Have you ever seen a ship in a bottle and been baffled as to how it got there? Well we are going to show you how, and help you baffle your friends in turn! There are of course many kits you can buy to make these ships in bottles, but it is just as easy to make one at home.
You will need
A collapsible ship that will fit in the bottle
A paint brush
If you wish to, you can create a scenery for the ship inside the bottle using paint and paper.
For the ship, you can buy a small model at an arts and craft store or make one using paper or wood. Wood is preferable as paper ships may get damaged over time. Taking bits of wood, you can make a simple ship with a hull and a couple of masts. Ensure that the diameter of the hull is less than that of the bottle. How easy or complicated your ship is to make depends on how skilled you are at woodwork. You can also paint your ship to make it colourful.
Do not stick the mast to the base. Instead, make a hole at the bottom of the mast and loop a wire through this using a needle. Straighten out the wire and attach the other end to the base. Leave only a bit exposed. This wire will function as a hinge later.
Tie string to the top of the masts. Bend them forward completely.
Now, insert the ship carefully into the bottle. Ensure the string remains outside.
Using tweezers, gently pull the string to make the masts straight again. Once the masts are in the desired position, cut off the excess string.