How to Upcycle Empty Bottles into Faux Stone Creatures

Original price was: $137.00.Current price is: $82.20.

In this course I’m going to show you how to upcycle an empty wine bottle and turn it into a faux stone finish creature. Let me show you how to make a giraffe sculpture as well as a cat doorstop. We’ll cover various techniques including making your own eyes, sculpting with tinfoil and wire, mixing various Paverpol products to achieve different effects as well as dry brushing paint techniques.

In the bonus class, I’ll show how to transform an instant coffee bottle into a beautiful owl container. There will be additional techniques taught in this section too including working with lace.

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In-Depth Instructions

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What You Will Learn

Class 01:

  • Who is Brenda?
  • What will we be doing?
  • Tools and materials we’ll use
  • Making the eyes using polymer clay
  • Painting the eyes
  • Mixing and pouring resin (magic trick to remove air bubbles)
  • Choosing a suitable wine bottle for the giraffe
  • Forming the quirky neck
  • Sculpting the body with tinfoil
  • Tricks with foil to build up the body
  • When to use a spoon for smoothing as opposed to a hammer

Class 02:

  • Sculpting with foil balls
  • Forming the basis for the head
  • Creating the front legs
  • Explanation of the back leg shape and how I bend the wire
  • Sculpting and bulking the hind legs
  • Preparing and using Paver Wrappers
  • Applying the first coat of Paverpol

Class 03:

  • Finish wrapping the legs
  • Applying the rest of the first coat of Paverpol
  • Mixing 5:1 Paverpol : Paverplast
  • Explanation about when I will use “Rose Clay”
  • How to determine where the front legs should be attached
  • Attaching the front legs
  • Determining where to place the rear legs and adjusting their shape to fit
  • Tweaking the positioning of the rear legs and attaching them
  • Thickening the Paverpo/Paverplast mix to fill in gaps
  • Making Rose Clay

Class 04:

  • Applying Rose Clay
  • Tips and tricks with smoothing Rose Clay applications
  • Refining the rear leg attachments
  • Shaping the hooves with Rose Clay
  • Beefing up the legs
  • Refining the design of the attachment of the legs
  • Sculpting the head using Rose clay including inserting the eyes
  • Forming the ears with wire and masking tape
  • Adding the ears to the sculpture
  • Strengthening the ears with wrappers and foil

Class 05:

  • Fixing a boo boo – smoothing the ears with Rose Clay
  • Thickening the Paverpol/Paverplast mix
  • Applying a thick coat in preparation for texture
  • Creating a skin on the surface
  • Giving the sculpture a furry texture
  • Adding the tail and ossicones (giraffe horns)
  • Making the mane
  • Using an alternative method to create the mane

Class 06:

  • Finishing the mane
  • Mixing PaverSand into the product for more texture
  • Adding physical spots
  • Mixing paint colours
  • Dry brushing light paint for “stone” look
  • Mixing paint for the mane, ossicones and tail and painting them
  • Adding a little shadowing
  • Mixing paint for the spots
  • Dry bushing the spots
  • Painting the hooves
  • Finishing the tail brush and ossicones
  • Adding eye liner
  • Applying eyelashes
  • Sealing the giraffe with varnish

Class 07:

  • Making the cat
  • Start sculpting the head with foil
  • Inserting the eyes
  • Sculpting the front legs with foil
  • Giving the face a profile
  • Plumping the cheeks
  • Making and attaching the ears (different to the giraffe)
  • Improving the cat’s mood by repositioning the ears
  • Start sculpting the hind legs with foil

Class 08:

  • Continue sculpting the hind legs
  • Adding a nose
  • Making and placing the tail
  • Attaching all the limbs
  • Plumping the cheeks even more
  • Adding a lower jaw and chin
  • Covering everything with masking tape
  • Smoothing the front leg attachments with tape
  • Adding actual cheeks
  • Improving the profile

Class 09:

  • Coat everything with Paverpol Paverplast
  • Thicken the mixture and paint a coat
  • Create a skin and add texture
  • (How to tell when the skin is ready for texturing)
  • Adding the nose by sculpting with a brush
  • Dry brushing and painting his nose and mouth
  • Wrap-up


  • Tools and materials
  • Preparing the bottle with Paverpol
  • Sculpting the head with tinfoil
  • Making a “feather frill” for the head
  • Bulking out the head
  • Discussing my thought process for the basic design
  • Sculpting the body shapes including the belly and tail
  • Covering with masking tape and then Paverpol/Paverplast
  • Creating textures (both rough and smooth)
  • Adding more Paverpol/Paverplast
  • Taping the whole head
  • Preparing the eye lace and beak
  • Covering the head with Paverpol and explaining the eye position
  • Adding eye patterns, beak and eyes
    Adding texture to the chin
  • Using a doily to make wings
  • Adding lace to the wings and a doily tail
  • Making the body “feather frill”
  • Adding the feathers to the body and making ear tufts
  • Smoothing the ear tuft joints
  • Painting the owl
  • Wrap up

Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: Upcycled Empty Bottles

Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
Home decorators, crafters, eco conscious artists, upcyclers

Main objective:
Learn How to Upcycle Empty Bottles into Faux Stone Creatures!



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