Pat Ruge
Pat Ruge
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  • Murrieta, CA

Altered Bottle Art Using Twine and Clothes Pins

9 Materials
$7
2 Hours
Medium

I started this project with a bottle filled with cheap wine. Once emptied, it left a terrible black residue (sludge). Yuk!
altered bottle art using twine and clothes pins
Of course, my first attempt was to simply fill it with warm soapy water and shake. The gunk really didn't budge until I added a handful of glass beads from my bead collection. Viola!
altered bottle art using twine and clothes pins
When you see the final art piece, you will probably ask "Why did she bother?" It's just one of those things - you know it's there! Also, because I wanted a solution for future work and to share that solution with you all.
altered bottle art using twine and clothes pins
After removing the metal springs, lay out the two sides and mark with a marker pen at the top. This will indicate where to stop the twine. Notice the layout of the pin with the two narrow end touching.
altered bottle art using twine and clothes pins
Starting at the neck, make a loop and hot glue down the short tail to the bottle. It is important to secure the twine but only at the very beginning and at the very end.
altered bottle art using twine and clothes pins
Continue twisting the twine round and round the bottle until you reach the red mark. Hot glue in place, leaving a small (2-3") tail. This tail will allow you pull the twine tight and/or to make adjustments if necessary when it all comes together. Now is the time to dye the twine.
altered bottle art using twine and clothes pins
To insure full color, I added an entire package of Rit dark brown to about 2 quarts of hot water. Pour the dark brown dye over the twine until completely saturated (about three times over).
altered bottle art using twine and clothes pins
Drop the clothes pins into the dye and allow to sit about 2-3 minutes.
altered bottle art using twine and clothes pins
Set pins on a paper towel and allow to dry overnight.
altered bottle art using twine and clothes pins
Even though the dye is still wet, it is OK to generously apply "MomPodge" over the entire twine area. Let it dry overnight. This will insure the twine will not slip. Check out my "MomPodge" project here on Hometalk. It also includes gesso and modeling paste.
https://www.hometalk.com/34374501/mom-podge-the-mother-of-gesso-and-modeling-paste?r=2
altered bottle art using twine and clothes pins
With the elastic band in place, arrange the clothes pins until the circle is completely filled.
altered bottle art using twine and clothes pins
Wrap each of the indentations with twine, hot gluing the ends in place.
altered bottle art using twine and clothes pins
This part was a little tricky, as the time it took me to apply a layer of hot glue around the circumference of the bottle, take the picture and attempt to slide in place, the hot glue was already solidified. To make it work, first I removed the first attempt of glue, then using a hot gun, I heated the bottle area, applied the glue, flipped the bottle and slide the pins in place QUICKLY.
altered bottle art using twine and clothes pins
With the top half of the pin in place, repeat the process for the bottom half. Be sure to invert the pins and add the twine to the very middle.
altered bottle art using twine and clothes pins
Once everything is in place, dye the twine around the pins (again, I just poured the dye over the dye bath until saturated and evenly colored. Allow the entire project to dry overnight and then spray with crystal clear enamel to protect it.
altered bottle art using twine and clothes pins
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2 questions
  • Nadine Hartman Bourne
    on Jun 27, 2018

    I love this. I wonder if that pink dye I got from Hometalk would work to dye it.

    • Ann Whitfield
      on Jul 3, 2018

      Decorated wine bottles are usually not my "thing". I'm a product of the 60's and guess I saw too many bottles. LOL. I love what you did! The clothespins blew me away. I'm going to have to try this for Christmas Gift's.

      I'm thinking of filling it with good wine, bath salts, fresh herbs or a candle. You have my mind going. Thank you.


  • Mar6536839
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Just curios but why didn’t you just lightly hot glue each clothes pin in place instead of the whole row of them?

    what did you do to heat the bottle?

    • Dee
      on Sep 11, 2018

      Great job!! Keep it up, and keep sharing with us.


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  • Patty Sue Hulsey
    on Jul 18, 2018

    SO clever! I love repurposing!


  • May32246477
    on Aug 23, 2018

    I tried something similar but made grapes out of paper mache and leaves then glued all

    but I love what you did and I will also try it and put in bath salts

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