Saturday, May 8, 2010

Antler Bottle Stoppers




Here is a quick little project that I have been getting a lot of interest in. In fact so much interest that the first ones I did were actually stolen. Oh well.

I found these great old brown apothecary bottles at an outdoor flea market. I love the color on them. I wasn't sure what to do with them at the time.

Then I found some whitetail deer sheds. Sheds are the kinds of antlers that fall off a deer, to make room for new ones.

I cut through the antlers with a small hand saw, and then fashioned stoppers out of them with a Dremel tool.

Sometimes when working with horn, I like to apply a stain, and then maybe some amber shellac. This time I left them natural. I was going to sell this set, but for the moment they sit in my dining room. I kinda hate to part with them now.


Hope you enjoyed this quick project!



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21 comments:

Laura PARING DOWN said...

I love the color and texture - and what a unique project.

Thanks, Rory!

:) Laura

ClassyChassy said...

Nice! What's that frame behind them? Looks like some kind of bark stuff - very interesting photo.

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

=Hi There Chassy,

Glad to see you again. Thanks for stopping by. This picture was taken at an antique show in Charlotte, North Carolina. The lighting in there was terrible and the picture is less than good. The bark looking stuff in the backround is actually chicken wire that is a little out of focus. I use chicken wire panels as walls to hang frames and mirrors on. The frame you see is a Duncan Phyfe mirror that I did a seafoam green faux finish on. Restoring old frames has become a specialty area for me. I will be posting some of my picture frame techniques in the near future. Thanks for the great comment. Rory

Sandy said...

I almost fell off my chair when I read the name of your blog... too cute!
I have all the tools.. just don't have the Tool Belt!!
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MessyMissy said...

What a unique idea. I know lots of folks that would **love** something along those lines in their house. I'm have no doubt there is a market for it!! Good luck!!

Rebekah Greiman said...

Oh my! Where on earth did you come across the deer sheds? I am doing a little project with deer hooves. I am in love with anything deer related. Well, almost anything. I will keep you informed of the deer project!

Pat Harris said...

I just hit a bonanza of deer sheds at a yard sale and then was given bunches by a friend. I didn't know what to do with them but you've given me some ideas. Thank you!! I will let you know what and how they came out. lol.

Kaysi said...

Fun idea!

Stephanie Lynn said...

What fabulous bottles! I love the added antlers - super cool! Thanks for stopping by and joining the Sunday Showcase! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh these are gorgeous. I love the antlers. Beautiful bottles too. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Amy Bowman said...

super unique, the color of those bottles is to die for.
Thanks for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!"

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Truly a creative idea!

Creations By Cindy said...

Very creative. My hubby would love this! Be blessed. Cindy

Bonnie said...

How creative! These would look great in my family room makeover. My husband has plenty of antlers that I could do this with, too. Trying to decorate the family room as a place where we are both happy!

Lori said...

WOW! Another great project..

I'm hoping to have something this week to link to your party...

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori... Please join me next week for another great party!

L ~DIY Diva~ said...

very cool! Thanks for linking up. Hope to see your fabulous DIY again at Make My style Mondays.

~L~

Lanie Ree said...

Wow, I never would have thought of this. They look great.

Thanks for linking this up to A Little Creative Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

Tricia Rose said...

Great idea!

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

I had no idea what deer sheds were! Thanks for the little lesson!

What a creative idea!

Thanks so much for linking up!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Never would have thought of that! Looks so cool and rustic!! Thanks for linking up!!

Ginger said...

Very Rustic loved the look ,very amazing with the tag adds just the right touch!
Linking you up wed.