Friday, July 4, 2014

You know those little bottles that some medications come in?
Well, I have thrown away a lot of these because I thought they are too big for 12th scale. They are a little shy of 1 1/2 inches tall. Even so, I have decided to do a little experimenting with a few of them and this is what I came up with.
I have seen 12th scale blown glass ribbed style jars/bottles and cannot afford to purchase them.
I used my pliers to carefully remove the metal rim and then trimmed the rubber stopper on the bottom to make it more lid like.
I then removed the labels and used alcohol swabs to clean the adhesive and any remaining label that wouldn't come off.
I ran lots and lots of lines of Gallery Glass clear onto some smooth plastic lids and let dry well. It does take a steady hand but if you squeeze and draw it across fairly quickly from left to right (if you are right handed) then you can get thin lines about 1/16th of an inch or so in width.
LET DRY WELL............
The next day, I peeled up a line and placed it on the bottle starting where the neck and "shoulder" of the top and ran it down the side and ended just under the bottom. Run your finger over it to make sure it is stuck well. The gallery glass does stretch when you are laying it so if your lines are a little wider in spots you can adjust it a little as you place it.  

The last picture shows my first attempt. I placed my lines too far apart and it didn't look right to me. My second and third  attempts are more of what I am looking for. Like I said these are rather large to use in 12th scale but pasta, cracker and cookie storage in the mini pantry does come to mind.
In my previous experiments with gallery glass my projects hardened over time and were not sticky. I still don't like to store items with gallery glass touching each other as it probably would stick them together.
Hope you will experiment with this idea and come up with some of your own ideas....
Have a great week!
(It is much more difficult to get the lines straight and an even width if you make them directly onto the bottles)


  1. Me encanta como te han quedado!!!! Muchas gracias por la explicación!!

  2. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you for sharing! Nice concept!

  4. This is a really cleaver idea! Your jars look now so precious... I will try your technique. I have a question. Why haven't you run the lines directly on the glass?
    Thank you

    1. It is very difficult to get a straight line and a consistent width. The Gallery Glass usually comes out as a big drop at the beginning. Having enough space to run a longer line gives you the greatest possibility of having even and straight lines.

  5. Gracias por la idea, feliz domingo:-)

  6. They are great! Do not know where to buy the stuff you used for the stripes but would like to try it myself!

    1. If you can't find Gallery Glass you may try PVA glue or any other clear drying glue. I don't see why it wouldn't work as long as it doesn't stay sticky after drying.

  7. This is such a great way to use these little vials! I too have been scratching my head as to what to do with them and you have hit upon a Wonderful solution. The Gallery Glass makes perfect sense and your method is So Clever! Have you considered sealing the glass paint with a coat of clear nail enamel to keep the jars from sticking to each other?


    1. Hi, Elizabeth, Thank you for your kind comments!
      I have tried that before on something else that had Gallery Glass on it and it stayed a little sticky. I don't know if I just didn't let the Gallery Glass dry enough or if it was the type of clear nail enamel I used. That was a long time ago so I may try it again with some of the newer top coat quick dry kind. If it works I will definitely let everyone know.

  8. Hello, I was thinking about using PVA glue like you used the Gallery Glass. I'll try soon.
    thanks for the advise.