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Time:2h00
Difficulty
Nice 'n' Simple

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San Diego, California, United States
2011
Small finished 2
Small casket boxes 1
Small tiny top hat 3
Small spiked collar 1
Faux Felix Felicis finery! Liquid-looking without any liquid.

Felix Felicis is "liquid luck" from the Harry Potter books, a rare and special potion that helps Harry solve the mystery of how to defeat evil Lord Voldemort. Maybe your own bottle will help you find luck and vanquish evil!
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In the movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, it's clear as water, but the more exciting book description says it's bright gold. This little glass vial is just painted with nail polish on the inside, so you don't have to worry about spills, but it still looks convincing.
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MATERIALS:
-Tiny glass vial with cork
-Gold-tone beading wire (I'm using 20 gauge)
-Gold-tone jump rings (one or two)
-Nail polish; gold glitter top coat (gold glitter in clear polish) and shimmery gold (opaque or semi-opaque, with gold-tone polish)
-Acrylic craft paint; brown and antique gold
-Polyurethane varnish (water-soluble, available with craft paints)
-Printer paper
-Necklace chain of your choice
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TOOLS:
-Round-nose jewelry pliers
-Wire cutters
-Scissors
-Color printer
-Soft-bristled paint brush
-Candle
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NOTE: Labels for the bottle are the file attachments above. The small label is the size I used, the large one can be resized to the size you need. The fonts used are Sleepy Hollow (text) and WC Rhesus A (blots), which are both available for free.
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THE WAND PICTURED WAS MADE WITH THIS TUTORIAL BY SIGRUNELISE:
http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/wands-hp-style-again-2
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CO+K HAS BEEN REALLY BUGGY LATELY. APOLOGIES TO THOSE WHO'VE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SEE THE LABEL ATTACHMENTS.

Instructions

You Will Need


Cost
Cheap

  1. How to make a vial. Felix Felicis Necklace - Step 1 1

    Here's a tiny glass vial with a cork. It's less than three inches tall. I got this in the dollar bin at Michael's.

  2. How to make a vial. Felix Felicis Necklace - Step 2 2

    Here's the nail polish I'm using. It's Sinful Colors brand (it's my favorite brand, and it's great for this because it's very chip resistant), which is about two dollars a bottle. The one on the right (topcoat) is called "This is It" and the one on the left is "Paris."

  3. How to make a vial. Felix Felicis Necklace - Step 3 3

    THE POTION:
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    Clean the inside of the vial with something that won't leave spots, like white vinegar and a cotton swab. Make sure it's completely dry.
    .
    Pour a few drops of the gold glitter topcoat into the vial, and move the vial around so that it runs around the inside. You can add more as you go.
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    Don't coat the entire inside with the glitter. It will look more liquid and swirly if there are areas that aren't as glittery.
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    Keep moving and rotating the vial until the polish solidifies enough that it no longer runs.
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    When you have the swirliness you desire, let the polish dry overnight.

  4. How to make a vial. Felix Felicis Necklace - Step 4 4

    Add a larger amount of the opaque gold polish and run it around the inside, this time coating the entire surface. Make sure to get a nice even line right up to the bottleneck (so that once it's corked, you can't see inside and see it's empty).
    .
    Let this coat dry as long as you can. How long it will take will depend on the polish and the thickness of the coat, but mine wasn't completely dry after one night.
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    When it's dry, firmly cork it.

  5. How to make a vial. Felix Felicis Necklace - Step 5 5

    THE BAIL:
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    Leaving a little extra on the end, wrap the wire around the neck of the vial several times, starting at the bottom of the neck and spiraling upwards. Once it's fully wrapped, cut the wire, leaving a little extra wire at the other end, too. (The wrap should end approximately where it began.)
    .
    Slide a large gold jump ring onto one end of the wire. Slide it up the wire until it's under the strand of wire closest to the center of the bottleneck, at the same point where the wire begins and ends.
    .
    Put each end of the wire through the jump ring.
    .
    Using round nose pliers, bend the top end up over the cork, and bend a little loop or swirl at the end. Press it down firmly so it looks like it's holding the cork in place.
    .
    Bend the bottom end of the wire into a loop or swirl against the bottle and press it down firmly.




  6. How to make a vial. Felix Felicis Necklace - Step 6 6

    Here's another view of the jump ring and wire. The jump ring should be firmly secure and not slide around.
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    You may need to add another jump ring to the first when you hang it on your chain for it to hang the way you want.

  7. How to make a vial. Felix Felicis Necklace - Step 7 7

    THE LABEL:
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    Print your label and cut it out. The small label you can download in the above attachments is the size I used for my bottle. However, it may not be right for yours. You can use the large image to resize it to the size you want, or you can make your own.
    .
    Cut out your label and, using a candle and pliers or tweezers, carefully singe the edges.
    .
    ALWAYS USE CAUTION WITH FIRE! Only responsible adults should be doing this, and make sure there's a sink nearby should you need to put a flame out quickly.
    .
    You might want to practice on a few paper scraps before you do the label. The best way to do it is to light the edge of the paper and quickly, but gently, blow it out.
    .
    Incense sticks are also a good way to singe paper edges, and it rarely lights the paper.

  8. How to make a vial. Felix Felicis Necklace - Step 8 8

    Clean the outside of the bottle with something that won't leave spots, like white vinegar and a paper towel.
    .
    Apply water-soluble polyurethane varnish to the back of the label with a soft-bristled paint brush. (You can find this varnish with regular acrylic craft paint.)
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    Carefully position it where you want on the bottle and press it down firmly. Let it dry for a couple of minutes.
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    Mix a tiny bit of brown and a tiny bit of antique gold acrylic paint with some varnish and carefully apply it to the front of the label, being careful not to get it on the glass. (The paint gives it a more aged look.)
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    Allow it to dry thoroughly. (This will only take a few minutes.)

  9. How to make a vial. Felix Felicis Necklace - Step 9 9

    Add a second jump ring if needed, hang your Felix Felicis on its chain, and now it's ready to wear!

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