Have you ever looked at an empty glass bottle and been reluctant to throw it in the recycling bin. They can be such beautiful shapes that show time and effort has been made in their production. I recently bought a mini bottle of red wine for a recipe i was making and had this exact thought. It sat on my worktop for a week or two whilst I had a think about what I would re-purpose it into. And then, bingo! I had been looking for some ceramic decorative vases/pots/containers recently for a little display and wondered whether I could create a single-stem vase with this beautiful little bottle.
I rolled out the clay to around 1mm-2mm thick, and simply started applying the clay to the bottle. I did this in 4 pieces in total as I wasn’t requiring a completely smooth finish – I was hoping for some texture and movement. There is no reason why you couldn’t do it in one piece though for a more uniform finish. I smoothed the separate pieces of clay with a little with a drop of water on my finger, I did this to hide the join lines and also to make sure the clay was molded into one piece around the bottle. You could of course, add texture to the clay by running a fork around it to create indents, or even apply a slightly thicker layer of clay and leave finger marks for a really handmade feel.
To make new vase look more vase-like than wine-bottle, i needed to work on the top part. I didn’t want to be able to see any of the glass bottle to reveal its original identity, so I wanted to build up the top of the bottle to disguise it. I did this by rolling out some thin sausage-shapes to build up the top. Smooth once again with a little water to ensure the clay is securely fixed.
Once I was happy with the shape and texture of the clay, I left it to dry for a couple of days. The packet recommends 24 hours to dry, but I’m assuming that’s not accounting for it being wrapped around a glass bottle! I wanted to make sure it was really dry! So after patiently waiting for 72 hours I painted it with white gloss paint to finish the ceramic effect I was hoping for, what do you think………