Custom Bottles or Jewelry
Maximum size 1/4 oz- blown vessels
1/5 dram vial sample holders
Each and every vessel is hand blown and shaped, so there are no
2 that can be identical, only close.
- this includes 4 bottles made to your specs for color, type, size,
shape and style. Or, they can be 4 variations so you have a larger
- these 4 bottles will be shipped to you for decisionmaking and are
yours to keep.
Once we have decided on the final bottle for production, the
minimum quantity is 5 pieces at a time, price per piece will vary
based on type of piece and complexity, ranging from $26-$120 each.
You will be quoted with each prototype sent.
If 4 prototypes are not enough, then another $250 will be due
for another set of 4 prototypes (if you wish to see the full range
of potential tops and styles for example).
Standing - flat based w/ optional clear glass base
Hanging - for use as a pendant, bottom is rounded or pointed
Borosilicate - Pyrex glass
Pros: maximum hardness and strength, crystal clarity
Cons: limited color selection
Soft glass - Soda Lime Glass
Pros: standard glass bottle material
Cons: weaker, easier to break, but largest possible color
Free hand blown
- these are blown to shape from glass tubing, sizing/shape is
determined by eye.
Pros: blown directly from glass tubes, there is no possible
residue. Maximum uniqueness, very smooth.
Cons: the glass will always be thinner and more delicate. Also, the
size and shapes will have the most variation, both inside volumes
and outside...there are no machines, presses or tools used, every
single bottle is unique.
- these are wound on metal rods for precise control of INSIDE
dimensions (ie. vials), or where precise inner diameter is
Pros: Inside dimensions are identical. Glass can be thicker and
heavier. Entire bottle is more symmetrical. More design and color
Cons: Openings must be the same size as the inside diameter
(smaller containers possible).
There are 4 styles of tops I make, see specific images above. The
prices will vary depending on complexity and difficulty to
1. Bead & wired top.
this is a bead top, with wire that runs through the cork, with or
without attaching chain, neck wiring and little bead dangles. Most
labor intensive option.
Advantages: most sophisticated, wire in cork makes it stronger.
Disadvantages: more labor, more 'jewelry' like.
These are handshaped glass tops GLUED to a cork. The glue is pretty
stable, and if for any reason the glass comes off the top, they can
be reglued, and more importantly, the cork can be replaced.
Advantages: Less expensive. Cleaner lines (only glass and cork
showing). Can color match stem/top glass to bottle. Cork can easily
be replaced for any reason, or even to change the scents in the
bottle to remove any old remnants, by simply removing the top and
gluing it to a brand new cork.
Disadvantages: the cork might come loose from the glass (solution
is to reglue). The cork may not FULLY seat into the opening as each
vessel is handmade. Cork is an organic material that can
deteriorate over time. Also, this is not the best solution for
Essential Oil heavy perfumes, as they can deteriorate the glue.
3. Plain Cork
- as you can see, the cork is still an elegant, if simple
Advantages: very inexpensive. Precise sizing of neck is not as
critical, so long as cork fits. Cork can easily be replaced
anytime. "Country" or more 'simple' looking.
Disadvantages: not as elegant as any of the above solution.
4. Glass Dropper
This is the least practical and most expensive of all the tops,
because there is no way to guarantee a tight seal with such a small
glass dropper that is hand shaped.
It IS still useable and will hold liquids, but there is less
consistency between bottles.
Most perfumes are in machine made glass bottles, where the tops
and bottoms are fitted by mold. Handmade bottles that are hand
shaped require each dropper be made as a separate object, so
uniformity is an issue. These types of tops are best for display
bottles, not real use.
If you want this option for the professional look, you can ship
the bottle separately from the perfume itself (better idea anyway
due to the sealing factor. MANY of the most expensive perfumes in
the world are shipped in a plain bottle, separate from their
display bottles. This is especially true for lalique or baccarat
bottles from the most expensive perfume houses), and give them the
option to fill it or leave it as a collectible.
There are real advantages to cork, not the least of which is the
'wicking' effect. The cork will absorb the scent and gently 'wick'
it to the top, like a wine cork because they are partially exposed
at the necks. It's also a GREAT way to wear a perfume you love to
smell, but doesn't work on your skin. A drop or 2 in the vessel
will last all day if you wear it around your neck.
Also, the cork itself can be replaced very easily, a broken
dauber or glass dropper cannot, so this is a really practical
solution. But by nature, cork is more delicate, especially very
The lowest price is a plain cork top, because anything else is
making 2 separate pieces of glass to fit.
1. let me know you are interested and ready to begin. Send me
drawings, ideas, colors, specs for the bottle you envision having
2. Send me $250 for the prototype development. The time this will
take is roughly 1 - 2 weeks depending on how fast we arrive at a
I will make the prototypes 1 at a time, with complete tops, and
you will proof each vessel photographically. We discuss changes and
make the 2nd vessel to your specs.
If you are pleased with the first or 2nd one, I will still
complete the 4 vessels, the remaining ones being the ones that you
designated as your final. All 4 vessels are shipped to you and
yours to keep.
Prices for the final will depend on all the above factors and
will be quoted at the time protypes are completed. The current
range for custom bottles in sets of 5 are from $26 per piece (very
basic with cork top only) to $120 (complex vessel with glass top,
silvered or dicroic glass and a difficult or glass heavy
3. You may order as many as you wish of the final prototype, at
the agreed upon price, but minimum per shipment is 5 pieces.
Any perfume bottle developed for you will NEVER have the design
duplicated for another client. This is a guarantee.