Monday, December 17, 2012


Before I post 50 pictures of every single apothecary jar, I wanted to showcase one jar in particular that I love.

I really loved this jar from Haunted Props:

However, it's outrageously overpriced.  Currently it's "on sale" for $108.77.  HA.

Maybe it looks more realistic than my version, but I'm happy with the outcome.  

I took some leftover cheesecloth from a different project, a plastic brain from the dollar store,  

and I purchased a $5 jar that was 50% off at Hobby Lobby.

The outcome:

This jar took the longest out of all of them, which is probably why I liked it the most.  All of the labels for the jars I "stole" from the internet and printed them off.  This one I paid a chick off Etsy (Freakishly Adorable) custom make for me.

The plastic brain definitely looked too fake, so I added some dark red paint in the crevices.   

The aging on the inside of the jar took quite a bit longer than I expected.  I wanted a very subtle look of a little blood and age, so I tried watering down red acrylic paint with water.  That didn't work - the paint didn't stick at all and just settled on the bottom of the jar.

After several more fail attempts to add more paint to thicken the mixture, I decided I needed an actual thickening agent.  The only thing I could think of was corn starch, so I tried it and it worked!  It took a few coats for me to be satisfied with it, but I was just glad that, in the end, it all worked out.

For the lid, I just had a ton of fun and hope it turned out.  I mixed a bunch of black and dark brown paint and let it sit to harden for a bit.  Then I took something (I don't remember, maybe a paper towel?) and globbed it on so there were lumps of paint on it.

Tomorrow: pictures of all of the jars and bottles :)

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