The romance of the sea captured in an old bottle


Published: Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 10:56 a.m.

There is something incredibly romantic about bottles from the sea se. I'm not sure if it's just the whole "message in a bottle" mystique, or if it's the colors of the bottles - but whatever it is - it makes me happy. I have been fortunate to find a few on my beachcombing missions, but this one came from the grocery store, filled with good red wine!

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Courtesy of Brenda Flynn

Facts

What you need

Wine bottle, preferably clear blue or green, washed and dried
Five or six shells, in graduating sizes
Jewelry drill bit and electric drill
10-pound monofilament
Raffia (12 inches)
Jute (16 inches)
White glue (clear-drying)

Bottle from the sea

Step one: Make a loop out of the monofilament and tie around the neck of the bottle, leaving a long tail on one end to string the shells on.

Step two: If your shells do not have natural holes in them (most do), you will need to drill holes in the tops. Once you have the holes in the shells string them on the monofilament, from large shell to smallest shell. After each one, tie a knot. When you reach the smallest one, tie a double knot and cut off the excess monofilament.

Step three: Using a brush, coat the neck of the bottle with white glue. Wrap the neck tightly with raffia to capture the monofilament loop. Coat the top half of the raffia with another coat of glue and wrap the jute to even up the rim of the bottle.

Fill your sea bottle with sand and a message, or leave empty.

Send comments, suggestions or ideas to ahoymatey@rocketmail.com, or write Brenda Flynn, Crafts With An Attitude, 13 Fayette Lane, Palm Coast, FL 32137.

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