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:

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

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

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  3. 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. ;-)

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  4. Well thanks for sharing because those bottles are awesome.

    ~Bliss~

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

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  6. 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!

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

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  8. Hi Rosemary,

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

    Your news sound very exciting!!!

    Dee :)

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

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  10. 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

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  11. The bottles are lovely, thanks for sharing your method.

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  12. very cool! we feel a project coming on :)

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

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

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  15. Great look! Thanks for sharing the instructions
    Mary

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

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  17. 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.

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

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  19. 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

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  20. 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

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  21. These are so pretty! Love the vintage look =)

    Visiting from The Shabby Chic Cottage

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

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  23. 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

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

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

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  26. 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

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

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  28. 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

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

    Jody

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  30. 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!

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

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

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

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

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  35. 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!

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

    Distressed Donna Down Home

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

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  39. 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.

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

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

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

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  43. 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!

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

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  45. Love your blog Rosemary, so glad I found it

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