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
- 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.
Step 2: Let's get knotty!
Tighten the loop around the neck of the bottle.
Step 3: Knot too difficult...
Before you read the directions below, a warning: The photos below are MUCH simpler to follow. So if you are like me (a visual learner), skip the paragraph below and follow the pictures.
Take the loose end and thread it behind the base loop from above about an inch from the overhand knot we tied earlier. Pull it most of the way through, leaving a small, hanging loop. Cross the leading edge over, and thread it behind the base loop from below. Make sure to leave a little bit of slack so that the leading edge can thread back over the base loop and into the gap left. Finally, tighten everything up.
Step 4: Knot too difficult...part II
Try to space the knots so that the final one butts up against the overhand knot we tied to make the slipknot. Don't worry if it's not perfect, you can always slide the individual knots around afterward.
Step 5: Knot too difficult...part III
Congratulations, you now know how to Macramé. This moment of realization can be bittersweet, so you may want to take a moment to compose yourself. (After all, tears will make the leather shrink!)
Step 6: Knot done yet!
Keeping the steel ring more or less centered on the bottom of the bottle, bring the working end behind and through the steel ring to the adjacent loop. Tie your double half hitch, and repeat four more times. We are simply spiraling in and making a star pattern with the leather and steel ring. When you've fully circled the ring, trim the excess and tuck it behind. Voila! We are done!
As far as attaching to your outfit: I have found that making a simple loop of scrap leather works great to attach to a belt. Also, I had a few keychain carabiners lying around that work just as well (if you don't mind the anachronism).
Step 7: Now what?
Peppermint Schnapps makes a wonderful healing potion (after all, most of the literature does describe a healing potion as minty, and peppermint schnapps sure does lift your spirits!)
Amaretto is a good approximation of a minor poison; they say cyanide has the taste and smell of almonds...
For the minors out there, add your favorite energy drink for your very own Potion of Haste!
Fireball whiskey makes a dandy Alchemist's Fire, just be careful not to burn yourself...
As with any alcoholic beverage, please be responsible when you enjoy yourself. I'm sure there are many more potion analogues; please post some ideas in the comment section below!
Step 8: Bring on the glow!
The easiest (and cheapest) method of obtaining glow fluid is to simply purchase it at a dollar store. While most glow sticks sold in stores are non-toxic, try to purchase some that actually state it on the package. Start by activating the glow stick, then clip both ends off with a pair of shears or tin snips. Pour the fluid into the bottle, taking care to watch for glass (when you activate a glow stick, you are actually breaking a glass tube filled with peroxide).
Rather than fill the entire bottle with glow fluid - which would be cost prohibitive - I cut the solution with a 1:1 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. Generally, it takes two "bracelet" glow sticks or one "necklace" glow stick combined with the above mixture to noticeably glow. Depending on the color, temperature, and peroxide solution this mixture can glow for up to 48 hours. In all fairness, however, the intensity will drop by half over a period of every 2 hours.
I will add that, despite being non-toxic, do NOT drink this mixture.
Step 9: A bright future...
Now the shameless plug part: As you can see, I do have a craftsman drill and have tried to drill the corks out to put the LEDs in, but I really need a drill press to make things more precise. Maybe something like this: http://tinyurl.com/2euq2ja
In fact, I could use a LOT of tools, and craftsman is a brand I prefer...
To those of you who have stuck around till the end, thanks for reading! I hope this was informative and easy to follow. I look forward to all your comments, suggestions, and criticisms (naturally).