Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mercury, Tin, and Glass

I think it's safe to say that most vintage junkers have a few bottles and jars hoarded displayed somewhere in their homes. I have more than a few, and they have been patiently waiting for me to fulfill my promise to embellish them. A promise I made when I first acquired them years ago. Well, nothing like the Christmas season, when my creative mojo is at its zenith, to follow through on my crafty projects.

Along with my bottle and jar hoard, I have another one: tart tins. Lots and lots and lots of them. Also an item I promised to create with. A couple Christmases ago, I played around with the hoards, and came up with a pleasing look, but then never made any more. Well, I may not have made a dent, but I did make a small group for displaying.


I'm partial to interesting shapes and textures.
Here I have a tall salt shaker, 2 spice jars,
and 2 Houbigant perfume bottles.
It didn't occur to me until I arranged these together,
that they look like artsy versions of 
ladies wearing shawls, or perhaps angels.
Don't you just love her Rubenesque curves?

She's a bit more Mod.

And this opulent lady is
always dripping in diamonds.

I've assembled these to be
temporary, but you could
always use permanent adhesive
to hold everything together.
My instant assembly only requires 
a tiny Rare Earth magnet.
The magnet will hold the mercury ball in place,
if you take off the wire and glue the metal cap to the ball.
If you get a strong enough magnet,
you don't even need to
glue it to the tin mold.
I love how thin these magnets are, 
as they don't interfere much with the aesthetics.
I don't attach these festive tops to the jars,
so I can use them as lids, and the jars/bottles can hold 
dragèes, glitter, or doodads.
You could even skip the jars altogether,
and use the magnet and tin to
creatively display a mercury ball collection.

Note: If you opt to use my temporary method, 
it is important to mention that these tiny magnets
should not be easily accessible to 
children and pets, as you do
not wish to have them
ingest anything magnetic.

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