I'm pretty new to the whole con scene (GMX 2010 was my first!), and I was amazed by the sheer variety of imaginative costumes and props worn by the attendees. It didn't take me long to decide to work on my own steampunk outfit, but I decided that if I was going to do it, it would have to be really well done (none of this gluing gears on umbrellas and calling it a day nonsense, thank you very much!). Since I have an entire year till the next GMX, I've started slow and opted to work on these steampunk potion bottles.
I want to be the first to state that I cannot wholly take credit for this idea. The seeds were planted long ago, practicing knot tying in Scouts and with my father. More recently, I stumbled across Stormdrane's work and was inspired to work on these potion bottles.
Stormdrane has done some excellent knotwork with paracord, a great deal of his projects far surpass my abilties. I suggest you check out his many instructables and posts, they are quite enlightening.
Finally, I give thanks to Angel, a t-shirt vendor at GMX. Without him, I would have not discovered these interesting bottles.
Step 1: Getting Started: Supplies
Materials needed (potion bottle only)
- Glass Bottle
- 1" Steel Ring
- Suede Lacing (8' length)
Pretty much everything you need can be bought at your local arts and crafts store. Hobby Lobby carries these nice glass bottles with a screw off cap; I would not suggest using an actual light bulb, as the glass is rather thin and removing the filament can be tricky. If you don't have access to a Hobby Lobby, any interesting jar or bottle will work. However, a tapered neck will help keep the leather netting attached.