A couple of weeks ago, I had just taken a blank vial out to start wrapping it in wire, and the bottom popped out. I looked at it, it hadn't really broken any other way, or cracked; just the bottom, in a perfect circle, just came off. Well, I hate to throw anything out, so I made a polymer clay bottom, shaped it like vines and themed it with elements of Earth, and felt "Sylvan" was the best name for it.
A couple of days ago, I mentioned how I thought a Mermaid and a Unicorn vial would be neat; and while at the gem shop, got the ingredients I wanted to put in both. Well, I was catching up with some custom work; and I picked up a vial and the bottom popped off again. Like last time, rest of the vial was intact, and I tapped around on it to make sure it wasn't weak anywhere else, gave it a squeeze to see if it'd break -- Nope. Solid. So, I did like with the Sylvan vial; this time, I sculpted it to look like waves; then painted it with blues and whites, and then filled it with the Mermaid ingredients: Abalone shell, Aquamarine, and a natural Pearl; combined with wood from ash and hawthorn trees.
To go along with this, I also just finished the Unicorn vial as well. No broken vials this time; which was good because I wouldn't know what to sculpt for the bottom of a Unicorn themed vial. It's a beautiful vial though, and I just put it up on Etsy as well. It's got Opal and Rainbow Moonstone, lavender and wood from a holly tree, and a perfect, tiny, six-sided Quartz Crystal wand, right in the middle, like the great creature's horn. I couldn't decided whether or not I should attach the unicorn charm to the bottom or not; so, it's an option for the buyer, whether they want it permanently attached or not.
And, since I kind of like showing off my favorite Etsy finds. I have been telling everyone about this artist, MeriMask
I think she very well may be a leather crafting genius!