Frankenstein Monster Luminary
- Clear glass wine bottle and cork
- Metal findings: washers, nine; nuts, six; jump rings, 5mm, 30
- Burlap, scrap
- Twine, 12” length
- Silver wire
- Tea light or votive candle
black marker, tweezers, craft knife, scissors, bowl of water, sandpaper
- Diamond Tech: Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter; Bottle Art Luminary Kit
- Image Art Transfer Paper
- Wire snips
- Computer and laser color printer
- Silver spray paint
- Eclectic Products E6000 Adhesive
- 1. Before beginning, read instructions included in the Generation Green (g2) bottle cutter manual and the Bottle Art Kit.
- 1. On covered work surface, measure and mark bottle with black marker about 1” above base. Using bottle cutter, score and separate bottle where indicated. Smooth rough edges as instructed in bottle cutter manual. Clean and dry bottle thoroughly; set aside.
- 2. Print out patterns. Use computer software to save image of monster. Set document dimensions to 8-1/2”x5-1/2” (landscape orientation); insert image of face into document. Adjust size if necessary.
- 3. Remove protective tissue from Image Art transfer paper. Insert 8-1/2”x5-1/2” paper into printer tray. Select plain paper type. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to print monster on transfer paper. Let image set for 10 minutes. Use scissors to cut image from paper.
- 4. Lightly moisten front of bottle with water. Position image transfer into bowl of water for approximately 1 minute. (Note: Transfer will loosen from the backing paper and become easy to slide. This will indicate it is ready to transfer to bottle surface.) Position image transfer above surface. Starting on bottom of bottle, slide 1/2” of backing paper away from top layer of image transfer, easing transfer onto bottle’s surface. Gently slide image transfer from backing paper onto surface using fingers to smooth transfer as you peel away backing. Smooth out image transfer using wet paper towel. Apply monster’s face and back of head to bottle; let dry one hour.
- 5. To make transfer permanent, preheat oven to 345°F. Position bottle on its side so both decals are facing out towards sides of oven. (Note: Do not place decal facing down directly on the oven safe rack or baking sheet surface.) Bake for 15 minutes. Turn off oven, prop open oven door, and let cool for 20 minutes. Remove from oven.
- 6. Cut cork in half lengthwise and again widthwise to create two 1/2”x3/8” pieces. Position cork on work surface so flat side faces you; slice off corner of cork at 45º angle to fit curve of bottle. Repeat with other piece.
- 7. Spray paint corks (neck bolts) silver. Let dry. Glue corks on sides of bottle.
- 8. Cut 10”x3” burlap rectangle. Use brown permanent marker to color along edges of rectangle, creating distressed look. Cut 12” twine length; wrap burlap around base of bottle and tie twine around burlap.
- 9. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to prepare luminary as instructed in Bottle Art Kit. Coil bottom as desired.
- 10. Using jump rings, connect assorted-size washers and nuts together in strand. Make three strands, connecting three washers and two nuts together. Attach strands with jump rings to bottom of luminary.
- 11. Use wire snips to cut eight 3/4” silver wire lengths. Coil each length; insert ends into corks.
- 12. Insert candle in luminary. Hang luminary following instructions on Bottle Art Luminary Kit.
- 1. Instead of using transfer paper, découpage monster’s head to bottle.
by Lauren DiSanza for Diamond Tech