Friday, April 30, 2010

Wave Maker Tutorial


Today I am sharing one of my favorite "not a card" projects ever, and it is so easy to make with my new "Gifts from the Sea" set! Like sea in a bottle you can create a wave maker to go with the "If you want to know how much I love you, count the waves." Makes a beautiful piece of home decor or paperweight and looks beautiful on a windowsill...lovely beach substitute for a snow globe, too, kids love to shake anything up!

You will need: clear oil (like baby oil), blue food coloring and water, and a clear bottle or jar with a tight fitting stopper or lid. The pretty one below I am re-purposing, it used to contain bath salts. Never, ever throw away a pretty bottle!! Just soak off the label if it has any. Get creative with your containers, this could even be a mason jar or soda bottle...consider who you are making it for to decide what will look best. Optional items which I used in this project: Stazon to stamp on the glass and waterproof labels for adding images to outside (but you could also card stock and just add adhesive or Xyron the back. )
First, just add water! Fill the container about halfway.

Now add the food coloring, a few drops at a time, until you have your desired shade of sea blue.


Add the oil.



The layers will separate naturally, looking cloudy at first, by the time you finish the project the bubbles will be gone and the oil will be clear. Add your top. (Glue on if you worry about it coming open, but I didn't here, may add things inside later like a tiny plastic boat or dolphin)


Here I've tied on some raffia around the neck and added a stamped waterproof label I die cut with a Labels One Nestability, which was perfect for these square sides, and a little cut out shell (all images were stamped on the waterproof labels). If you have a tall bottle, an oval or rectangle would look nice, for a wider container, a Labels Four, etc.
The stamped sand dollar was perfect for the large stopper. I just love it!!


Then I adhered a few stamped and colored shells to the bottom on each side. I wondered before starting how the the shells on the other side would look from behind since they'd be white where the adhesive, but was thrilled with how they look through the blue water (there are some on the far right below), like coral further away on the ocean floor. :)


Another really cool illusion you can create that shows through all sides of the bottle, stamp some of the seagulls using Stazon directly to the glass.


I made this for my son Jonathan in mind, we are in the process of redecorating his room (he asked for sharks) but it turned out so sophisticated looking I think I'll be making one for my husband and for father's Day! I'm excited to see how different they'll turn out using containers of different shapes and sizes. more ideas to decoarate, glue on some real shells, or add a torn layer of sandpaper aroudnt eh bottom on the outside to make sand.


The video below shows shaking up the bottle and how the layers stay separated, I apologize for shooting it sideways, oops!!


video


Hope this post was worth waiting for LOL! My arm is burning and I am exhausted (although it wasn't a long project, photographing and typing took more than I had today!), so it might be the last project for a few more days, but I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out.

Thank you for visiting, hope you have a terrific weekend!

22 comments:

Carla (cmsuto) said...

What an awesome project, Melanie! Thanks for sharing the detailed tutorials! Yours turned out just gorgeous! Rest your hand now! Have a good weekend!

tlgirl353 said...

Absolutely fabulous!

Cheri said...

This is a fantastic idea, Melanie. I can think of several people to gift this to. I love how this turned out too. I'll be looking at glass bottles with a "new eye" now! (heeheehee)

Amy said...

That is so cool! I love anything to do with the ocean. I need to make one of these! But first I have to order your set and then find a bottle. Thanks for the cool idea!

lisa808 said...

Cool project.

Diana Q said...

Melanie...this is one of the most gorgeous stamping projects I've EVER seen!! So creative! ;D Diana Q

Tina Gilliland said...

How fabulous is that!! LOVE it!! Can't wait to make one. Will have to stamp the images and color then let my kids apply themselves I think. Thanks for a great "family fun" idea! *smile*

Theresa said...

Great project...this was a lot of work to photograph, type and video. Thanks for Sharing.

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

A clever and beautiful gift idea, Melanie! Thanks for sharing how you made this!

buggin2stamp said...

This is genius! I love it!! I know exactly who I am going to make one of these for. I have a friend who loves the beach and spends half the year in Key West. :o) I just need to go in search of a bottle.

Anita said...

Amazing project! TFS!

JaniceAileen said...

Beautiful project, Melanie! SO creative and it turned out great!

Lori said...

You rock Melanie! Another fabulous project, the tutorial is great, thanks.

Stampin' Pam said...

FANTASTIC idea Mel. LOVE it - I grew up at the beach so I might just make one of these for my desk at work! Now take a break and have a good weekend.

Patti P. said...

Melanie,
Love your project...I'm sorry you're still not feeling well. Take a break and take care of yourself if you can.
I would like to try one of these. Will let you know when I do.

Carolyn King said...

what a neat idea! Beautiful project!

Brenda said...

Oh this is awesome!!!! Very creative Melanie, thanks for sharing. I will have to make one of these soon. I hope you are resting your hand and that it is better very soon.

Stephanie Mosher said...

This is totally fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing this :)
Have a great night!

Anonymous said...

Whoa! Blessings abound! Count 'em!
What a Mother's Day gift from Junior Church participants! This is a go to repeat often visual decor item.
Thanks bunches.

Darla said...

That is FABULOUS!!! I am definately CASEing this for Father's day!!!! Great video too, thank you!!!

Continued prayers for your poor "arm"!!

Darla

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is just too cool!! I love it!!

Venus said...

When I saw this project I knew I had the perfect bottle. It rocks forward and back although the bottom appears flat. I used images of penguins in hula attire and tropical drinks to decorate it. Lots of stickles and fuzzy yarn as embellishments. I love it! Thank you for your excellent tutorial.