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Things in bottles

Post  ObadiahAskew on Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:13 am

Hey all, I'm planning on making a collection of bottles with various contents for Halloween. I'm coming up blank for what to put in the bottles and would greatly appreciate suggestions for what to put into the bottles and what to put on the labels.

http://aranamuerta.com/2008/01/29/witches-kitchen the method that I'm gonna use for making the bottles look awesome.

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Post  Prof Eumides Blakehurst on Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:35 am

The website you mention is quite good in general - and I particularly like the use of hot glue extruded into cold water - passable intestinal parasites there.

If you had more time I would have suggested preserving actual items, but you can do so in the short term as well. Get a water tight bottle, add in an octopus or squid from your local fishmonger. Cover with methylated spirit and screw on the lid. One jar of tentacles. Do this jsut before you need to display it. Once you've finished with the display you can empty the squiddy beastie into a larger jar (with lid!), cover with more metho and leave for 2 weeks. Pour off and discard the metho and cover with fresh. Leave for four weeks. Pour off and discard metho, transfer the squiddy thing to a final presentation jar, cover with (you guessed it) more metho, seal and lable.

Methylated spirit (NOT iso-propyl alcohol) will preserve sea life very well, so long as the thickness of the specimen is not too great. The octopus or squid will take on a cooked consistency (and that's jsut what's happening - the proteins are being denatured, whether by alcohol or heat), so the speciment firms up nicely. If the squid or octopus has not been gutted, then you either need to do that before hand (which either leaves you with a reconstruction problem or just use the tentacles), or you need to put a small piece of plastic tubing up the creatures funnel (what it uses to jet propel itself around underwater) so that the metho can get inside the creature and work its preserving work.

Here is a photo link of a small marbled octopus and a small common squid in the intermediate stage of being preserved. Both found after a seaside storm washed up on the tide line.

Tentacles

You will eventually need to use a 10:1 metho:flesh ratio over the six week preserving process, as well as have plenty of space for the fluid to circulate. That's why I do it in two steps - you can do it in one step if you have a large enough jar or sealed bucket.

Yes, it smells, but not badly. If it smells bad, then the specimen was too thick and the insides are rotting before the metho got to them. Discard and start again.

The methylated spirit can be poured down a drain, just have water running down the drain as well. Once diluted it is harmless in the environment and will be broken down by fungi or bacteria.
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Re: Things in bottles

Post  Dusza Beben on Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:18 pm

Many childrens "growing toys" work great as well and only need water!
I've got a lizard, octopus, stingray and catterpillars that I've bottled up.
I'll try to get some pics.

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Post  pennydreadful on Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:43 pm

Some of the anatomy supply stores have jello molds for hearts and brains. You could also look through the kids toys section, some of the rubber reptiles have become very well done.
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Re: Things in bottles

Post  Miss Aetherly on Fri Oct 10, 2008 12:11 am

A few things that come to mind:

Liquids
Oddly colored substances
Glowing substances [you could empty the contents of glow sticks into a container]
Slimy looking mixtures [quite a few soaps or detergents might work]
Bubbly concoctions [add a little soap to anything]

Things to suspend
Insects [would look wonderful]
Fake eyeballs [easily found at Halloween shops and dollar stores]
Cheap latex prosthetics [also found at Halloween/costume shops]
Teeth [if you happen to have any lying around...or candy teeth/lips]
Small toys [bugs, little people, small animals]

Hehe...now I'm thinking about making a few of my own...
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Post  von Corax on Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:14 am

Miss Aetherly wrote:
Glowing substances [you could empty the contents of glow sticks into a container]

If memory serves, there was a long discussion (if not several) on this topic on BG. The consensus was, I believe, that glowstick-juice would be unsuitable, as it glows only for an hour or so (at most) once it's been mixed. The more generally recommended course is to extract the ink from highlighter pens (boiling water was suggested), diluting it, and then illuminating it with an ultraviolet LED. (Apparently yellow is best, green a close second, the others trail distantly, and mixing colours is a complete write-off.)

I do hope that's of some use.

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Post  Dr. Oliver Cross on Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:15 pm

Actually, I bore witness to the glowstick fluid trick at Dragon*Con this year, and it seemed to be working wonderfully. I was tempted to drink the beautiful potions myself, actually....

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Post  KatarinaNavane on Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:14 pm

A friend of mine got an interesting effect with some random inanimate objects in jars. The most interesting was the rubber glove as it floated looking for all the world like some bizarre creature.
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Post  Ms. K.D.R. Tempus on Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:48 pm

Okay; now that I'm finally logged in correctly...

I made things in bottles by going to my dollar store and finding those 'add water and watch 'em grow' toys. I beheaded a snake and called it a tentacle, and found a realistic looking stingray and called it a rare freshwater species. Loads of fun.

Back on Brass Goggles the Original, there's a nifty thread about this subject, with links. Le sigh.

Things to remember; add some kind of disinfectant (I'm going to try Listerine), and be sure to make use of your food colorings to give the water a nice odd color; I also added a few bits of instant coffee to give it a murky look. Also, these things grow a lot, so be prepared; you may not be able to get the beast back out of the bottle.

Have fun!
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Re: Things in bottles

Post  ObadiahAskew on Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:56 am

I've found a thrift store within walking distance of my dorm with a lot of really awesome old bottles, like an old formaldehyde bottle with the label still stuck on. The problem i run across is that i know that i'm a pack rat. I'll end up buying something and never doing anything with it.

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Re: Things in bottles

Post  Ms. K.D.R. Tempus on Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:04 pm

And this is a problem... how?

Signed,

A. Packrat

PS If you like, you can call it a 'collection' and everyone will admire it.
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Re: Things in bottles

Post  ObadiahAskew on Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:10 am

The problem comes when I don't have any place to store my "collections" and my mother makes me purge my room every so often. <_Q;

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Post  Dusza Beben on Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:57 am

ObadiahAskew wrote:The problem comes when I don't have any place to store my "collections" and my mother makes me purge my room every so often. <_Q;

Clearly your mother is not a collector. Wink

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