About 5 years ago, I created this altered bottle from of all things, an empty hot sauce bottle! In an attempt to give it a “vintage” feel, I used Modge Podge to cover it in tea-stained cheesecloth, mica flakes, and pieces of vintage paper. On the bottom of the bottle, I covered it with copper tape and soldered it. I then soldered the top of the bottle and added vintage rhinestones and little dots of solder. Then I scattered a few more vintage rhinestones all over the bottle and finished it with a little brass crown on the front. So for 5 years this bottle has been sitting on a shelf because it just didn’t look “finished” to me. From time to time I would look at it and I would think, “That bottle needs something!” Finally a couple of days ago I realized what might complete it. So I took a beautiful chandelier crystal and held it on top of the bottle and admired it. I decided that the crystal would be the finishing touch this bottle needed. Here are some pictures of the bottle before the crystal, showing the front, the back, and a closeup of the soldered top:
So, I wasn’t sure how to add the crystal to the top and my husband recommended an epoxy he uses in his projects. So I tried it. It is a really strong epoxy that sets quickly and is totally cured with a strong bond in 24 hours. Anyway, here’s the new version of the bottle with its new topper. I think it did the trick. What do you think?