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Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art. I have regular giveaways of my art and lots of free tutorials. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Altered Bee Themed Bottle & Jars


I have a couple more decorative Bee themed projects for you.  The first is an altered honey bee bottle covered in real beeswax with faux honey and a bee skep topper that I will show you how to make.  I thought this would look cute in my kitchen  and maybe yours too.

Second, are two altered mason jars with cute toppers and with a glow supplied by LED lights.  I think these jars would look lovely on a patio table in the evening and would also make a great hostess gift.
Honey Bee Bottle
To give the bottle an aged look, I used Deco Art Perfect Crackle.  The instructions that come with the product are through and the product is easy to apply.
Next, using a sponge, I applied black StazOn ink to the raised design on the front of the bottle.
I used a honeycomb stencil and a pencil to trace a pattern on the bottle.  Next, I filled in the traced areas with Caramel Alcohol ink.  I left the pencil marks as I thought it looked more distressed.
I melted yellow beeswax and used a small spoon to drizzle the wax down the sides of the bottle.
Now was one of those moments when I decided to add something else to the bottle that should have been added before I drizzled on the wax.  Looking at the bottle I thought that it would look better with some faux honey inside.

I melted some clear glue sticks and added Caramel Alcohol ink to create a honey color.  Next, I poured the melted glues sticks into the bottle.  The only problem was that the heat of the glue melted the wax at the bottom of the bottle.  After the glue cooled, I added more wax to fix my mistake. 

UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) would be a better choice for this process and not as much of a mess, but I was out of it and the glue sticks were a cheap alternative.  I will say, that the consistency of the melted glue was very much like real honey.
In the picture below, you can see the faux honey in the bottle and the wax back in place.

Making the Bee Skep Topper
I decided that a honey bottle needed a bee skep top.  After much thought, I settled on using cording to construct the skep.  It doesn’t matter what the cording looks like as you won’t see the original colors when it is finished.

Start by making a circle with the cording the same size as the top of the bottle.  Begin wrapping the cording in circles gluing each circle on top of the previous circle.  I glued one circle in place, then waited for it to dry before gluing on the next.  For the first 3 circles keep them the same size.
Continue gluing cording in a circle but begin to make the circles smaller and smaller forming the shape of the bee skep. 
Once you have a tiny hole in the top snip away most of the extra cording, poke the end through the small hole in the top and glue it in place.
I found it helpful to add glue to the inside of the beehive to help it keep its shape.
To block out the color of the cording I painted the outside of the hive with white acrylic paint.
Next, I coated the inside and outside of the hive with Mod Podge.
The final step was to use the Caramel Alcohol ink to color the hive.  Because I coated the hive with the Mod Podge first the ink and paint did not mix and lighten the color of the ink.
Once the hive was dry I glued it on top of the bottle.
I added other embellishments such as brass sunflowers, fibers and Masonite bees.  These are the same bees that I used on the other bee projects (see the previous bee projects for the tutorial on how to paint the bees).
Alpha Stamps Supplies Used For the Honey Bee Jar

Small Mason Jar
This next project was inspired by Mason Jar Toppers.  These toppers fit wide mouth Mason jars.  The glow in the jar is from an LED tea light and clear pebbles.
To make the garland, I twisted the stems of paper flowers together.
Next, I twisted each end of the garland together to encircle the top of the jar.  I placed the light at the bottom of the jar then added the clear pebbles to cover the light.  Nothing is glued in place so it is easy to unscrew the top and pull out the light to turn it off.
The topper is painted with Onyx Metal Patina and decorated with one of the round medallions from the Bees collage sheet.  The label holder comes off making it easy to paint the lid and to add images to the top. On the Bird & Bees collage sheet is a small honey label that is sized to fit the holder.
Alpha Stamps Supplies Used For the Small Mason Jar
Mason Jar Toppers - Lid with Holder
Bees Collage Sheet - medallion

Large Mason Jar
I started by coloring the raised design on the jar with StazOn ink to make it pop.  I found the jar at Wal-Mart in the craft section.  Next, I used a tissue and alcohol ink to color the jar.

I painted the topper with Onyx Metal Patina paint.  Note the hook on the bottom and the handle on the top.  These are easy to remove for painting and decorating.

Hanging from the mini mobile are brass bees & Masonite bees.  These are the same bees that I used on the other bee projects (see the previous bee projects for the tutorial on how to paint the bees).  The mobile hangs from the hook under the topper.

Just like with the smaller jar, I placed the light at the bottom and added clear pebbles to cover the light.  Nothing is glued in place so it is easy to unscrew the top and pull out the light to turn it off.
To decorate the topper I rubbed it with Inca Gold Gilders Paste and added a bee themed medallion.
Alpha Stamps Supplies Used For the Large Mason Jar
Mason Jar Toppers - Lid with Knob
Mason Jar Toppers - Mini Mobile
Bees Collage Sheet - medallion

8 comments:

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

You are brilliant! Love all your 'bee bottles' Laura and thanks so much for sharing your tutorials so generously.

Theresa said...

WAAAAAAY COOL!! I especially like the one with the faux beehive! you are SO CREATIVE!! Thank you for sharing!

Prudence said...

Wow! Thk U for this! I must. re-read and figure out the products you used. I have wondered how to colour bottles, jars, glass !!! Beautiful Art and thank you again for the info!! xoxoDebi

Terri Gordon said...

Hi Laura, I hope this finds you well! I love your bee bottles, you are so creative, I look forward to having the time to visit your beautiful blog now. Hope you are having a wonderful summer. Hugs, Terri

Michele said...

thank you so much for the wonderful tutorials. each creation you've made fully inspires. xo

Createology said...

Wow you have really created a "Honey" of a project. These bottles and jars are amazing. You always deliver uber Creative Bliss...

Martina2801 said...

Hello dear Laura, finally today I found time to get back to my favorite blogs:-)
Your new creations are excellent. I'm totally in love with your bee bottles. Just beautiful!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs MARTINA

Rosemary said...

Amazingly bee-autiful. I had to make the pun. You are so talented and creative, you see possibilities in everything. Love it!