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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.
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Step 1: Materials

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  • 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
  • hammer
  • E-6000 adhesive
  • steel wool or fine-grit sandpaper

Step 2: Stamp the Disc

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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

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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

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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

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Roll one of your notes up as tightly as possible and then drop it into the glass vial.

Step 6: Seal it Tight

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Apply a thin layer of E-6000 around the inside of the vial's cap. Apply the cap and then firmly squeeze it into place for several minute. I blasted it with a hair dryer on high for a few minutes to speed the process along.

Step 7: Jump Rings

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Thread a jump ring through the disc and another through the hole in the vial's cap and then close the rings.

Step 8: Key Ring

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Thread both jump rings onto the key ring. The key ring itself is now complete, but we can't forget the packaging!

Step 9: Revealing the Message

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Put your creation in a little kraft paper box, and wrap the second note around it like a ribbon. Tape the note in place on the bottom of the box. You can then tie a piece of twine or yarn around the whole thing for an elegant but still masculine look.

Step 10:

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There you have it - a great gift for that special guy. It's sweet and sentimental enough for him to treasure it but not so mushy as to keep him from using it! Although you do have to make the initial investment in the stamps, you can use them for a plethora of creative projects, so it's well worth it!!!
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What's ironic?
ShrimpSaladCircus (author) 5 years ago
You have to glue the caps on these because they do not have a screw top. I think it also kind of adds to the intrigue and sentiment of the piece.
why seal it?
 So it doesn't screw open accidentally, and all that's in it is a piece of paper that says "I Love you Because.." Not much to look at. If you wanted to add more, you probably wouldn't have to seal it. More of a 'jewelry' item.
darkclaw425 years ago
 What a amazing idea! A "Love in a Bottle" kinda concept. Very cool!
Definitely going to do this for christmas, close one's beware. 
Dreistein5 years ago
i wish a girl would give one to me :(
 who wouldn't. (single on christmas)
yadanabeads on etsy.com has nice discs.
l.brit5 years ago

Unscrewable caps!
Nicely done! I just noticed that your link to your blog is missing an "i". It points to shrmpsaladcircus. Figured I'd let you know. Going to check out the rest of your stuff now.
Thanks so much for letting me know!
ShrimpSaladCircus (author) 5 years ago
Good news everybody - Supply Pusher has just added more vials to her shop, so you can use that link to buy them now!!!
I can't find that vial on the site any more...is there anywhere else it can be found?

Just type 'vial' into the search.
richardjw5 years ago
I have been to the "Supply Pusher" website to look for the vials and a search yields nothing at the moment, do you have a direct link?  Or have an idea where else one could get them?


Rich (",)
mdog935 years ago
when i have been looking for metal discs with holes in to become a backing for a pendant or something ( I needed it to back pewter pendents on) i found that dog tags are good, from a pet shop or stall that does engraving, and shoe repairs and such like. I think timpsons do them, some place like that.
iskoon5 years ago
 that's really awesome! but i don't think we're that hard to shop for i mean just ask "hey what games look cool?" and they'll list them off, pick one he'll be happy. though this message in the bottle thing is a way cooler idea

Kiteman5 years ago
So, the recipient can't read the message without breaking the phial?

Nice touch.
In step 9, you're instructed to use the second copy of the note as part of the package decoration, so the recipient can see what the message in the bottle says.

That's assuming you don't pull the old switcheroo, though. :)
Love note for show, and a grocery list on the inside...
I was thinking more along the lines of "love note for show" with some type of wiccan loyalty curse inside.. LOL

Seriously though, it is a pretty cool project.
crapflinger5 years ago
looks like your supplier no longer has those vials
This is adorable.  I wish this was here last valentines day when I wanted to make something like this for my now ex. It is beautifully done. Great job!
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