Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Love Potion Number 9

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So I bought all the stuff to make the Pretty Potions and Apothecary bottles by Laura Carsen from Alpha Stamps, but by the time I received all the supplies and made them it was Nov. 1st. (So much for Halloween!) So I made some Christmas ones that I was going to teach at the Stampeddler and by the time I had them ready and had all the supplies for the class I was too late once again. So the store owner (Margene) had the idea to do Love Potions for Valentines day and believe it or not I got them done in time. (Shew!) So here they are in all their glory as inspiration for everyone to create a bunch. 

In case you are looking for the supplies I got most of my bottles from America Science and Surplus. It's a real quirky little on-line store that has all kinds of weird and wonderful stuff that they get really cheap from other places that have overstock.  (Just type in glass bottles in the search box to get all they have available including the corks.) You can also get bottles from Save On Crafts but most of the bottles have to be bought in bulk. 

The stickers are the kind that card makers love and they are normally called "outline stickers" or "thin line stickers" and come in silver or gold. I got a whole mess of different designs from Frantic Stamper

I got most of the beads from Michael's. The bead caps which are the metal pieces you see surrounding the glass beads on the bottle top are from Vintage Jewelry Supplies.

I painted the corks with either a plain old metallic acrylic paint, Lumiere metallic paint or Inka Gold paste. You could also use any kind of metallic wax paste like Rub-N-Buff or Baroque Art Gilders Paste.

The labels I designed myself on my computer by using a bunch of Dover perfume label images that I then Photoshopped over certain parts to leave blank areas for the writing. (See below to download them.) You can also go to the left hand column of my blog here and scroll down to the labels and click on the ones that say "image collection- frames" and "image collection-labels". 

The contents of the bottles are simply shower soap, body splashes or glass glitter colored with alcohol ink. (You can get all kinds of different colors of glass glitter from Meyer Imports.) I personally think the shower soaps are the most fun ones to use. Next time you are in the soap aisle at the grocery store look at all the glittery and shimmering shower soaps that are available.

I forgot to add yesterday how I adhered the labels to the bottles. I simply took a sheet of the "red-liner" tape and put it over the back of the label before I cut it out. (You can also just lay a bunch of tape strips next to each other until the back is covered.) Normally I would put it through my Xyron machine but I wasn't sure the adhesive would be strong enough to make the labels stay put.

The tops are made by "stringing" the bead and bead cap on a headpin and inserting it through the cork. (I push a hole through the cork using a heavy needle.) I then take a pair of round nose pliers and curl the end up tight to the underside of the cork. After the bottle is filled I glue the cork on with a 2 part epoxy that dries in about 5 minutes. 

To download click on the picture to get a full size image. Right click and "save to" your computer desktop or a folder of your choice. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Once Beautiful Theatre

Since the year 2000 my husband has had season tickets to the Tigers baseball games. I tell you this because of the photos I am sharing with you below. The pictures are of the Michigan Theatre which was built in 1929 and was one of the premier movie houses of it's time. The first photo is a rare color one showing the entrance or main lobby from the 1970's and was taken a few years before it closed it doors as a movie theatre. Sadly this building is now a parking garage and it is where my husband and I park whenever we attend a Tigers game. I would love to wander around the building as it is only partially demolished. Some of the stairs and balconies are still intact but I never get enough courage to disappear and snap some cool photos. These photos were taken on a trip downtown with a friend of mine to abandon some art for the DIA. We got permission from the guard to sneak in via the lobby in the next building for 5 minutes to take pictures. 

Lobby ceiling and balcony which has stairs leading to the mezzanine. The colors are now faded from a bold red to a somber pink but you can still recognize the details of the plasterwork. The columns are still the same color so I believe that they are some sort of real stone. (Marble maybe?)

Lobby ceiling and balcony on the opposite end. 

A shot of the lobby ceiling as seen from the stage in the main parking lot. For those of you that may have watched the short lived series Detroit 187 this building was used in a drug bust in one of the early episodes. 

This is a close-up of the stage area and the beautiful plaster work that still exists in the building. If you look closely at the bottom left hand corner of the photo you can still see some of the red velvet curtains which hang in tatters around the stage opening. 

As you can see from this period photo taken sometime in the 30's the actual stage was breathtaking. It's no wonder they used to call them "movie palaces" and a crying shame that this one was partly demolished to be made into a parking garage. Maybe some day it will be restored or made better use of.