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Ovation: Tiny Things In Bottles.

07/26/2013

TinyWorldInABottleHave you ever seen a ship in a bottle?  Known as an “impossible puzzle”, it is a bottle that has an object inside it that doesn’t appear to fit through the mouth of the bottle.  The most common way to get a ship into a bottle is to wait until the boat is inside the bottle before raising the masts and sails, often using the strings that will represent the ship’s rigging.  Using specialized long-handled tools it is also possible to actually build the ship inside the bottle.

It’s possible to put a pine cone in a bottle if you insert a closed, damp cone through the narrow mouth of a bottle and then allow it to dry inside.  Fruits and vegetables can be grown to full size inside bottles if the bottle is placed around a blossom or young fruit and secured to the plant.  Most of us have seen penny-in-a-bottle souvenirs  that are mass-produced using glass blowing techniques.

Architectural model maker and artist Akinobu Izumi has taken the concept to a much higher level.  Based in Tokyo, Izumi has created a series called “A Tiny World In A Bottle” using intricate paper, small pieces of cork, a very steady hand and lots of patience.  For a floating effect inside the bottle, he sometimes uses liquid paraffin.

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Izumi, who sells his tiny art on Etsy, says he creates the miniature worlds in his spare time.  “I love to make things, especially tiny ones!  I try to make something unique and fun and amazing.” he says.  “I hope you like the things I made!”

I think they’re amazing.

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8 Comments
  1. Anonymous permalink

    I put the souls of the men that fall in love with me in tiny jars and shake them up when I’m feeling irritated. Bwahahaha.

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  2. Rick permalink

    I LOVE miniature!!! If its a small version of something I immediately want the smaller one. I always wanted the tiny pet. The “runt” of the litter.

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  3. Way cool. Thanks for sharing. Sing to Don Ho’s tune….”tiny bottles…”

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  4. Wow! It’s amazing all the tiny things in those little jars – he must have to work with very fine tools.

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  5. They are so cool! I love that there are still so many creative and new things out there. I have a friend who does something similar but makes them necklaces.

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  6. Does he make one that fits a college age kid? I’m dreading sending my daughter off next week!

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