Frankenstein’s Monster Luminary
BY: Lauren DiSanza
SKILL LEVEL: 3 (1 being the easiest, 5 being most difficult)
TIME TO COMPLETE: 3 hours (does not include drying time)
• Generation Green (g2)™ Bottle Cutter
• Bottle Art™ Luminary Kit
• Image Art Transfer Paper or Other Transfer Paper
• Laser Color Printer
• 750 ML Clear Wine Bottle and Cork
• Assortment of Washers and Nuts (we used 9 washers and 6 nuts)
• Wire and Wire Coiling Tool or Tweezers
• 30 - 5 mm Jump Rings
• Silver Spray or Acrylic Paint and Paint Brush
• Craft Knife
• E-6000® Adhesive
• Scrap Piece of Burlap
• Scrap Piece of Yarn, Leather or Twine
• Tea light or Votive Candle
• Lighter (optional)
• Always, wear safety goggles when using glass-crafting tools. Everyday eyeglasses have only impact resistant lenses.
• To ensure top performance keep your bottle cutter blade oiled.
INSTRUCTIONS Read and carefully follow the instructions contained within the Generation Green™ (g2) bottle cutter manual and the Bottle Art Kit.
1. Cover the work area with craft or newspaper.
2. Measure and mark the bottle with a Sharpie® at about 1” above the base of the bottle.
3. Using the bottle cutter, score and separate bottle where indicated.
4. Smooth the rough edges as instructed in the bottle cutter manual.
5. Clean and dry the bottle thoroughly, then set aside.
6. Using any software which allows you to print images (for example Word or Photoshop), scan the image of the monster. Set document dimensions to 8.50” x 5.50” (landscape orientation) and insert the image of the face into the document, adjust the size if necessary. TIP: Warm up the printer by running 5 - 6 plain sheets of paper through it. Follow the same procedure for the image of the back of the monster’s head.
7. Remove protective tissue from the Image Art transfer paper. Insert the 8.50” x 5.50” paper into the printer tray. Select plain paper type.
8. Follow printer’s instructions and print transfer. After printing allows the paper to set for 10 - 15 minutes before using. Trim the desired transfer to size and shape using scissors. Lightly moisten the front of the bottle with water. Place the transfer into a bowl of water for approximately 1 minute. The transfer will loosen from the backing paper and become easy to slide. This will indicate it is ready to transfer to the surface.
9. Position Image Art transfer above the surface. Starting from the bottom of the bottle, slide a 1/2” of the backing paper away from the top layer of the Image Art transfer, easing the transfer onto the bottle’s surface.
10. Gently slide the Image Art transfer from the backing paper onto the surface using a finger to smooth the transfer as you peel away the backing. PLEASE NOTE: Transfers are delicate and may tear, so handle carefully.
11. Gently pat and smooth out the Image Art transfer with a moist paper towel eliminating air pockets and wrinkles. Apply the monster’s face and back of the head to the bottle and allow drying for 1 hour.
12. To make the transfer permanent, preheat oven to 345°F. Place the bottle on its side so both decals are facing out towards the sides of the oven. Do not place decal facing down directly on the oven-safe rack or baking sheet surface. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn off oven, prop open oven door and allow cooling for 20 minutes. Remove with heat-safe oven mitts or pad.
13. Cut the cork in half lengthwise and again widthwise so that you are left with two 1/2” x 3/8” pieces of cork. Place the cork on a table top so that the flat side faces you; slice off a corner of the cork at a 45-degree angle to fit the curve of the bottle. Repeat with the other piece (FIG. 1). 14. Paint or spray paint the corks silver.
15. When dry, glue the corks in place.
16. Cut a piece of burlap to 10” x 3” length. To give distress look to the burlap’s edge use a brown permanent marker to color along the edge or use a lighter simply singe it.
17. Cut a piece of scrap leather strap, twine or yarn to a 12” length, wrap the burlap around the base of the bottle and tie in place with a scrap piece of leather, twine or yarn.
18. Prepare the luminary as instructed in the Bottle Art Kit. Coil the bottom as desired.
19. Using jump rings, connect assorted sized washers and nuts together in a strand. Make three strands connecting 3 washers and 2 nuts together. Attach strands with jump rings to the bottom of the luminary.
20. Snip eight .75 inch pieces of silver Artwire™. Twist or coil them to make 8 cute wiggles, apply a small amount of adhesive to the tip of the wires and insert them into the end of each cork, so they wildly stick out.
21. Hang the luminary in a place free of combustible materials such as drapes, shelves, bushes or plants. To insert the candle, in the hanging position, raise the bottle up to reveal the votive holder and insert a tea light or votive candle, enjoy the glow of your not so scary monster!
HAUNTING TIP: Instead of using transfer paper, decoupage the monster’s head to the bottle. Follow the instructions on your favorite decoupage medium packaging.