Hi friends! Happy Monday!
I’m still winding down from my busy weekend, but I wanted to share with you my progress on making fairy garden necklaces, little real flower terrariums in tiny bottles you can wear around your neck! I was having trouble with the dried flowers closing up after I placed them in the bottles, and I couldn’t figure out how to keep them open.
So then I thought I had to do something to the flowers to solidify them, and stop them from closing. So I tried resin, but didn’t like the magnifying glass look it gave the bottles.
So then I tried spraying the flowers with fixative before putting them in. It worked somewhat, but they still weren’t fully bloomed.
So then I just went back and did what I originally did for the first one, but I didn’t seal the bottle. I let them sit for over a week with no corks. After I put the corks on, I saw that they stayed open!
So I’ve decided it must have been a moisture issue. I must have not let them sit long enough and let the E6000 fully cure and finish releasing it’s fumes before sealing them shut. So these babies are a full success! Then something weird happened. I went to grab my original bottle to take a comparison picture, and it looked like this:
I know it’s the same bottle because I didn’t take the chain off it, and it’s also the only one that I experimented with incorporating dandelion seeds in with the moss and flowers. So what happened? It must have just needed time to open up again? Maybe the fumes from the glue leaked out very slowly through the cork, so it took it a long time to be rid of it?
So anyways, all three now are looking great! I’m going to keep my original one for myself because I’m just so excited it opened back up! lol! Look for the other two in my shop soon, as well as other ones I will be making. These will all be 100% individual, and no two will look the same.
I’ve also taken note of the effect the resin has in the bottle, and am going to play around with the idea of an underwater-looking garden, maybe with some lilly pads and lotus flowers sitting on the surface (and maybe a koi fish swimming underneath!)
I am also planning on making desert terrarium necklaces with real sand and little cacti and succulents (made out of clay of course, but I’ll make them look real!). I’m just waiting on a few supplies to come to my door, including nice long stainless steel ball chain necklaces to hang them from, and wider bottles for the desert and water terrariums, as they lend themselves to be wider and more shallow, while I like the tall thin look for the fairy gardens.
So I hope you’re looking forward to these new botanical-inspired pendants! I think they will really be something unique and eye-catching. I will keep you guys updated on their progress!
So thanks so much for stopping by, and I will talk with you again real soon!