Monday, 11 November 2013

Fire and Ice

Oh my. Is it really a week since I last blogged anything. I haven't been idle..... honest. It's because I'm working on a project that is taking some time to complete. As well as this -- my project for week two of the Fire and Ice challenge over at Smudgy Antics. The competition is wide open still for the next 6 days.
I altered a bottle for this project. Made it into a candle holder. Well there's fire for you. Wait, there's more....

 The bottle was coated in gesso before wrapping with hessian (burlap) strips. Some copper wire threaded with red bicone beads and steel wire with blue and clear beads was wrapped around. Then left to dry off a bit before adding the next bits.

 This is the fire goddess from the Smeared Ink rubber Elementals set
and this is the water goddess from the same set.
My stamping medium - well that's hot glue. I made a large puddle, using yellow and red for fire and blue and clear for the ice, onto a piece of baking paper on my heat resistant mat.then pressed my stamp into the hot glue and let it all cool down. No, the stamp is not damaged. I've seen this done with clear stamps and they weren't harmed either. The advantage here is that the glue panel is flexible unlike UTEE. The fire goddess was give a wipe over with copper pan pastel and the ice panel with silver perfect pearls. Then sprayed with hairspray to set.
Some holes made in the panels and joined with more copper wire. More pan pastels in copper and blue sponged onto the hessian. Some firey red and icy blue and white flowers added for more interest before adding the candle.
Simple but very messy. I had a ball!!

I'd like to enter my candle holder into the challenge at
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Premium Craft Brands - Anything Goes/Something Altered
Craft My Life All Crafts Challenge - ABAC


  1. Wow gorgeous artwork! Love all the texture and great idea to stamp into the glue, I'll have to try that one
    Claire xx

  2. This is awesome! Thanks for playing along with us at Crafting By Designs!

  3. Stunning Helen! Thanks for sharing at Crafting By Designs this week - love it! mo x

  4. Very clever, looks great xx

  5. Thats awesome, thanks for sharing! Karina

  6. Wow...stunning work...would never have thought to use hot glue in this way..looove it!!
    Thank you so much for linking up at premium craft brand and good luck.

  7. I'm sure I commented on this somewhere! the social media is getting to me, LOL. Had to say again how amazing I think this is. So fabulously creative! xxD

  8. I have not seen an altered Bootle with so much texture on it before. this is stunning along with the colour choice. Thank you for joining in at Craft My Life. Hugs Mrs A. (Dt.)

  9. Ohhh and ahhhhh!! Not only is the bottle as a whole wonderful but each element you added is fabulous. Those colors came out beautiful on the images. Love!