Cheerful Spirit Creations Bottle Centerpiece by Jenn Vodrazka

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Cheerful Spirit Creations

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Bottle Centerpiece

INSPIRATION:
Some of Jennifer Vodrazka's passions are holiday decorating, recycling, and handmade glass decor. A few years ago, she decided to bring all of these together. Inspired by talented upcyclers, Jennifer learned bottle lamp making, but still wanted to create something unique for gift giving. Eventually she came up with filling the bottles with decorated trees.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Jennifer takes wine bottles and miniature Christmas trees and turns them into a handmade tree-in-a-bottle decorations. The design has many unique aspects. It is the first and only Christmas tree in a bottle decoration to date. It has a patent pending wireless design using string lights. The bottle was specifically designed to keep the entire shape of the wine bottle. These magical creations can replace candles or a vase as a centerpiece. Love parties, wine, decorating and holidays? A Cheerful Spirit Creation brings cheer and light to any room. The bottle "capture" the spirit of Christmas time.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The bottle stands beautifully on it's own and to turn on the lights, you pick up the bottle and switch the button underneath the base of the bottle.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project began in October 2016 and was completed in August 2018 in Westchester, New York. It was on display at Consumer Product Events Holiday show in New York city's Time Square in May 2018

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The product is made using bottlebrush or sisal trees, wine bottles, string lights, and crushed glass. I created a patent pending string light base to make the bottle a wireless centerpiece. First, we cut a 60mm center hole under the base of the bottle. We do this to preserve the entire shape of the wine bottle. Then we attach the tree to the string light base. Once the tree is strung and decorated, we place the entire unit in the bottle. The on/off switch and 2 AAA batteries are then hidden at the base of the bottle.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
90mm x 90mm x 345mm

TAGS:
bottle art, bottle lamp, bottle centerpiece, wine bottle decor, Christmas centerpiece

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The first research I conducted was to see what the options were to make this centerpiece I envisioned. The first model I made had a cork base with a battery pack and wire coming out of the back of the bottle. After testing many types of string lights and battery bases (corks, closures, plugs, and caps), I realized I had to create this specific base myself. The base I need did not exist. I measured many different ways to make the battery light base using vernier calipers in my garage. I also had to test several ways to cut out the hole for the light base and trees. I used a stationary drill press and diamond hole saws for this. After a year of trying different methods and sizes, I was then able to hire an engineer to create the lighted battery base.

CHALLENGE:
The hardest part of this design activity was changing the design to a wireless design. I went from using store bought string lights to having to hire an engineer to create the CAD files for the light base I envisioned. It was my first experience explaining my design and bringing it to life with this one part was somewhat difficult.

ADDED DATE:
2019-01-11 16:26:15

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Images: Denise Medve of Penguin Moon Studios/ Creator: Jennifer Vodrazka, Cheerful Spirit Creations, 2018

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 29/645,470. 2018. U.S.

Visit the following page to learn more: http://cheerfulspirit.com
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Cheerful Spirit Creations

PROFILE:
Cheerful Spirit is a Westchester, New York based online holiday shop created in 2016 by shop owner, Jennifer Vodrazka. Cheerful Spirit's hand-crafted bottle light decorations are suitable for any interior. With a celebrated collection inspired by the Christmas tree, Cheerful Spirit Creations are ideal as design centerpieces, as well as providing a beautiful soft light using battery operated LED lights. Each bottle creation uses German crushed glass glitter, sisal trees, a patent pending string light base, and two AAA batteries. They are then corked and sealed for a lovely “captured” touch. These vintage-inspired, festive decorations also come with a sturdy gift box that can be used to store the wine bottle each season.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Cheerful Spirit Creations Bottle Centerpiece by Jenn Vodrazka is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Cheerful Spirit Creations Bottle Centerpiece by Jenn Vodrazka is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2018 - 2019.

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