Thursday, April 26, 2018

Dear Collectors ...



Friends, 

So many of you have reached out with inquiry of when the site will be filled with beautiful works again. I promise, I have not closed the door to the work room and there will be new inventory on the shelves in Mid-July. 

Our delay has been multi-fold, first starting with the move of the studio. In April and early May, we moved to a new studio. Working in this co-op space resulted in the loss of several products, raw and finished, and I eventually had to make the decision to move the studio back into my home. 

Where we once had many hands working on all the parts that go into this - packaging, printing, shipping, collecting, shopping, and making - there are now only two, and production has been a little slow as I adjust to being back to a one man operation for a bit.

There are exciting plans in the future, and I can't wait to share the goodness that comes from this work table with all of you in mid-July, with a friends and family sale that you will have to see to believe! So hold on little tomatoes, just a little while longer! I promise, it will be worth the wait. 

Blessings, 
Artie
Cross Bottle Guy

Monday, March 19, 2018

SFA1


Approximate Overall Height: 8.5"

This is a rebirth from a cross that we created years ago, which we called the French Alisee Cross. This smaller version includes our fiery and brilliant octagonal prisms in the smallest size, centered on one large octagonal prism. A gorgeous and simple piece that is sure to garner compliment after compliment, and pepper beautifully into any thoughtfully curated collection of Cross Bottle Guy work.

Forever married to an antique multifaceted amber bottle and adorned with a rosary of Nuestra Senora De Guadalupe, the gorgeous handmade art is finished in our signature mercerized rust patina. A unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com

SBRR1


Approximate Overall Height: 5.75"

Collectors have always loved mixing in our pewter rosary crosses with their collections of handmade crystal cross bottles, so we search for the perfect pieces to add to this category anytime we are looking for crystals. We happened upon these lovely antique St. Benedict pocket rosary rings and knew they'd be perfect for pairing with our bottle art.

Intricately hand worked, the rosary ring is accented by our own solder pearls in the center and at the top.

Forever married to a beautiful multifaceted antique bottle with an aqua hue and a stunning interior patina of ghostly grays and silvers and finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, this unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com

SSOC1


Approximate Overall Height: 5.5"

A beautiful combination of our German square crystals and Russian octagonal crystals in this Cross Bottle Guy handmade piece inspired by ancient medieval crosses. Brilliantly refractive and absolutely dazzling.

Forever married to an antique square base ink well wrapped in one of our beautiful solder collars and finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, this unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com

LFTOC1


Approximate Overall Height: 13.75"

A new crystal shape for collectors in 2018, this stunning crystal cross bottles is fashioned from our large French pendalogue's, surrounding a beautifully intricate inner 4-point cross of our bohemian fired and polished teardrops centered on a Russian square prism, and embellished by octagonal crystals of two sizes. 

Forever married to a gorgeous antique squat rectangular based bottle with a chalky inner patina of whites and grays and finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, this unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is adorned with an antique rosary. A stunning addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com

MOS1


Approximate Overall Height: 9.25"

Magnificently radiant, this demure crystal cross is inspired by medieval crosses of the 8th - 11th century A.D.. Made from our German square crystal prisms turned on edge, and accented by our brilliant medium and small octagonal crystals, this handmade piece of crystal cross bottle art is an absolute beauty.

Forever married to a gorgeous clear pharmacueticals bottle with a triangular base, wrapped with one of our gorgeous solder collars and finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, this unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com


CRR3


Approximate Overall Height: 6.5"

One of our newest crystal creations at Cross Bottle Guy, this beauty is hand crafted and inspired by sterling silver rosary rings. Fashioned from our smallest Russian octagonal crystals, this lovely and highly refractive piece of handmade art is sure to stand out in any Cross Bottle Guy cross bottle collection.

Forever married to a beautiful clear inkwell wrapped with one of our solder collars and finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, this unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com

SOC1


Approximate Overall Height: 4.75"

Don't let the petite size of this beauty fool you! It's got MASSIVE personality! Made from our smallest and most gorgeous Russian octagonal crystals, this little crystal masterpiece will pepper into your current collection beautifully.

Forever married to an antique clear medical powder bottle which has a stunning verdigris and slight aqua hue to the interior staining and finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, this unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com

SFC1


Approximate Overall Height: 11.25"

These beautiful, small French leaf shaped pendalogue prisms are extremely rare, and when we are lucky enough to come across them here at Cross Bottle Guy, they always make the most beautiful cross bottles! This one is no exception. Flat back and hand cut, these crystals are brilliantly refractive and are paired up with our Russian octagonal prisms in two sizes, which glimmer with brilliant refractory. A large piece, sure to bring a glow to any room of your home, this is certainly one to add to your collection!

Forever married to a beautiful cobalt blue pharmacy bottle and finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, this unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.

ARTIE.VANDERPOOL@GMAIL.COM

LFTC1

Approximate Overall Height: 18.25"

This beautiful bottle is the perfect example of the joy in building one of a kind art out of the beautifully fragmented and antique. Such a stunning combination of crystals, each rare and unique, forming a cross we likely won't be able to replicate. A brilliant collaboration of stunning and magically refractive French pendalogue prisms, hand chiseled and polished in the bohemian method. These large leaded crystals have the most graceful of silhouettes with subtle curves and ridged valleys creating a visual majesty of form and light refractory.

These five beautiful crystals come together with our new, small teardrop prisms and small Russian octagonals to create a completely new piece of Cross Bottle Guy crystal sculpture, which we may not have the good fortune of creating again. Married together with rough-hewn solder finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, this crystal beauty tops an equally beautiful bottle.

Clear with a slight aqua hue, this antique bottle has embossed cursive lettering " B&M " and a gorgeous interior patina only time under the ground can manufacture. Finished with one of our solder collars, and adorned with a beautiful rosary of black beads. A stunning piece for any thoughtful collection of our handmade art.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com


MRC1


Approximate Overall Height: 16.5"

This new shape for 2018 is one that we have absolutely fallen in love with here at the new Cross Bottle Guy studio. Hand crafted and inspired by antique single decade rosary rings, this stunning and refractive beauty has 25 gorgeous antique crystals in a beautiful crystal ring.

Our newest and smallest teardrop prisms make up the core of this ring, with ten of our Russian octagonals making up the decade points around the edge. The cross at the top, simple and lovely, just like its inspiration.

Forever married to a beautiful antique vintners bottle that has the most incredible wash of grays and whites inside, creating a remarkably ghostly patina and accented by one of our solder collars, the entire piece is finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, and is adorned by a wooden bead rosary.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com

WCB1

Approximate Overall Height: 18.5" 

For those of you who have collected our antediluvian pewter rosary crosses to pepper into your crystal cross bottles from Cross Bottle Guy, you'll love this unique, one of a kind piece. A beautiful antique wall crucifix of brass with a gorgeous time worn patina and verdigris makes for an amazing statement piece paired with this large bottle.

Married to an antique bottle with the most ethereal inner patina of grays, greens, and pearlescent whites, this beautiful piece of reliquary art is held together with rough-hewn solder finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, the piece is finished with a rosary of wooden beads.

ARTIE.VANDERPOOL@GMAIL.COM

NPC1


Approximate Overall Height: 9.5"

Collectors have always loved mixing in our pewter rosary crosses with their collections of handmade crystal cross bottles, so we search for the perfect pieces to add to this category anytime we are looking for crystals. We happened upon these lovely crosses and knew they'd be perfect for pairing with our bottle art.

Intricately pierced and embellished, the rosary cross is accented by our own solder pearls in the center and at the top.

Forever married to a beautiful, antique clear bitters bottle with a stunning tigering to the interior of the bottle and finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, and a solder collar. This unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com

4TSC

Approximate Overall Height: 10.25"

This crystal cross shape was a huge hit when we debuted it in 2016. We suspect that it will continue to be a favorite for Cross Bottle Guy collectors for years to come. Our stunning and brilliantly refractive hand cut and polished bohemian teardrop crystals form a four point cross centered on four of our fiery Russian square crystals turned on edge. Further accented by four of our small octagonal prisms, this beautiful handmade piece is finished in our signature mercerized rust.

Forever married to a beautiful clear antique bottle with the most beautiful wash of grays and rusty browns forever staining the interior of the bottle. A shapely silhouette with natural ribbed top and bottom accented by one of our gorgeous solder collars and finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, this unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com


LTST1

Approximate Overall Height: 15"

Truly stunning in every way, this brilliant piece has been one of our most favorite out of the collection made for our first trunk show. Handmade from our beautiful large flat-back, hand cut French tissue crystals, this five-point cross is accented by a starburst of our newest small teardrop crystals and centered on one of our beautiful Russian octagonal prisms.

Forever married to a beautiful dark evergreen vintners cask, and adorned with a beautiful light wood bead rosary, the entire piece is finished in our signature mercerized rust patina. This unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com


4PCH

Approximate Overall Height: 9.75"

Another beauty from the time vault. This gorgeous 4-point cross is made from our brilliant bohemian fired and polished, hand-cut teardrop prisms (the real work horse here at Cross Bottle Guy) pointing outward, inspired by medieval crosses of the 13th and 14th century. Centered on a square prism, and accented in the four corners by refractive octagonal prisms, this gorgeous piece of handmade work is a beautiful bottle to fit into any growing collection.

Forever married to a beautiful multifaceted, clear, antique bottle accented with one of our solder collars, the piece is finished in our signature mercerized rust patina.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com


SBRR3

Approximate Overall Height: 5"

Collectors have always loved mixing in our pewter rosary crosses with their collections of handmade crystal cross bottles, so we search for the perfect pieces to add to this category anytime we are looking for crystals. We happened upon these lovely antique St. Benedict pocket rosary rings and knew they'd be perfect for pairing with our bottle art.

Intricately hand worked, the rosary ring is accented by our own solder pearls in the center and at the top.

Forever married to a beautiful amber pill bottle with beautiful interior veining in shades of caramel,  and finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, this unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com

CHA1

Approximate Overall Height: 10.5"

This is an oldie, but a goodie! Our stunning bohemian fired and polished teardrop crystals point outward in this five-piece cross embellished with our refractive octagonal prisms, centered on a German square crystal. A beautiful and interesting piece to be sure.

Forever married to a beautiful square base, antique aqua bitters bottle with a stunning veining to the interior of the bottle and finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, this unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com


MOCM1

Approximate Overall Height: 11"

We were quite inspired by a beautiful small cross of sapphires and rubies seen at the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art jewelry exhibit in January. Immediately upon arrival at the studio, this beauty came to be, our version of that magnificent jewelers masterpiece. Created from three sizes of our elegantly refractive octagonal prisms, this stunning and simple beauty is sure to  garner compliment after compliment, and pepper beautifully into any thoughtfully curated collection of Cross Bottle Guy work.

Forever married to an antique round base clear pharmacy bottle with a gorgeous inner patina of grays and muddy whites wrapped with one of our solder collars, and finished in our signature mercerized rust patina. A unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.


APC51

Overall Approximate Height: 9"

Collectors have always loved mixing in our pewter rosary crosses with their collections of handmade crystal cross bottles, so we search for the perfect pieces to add to this category anytime we are looking for crystals. We happened upon these lovely crosses and knew they'd be perfect for pairing with our bottle art.

Intricately pierced and embellished, the rosary cross is accented by our own solder pearls in the center and at the top.

Forever married to a beautiful square base, antique clear pharmacy bottle with a stunning inner patina of grays and greens, banded by one of our solder collars, and finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, this unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com


NPC2


Approximate Overall Height: 5.75"

Collectors have always loved mixing in our pewter rosary crosses with their collections of handmade crystal cross bottles, so we search for the perfect pieces to add to this category anytime we are looking for crystals. We happened upon these lovely crosses and knew they'd be perfect for pairing with our bottle art.

Intricately pierced and embellished, the rosary cross is accented by our own solder pearls in the center and at the top.

Forever married to a beautiful, antique amber pill powder bottle with a stunning tigering to the interior of the bottle and finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, and a solder collar. This unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.

artie.vanderpool@gmail.com

CHA2

Approximate Overall Height: 13.75"

This is an oldie, but a goodie! Our stunning bohemian fired and polished teardrop crystals point outward in this five-piece cross embellished with our refractive octagonal prisms, centered on a German square crystal. A beautiful and interesting piece to be sure.

Forever married to an absolutely incredible faceted bottle with a shapely silhouette. Impossible to capture in photographs, this mercury tinted clear bottle has a stunning iridescence, a rainbow of beautiful refractory from the inner staining caused by the original toss into a fire. Remarkable, and totally unlike any other bottle we've ever worked with.

Hand finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, this unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.


SBRR2



Approximate Overall Height: 5"

Collectors have always loved mixing in our pewter rosary crosses with their collections of handmade crystal cross bottles, so we search for the perfect pieces to add to this category anytime we are looking for crystals. We happened upon these lovely antique St. Benedict pocket rosary rings and knew they'd be perfect for pairing with our bottle art.

Intricately hand worked, the rosary ring is accented by our own solder pearls in the center and at the top.

Forever married to a beautiful multifaceted antique bottle with an ethereal interior patina of ghostly whites and grays, and finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, this unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.


artie.vanderpool@gmail.com

FDLC1


Approximate Overall Height: 10"

Collectors have always loved mixing in our pewter rosary crosses with their collections of handmade crystal cross bottles, so we search for the perfect pieces to add to this category anytime we are looking for crystals. In 2017, we happened upon a handful of beautiful hand-forged pieces by an amateur jeweler, and they were quickly loved among Cross Bottle Guy buyers. We reached out to the jeweler, and collected a few more, including this new piece - a French cross with points that mimic Fluer de Lis.

Forever married to a beautiful French perfumers bottle that is banded in one of our gorgeous solder collars and finished in our signature mercerized rust patina, this unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.


STC1

Approximate Overall Height: 9.75"

We love working with new crystals when we find them, so you can imagine our joy in finding over one hundred very small teardrop prisms during a recent buying trip in North Carolina. These are half the size of our normal teardrop prisms, which allow us to use them in a variety of cross shapes.

They also look lovely in this simple cross, centered on one fiery and refractive German octagonal crystal.

Forever married to an antique aqua blue bottle with Chicago Pharmaceutical company embossing, the entire piece is finished in our signature mercerized rust patina. A stunning, and unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art, and a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.


SOC2

Approximate Overall Height: 7"

Don't let the petite size of this beauty fool you! It's got MASSIVE personality! Made from our smallest and most gorgeous Russian octagonal crystals, this little crystal masterpiece will pepper into your current collection beautifully.

Forever married to an antique clear medical powder bottle which has a stunning interior patina of chalky whites and grays, the entire piece is finished in our signature mercerized rust patina. This unique piece of Cross Bottle Guy handmade art is a wonderful addition to any growing collection, or the perfect starter piece.