How To Make Miniature Bottles For Your Dollhouse
This tutorial will show you how to make miniature bottles using "push pins" and polymer clay.
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Clear push pins
Clear nail polish
Microwave and microwave safe dish
Use wire cutters to remove the pin.
Tip; Use a lighter to carefully heat the metal pin and it will come out easily.
Use the wire cutters to cut off the smaller end of the
pushpin. The larger end will become the "bottle neck".
Discard the small piece and sand the top of the "bottle neck" if needed.
Step One Continued....
Your push pin should look like this with pin removed.
Step Two Continued....
Your push pin should look something like this one.
Mix your clay and roll out a thick snake about the size you want your bottle. I used red and translucent clay for my bottle. Use any color use choose, your "bottle neck" will reflect the color if using clear push pins.
Place the "bottle neck" on the clay and press down a little. Roll the clay some more with the "bottle neck" on, to achieve the look you want.
Step Four Continued....
For a wine bottle, taper the bottom of the bottle. Continue this step to achieve your bottle's shape.
Make a small cap from clay and place on top pressing gently. You can use a bead for the cap instead of clay; skip this step if using anything other than clay.
Place your bottle in a microwave safe bowl filled with very hot water.
Place bowl in microwave for about 30 seconds and then carefully check your bottle. It takes about a minute and a half in my microwave; the time will vary depending on how hot your water is to begin with and your microwave.
Bring the water to a boil, don't overcook and do not put bottle in the microwave without water, it will scorch.
Carefully remove from water and let cool. Don't worry if your bottle comes apart during cooking. Use a little tacky glue to hold pieces together. Add label and coat with clear nail polish.
Add label and coat with clear nail polish.
Find labels to print at the address below.
Use your imagination to create many different kinds of bottles. - Experiment with different sizes, shapes and colors.
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dothage1234 on May 10, 2014:
A very creative approach to making bottles! I just bought a big pack of clear pushpins to create lots of bottles. I have one small suggestion: I've found that clear nail polish yellows after a year or so. Maybe ModPodge (TM) or clear acrylic medium would be a better suggestion? Thanks for this wonderfully original idea for making bottles!
CHFF2K13 on October 27, 2013:
Thanks a lot.
MiniMaker (author) on December 30, 2012:
@anonymous: Thank you and thanks for letting me know about the broken link! I have added a new link to some printable wine and liquor labels.
anonymous on December 22, 2012:
Thanks for the great tutorial! Just wanted to let you know the link to the site providing wine labels is broken
Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on January 18, 2012:
Great stuff. Little things can really make BIG difference!
anonymous on January 01, 2012:
These are fantastic! Here's something I discovered (the hard way!) Push the pin down thru what ends up as the bolltle neck, then pull it out. Looks even more real!
MiniMaker (author) on October 31, 2011:
@anonymous: Thank you! I checked out the Sugru, pretty interesting stuff and I can see it being useful in miniature but it is pretty expensive compared to polymer clay. Thanks for the link!
anonymous on October 29, 2011:
Great tutorial! If you use air drying sugru instead of polymer clay you won't have to bake it. Here's a link to their site, cool stuff!
anonymous on July 28, 2011:
@Gamganny: What a wonderful idea.......sure will make one or 2 or moreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ^_^
lemonsqueezy lm on April 01, 2011:
Unbelievable. Girl Scouts make small things called "SWAPS" for trading. We could make a soda bottle perhaps. Great tutorial!
anonymous on March 09, 2011:
Wow Deana...that's a VERY clever way to make a bottle! I'm going to try making one, tonite!
resabi on February 21, 2011:
So smart! Excellent and creative tutorial. The pictures add a lot. Blessed
Kathy McGraw from California on February 14, 2011:
What a fun and clever idea....making wine bottles out of pushpins is completely new to me, thanks for the tutorial.
MiniMaker (author) on September 08, 2010:
@Gamganny: Thank you! =)
Gamganny on September 08, 2010:
Thanks for the directions. Very helpful and unique lens for mini's....Blessed by an Angel