Good Morning my friends. Teresa here again with a thoughtful and heartfelt gift idea. I have friends getting married and I made a very similar one of these for them. We will be sending all of our posted samples with Stacey, so while I was making the real gift, I made two.
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- Mini Key Charms
- frame from the Flourishes that I made the earrings from.
- medium heart from the Key To My Heart set
- Mermaid Tears Enamel
- Ruby Red Slippers Enamel
- Victorian Bronze Enamel
- Vintage Black Enamel
- Enamel Adhesive
- Matte Glastique
- frame - no glass - and I used the cardboard spacer as my backer.
- a neutral solid matte board - mine is covered in muslin.
- vintage buttons
- assorted pearls
- a heavy duty glue (I used max tack by Aleene)
- vintage paper for backing
- old bottle
My cardboard backing was going to show and I was using a silver toned frame. So I need to fill that space. I marked the area that was going to show and embossed it with the Mermaid Tears Powder.
Look at that colored area in the picture below --- I am so in love with the Mermaid Tears colors - such a versatile coloration.
I wanted a vintage look to the entire piece - so I used the Victorian Bronze on the frame piece and the heat flash technique .
I love the way the frame turned out ----
I then found traditional Christian marriage vows in a vintage worship book and cut then to reflect some of the words and to fit the frame.
I glued this in place with Glastique. (The glastique does NOT wrinkle the paper at all and I do a LOT of paper craft so I use it often as a glue.)
Then I glued it off set to the top and center of my mat board using the Max Tack glue.
Now for the little bottle -
I embossed the tiny key charm with the vintage black enamel on both sides. (I tried several until I found one that slipped inside the bottle)
Using a vintage Mother of Pearl shank button - I hung the key with a pearl (symbolizing God in the marriage). I adjusted the spacing on the key until it was suspended like I wanted in the bottle.
I also embossed the heart lock with the Ruby Red Slippers enamel - I glued it centered to the bottom of the mat board with two mother of pearl buttons as well. (my friends will be using theirs as a ring "pillow" and these buttons stick out far enough to hold the rings.)
Now to assemble the bottle -
I added more pearls to the bottle - two large ones for the couple and five smaller ones for their combined children.
Drop the hanging key in the bottle and glue the button to the top securely.
I attached the bottle by tying it off to the mat board at the top and resting it on the frame and gluing it at the bottom with the Max Tack.
I am thrilled with how this finished.
This would also be a great way to display a lock of a baby's hair.
Or sand from a breach vacation.
How about a fluffy white feather?
My sister has a bottle with her shell casing from her law enforcement post certification.
Lots of things you could use this for.
Have a wonderful Thursday.
What a wonderful gift. Love the suspended key and the Family Pearls in the bottle
Wow. This is a very unique idea. I like your ideas for other things to use it for too. Just beautiful
Love this! Great project!
I love upcycled bottles with dangling bits. The pearls & their meaning are so sweet! What a wonderful gift!
Beautiful my crafty friend!
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