Sunday, June 30, 2013

Bottles of Hope July Challenge

This month is our guild's annual charity challenge and we chose "Bottles of Hope" as our theme.

According to bottlesofhope.org, Bottles of Hope are small glass bottles covered with polymer clay and given to cancer patients. They symbolize a wish and a hope for health. This project was started in 1999 by a Rhode Island cancer survivor and has spread internationally. Bottles are made by artists, students, survivors, seniors and many more who volunteer their time and love.

Some of these little spirit lifters created by PCAGOE members will be donated to someone they know and others will be going to lift the spirits of a stranger.


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And the entries are:

1. Lapis Bottle of Hope by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
For the PCAGOE July Challenge, we are creating Bottles of Hope for cancer victims. I covered a deep blue glass bottle with a custom faux lapis lazuli mix, sanded and buffed it, then added a silver plated wire wrap collar.

2. Lavender Hope by Lisa of HiGirls
Created this for my friend Janet. Lavender is her favorite, so I included a variety of shades and added a little mica pearl for a nice sheen.

3. Ocean Waves by Lisa of HiGirls
Created for my friend Beth who loves the seashore.

4. Hope Full Bottle by Beth of CreateMyWorld
My concept for this Bottle of Hope was based upon the desire to give a bottle that illustrates being filled with love and hope, not empty. But how to decorate the outside of the bottle to allow for the hope inside to show through? This problem was solved by covering part of the bottle with translucent liquid polymer with inclusions of embossing powder, to create a translucent but colored layer. Part of the bottle was left naked, in the shape of a heart on 2 opposing sides, to create a window to see the inside clearly. The spiral lentil on the top of the lid is attached securely to the lid with a screw. And the "hope" that is inside consists of many tiny polymer hearts and spirals in glittery white. It was my original intention that the owner could make a wish on each heart and spiral, or share the tiny tokens with anyone she wants to give a little love or hope. The bottle is tiny, measuring in at 3" tall and about 1" wide at the widest point, the hearts and spirals inside the bottle are about 1/4" wide and 1/4" long. More views of this bottle can be found in my flickr photostream at: www.flickr.com/photos/createmyworlddesigns

5. Filled with Hope by Beth of CreateMyWorld
My concept for this Bottle of Hope was based upon the desire to give a bottle that illustrates being filled with love and hope, not empty. But how to decorate the outside of the bottle to allow for the hope inside to show through? This problem was solved by covering part of the bottle with translucent liquid polymer with inclusions of embossing powder, to create a translucent but colored layer. Part of the bottle was left naked to create a window to see the inside clearly. The heart on the top of the lid is embossed on both sides with the word hope and is attached securely to the lid with a screw. And the "hope" that is inside consists of many tiny polymer hearts of gold, one sapphire blue and one burgundy heart (to match the colors on the exterior). It was my original intention that the owner could make a wish on each heart, or share the tiny hearts with anyone she wants to give a little love. The bottle is tiny, measuring in at 3" tall and about 1" wide, the hearts inside the bottle are about 1/4" wide at the widest point and 1/4" long. More views of this bottle can be found in my Flickr photostream at: www.flickr.com/photos/createmyworlddesigns

6. Bottle of Hope for Robbi by Susan of LadyFlowersbySusan
I made this Bottle of Hope to honor my friend Robbi, who was diagnosed with breast cancer 23 years ago. She is a triumphant survivor who has encouraged dozens of other breast cancer patients.
I made this Bottle of Hope to honor her courage in facing chemo and, later, a bone marrow transplant.
Once given a 15% chance of five year survival, is radiantly healthy and serves others battling this disease. I covered an old pharmacy bottle I got in an antique store. The stopper came from another bottle. I covered the bottle with pink "Blush" clay and overlaid the blush with paper thin slices of a translucent Chrysanthemum cane.

7. Blue Bird of Hope by Marie of YoungCreative
I sculpted this free-spirited blue bird over a tiny bottle. His little belly shares a message of "hope." I'm donating it to a dear Franciscan Friar who works with me at Saint Francis University in Loretto. He is a wonderful soul who has spent the past two summers cycling more than 400 miles to raise money for our Dorthy Day Center. He expected to be doing the same this summer but is undergoing cancer treatments instead. His spirit is strong and he hope to be back on his bike soon. 


8. Bottle of Hope-Lyette-1 by Line of PlaySculptLive
Made for the Bottle of Hope Challenge for the PCAGOE, this bottle is donated to a yogini friend of mine who's courage is inspirational. NAMASTE

9. Purple Flowers of Hope by Arlene of Ashpaints
This Bottle of Hope features purple and white flower canes and multi-colored green leaves. It is topped with decorative trim and a flat-top stopper.

10. Aqua and Purple Swirls Bottle of Hope by Arlene of Ashpaints
The bottle itself is covered with variegated shades from a rich purple to a beautiful soft aqua. The bottle is trimmed with a decorative strip and topped with a ball stopper covered with curls and strips of clay.

11. Flower Garden Bottle of Hope by Arlene of Ashpaints
This Bottle of Hope started its life as a tiny bud vase. It is covered with a soft green textured clay. In each of the thumbprint indents, an oval of the same clay but with yellow flowers and leaves was added, then finished off with curls of clay. The stopper is a small ball shape covered with more curls of clay.



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