Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tutorial: Easy 1:12 "Glass" Jars, Cups, Bottles etc.


1) items obtained from Daiso. it's a chain of $2 stores, meaning everything they sell there is $2 per item. you can check if you have one in your area here:

otherwise, you can also probably check out your local hardware store to see if they stock anything similar. and if -that- doesn't work, then....:( sorry. you're better off purchasing ready made items then.....

2) it's not real glass. it's soft plastic, kinda squishy even, much like tubing tank aeration systems?

3) i'm sure you will find better ways of making or places to purchase nicer bottles, but i enjoy making minis out of found objects, with a little out-of-the-box thinking. so this isn't the most original idea, but heck, it's mine and so, be nice, don't steal images and stuff, ok? ^ ^

4) if you decide to share this tutorial, i'd appreciate it if you let me know first, or ask for permission to use my pictures. it's just common courtesy, and will make my day :) oh and uh, if you do make any of these via my tutorial, a credit would be nice too :) :) :) just link back to this tutorial page itself:

on to the fun stuff!

tute 1
these are 'terminals', they're sort of like wire connectors i -think-. i found them at the hardware/electrical section in my neighbourhood branch of Daiso. says here "Produced for DAISO", so for those who don't have a branch near you, or that branch doesn't carry it, sorry you're sh*t out of luck. but why torture yourself like i do? :P

tute 2
looks remarkably like glass, right? for this set, the package contains 8 of these, and 8 smaller tubings (which i'd forgotten to take pics of). so that's quite a few jars, bottles and glasses you can make. :) at -least- 32 pieces!
again, this is pliable plastic. awesomeness.

tute 3
i've indicated where you can cut with either your craft knife, or scissors. although i did use a craft knife for the trial version, i've found it cuts easily with scissors as well. just be careful not to hurt yourself, and try to keep it as straight a cut as possible.

tute 4
you can decide for yourself how tall you'd like your bottle/jar vs glass to be. of course, the taller your bottle, the shorter your glass. if you don't understand what i'm referring to, the left side of the blade will be the bottle part, the right side, the glass. it will be made clearer in following pictures.

tute 5
TADA! the bottle!

tute 6
aaaaaand....the bottle standing up!

from here on, you don't really have to do the following steps if you don't intend to fill it, or don't care if it's a bottomless jar. but i -do- plan to fill it, probably with resin? but that's another project for another day. :)

moving along....

tute 7
find a piece of thin plastic. any old packaging material will do. i used a file puncher to do this job. the plastic is a piece of laminating plastic i had lying around. beats me why i have it, i don't own a laminating machine, i'm a hoarder like that. HA!

at first i tried gluing then cutting round the base of the bottle, but it all just seemed terribly cumbersome and untidy, so i went with the hole punching method instead.

btw. if you're intending to add items to the bottle, like pickled onions, cucumbers, pickles (XD ) etc, this would be a good time to stick them in. easier to arrange the items from the bottom of the jar.

tute 8
using PVC aka white glue, smear around the inner edge of the bottom. why PVC glue? ionos. guess cos it dries clear, is cheap and useful for almost everything, and well. it just so happened to work? haha.

tute 9
stick on the round pieces of punched out plastic. let dry! this pic shows the bottoms after the glue has dried thoroughly.
tute 10
TADAH!!!! GLASS AND BOTTLE!!! wooot woot! if you are worried that the bottoms aren't totally waterproof, i guess you could always give the bottoms a coat of gloss....i plan to do so later i guess....if i remember to....before i fill it with resin or whatever fake water medium you use. i wouldn't recommend liquid polymer clay since you really shouldn't bake these. they -are- plastic after all. i think i've mentioned that at least 2 times before.

SO THAT'S IT!!! oh no wait. there's MORE :P

tute 11
looky here! this is also a connector/terminal. 6 sets....let's have a closer look shall we?

tute 12
AHHH!! KETCHUP BOTTLE!!! or whatever squarish bottle you think it can be used for.

tute 13
deng deng deng deng~!~~

if you don't wish to fill it with resin, you can always easily paint the inside of the bottle with acrylics to simulate whatever the bottle is to contain. alternatively, you could also simply insert a strip of coloured paper, add labels, paint -over- the thing.....possibilities are ENDLESS!!! i only got these today so i will be fiddling around with it more. soon-ish. XD no promises though....

so there you go. my latest tutorial. let me know what you think! and remember to share with us if you've made any of your own ^ ^

p.s. try to resist the urge to squish the bottle after you've glued on the bottom, or it'll pop off rather easily -_-" esp if you haven't 'reinforced' it with resin filling yet......


update on tutorial, now that i've let the resin set all night ;)

resin filled
did this like, 2am last night. so i didn't take care to prevent mixing in the bubbles :X don't matter, it's just practice and could pass for soda i guess.

poor drowning gummi bear
that's not a goldfish. it's a drowning gummy bear XD i made a few 1:12 gummi bears approx 2mm tall, a little larger than i'd like but heck. it's a freaking gummi bear. i bite their heads off first OMNOMNOM.

(before people think i'm a sicko, i admit. i -am- a sicko! nono, i originally wanted to see if resin with resin sank or floated, and the smallest resin piece i had around was the gummi bear. verdict, resin floats in resin XD )

get ready to sacrifice one
i filled on up to the top. this is because i recalled that resin does not stick to certain soft plastics, what better time to try???

add on to tute
my heart went "doki-doki" before cutting this. i guess if you had immense patience, you could finagle the set resin out of the flexible tube. but i don't, and i didn't want to pop it in the fridge to wait either (refrigerating the resin lets it shrink a smidge, and could possibly save 1 'bottle'). so i CUT IT OPEN. *evil laughter*

what i'm so excited about is that, the tinier bottle could be used as shoyu bottle, or a cute little snack drink bottle, and BEST OF ALL THERE IS NO SEAM.

again. i'm too pleased with myself. humility, where? XD

measurements of the tinier bottle:
4.5mm wide
6mm from top to base of neck of bottle (since the bottom cylindrical measurement is entirely up to you)

off to play with more minis, yay~!~


  1. Aww Cindy, thank you! Very generous of you to share this! :) I'm always on the lookout for how I can make my own miniature kitchenware, hehh.

    Thank you again! :)

  2. Great tutorial Cindy. Thanks! Anyone who looks at something and can think of what to make out of it is a true artist!

  3. Thanks for the sharing Cindy.
    The mini glass jars look so great!!

  4. are a star & you always make me laugh! How you have the patience to try out all these techniques is beyond me...but don't ever stop!! There's an award waiting for you over on my blog! Mini hugs, Linda

  5. Sooo clever, girl :). This reminds me of the time I tried to cut a broken glass tube from a broken glass bulb with a glass cutter, also to make glass tumblers/bottles etc and it was a disaster. I didn't know glass cutter cannot be used to cut tubes! Arghhh. I am sure I will have better success with plastic.

    Thank you for posting this. As always, they are precious tips.

  6. Thanks everyone LOL i feel like i should ask for some gold stars or summat XD XD XD

    i went back to the Daiso i purchased these from barely 2 days after this tutorial, and they were all sold out :( there were like, more than 6-7 packages last i went!!! plenty of the other shapes and sizes though, makes me wonder if someone read this tutorial and swiped up all the stocks :E :E :E

    *takes ego in check.....*

  7. Hey, that happened to me too!I read your blog awhile ago, so I decided to check out the Daiso at Plaza Sing the next day after school. And whaddyou know, they were all sold out D: I tried the one at Vivo too, but they didn't have any either...Ohwells.

    I can't wait until they restock!I envy your resourcefulness. I am an avid fan of your blog and works and think you are just fantastic!Thanks alot for sharing these tips!


  8. Gracias por el tutorial, el lunes voy a buscar esos protectores, si soy cápaz de hacerlo te lo digo! ;)
    De momento me llevo tu enlace a mi página, gracias.

  9. July, 2015 Ruth
    OMG! You are amazing! Now I have to learn about using/making resin.

  10. I found these parts called: Motorcycle Male & Female Bullet Socket Classic Terminal Connectors 4MM
    I found them on Ebay, 50pcs for around $7.00, but you can do an internet search too.
    Love your tutorials! Thank you!

  11. Glass jars for sale - Once your jars are chosen you will be able to shop for packaging and glass jars labels to complete and enhance your jams, preserves, pickles, chutneys and so much more.

  12. Hi
    Your comment on the whole process are even more enjoyable than the process itself :-D
    Definitely something to try out, just need to find them connector thingies in the Netherlands

  13. Yay! Delightful! Can't wait to make! You seem very charmingly crazy and fun!

  14. This was a really great contest and hopefully I can attend the next one. It was alot of fun and I really enjoyed myself..spirit bottles

  15. I save tiny bits and pieces of anything - but i do not have these plastic electrical thingies but i will by next week!

    I'll be making bottles and glasses and - thank you for the great ideas - my dolls are going on a lakeside picnic, and need food and drinks!

  16. Inspirational! Thank you for sharing your ideas. I’d like to try making eensy-weensy cosmetic jars. Some of the full size ones out there are really lovely and would be fun to have miniaturized. “Advanced Night Repair” might be kind of tricky with that little squeeze thing on top. But those deep red Clarins jars with gold lids might be doable. And wouldn’t it be fun to have a multi-color eye shadow pallet with a little set of brushes? Or a swanky YSL tube of lipstick... engraved? ;-) It would be about 1/4” high.

  17. Thanks for a wonderful share. Your article has proved your hard work and experience you have got in this field. Brilliant .i love it reading. picbear

  18. Great writing voice. I’m a thinker as well, always looking for new ideas. I enjoyed your tutorial, for both the tip and the personality lol. I’ve never heard of the store you use but the pic did get my brain to spinning...I finally landed on what your “terminals” reminded me of. IV drip tubing! I’ve been using oxygen tubing forever but the small area in IV tubing where meds can be added looks similar. I would never use “used” stuff/—yuck ewwww—but I recently had a health issue and had to have a PICC line. As a fellow hoarder I saved “clean” pieces of my medical accessories—plus they are my germs so it’s all good—I’m already mentally rummaging through my “trash” stash to find them and play....have a great day,!

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  20. Eres talento puro Cindy!! Acabo de descubrir tu blog!! Muchas graciaa por compartir!! Maravillas hacen tus manos y tu mente brillante!! Aparte escribes de manera divertida y muy clara tus tutoriales!! Graciassa de nuevo. Saludos desde Mexico!!!

  21. Thank you for sharing. Love the bottles !


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