This unique, mystical glass vial necklace is sure to turn heads and is easy to make!
You can also incorporate your taste and imagination so that the glass vial necklace really reflects what makes you, well........”you.” Feel free to change out the colors or even the charms used to suit the design you want.
For this Instructable, we are adding a fairy tale twist by making it a potion necklace. Be sure to read through the steps before you begin so you can get a sense of the project and the steps involved.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Materials & Tools Needed
All of the materials for this project can be found at your local craft store. If you’re already a crafter you may find you already have everything you need to make these:
- 1 glass vial with cork stopper
- Clear glue (preferably quick drying)
- Blue glitter
- 1 spacer and charm (metal jewelry findings) as shown in the picture
- 1 open jump ring
- 1 eye pin head pin
- Brown paper (a lunch bag will do)
- Some cotton swabs
- Blue 24-inch ball chain with a connector
- Jewelry wire cutter
- Round nose pliers for jewelry-making
Step 2: Pour Clear Glue and Glitter Into Glass Vial and Mix
Remove the cork stopper from the vial. Pour clear glue leaving space under the brim. The glue will rise when you add glitter and you want to avoid spills when putting the cork back in place or things will get very messy quickly.
Add glitter and make sure you have pour enough to evenly mix it with the glue. Add a little at a time and stir well. Mix thoroughly until all glitter has been incorporated with the glue.
Step 3: Clean the Rim of the Glass Vial
Use cotton swabs to clean the rim of the vial. This will make sure that the cork will fit back in place. Set aside to let the bottle dry completely.
Step 4: Pierce the Cork With the Eye Pin
While the vial is drying you can begin work on the necklace itself. Bend the looped end of the eye pin and pierce the cork from below. The bent loop will stop the pin from slipping out of the cork.
Step 5: Add a Spacer to the Eye Pin
Slip the spacer through the eye pin. Cut the excess wire leaving roughly a ¼” tail. Use the round nose pliers to make a loop out of the tail (as seen in the image in Step 6).
Step 6: Connect the Loop of the Spacer to Your Chosen Charm
Add a jump ring to connect the loop of the spacer to the charm or metal finding. Pick a any charm you’d like to use here. You can also use a bead or several beads in place of the metal findings. Any metal accessory will do. The one pictured here has an image of a tree etching on it.
Step 7: Insert Charmed Cork Into the Glass Vial
Once the glue has dried, you can cover the vial with the charmed cork. To ensure that the cork will not come off, add some super glue or hot glue to the cork before covering the vial.
If you’re impatient, you can immediately put the cork back, and eventually the glittered glue will make the cork stick to the vial.
Pro Tip: Not all glue will dry up inside a sealed container. Read your labels carefully before beginning this project.
Step 8: Label Your Glass Vial
Now it’s time to label your glass vial full of “potion." Using your brown paper lunch bag, cut a piece of paper small enough to fit on the front of the vial. Leave some excess as you’ll be burning the edges.
Write the name of your potion on the label and use a candle to carefully burn the edges for an authentic look. Use super glue or hot glue to attach the label to the vial.
Warning for kids: For this part, ask an adult for assistance.
Step 9: Add a Chain to Your Glass Vial and You're Done!
Once the label is dry, add the chain to your vial. You can use any type of chain here. I chose a blue 24-inch ball chain that has a connector. Leather cord or hemp would also look great with this necklace.
Your glass vial charm necklace is ready to be worn. You can also experiment with other colors filling the vial with beads, sand or whatever strikes your fancy.
Let us know how your necklace turned out and be sure to check us out at DIY Shareable for more DIY ideas and inspiration!
Runner Up in the
Glass Challenge 2017