Monday, November 05, 2007

Bottlefactory

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Man, that's tiny!!

I've never really done this kind of work before, especially at this tiny scale!!! But as I go I learn, and 2nd or 3rd generation comes out looking pretty good. That applies to the bottles and to the labels (the vodka label is obviously still under development).

I did discover how to get bubble-free castings without needing a vacuum chamber.... all it takes is stirring very slowly. I also learned to spray the bottles with clear coat before pouring up the silicone molds, and also to spray the castings the same way.... makes them come to life! I only wish I had smoothed down the sculpts with solvent before baking them... I had no clue there were fingerprints all over everything!!

Now I'm learning to steal - um, borrow - elements I find online to make the labels look official and snazzy - a coat of arms here, a graphic element there (in some cases a complete label, with only minor adjustments). The earlier labels are looking downright crap in comparison to the newer ones. Guess it's time to redesign them now! But it's all worthwhile - I'm learning valuable skillz.

10 comments:

Paul (Vortex42) said...

Those bottles look great! Losing the bubbles has had a huge impact on their believability (probably related to sense of scale).

The labels look great... I like the references to John Dod, Jim Danforth and Harryhausen!

The light plays really well on the "glass" - Great work!

UbaTuber said...

Nice! They look great, I especially love the Harryhausen bottle...

Shelley Noble said...

Fantastic bottles, Mike! Love the colors, love the glassy shine. Next shot, throw us a penny or pencil in the pic so's we can see the tiny tiny scale!

mefull said...

Give me a shot of Jim Danforth please - straight up.

The last generation of bottles look really good, as mentioned before the extra gloss and lack of bubbles really helps sell em

Darkstrider said...

Ok, one Danforth shot coming up - How about the Mama Dinosaur on the beach in When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth? Or the Beetleman in Flesh Gordon?

Would you Like a Dave Allen chaser with that?

Shelley Noble said...

Camera not shaken, audience stirred. Sorry--it's late here. Tiny !

FleaCircusDirector said...

The bottles are looking very good. Madame Talbot has a nice Absinthe poster that you could restyle as a bottle label.

http://www.madametalbot.com/34news.htm

Mysterious Ron said...

I ripped off my wizard hat and threw it in the air in ovation!

Andrew Glazebrook said...

He He, cool labels on those bottles !! :)

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