is Diane's advice for
tops from medicine bottles.
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|A sample of what
some of the bottles
will look like when
you receive them.
Note the bottles on
the left have had
found that the injection bottles which had
rubber stoppers covered partially by a metal rim could be pried off
pliers. Some were a tad more difficult than others, but I just had to experiment a bit. I
even using ordinary pliers, most metal rims could be removed by using a
slow, prying motion, rather than opening like a glass beer bottle,
as shown in image, upper right.
worked best for me was to turn the
bottle "upside down" and then put the top pliers jaw under the bottom
then pry slowly but firmly (rather than opening it like a glass beer
right side up). Occasionally I had to try several spots around the rim,
but not often.
I dropped the bottles and stoppers
or caps into hot soapy water, stirred well with the end of a spoon,
let them sit awhile. Each one was rinsed out separately later, and left
to dry overnight. (Now I use a colander inside a large cheap plastic
so that I can lift them out repeatedly and rinse without even having to
use my hands.)
labels on all the glass bottles I had
pulled off easily after one corner was raised with a fingernail (a
tip works well if you don't have a thumbnail). The label on the plastic
Heparin bottle was definitely more difficult, but I hadn't soaked it
I don't think the labels
to be removed, but it's nice to start with a clean surface.
has more tips at her Glass
Kim's tutorial on covering
images to see
|Lay clean bottle on
a sheet of scrap clay
and trim to fit. Cut so that the edges meet cleanly, with no overlap.
bottle all the way over clay then roll back. You will see the line to
||Butt seams together
and smooth with fingers
or handle of needle tool. Rock fingers gently from left to right, over
seam line so they stick together well.
||With blade or craft
knife, cut V-shaped
notches around neck of bottle. Cut just enough out so that clay fits
around smaller neck and opening.
||Begin to ease
notches together. Check
all sides to see if clay is pulling. I usually cut three notches.
|Gently pinch notches
together to fit around
neck and bottle opening. Smooth with fingers or handle of metal tool.
||Use handle of tool
(I'm using a needle
tool) to roll up and down between neck and bottle to retain shape.
||Lay bottle on work
surface. With blade
held even to top of bottle, trim excess.
||Cut thin slices of
background color. Here
I've used a layered slab of green striped clay. If using plain clay,
as shown in first steps.
|Run slices through
pasta machine at thin
setting. I used #4. If you don't have a pm, roll out with brayer or
rod or rolling pin. Keep as uniform thickness as possible.
||Begin laying on
slices to cover scrap
clay. Trim edges as closely as possible to avoid overlap. If clay is
try to keep seams in one area of bottle.
||Use scraps to fill
in gaps. Here, I happened
to have a piece that fit perfectly.
||Use fingers and tool
handles to smooth
seams and spread clay evenly.