How to Make Mini Ship in a Bottle Necklace/pendant




Introduction: How to Make Mini Ship in a Bottle Necklace/pendant

This project is best done in two periods, due to some glue setting It can be frustrating, but give a really nice result (I was able to auction the one I made here at school for £6.50, way, way more than it cost me to make it!)

Step 1: Gather Ye Materials!

For this projects you will need:

  • Cutting mat and board
  • Thin, long tweezers
  • Wire/Head-pin
  • Paints
  • Cotton Buds/Q-tips
  • 2/3 lolly sticks
  • Sand paper
  • Light blue plasticine
  • Scissors
  • A bottle charm
  • Water
  • PVA glue
  • 30/45 mins

Step 2: A Great Wide Open Sea...

... except this one is tiny, and self contained

To begin, shape some plasticine into a sausage shape, about as long as your bottle.

Then shove it in the container, as shown above. To flatten it out, we need to make a tool. Take a lolly stick and cut it into a golf club shape (as before, see above). Use this to flatter out the plasticine. Use the wider part of the tool to ram it into the corners near the neck of the bottle charm.

Step 3: A Lick of Paint

First, cut of the ends of five cotton buds off. Put two to the side, you wont need this one yet. Put a blob of dark blue (prussian blue in my case), white and green (a lighter hue works best). Use one cotton bud for each colour. Start with the bark blue, and almost cover all of the plasticine. Then make a white V shape, with the tip starting just for war of the middle of the bottle. This will create a slight impression that the ship is moving (it is the wake) now ad some specks of green and white.

Step 4: Cleaning Up

Wet tone end of a cotton bud (If you are using oil paints you may need turpentine, I was using watercolours). Swab around the neck, and the carefully inside the bottle , as not to smudge your intended paint job.

Step 5: The Boat

To start, cut two small pieces of lolly stick, about 5mm x 10mm, and glue these together. Wait for it to dry. Then, sand it into a boat shape. \once that is done, paint it any colour, except blue, as it blends in in an undesirable way, I painted mine purple. Then use your last cotton bud to add glue to the bottom, and use tweezers to place it in.

Step 6: A Sail Appeared!

Cut a tiny corner from a piece of paper/card. Get a sliver of wood,and fold it in half. Cut it so that it is the height of the sail, puss a little more, when folded in half.Glue it, and use tweezers to position it on top of the boat. BE WARNED: THIS IS THE HARDEST AND MOST TRICKY BIT.

Step 7: Making It a Pendant

Now get some wire, or a head pin. straighten it out, and add a loop at the end. Cut it to length, add glue and push it into the cork. Then Add a large length of thread, or any other string you want to use. Thread it through, tie it in a knot an glue the cork in place. You are now Done!!

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    3 years ago

    I would like to try this but not sure where to get a tiny glass bottle or plasticine. Do you have any ideas where I could fine them?


    Reply 3 years ago

    Glass bottles on ebay (search "mini charm bottles"), plasticine at any carft store/also on ebay


    4 years ago

    Thanks for this instructable. I build model ships in bottles but haven't attempted anything this small. I'm going to adapt your technique to put a ship in a glass Christmas ornament and I didn't know anything about plasticine, so this was really helpful!


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Cool, post some pictures when you are done. Just a quick note- use Super Glue/Crazy Glue of the cork, PVA dosn't like glass


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Wow! This is pretty amazing. Nice job on your first Instructable and good luck in the contest!