- fine tip edible marker (or fine brush and black/dark brown paste colour)
- small rolling pin
- ball tool
- 3 mm piping nozzle
- glue for brush
- dusting brush
- flower paste*/sugarpaste** mix (equal amounts of flower paste and sugarpaste): light blue (bottle)
- CMC powder
- flower paste: purple (cork), pink (string), ivory (tag), white (to attach the tag)
- dust colours: blue, brown
- edible glue
* flower paste = gum paste
**sugarpaste = fondant
Add some CMC to the light blue flower paste/sugarpaste mix. Keep on adding the CMC until you feel that the paste is a bit thicker (you want the bottle to hold the shape/not sink, but at the same time you want to be able to easily form the shape without cracks forming).
Roll an elongated, oval ball.
Start gently pressing, in about 1/4 of the length of the oval ball, to create a narrowing. Keep on pressing the paste and rotating the element. Work gradually until you get a similar shape as the one in the photo.
Flatten the bottle.
Flatten the bottom of the bottle by pressing it to the board gently and rotating (hold the fingers near the bottom edge).
Pinch the bottom edge to sharpen it.
Check if you are happy with the shape. If you are planning to place the bottle on the edge of a tier, make sure that the bottle is not too big.
Bring the bottle to the edge of the board as shown in the photo and cut the end off.
Roll a ball of light blue paste slightly smaller than the neck of the bottle. Don't stick it on yet.
Place the ball on the board and use a ball tool to make an indentation in the middle.
Roll a similar size ball of purple paste. Form a short tapering towards one end sausage. Flatten the wider end.
Pinch the edges to sharpen them.
Stick the indented ball and the cork to the bottle.
You can make the tags the same way as in the Mad Hatter's Hat Tutorial - roll the paste out very thin so that you can see through it; place a printed out template underneath; paint the message on. For details go to step 36 of the Mad Hatter's Hat Tutorial - http://crumbavenue.com/tutorials/mad-hatter-s-hat .
If you prefer to use a marker, you can cut the tags out, leave them to dry out completely and then write the message on.
I like to use the fine tip marker. I first make the letters very thin. If I'm not happy with the positioning or the spacing of the letters I adjust them by widening them (f.ex. if the letter seemed to be too far to the left I widen it slightly to the right). You can also find a font with letters which are not all in one line - then if the letters written by you are not even it won't be that visible. I highly recommend dafont.com webiste - you can browse through hundreds of fonts and check how the message would look in a certain font.
I suggest making 2-3 tags just in case they break ;)
The tags will look nicer if they are not completely flat. Put small pieces of paper towels underneath the corners and leave them to dry out completely.
As you can see the tag in not completely flat, so be careful while writing the message on (the tag is brittle - if you press to hard with the marker it might break).
Dust the bottle. Move the brush from the sides towards the middle (horizontally).
Roll a thin, long sasuage of pink flower paste. Wrap it around the bottle as shown in the photo. Stick a small piece of white flower paste where the tag will go. Apply some glue on that small piece of paste.
Dust the tag (move the brush from the edges inwards). Thread the string through the hole in the tag and trim the ends of the string (stick the ends at the back). Gently press the tag to the white piece of flower paste.