Here it is - the handmade gift personalized by you for the special guy in your life! Of course, this would make a great women's necklace as well, but you know how hard those guys are to shop for! This is another fabulous Tutorial Exchange project with a glass vial provided by the sweetest Angie of Supply Pusher!
Original tutorial and many more at Shrimp Salad Circus
Step 1: Materials
- glass vial with top (provided by Supply Pusher)
- brass disc with hole
- two jump rings
- key ring
- 2 slips of paper cut to the height of the vial
- black permanent marker
- nice pen
- metal letter stamps (provided by Evie's Tool Emporium)
- steel bench block
- E-6000 adhesive
- steel wool or fine-grit sandpaper
Step 2: Stamp the Disc
Position your first letter stamp on your starting point on your brass disc atop your bench block. Firmly hit the top of the stamp two to three times with your hammer. I've been informed by a very reputable source that it is better for the lifespan of the stamps if you use a heavy rubber mallet. Continue adding your letters around the circumference of the disc. I ran out of room so resorted to 'b/c' instead of 'because,' but it's my first stamped project, so so be it!
Step 3: 'Patina' the Letters
You could use a chemical oxidizing agent here, but it's much simpler and more accessible to just color in your letters with a black permanent maker. After you've thoroughly filled each letter in, use steel wool or a fine grit sanding sponge to sand off all the marker on the disc. Because they are recessed, the letters will remain darker, and now you also have a nice, industrial look to the disc!
Step 4: Write the Message
Write the same little love note, poem, or whatever comes to mind on each strip of paper. I used a pretty handmade paper since it will be the focal point of the whole piece.
Step 5: Put Message in Bottle
Roll one of your notes up as tightly as possible and then drop it into the glass vial.