Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Vintage bottle etching.

Hello! and happy Tuesday (although it feels like a Monday).

The sun is lovely and bright this afternoon and everyone in the supermarket is all smiles and laughter so all is good with the world.

Do you remember my post about etching on glass jam jars? Well if you missed it take a look here. Just after writing that post I was at the local auction with my sister and one of the auction lots was a box of vintage bottles. I managed to be the winning bidder but it wasn't until I got them home and had a rummage the I realised how many there were. 

All shapes and sizes and in gorgeous shades of blue, green, off white and brown.
   



There are some really interesting ones, it probably took me a good 3 hours to clean them and sort and chuck any badly damaged ones.



I think this one is my fave as it's got a little spout and is only about 5 inches tall. 




This tiny poison bottle is oh so handy as it's handbag sized and very discreet for all those moments when you feel you want to kill something! 


There are little perfume bottles too.



So what I'm getting at is that these little, and not so little bottles, are destined to be etched and sold in the shop as little vases or to be displayed just for their beauty.

This is another practice run on a jam jar before I could summon up the courage to etch one of the oldies. When the tea light is lit the leaves cast shadows on the wall and looks beautiful.


And here's two of the vintage bottles with a little Drop The Weasel finishing touches added. It's quite tricky to photograph these bottles so apologies if you can't see the designs to clearly. 



I'll be going through the products in the shop and removing some and adding new items this week so I'll keep you all updated as and when xx  



19 comments:

  1. oh they look great, I love the flowing leaf desin...quite William Morris!
    xxx

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    1. Lyn, now you mention it they do look William Morris - ish x

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  2. i dont think you had to worry so much about people seeing your etching, i can see it fine. I must say it is a lovely bottle collection. I see another good friend has popped by your fb page, scented sweetpeas!! x

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    1. These bottles are really interesting. I just hope I haven't devalued a rare bottle from the 1600's!

      Yes, scented sweetpeas did pop over and have a look, I'm trying to build my profile on Facebook so feel free to spread the word :) x

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  3. They look lovely, what brilliant ideas you have - look forward to seeing more, Andrea

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  4. They look lovely - you have such creative ideas! Look forward to seeing more.....Andrea

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    1. Thanks Andrea, I think the trouble is that I get bored very easily so I have to keep doing new things, plus I don't get out much! ;)

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  5. They are so beautiful, I would never have thought of doing that with an old bottle.
    Clever you...
    Briony
    x

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    1. Hi Briony, get yourself a little etching tool and have a go, I bet you would love it. Once you get used to it it's not hard at all, the only thing is that the cats may well attack it (if they are anything like mine).

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  6. Great idea....the ones you've etched look lovely. Weren't there some amazing types of bottles "back in the day" - I love the white twisty one (it was probably for potted meat or something yukky!) Oh, and love the colourful mat in your picture; I've got a square one, and my parents used to have them. xx

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    1. Cheers! The little white one is cute. It's amazing how many poison bottles there are, ''back in the day'' I'm surprised anything survived with that lot kicking about (poison and potted meat - very Marple).

      As for the little mat it was 50p at the charity shop. x

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  7. What a wonderful haul of bottles. I love the ones you have etched. I used to go to an ancient 'dump' site with my dad and dig up old bottles. We found some lovely ones just like these. M x

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    1. Ooh I like the sound of digging for them, I've always fancied having a go at mud larking on the banks of the Thames. People have found wonderful things. x

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  8. Wow, these look so good etched, clever you. Karen x

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  9. Hi Karen, thank you for your comment and thanks for taking the time to pass by The Pea Pod you are most welcome :) xx

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  10. Wow you have done an amazing job there gorgeous and so delicate looking. What a great idea ;-) dee xx

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    1. Hi Dee, thanks. They look great with a little sprig of blossom in them x

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    1. Thanks Gill, they are really lovely colours aren't they. The colours of the sea I think xx

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