Miniature-sized bottles can make lovely subjects for decorative arts and crafts. Small bottles, such as liquor miniatures can be used for ornaments, while the very tiniest, such as those used to hold perfume samples or essential oils, can be turned into jewellery. Tiny bottles can be decorated on the outside or filled with eye-catching materials to make decorations or good luck charms.
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Labels and Decals
A simple way to decorate a tiny bottle is with a label. Labels can be hand-drawn, printed from a computer or made from images cut from magazines. Store-bought découpage art or even stickers can also be used. To make the label last, stick it to the bottle using silicone glue or découpage medium. A few layers of silicone or varnish on top of the label will help prevent it from peeling. Alternatively, decals (transfers) can be applied: rub-on transfers are pressed onto the bottle, while water-slide decals are applied with the help of a water bath. Decals can be bought ready-made in most craft shops or created at home using special printer paper.
Etching and Painting
Small designs can be etched onto a glass bottle using acid paste or diamond etching tools. The resulting white or frosted patterns are very subtle. Little glass bottles can also be painted using special glass paints. Most craft retailers sell these in bottles, tubes or even markers. Some only need to air dry, while others need to be baked in the oven to set.
Decorate tiny bottles with beads to make charms or pendants. The beads can be strung on a wire, which is then wrapped around the bottle to make patterns. This technique allows the glass and the bottle's contents to show through. Alternatively, the bottle can be covered in bead weaving using a stitch such as gourd (peyote). This makes an opaque design.
Fairy Dust Bottles
Fill tiny bottles with glitter to make "fairy" bottles. These make cute decorations for young girls or whimsical accessories for the young at heart. Glitter in silver, gold and pastel colours can be combined with tiny accent beads, sequins and small charms. The bottle should be very firmly sealed.
The concept of a bottle as a good luck charm is as old and as widespread as bottles themselves. Small good luck charms, icons, minerals, rocks and plant materials considered to bring good fortune can be sealed inside a tiny bottle. Examples might include a piece of pyrite to bring good luck with money.
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