Monday, October 10, 2011

Project 10: Wine Label Snobbishness (DIY for Busy Gals)

3 hour project
(for mass production and labeling)

You'll need:

Something to label (ie, Wine bottles)
Fimo Clay brick
Metal twist lid (ie, from a bottle of sparkling fizzy water)
Metal awl (or something pointy and sharp)
Rolling Pin
Baking Dish (non-stick or glass)
Pigment based ink (ie, Color Box pigment ink)
Clear Mount Number Stamps
Clear Stamping Block

You are going to create these:

In pictures:
For the readers:
1. Gather your supplies (see above).
2. Get to rolling. I made half a million tags so I needed half a million balls.
Or 46.

3.Flatten those balls.
A rolling pin is helpful for mass production.
Mine are actually pretty thin - very thin.

4. Use your metal twist top to cut out the circles for your tags.
I started with a plastic cap.
My cuts were not crisp enough even when I twisted it.
The metal top had thin enough edges to make a crisp cut.
See #5

5.Metal lid = clean cut.

6. Using your clear stamps mounted on your clear block and black ink,
stamp to it.

You can skip the ink (harder to read, but gives a nice imprinted effect.
You can use rubber stamps (harder to line up for perfectionists. just. saying)

7. Use your metal awl (or other sharp tool)
to drill a small hole in the tags just before you stick them in the oven.

8. After baked, let them cool.
9. Thread twine (waxed floss works even better) through the holes.

Take the next 2.5 hours to label your wine.
Tie a tag on,
take some notes
type up a list of what you've got.

Or write it on a chalkboard wall (hint hint, project alert).
On my wine list, I note the following for each wine:

Name of wine
Type of Wine
When we added it to our collection
Where we got it from
How much we paid for it

The last is particularly helpful so that I don't come home
and crack open a special bottle just wanting a quick sip.

Check out THIS POST if you want to see how I labeled wine
that is not suitable for human consumption.
Unless you're really desperate.

Here are more photos of this project:

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