Try This: Marble-Topped Spirit Bottles
I love a beautiful set of spirit bottles. It's sort of like the equivalent of putting your pantry goods in beautifully simplistic Weck jars, no? So, yeah, this is one of those projects that's been rolling around in my head for a while, but I couldn't land on just the right approach until I was looking around an online mineral shop (see Tuesday's post) and found a beautiful set of jasper marbles. That was my ah-ha moment.
Read on for the full tutorial.
MATERIALS: Cork-Topped Glass Bottles, Marbles, Gold Jewelry Wire, Straight Pin, Glue
ONE: For each bottle, begin by coiling a piece of jewelry wire about 10 times in a circle just about the same size as your marbles. Leave one end longer than the other.
TWO: Wrap one end of the wire around the coil a couple of times, and trim the ends down to about 1/2" each.
THREE: In the center of the cork tops, make a couple of pilot holes for your wire about 1/4" apart and 3/4" deep using a straight pin.
FOUR: Affix your wire coil to the cork top by inserting the wire ends into the pilot holes.
FIVE: Finish it up by adding a dab of glue to the bottom of the coil, inserting the marble into the center, and spreading the wires of the coil just a bit to sort of nestle the marble. Fill the bottles with your favorite spirits (for me that included a little vanilla-infused bourbon, some spiced rum, and my favorite gin) and display them on your home bar.