Monday 20 January 2014

Vintage milk bottle caps

Good morning fellow bloggers, thank you so much for all the lovely comments you are leaving on my posts, it is such a pleasure to sit and read them and to visit you as well and see such amazing inspirational projects from around the globe.  
One of the things I love doing is going and mooching round antique markets now and again and we have a good monthly market near us in Farnham, Surrey (UK). Last year I was intrigued by some old milk bottle caps I saw on a stall and was told they would have been used by the dairy to seal old wide neck milk bottles in the 1940’s. You can just make out a circle indentation that could be pushed through which would be used to insert a straw, apparently children wouldn't just drink the milk they would use these caps to make those woolly fluffy balls, so they were a toy too.

The ones I bought are all the same and are in mint condition and at last I have had an idea for a tag using one.
I had a corrugated tag part finished so I started with that …….
……. adding some stamping and I gathered various elements that I thought would go together to create a design. The 17 plaquette reminded me of a bottle chain, the mini number made me think of milk deliveries and house numbers, hessian for texture, a small shrink plastic bird in my box of bits reminded me of when I was milk monitor at school, we had foil tops then and the birds would peck through them to get at the milk. Some of Tim’s words stamped from the Little Labels set seemed appropriate and I needed a bottle.
Die-cut from the Apothecary set in white card, I dipped the bottle in a little watered walnut stain DI, dried it and then covered it in clear embossing powder.
Here you can see the shine and texture it created. In hindsight perhaps I should have added more layers of EP to make it smoother, but I quite like the way it ended up.
I really like the collage design too, I always look to create a balance between my elements and to 'bridge' some of them to create a flow that allows the eye to move easily around the design.

I hope your week goes well and that you have time to find some creative time.

hugs {brenda} x0x