Thursday, April 16, 2009

Candle holder or vase for the wine lover

I'm excited to announce that I have been featured on another artist's blog. David Burns Smith does some amazing textured paintings. I am very humbled to have been chosen as one of his "Dozen Artists of Intrigue". He is also a great writer, so be sure to check out the feature, and leave a comment.

Tonight, I figured I would pick an item and go a little more in depth with the inspiration and story behind the piece, which is hard to do in an online shop listing. I chose my Limestone Stand With Wine Bottle Vase/Candleholder as it has a story behind it.

This unique limestone stand holds a wine bottle top that has many possible uses. It would make a great vase for dried or silk flowers, and most candlesticks will fit perfectly in the neck of the bottle for a one of a kind candle holder. Put the included cork in it, and now it can be filled with water and used as a vase for fresh flowers, or even to put a floating candle in it. It can even be used to display things; fill it with corks from your favorite bottles of wine, maybe you have some nice matchbooks to display, or even those shells that you have been collecting. The possibilities are endless.

When I first started my shop at Etsy, one of the members who was nice enough to critique my shop and give me some tips and tricks, was Zeke from the shop, bodhicitta. He makes wine glasses, juice cups, tumblers, etc... out of used wine, beer, and soda bottles. One evening while perusing his shop, I thought to myself, "I wonder what he does with the tops of the bottles that get cut off?" I then grabbed one of my wine bottles and looked at it upside down. I immediately thought of a vase as I looked at it. I had one of my granite stands sitting next to me, so I put the upside down bottle on it, next to it, behind it, and an idea was born.

I started a conversation with Zeke and asked him what he did with the bottle tops that were cut off. We bounced some ideas back and forth, and then he suggested that I try my hand at cutting and polishing my own bottle. I hadn't even thought of that! It would not look as wonderful as his fire polished rims, but he was sure that I would be able to give it a nice polish. The picture to the left is an example of his fire polished rims, definately check his shop out. The next day I cleaned one of our wine bottles from the recycle bin, cut it, and polished the rim. It came out surprisingly well! Still nothing compared to Zeke's fire polish, but good none the less. Zeke, thanks for the encouragement and confidence to try it! He's such a great guy, that he offered tips and tricks should I need them. I am hoping soon to collaborate with him on a multi bottle project, as I really like the fire polished rims that he does.

The next step was to find a suitable stone and design a stand for it. I chose some limestone that I had due to the yellow, orange, and golds in it, really went well with the yellow/green wine bottle. I designed the stand and I also drilled different size holes in a piece of wood, so that I could find the optimal size hole to hold the bottle. I wanted the bottle to only be held by the stone and not touching the surface that the stand was sitting on, so I had to design the stand a bit taller than many of my stands are. I cut, polished, drilled, and put the stone together, and this is what I came up with.

This is the first one I designed and I am currently working on two more that involve marble and champagne bottles. This one can be purchased either through etsy, here, or my artfire shop, here. I would like to thank Zeke, from bodhiccita, again for his help both with this project and getting my shop up and running, be sure to give his shop a look. I hope you enjoyed this look into how one of my pieces came to be.


  1. You are truly amazing, very informative and a Great post! Also a great feature on David's blog... You know that I am a satisfied customer!

    (if that made no sense I'm sorry, very sleepy lol)

  2. The idea for the bottle upside down in the stand is so cool! Such a creative spin on a candle or vase!

    Thanks for following me by the way :]