Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bottle of Hope

The challenge for the Makin’s Clay® Design Team this month was to create a Bottle of Hope.  What is a Bottle of Hope?   

Bottles of Hope are small glass bottles covered with polymer clay and given to cancer patients. They symbolize a wish and a hope for health.  This project was started in 1999 by a Rhode Island cancer survivor and has spread internationally. Bottles are made by artists, students, survivors, seniors and many more who volunteer their time and love.   Learn more about this worthwhile project, see a gallery of many creative bottles and more here on their website

 I wanted to create a bottle with bright colors so I picked colors from Makin’s Clay® Multi Neon Pack.  I used a plastic bottle.  Because Makin’s Clay® is an air-dry clay, plastic is okay!  No baking involved.

I simple covered the bottle with orange clay and textured it with the sand texture sheet from Makin’s® Set A Texture SheetSet.  I cut flower petals from the yellow clay using the two smallest teardrop shaped Kemper cutters; six petals for the larger flowers and five for the smaller ones.  I bent them around a needle tool to give them shape.  They were glued together then crystals were added to the center of each.  I did the same for the leaves from the green clay; two for the big flowers and one for each of the small flowers.  I also made extra leaves to go on the flower stem which I extruded from the green clay.  The stem was glued to the bottle first then the flowers and leaves.

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