The tail two wires are held together with a couple short wires.
The finished produce creates a very nautical way to display any antique bottle collection. The same techniques can also be used on new wine bottles. Different colored glass and different size bottles only add to the display.
Start with a heavy gauge wire. We used 14 gauge black coated wire. Fold the wire in half. Each half should be 4-5 inches longer than the bottle. Using pliers crimp the half way point as shown to form fishes mouth.
Next shape the outline of the fishes head so that it fits the bottom of the bottle.
Using needle nose pliers make bends to form the top dorsal fins.
The eye is made from a slice of a cork. We used a black sharpie marker to darken the eye. Then used a 24 gauge wire and wrapped it into position.
DIY Nautical Art
DIY How to make nautical hanging fish art from any antique or new bottle.
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Depending on the size and shape of the bottle two or three additional wire will need to be used to secure the fish outline to the bottles bottom and middle.
Check out this short YouTube video which depicts the entire process on how to make these Bottle Fish. You will not believe how easy it is. These Fish are great for Nautical themed or waterfront homes,
Once the basic outline including mouth and fins are formed start by attaching the wire outline to the bottle. We started at the neck. Using heavy gauge 14 or 16 gauge uncoated wire we wrapped the fish outline to the bottles neck and then twisted the wire using pliers. Be careful not to over tighten or cause damage to the bottle.