At 4" tall, the bottles I am using are a little larger than the normal BOH (2"-3" medicine bottles). The extra area should allow me to create some interesting pieces to donate.
Now back to the bottle. Polymer clay needs to be baked (275 degrees in your home oven) to harden/cure the clay. It can be baked multiple times during a project with no ill effects. With that in mind, I baked the bottle (as shown above) before applying the top layer of clay. This will allow me to handle the bottle without distorting any of the clay design.
"Love can hope where reason would despair", a rubber stamp from Sin City Stamps (www.sincitystamps.com) fit the bottle perfectly! I tamped the rubber stamp with a Faber Castell black Gelatos (www.frogdogstudio.com) and stamped it on a strip of pearl Premo!Sculpey polymer clay.
Now time for the topper. I received 2 fabulous scroll pieces in the "New Year's Chipboard Book" (Sin City Stamps). I tested them in the bottle and immediately thought of a Lalique Art Glass piece I saw on the Antiques Roadshow. I used the Pan Pastel Artist Pastels (thanks again to Frog Dog studio) to color both sides of the chipboard...perfect!!
If you wish to participate in the Bottles of hope project follow this link for details http://bottlesofhope.org/ I recycle many small bottles for this project. I have also found small bottles in bulk at http://www.sciplus.com/ (search small bottles or medicine bottle or nail polish bottles :-)