One of the projects I did finish last week whilst I was off was present for our friend Gill (who also got card from yesterday!) I made her a bottle cuff…
For those of you who can’t picture what I mean by a bottle cuff – here is the finished article:
I have wanted to make a cuff since I saw the idea shortly after I discovered Powertex, they are very quick and simple to make and I think they just turn a simple bottle of wine into a special gift. I can see many more of these in my future.
One of the properties of powertex is that it doesn’t stick to plastic – so my first step was to cover the whole bottle in cling-film, you only need to go round once.
There are three colours of Powertex in this cuff – the base is bronze, then I have added a red rose and green leaves. I could have made them all out of one colour but I wanted to add some depth to the flower and also leave it looking slightly realistic.
After I covered the body I length of t-shirt material to make the cuff itself and cut and trimmed the edges, as you can see I still kept it slightly rough. This is the part I used the bronze Powertex with:
If you have never made flowers like this you start to roll the flower from the outside, tightly at first the then slightly looser to give the petals shape. I fixed on the cuff straight away and then when it started to harden, I used tweezers to give it shape and to pull the petals into place. Because the resulting flower have a lot of layers of material I left it to dry for a day or so before I painted it to make sure it was hard and the petals were not going to be disturbed. So this is what it looked like whilst it was drying… I will share the next stage tomorrow…