Making a Bottle

Follow these easy steps to create great looking bottles to add a bit of a human touch to your diorama.
What you will need:
1. An old pen, 2. A candle, 3. Milliput, 4. Green paint, 5. Paint brush, 6. Toothpick, 7. Knife

Process 1: Stretch it out
We are going to use a pen and use the empty end (image 1) and Above a flame (image 2) I've stretched it to obtain my bottle's form. Here is what you obtain. Cut as shown (image 3). Now you've got 2 bottles!

Process 2: Fine Tuning the shape
Close to the flame I've made a little flange on top. Something like that ! - images 4 - 6

Process 3: Final Touches
With a little bit of Milliput I've closed the bottom. (images 7a and 7b) With a paintbrush with long hair I've painted inside with oil paint (Green oxide of Chromium) (image 8).
The cork is missing. Cut the hint of a toothpick and that's it !

Final Display
You can see the final display in the last image.

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About the Author

About Pierre Piwi (piwi)

Hi, I'm Pierre alias Piwi, 51 years old. I live in Lille, a big town in the north of France. I'm in French Army I practice modelling since 10 years old but I stopped for a while (around 12 years) a little time before joining Army. My favourite goes to UK WWII vehicles in 1/35th scale.


ingenious idea! thanks for sharing
AUG 11, 2004 - 09:15 PM
now i can make a full lorry of milk in bottles...or beer...mmmm
AUG 13, 2004 - 05:30 PM
There are good ideas and there are great ones which usually are the simplest. This belongs firmly in the Great idea catagory. It is so simple it makes you wonder why nobody has thought of it before. Even I could manage this...without burning the house down...lol. Piwi, hats off to you...Brilliant. Cheers Peter
AUG 13, 2004 - 06:19 PM
Sorry! Forgot to mention that it only works well with round-section sprue. Unless you want square bottles. Milk bottles were square, and some liquor bottles are also square.
AUG 15, 2004 - 04:08 PM
Fantastic tip! I was looking for just this sort of advice and I salute your efforts!
JAN 23, 2008 - 11:36 AM
Great idea on how to make something so simple. I try not to spend money on some of the smaller stuff and am always looking to find things around the house to use instead. Drives the wife crazy but she does help find things too. Another simple idea to get the color on the bottle is to use food coloring in future and paint in on the outside of the bottle, it gives a glossy colored finish to the end product. Also filling the bottle with milliput gives the bottle some weight like it is full. Hope this helps out too.
JAN 24, 2008 - 03:31 AM
Okay... this is simply brilliant. Between Piwi and Biggles, we've pretty much got bottles covered, here. One more thing to bring many dios to life!
JAN 24, 2008 - 03:37 PM
All these ideas are great. Almost burnt my fingertips off though ha ha. And try looking for already colored sprue's or plastic so you don't have to use up all your pens, i have some from car model's
FEB 24, 2008 - 09:08 AM
Great idea! Thanks so much.
FEB 24, 2008 - 02:16 PM
Thanks for your lesson, following your instructions, and then built a bottle Broke the Do you think? Greetings Domi
FEB 27, 2008 - 05:48 AM