Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Halloween Apothecary - Part Six

Welcome to the final post on this project!

If you've missed any of the previous installments, here are direct links:

Halloween Apothecary - Part One

Halloween Apothecary - Part Two

Halloween Apothecary - Part Three

Halloween Apothecary - Part Four

Halloween Apothecary - Part Five

Okay, on to the last photos to share with you. The center portion of the cabinet is topped with a large wooden scroll with a black bat propped in the middle. On each side I placed two very cool dragon chess pieces; found at the thrift store, they were the perfect addition to the decor. Below these I hung two "lanterns". Actually they are charms to which I added a piece of orange glue for a "light". At the bottom of each is a hanging bat (if they're hard to see, click to biggify the photo). Oh, and amongst the potions is a furry lab pet - can you spot him?


Sixteen potion bottles (not including the glitter ones pre-filled and labelled) were added to the shelves of this section. You'll notice I added a ruler to the first photo, just a reminder of how tiny these things are!


Draught Of Living Death - Alcohol hand sanitizer once again this time with pink Copic refill ink.  I topped this bottle with a clear pink bead.
Dragon Heartstring - A few lengths of blue glitter wire.
Polyjuice Potion - Straight out of Harry Potter; a vile drink to turn you (temporarily) into someone (or something) else. Brown ink diluted with hand sanitizer.
Frog Part Mixture - Again, Glossy Accents poured onto my craft sheet in various shapes, left to dry then dyed with green alcohol ink.


Three Witches Venom - Orange alcohol ink and alcohol sanitizer.
Vampire Ashes - Good thing I didn't completely clean out our fireplace - yes, those are REAL ashes. Of the wood kind, thankfully.
Elixir - a two toned liquid of alcohol ink and alcohol sanitizer - I just didn't mix it up, leaving it layered for a neat effect.
Felix Felicis - "Liquid Luck" from Harry Potter. Gold glitter added to the sanitizer, Stickles added to the label and a bit of bling from an old earring make this a very glitzy potion for sure.


Worm Ducts - Imagine having a plastic envelope with micro beads of all colours. Then imagine you ONLY want the yellow and clear ones... yeah. I did that. Spent quite awhile picking out just those ones to add to this bottle. Then I sculpted a little worm for the top. Coloured him yellow with Copics, added two little black eyes, then glued him to the cork.
Three Potions - The silver tray holds three special bottles. They all have real Swarovski crystals for stoppers! I bought them in a bead store at the Mall of America (where I also picked up the crow, bat and dragon beads). Each bottle has a variation of the same alcohol ink/sanitizer solution in various colours.


Eye Of Newt - What exactly does a newt's eye look like? Well, I Googled it and yep, they are yellow with a band of gray. So I rolled out some Sculpey, baked them and coloured each one in with Copics. Then I covered each with Glossy Accents to make them shiny.
Hemlock Root - Real roots from small plants in my yard. Maybe not hemlock... er, thank goodness.
Wolfsbane Potion - This milky blue solution was vital to Professor Lupin in Harry Potter - a werewolf who kept his transformations at bay with this elixir.
Pepperup Potion - Another Harry Potter potion used for simple recovery from colds. Red alcohol ink, Glossy Accents and hand sanitizer is the recipe for this one.


Bezoars - Harry saved Ron's life with one of these; a poison antidote that looks like small rocks. I made the 1" by 2" box from an old toothpaste carton, after tearing off the printed layer. Tissue paper lines the inside. I inked and distressed the box and added two inked labels.

I also mentioned at the beginning of this series that the four drawers were lined with Halloween paper and did indeed have items in them. I thought I would also show you... here are the extra potion labels and a small folder with the tiny spider I made from wire and black alcohol ink.


So I guess that's it! If you have any questions, please ask! I hope you enjoyed this extremely lengthy series. My thanks to Laura at Artfully Musing for her inspiration and wonderful tutorials; without which I never would have attempted such a project.



Happy Halloween!



38 comments:

  1. Thank you for this tour of your amazing project! I bet you are sad that you are done. I love every bit of it and the detail you put into this blows my mind.

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  2. Oh JoJo, thanks so much for all your very kind comments throughout my extremely long series. I think it's the biggest creation I've ever written about. I'm not sad at all, actually. I know I can always add to it when the mood strikes. But in the meantime, I'll be busy on my next project ;)

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  3. Wow and whew! I am in AWE, both of your imagination/creativity and skill.
    I had to laugh when you talked about separating micro beads by color. I am in the proces of doing that now. I can only do it for ten minutes or so at a time.

    I hope you do not mind but I am going to direct a few friends over to read your posts. They are so good I HAVE to share!

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    1. Oh yeah... those beads.... took forever to sort out. I thought for sure I would spill them all. Seed beads are way too small for these poor eyes.

      Mind? Not at all! Thank you!!!

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  4. I have loved seeing each and every picture and description for how you accomplished the magic. Do you watch the TV series, Grimm? My favorite part is Rosalee's herb shop with all the potions and books.

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    1. Thank you so much Kathy! I have only seen one episode of Grimm... perhaps I may need to check that out!

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  5. Wowza! What can I say. This is absolutely amazing and a real labor of love. You have to leave it out all year long!!

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    1. Thanks so much Betsy! Yes, this will be a permanent resident on my shelf in my Studio; like Halloween all year long!

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  6. A big big WOW. This is soooooooo wonderful.
    We dont do at Halloween in the Netherlands but i loved creepy things a LOT.
    Its amazing.
    Hugs Astrid

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    1. Thank you so much Astrid! I guess Halloween is a North American thing... it was very popular for just kids back when I was young; seems like since we grew up with it, adults are more into it now!

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  7. Laura is such a inspiring lady! I am in awe at such a creation, you have here! I am going back to see very post on this art piece! It is Super Spook-tac-ular! The little potion bottles are wonderful, and I love the labels and contents!
    Thank you for such an inspiration piece! Happy Hauntings! hugs,Tee

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    1. She is SO inspiring! Thank you for coming by Tee and leaving such a sweet comment.

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  8. Simply amazing, when can you come to BC so we can craft together? Hope your first fall weekend is great! Xo

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    1. Oh how I would LOVE to visit BC again! Hubs and I just have to do some traveling together; that would be my first stop. Thank you Dagmar!

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  9. I'm totally blown away by this gorgeous project.Amazing work! Thank you for all the detailed descriptions, I really enjoyed reading about all the potion bottles...Brilliant!

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    1. Oh thank you! I am so glad you enjoyed my long-winded posts ;)

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  10. I am in complete and utter awe of this, you are amazingly talented. Thank you for sharing xx

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    1. Oh you are too kind, thank you and welcom Fiona! I had a lot of fun making it!

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  11. this is awesome ----- love every tiny detail.

    I pinned and pinned

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    1. :D Thank you for all the pins! It is very weird for me to see my work on Pinterest...

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  12. I just came to visit from Artfully Musing and am totally amazingly awesomely blown away!!!!!!! The attention to detail you have is incredible. Now I'm off to check out the rest of the posts about this project!

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    1. Oh welcome and thank you for your very kind comments. I am so glad you stopped by and made me smile (and blush!).

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  13. Totally AWESOME! Love all the little bottles filled with all the potions and the chess pieces on top. You are so clever! Subscribed to your blog, don't want to miss a thing you do!

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    1. Thank you Mickie! I am working on another Halloween project; I hope to post about it soon. Welcome!

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  14. Absolutely amazing! Love the incredible detail!!!

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    1. Thanks Debi and welcome to my Studio. I am so appreciative of Laura pointing people my way for a visit.

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  15. WoW!!! This project is Fantastic! I had so much fun looking at all the detailed pics and great descriptions. I appreciate all the time you put into this, and thank you for sharing. BRAVO!!!

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    1. Oh Abbie, thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed it; it is by far the longest series of posts on a single project I have ever done. I am glad it was so well received.

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  16. Maureen, thanks so much for your kind comments, you continue to inspire me with your creativity and how you are willing to share your talent and teach others! I especially loved how you came up with the eye of newt, OMGosh, just amazing! Mary

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    1. Oh Mary you are so kind, thank you! Ha! It was fun to try and actually make real-looking newt's eyes!

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  17. Primera vez que veo tu blog y me ha encantado. Esos frascos y botellas son preciosos. En fin, todo me gustó. Felicidades.
    Maru

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  18. "First time I see your blog and I loved it. those jars and bottles are beautiful. in short everything I liked. congratulations."

    Thank you so much! Welcome to my Studio - so glad you came by and left a comment. I hope you will stop here again; I am working on my next Halloween project and hope to post it in a few days!

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  19. I read every word of all six parts!!! Awesome!!!

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  20. Wow Maureen this is just breathtaking! Simply amazing with all those fabulous details! I can't believe all the different tiny bottles you found and embellished! Love how you even sculpted the eyeballs in the jar yourself! And the tiny drawers and pulls so cute! Your creativity is mind blowing! Happy Halloween to you! xoxo~ Carola

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    1. Carola, just catching up with all the comments - thank you so much for visiting and leaving such sweet comments. It means a lot to me! Happy Halloween to you as well!

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