass gemstones, that I couldn't use in my jewelry. Plus, I had a small old bottle laying around that was found in the garage. Why not make art out of it?


Use this technique to spruce up other bottles you have laying around. They can hold anything you want! Beads, buttons, gems- whatever!


Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are glass gemstones (they need to be glass so we can bake with them. If you have flatback plastic ones, you can glue these on after baking), clay, an old glass bottle, glitter, clear lacquer and a paintbrush.


Step 2: Take a large marble of clay, and pinch one end to make a knob. Measure this knob so it fits nicely on the bottle top; not to loose, not to tight. Once you've go the right size, take your clay and roll it in the glitter, making sure you press the glitter down onto the clay to adhere.


Step 3: Press in your gemstones around the top, not on the knob part. When you've got all your stones in, press it on the bottle again to make sure the knob didn't change sizes. Bake at about 125 degrees for 20 minutes or so. You may need to adjust depending on what oven you are using. I use a toaster oven. Once dry, seal with lacquer. I also added one coat of glitter nailpolish for extra sparkle! I didn't paint this on top of the gems though, they might get glassy instead of faceted.


These would look great in bottle sets, maybe with jewel-toned glitter tops. They would also look great for a tablescape at a party, maybe each one holding different color beads or shells!

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