Thursday, May 24, 2012

Silvered Bottles

Okay, after many emails asking me to share how I did my silver bottles, and just as many telling me I should keep it to myself, I've decided to just share the basics.  The truth is, I pretty much gave you the ingredients in "Bottle Love".  Liquid silver leaf, rust, dirt, water.  I've used them in various combinations, and applications.  I hardly ever do the same thing twice, and I'm always reinventing myself.  I'm already on to something different.





Here are the basics.  Obviously, my solution is on the inside of the bottle.  Having a bottle with lettering makes the effect far more interesting.




I've used the silver leaf only.  I've added rust, followed by the liquid leaf, which gives it an old crusty look in spots.  A little dirt will do that as well.  If the bottle is already crusty, all the better.  Cover the opening, shake and  rotate the bottle to get coverage.  Don't let the silver leaf settle, or you won't get good coverage.  It dries fast.

That reminds me.  I was asked how to get rust.  Simple.  Just scrape it off a rusty object.




If you add a little water before you add the liquid leaf, you'll get a look similar to this milk bottle.  Patchy.  Because it has a wide neck, I used a brush, instead of shaking the solution, like I did with the smaller bottles. 




Bottom line, you'll just have to experiment, like I did.  Now, I have to tell you, liquid silver leaf has a strong odor.  I like it because it sticks really well.  However, I always use it outside, or in the garage with lots of ventilation.  Please, be kind to your lungs.  Substitute metallic silver paint for the liquid leaf, if you want.

I'm having fun displaying mine with my dried roses.



Now, I have to get back to work.  My next show is coming up quick, and I have exciting news I can't share quite yet.  I'm also working on some changes, and additions to "villabarnes".  I'll keep you posted.  See ya soon.


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48 comments:

Olive Cooper said...

You are so sweet to share Rosemary. I got plenty of rust around here.

aimee said...

i love the idea of using rust. i did simular with just mirror spray and water but yours look great xxx

Lucy said...

I remember bookmarking the Bottle Love post, loving the look. Pure Mercury glass just didn't look right with the old bottles, so I wanted to try it with some rust...just haven't gotten around to it. I love rust and it seems like a magic ingredient. Thanks for a clearer explanation for those of us who don't have the ability to "see" like you do. ;-)

Bliss said...

Well thanks for sharing because those bottles are awesome.

~Bliss~

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

You are a very generous and giving person to share "your secrets"....the bottles are wonderful..!

Lori C said...

Thank you!!

Shirley said...

Oh I love your bottles. And I do have an opinion on sharing..have we all not been inspired by someone else design? Is that what those who teach, teach..and so many things can be learned with just a spark of desire..I love your bottle and glad you shared your talent. Blessings to you..Have a great weekend.it's a nice long weekend too!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Wow, Rosemary. You never disappoint me. I have learned so much from your posts. Thanks so much.

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Rosemary,

I love the bottles. Thanks for teaching us how to make our own.

Your news sound very exciting!!!

Dee :)

Anne said...

Rosemary,
Those bottles are so pretty.Love the dried roses too.I can't wait to hear your exciting news :-)
(((Hugs))))
Anne

Deserae said...

Your bottles are so pretty....love them with the roses tucked inside! I have some silver paint leftover so I might have to try it on a few bottles :o)
Thanks for sharing your secrets!
~Des

Paulette said...

The bottles are lovely, thanks for sharing your method.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

very cool! we feel a project coming on :)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

These are fabulous Rosemary. The dried roses look so yummy against the silver bottles.

Debbiedoo's said...

They are the COOLEST bottles Rosemary. I really love the technique you used.

very merry vintage style said...

Great look! Thanks for sharing the instructions
Mary

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Rosemary, Thank you for sharing this at the OHP! The bottles are fabulous and now I need to find liquid silver leaf.

Terry said...

I can't wait to hear this exciting news. Awesome silver bottles. I can't believe how you just make up this stuff and it turns out so gorgeous.

allisamazing said...

Your bottles look amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

So cool!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

You are sooo creative, Rosemary! The bottles look fabulous, and I'm sure EVERY version is spectacular. Can't wait to see what your exciting news is. ;)

Thanks for being a part of Time Travel Thursday. Your creativity is always a joy to witness.

Blessings,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Curtains in My Tree said...

I would much rather you just do it for me LOL

I always think I can copy a project and it just doesn't work for me , I do have some wonderful silver paint, maybe I will try it add a little dirt don't know if I have any rust or not

oh well your the best

Kristin said...

These are so pretty! Love the vintage look =)

Visiting from The Shabby Chic Cottage

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Those look just great Rosemary and you are so nice to share all your secrets with people!
Blessings, Lorraine

Kate said...

Dear Rosemary
What a giver you are! The silver bottles are quite amazing and thats the true joy no one else has your touch. Have a great day!

xo
Kate

Wild Oak Designs said...

thank you for sharing!! I have been looking for a good "recipe" to get this look....
Nancy

Kris said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe for your silver bottles. Now all I have to do is find some interesting bottles!

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

Thank you for your tips. It can be hard, sometimes, sharing our 'secrets', but i believe God is the ultimate 'giver' and i want to be just like Him. Doesn't mean my selfishness doesn't kick in every now and again ;-) I see you as a very generous person, you are and will continue to be blessed. That's my prayer for you!

Michelle
www.reimaginedjustforyou.wordpress.com

Decor & Harmony said...

What's the news :) okay I'll wait...love the bottles! Move over Pottery Barn make room for Rosemary.

Gail said...

Your bottles are beautiful Rosemary and how sweet of you to share. Can't wait to hear your exciting news! Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, Gail

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

love the vases they look beautiful!

Jody and Stan said...

You're so creative Rosemary. I love how the vases look, so stunning! Have a fun Memorial Day weekend.

Jody

Kelly said...

That's really a great tutorial. I love the look of those bottles like that. I'm sure the color variations you could come up with are endless!

pink*cherub*moon said...

These are so pretty Rosemary! You're like a creative mad scientist LOL! Cant' wait to hear what you have coming up! Hugs, Leena

lynn said...

such a clever process, rosemary:) love the rust and dirt--my kind of fun! happy weekend and tfs!

Linda said...

I have said it before and I will say it again. You are truly talented. Lots of inspiration here. beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Marsha said...

Wow, your bottles are truly beautiful. I'm your newest follower.

Barbara said...

These are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your technique with us. I envision these on my mantle with candles and greens at Christmastime. Gorgeous!

Donna Wilkes said...

Rosemary, thank you for generously sharing tips and ideas. You are the silver queen! Came over from Funky Junk.

Distressed Donna Down Home

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This looks so lovely! I would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas. Take care Anu

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Miss Kitty said...

Hi Rosemary! Thank you so much for sharing how you made these fabulous bottles with us! You are the best! I saw your post over at "No Minimalist Here" blog party.

Sherry said...

This turned out fantastic! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

The Feathered Nest said...

Just GORGEOUS Rosemary!!! You are such a sweetheart to share your techniques...the goodness will come back to you!! hugs and love, Dawn

KShonk Designs said...

Thank you for sharing. I found this on Pinterest and am now going to follow your blog!

Daena from Bad Rabbit Vintage said...

Hey Rosemary,
I referenced this tutorial and put in a link back to you in my new post today. Maybe you'll get some new visitors!

Susie B said...

Again thank you Rosemary for sharing. You are an awesome creative individual. Always looking to see what you have to share next.

kathy@blueantlerstudio said...

Love your blog Rosemary, so glad I found it