So I had been wracking my brain trying to figure out how to make miniature Distress Stain Bottles. They are made from a frosted plastic and I couldn't for the life of me think of what I could use. Then I remembered I had some dried up gel pens and I had used the ink tubes on another project. I like them because they are larger in diameter then a regular ink pen tube.
So I took the pens apart and pushed the dried up white gel out of the tube. (I cleaned them out with a pipe cleaner too.) Once I had them apart I cut the tube into 1/2" sections.
I then used my japanese screw punch to cut circles that happened to fit inside the end of the tube. I glued them in and now I had a bottle with an open top. I made some polymer clay "dowels" by using my clay extruder and once I had them baked I just cut them into little discs. I glued the 2 sizes on top of each other to make the "stepped" cap and then glued them over the open top of the bottle. I colored the inside of the tube with alcohol ink to make them look like they had the Distress Stain in them. (I'm thinking those silver cones may make some good track lighting fixtures.)
Here's the real sized bottle next to the miniature. I have since printed labels on my computer and added them to the bottles.