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i have decided to go back through some of my early made potion bottles and make them look better as they were just bits in bottles with bits in and a label - very basic and i was happy with them a few yrs ago as basic bottles. HOWEVER, i made many more and they look a lot better.

Has anyone got a bottle of fingers of theives? I am after ideas as to how how to make it look better. the bottle is sealed so it is just adding to the outside of it.
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Frankly I'd use a different container altogether. Either a wine/liquor bottle or go to a craft store and get a glass jar with a matching cork lid. Dirty up everything - the fingers, the cork, the bottle - make everything look really old and grungy. Put some paint or food coloring in the water.

Now - I realize that wasn't what you were asking for. I like the exterior label just fine. The graphics, the lettering, I like everything about it. Maybe add some dirt or moss or blood dripping down the side, whatever, but it looks fine to me as is.
 

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Maybe burlap on top tied with twine? I agree with JCO, dirty it up a bit. Maybe singe the edges of the paper if you can. Just do something to make the edges less even.
 

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thanks for replies, i am happy for ideas and suggestions of how to make this better than it is.

as i put in orginal post this was one of the first i ever did (about 8-9years ago) but as ive made more this (And few other early ones) look bad against the newer ones that i've made from research and extra bits like charms, coloured bottles etc.
 

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Yea, paint that top black or brown then wrap it it twine around the sides. I like to glue things to the stoppers or caps of my potion bottles that might be related to whats in them. (A fang for Dragon venom, a frog for frog hearts.)
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yea ive done this with alot of the newer ones ive made - bought loads of charms and cheap pendants etc
 

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I’ve had luck taking some acrylic paint and just painting the whole bottle and scrubbing bits of the paint off to age the bottle. A little burlap square over the tops with twine helps. Also charms, spiders, and stuff like that helps a lot too. I did a bottle of pond scum that was just dollar tree kiwi shampoo and glued a snake to it and it turned out pretty good.
 

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I agree with everyone else. The most important thing you can do is get rid of the white plastic top. Covering it up using any of the suggestions will give you a 100% improvement over what you currently have. It's the nature of crafting and art in general that as we make more of anything, we get better at doing it. We're all going to look back on what we started with and think one day, "I could do that so much better now." The fun really comes in deciding if we're going to spruce up what we have or remake the entire thing. All in all, I think the bottle is really too much fun to not give it a new top and leave it in the mix of potions.
 

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I agree with everyone else. The most important thing you can do is get rid of the white plastic top. Covering it up using any of the suggestions will give you a 100% improvement over what you currently have. It's the nature of crafting and art in general that as we make more of anything, we get better at doing it. We're all going to look back on what we started with and think one day, "I could do that so much better now." The fun really comes in deciding if we're going to spruce up what we have or remake the entire thing. All in all, I think the bottle is really too much fun to not give it a new top and leave it in the mix of potions.
That’s exactly right. The bottles I made last year I tore apart and started over. They were much better the second time around. Nice part about bottles and things is you can quickly and cheaply improve them.
 
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