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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Witches Apothecary

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I’ve wanted to make a witches apothecary for awhile and I finally got busy and made one.  The basic box is made from foam core which is covered with decorative paper.  I covered the foam core before gluing it together (I used Ranger Glossy Accents).  The overall dimension (including decorative elements) is 15” x 13 1/2”.  The box inside dimension is 10” x 8 ½”.  I framed the box using an image of a picture frame and added the eyes behind the holes and a bat to the front.
The green bats on the sides are made of paper clay.
The feet are metal spiders.
I used all kinds of bits and pieces for the stoppers of the bottles (buttons, skulls, wax, beads, marbles, drawer knobs etc.).
The top on the Love Potion No. 9 bottle is a bead. The bottle behind it is a wooden drawer knob that I cut a grove into and inserted a metal moon.
The Swap Fog bottle stopper is a ceramic drawer knob painted black with a scull bead glued to the top. I added red crystals to the eyes. You can purchase the skull beads at Alpha Stamps. The Gargoyle Drool bottle stopper is also a ceramic drawer knob painted black and a ceramic gargoyle glued to the top. In the back is a Vampire Fangs bottle where I covered the opening with dripping wax and added a chain with the bat. You can also purchase the bat charm at Alpha Stamps and some of the bottles I used.



I used a pumpkin as the lid for the Yellow Toadflax and used a marble with an eye glued on for the Eye of Newt. The Black Widow Venom and Life Renewing potion stoppers are beads.
The Moldy Tea and Dunwitch Potions bottles are stoppered with a button and the Posion Ivy Bottle is stoppered with a metal drawer pull.
In addition to the potion bottles I also made some faux books.  I filled the bottles with tea leaves, beads, paint, alcohol ink (diluted with rubbing alcohol), and cotton.
One great place to find potion labels is Altered Artifacts.

52 comments:

Linda said...

Great job...love your propsas well as your finished alters.

Ann said...

I am in awe of this piece!!!
it is fabulous!!
i covet!!!
:)

Hester said...

Laura, Every time I visit in the month of October something "more fun" and amazing is posted. You are making October really a fun Halloween month. Thanks for such great stuff to be amazed by! Wishing you more bats and globins...

Janet Ghio said...

This is fabulous!!

ArtZhodgepodge said...

Love it. Makes me want to gather up my bits and pieces

Createology said...

Oh My Goodness Laura. This is an heirloom treasure you have created and should be displayed for generations. Your attention to every detail is what really brings this to life. Truly museum quality is what you have achieved. Wickedly Wonderful!!!

Lesley said...

Wow Laura, the details are incredible. Every nook cranny, and bottle toppers are all so wonderful and detailed. I love detail and you have topped it. I can't wait to see what else you are up to this month.
Happy Fall,
Lesley

bobbie said...

Spooktacular!!!!!!!!!!

Terri Gordon said...

Hi Laura, This is just fabulous!!!! I love it. I can't believe you made the cabinet out of foam core, it looks like an antique cabinet. It is wonderful. Thanks for sharing it with us. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Terri

JoAnne said...

This is amazing!!!!!

Deedles said...

OMG! This is the best!!

Lynn Stevens said...

My jaw just hit my keyboard so if my computer is broke its your fault! LOL. FABULOUS Laura!
Do you ever sleep!!!
hugs Lynn

Daniele said...

OMG Laura......your imagination knows no bounds, a truly inspirational piece
hugs

Dorthe said...

WOW. Love it, this is realy witchy-and a bit scarry :) Wonderful bottles, and love the crow-bat and all other whimsy and witchy -a wonderful creation.
xo,Dorthe

Aisling said...

Ooooh, this looks so very cool! Must have taken ages to create, but the result is fab!

Joanne said...

This is just incredible. Thanks for the shopping list but you forgot to say where you buy imagination. lol.
Hugs Joanne xx

SusanLotus said...

Fantastic creation! I´m stunned!
Have a wonderful sunday!
Hugs!

Teresa Goller said...

Fantastic! Every detail, perfect!

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Wow - amazing. Would you mind if I add it to my Pinterest board? Its great inspiration.

Emma - The Sparkly Fairy

artistamyjo said...

Just amazing! One of the most creative pieces I've seen in a long time.
Have you had any Witches visit?
Hugs

fairyrocks said...

LOVE this!!! You are so inventive, I do undertand having to use knock off ingredients, well, since eye of newt and batwing soup have been banned. Not to forget deadmans toes are scarce too..... Keep smilng and creating

Angie said...

Oh Laura, I love it! What a stand-out for Halloween. Thank you for explaining what you did in detail. I might try my hand at a couple of the bottles.

Thanks, and wishing you a great day!

Angie

Kate said...

This is amazing! I love what you did! Very creative and fun!!
Kate

Jo said...

what to say ... i think i am almost speechless ... amazing ... utterly amazing ...

whymsicalmusings said...

Oh my OH MY!!!! This is simply INCREDIBLE!!! Every thing is just so wonderful! I have looked at every detail over and over! FABULOUS!
XOXOXO

Luthien said...

OMG!!! this is jawdropping AMAZING!! love every bit of it but i thot the spiders as legs were genius! it must have taken you ages to do this, esp to fill it up with them goodies :) so so cool!! and so so creative!!

April said...

Freakin Amazing!

Mina said...

You are amazing! This is one of the best apothecarys I have ever seen. Something I'd expect to see in a specialty shop. Wow!

Lululiz said...

I am speechless.

CreativSpirit said...

This is so amamzing Laura, you must have had so much fun creating this gorgeous piece. "Tis amazed that I am!!

Oxana said...

WOW!!!! GORGEOUS creation!!!

Gina Peake said...

This is absolutley amazing! I was hoping it would be a "treat".
:-)

Sarah said...

I love all of the books and bottles and lotions and potions. Very fun!

Karenliz said...

Outstanding! WOW, WOW and WOW! So much detail in it that you can look at it over and over and find something new.

Grandma Bugs Place said...

This is amazing! You are by far my favorite crafter. Wow..I love it.
Marcie

Barb said...

It certainly looks like you had a heap of fun creating this wonderful witches apothecary... it is magnificent!

Lizbethem said...

This is totally amazingly wonderful! Such creativity, humour and a little spookability, too!

Ratty Hugs said...

That is one AMAZING piece!! That it is made with foam core really boggles the mind. Your creativity is unmatched. I hope that this is kept in your family for years.
~C8>

Elaine A said...

See what happens when you are sick for a week, I almost missed this awesome piece of art! Laura, this is just stunning! I am so in love with this piece. What a wonderful treasure. So much to look at, gorgeous!

Elaine Allen

Tami Roth said...

Amazing! What a conversation piece!!!

deb said...

I want to come and stay at your house for Halloween! You make it look like so much fun! Now I want to look for some crazy little cabinet to make over! Already looking for rusty bed springs..and other assorted oddities! Lucky my husband knew I was nuts when he married me! Love your blog. You are sloop creative!

Mary Ann said...

Absolutely amazing. I love the spiders as feet...nice touch:)

ImagiMeri said...

That's pretty funny that Lynn asks if you ever sleep? It's one of the things I've said to her a few times.

This is absolutely amazing Laura, and I know how much time it took. I think I'd just love to go shopping in your junk drawers..LOL

I sure hope I win one of your Halloween ATC's as I have one to send to you.....oh heck I might as well just send it anyway.

Hugs,
Meri

Sheree said...

Amazing piece of work.

M Smith Gentry said...

This is so amazingly cool. :)

Electra said...

Amazing!! I love the spider legs. (and hate spiders)

Primitive Seasons said...

One of the most fantatic altered Halloween boxes I've seen....and I've seen a lot!. Fantastic ideas and inspiration. TFS!

Paulette said...

Laura,
This is too cool. I can't make up my mind as to which part of it I love best.
Your bottles are great. Where did you collect them all. I'm always looking for lovely unique glass bottles.

Paulette

Ally White Cat said...

Well i finally managed to pick my jaw up off the floor but my mind is still in awe.incredible and beyond.

Kris Dickinson said...

Good grief Laura! You need to send this to a magazine (insured, of course). What a masterpiece. Standing Ovation from me!

abbie's purple lily said...

It has been so much fun looking over all your beautiful art! I love this Witches Apothecary, it is Fantastic1 So much talent and imagination you so graciously share on here! Thank you Thank you!

Jan Larson said...

This is so amazing!! I could spend hours looking at it!