During December I received a phone call from the web marketing folks at Coca-Cola. Apparently they had selected 5 artists to do special projects for their website to show creative uses for Coca-Cola bottles. There were a few catches, first, I had 4 days to create the project, second, instead of offering to use something I had already made, I asked, "what would you really like someone to make that you don't have yet?".
The final catch is that I, along with my 2 year old, ended up with this season's version of the flu (which I have named "Flu-Monia") that week! And still I faced the challenge head on....a Menorah? Why certainly I can figure that out!
I wanted it to be fun and unique, and as much as I looked on Google images and Pinterest I came up pretty empty as far as bottles were concerned, except that people would just line them up and stick candles in them.
So I set my mind to work and decided I would use a large bottle in the middle which would somehow balance the other bottles on a base, which could rotate. Why I didn't just line up bottles and stick candles in them I just don't know!
Here was the first Google Sketch I did:
Again, with no ability to get off of the mountain, I had to improvise for "candles", in my mind, I had wanted to get actual candles that would fit in the holes, but I didn't have any, so I ended up using wooden dowels painted white. I will definitely recreate this project with real candles next year.
I then put individual flowers made out of Coca-Cola cans in front of each bottle.
My big mistake, I decided I wanted the insides of the bottles to be white. This would not have been a mistake if I hadn't decided it in a feverish (103 degrees) state at the last minute. It's a real pain to get the insides of bottles painted, I'm sure there's a better way and I will figure it out! It did all work out in the long run; however, the folks at Coca-Cola were treated to a box with lots of clean up to do and lots of wet Kilz.
In the end, I figured it out and overcomplicated it and made it happen, and I am pretty proud to have been selected.
Here is the article:
The Coca-Cola Bottle Etsy Challenge
And here is the finished product:
I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity, and glad for the patience of the folks at Coca-Cola.