February 28, 2015

Scuba Diving tank for American Girl Doll

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What you need

  • small silver spay bottle or shampoo bottle with cap (about 2" in diameter and 7" tall)
    you can spray paint the bottle silver if needed
  • black duck tape (long enough to wrap around bottle once)
  • small piece of wood about 1 1/2 x 3/4 " 1/4"
  • silver paint
  • black polymer clay (for on/off knob) if you can't use the spay bottles nozzle
  • 1 small nail (about 7/8" long, needs to be long enough to go through the knob and into the wood piece)
  • 2 small nails (to attach wood piece to bottle cap)

How to make the tank

1 a. If you use a shampoo bottle or similar, paint the bottle silver and the cap either silver or black.
       Set aside to dry.

1 b. If you are using a silver spay bottle (found mine at the dollar store) then you need to disassemble
       and modify the bottle a little.
       Unscrew the bottle from the head and set aside.
       Take the head and cut everything off above the cap (see dotted red line)
       Remove tube, or cut it off
       Take off the nozzle adjuster and set aside (this will be the on/off knob) (see red arrow)

2. Take the wood piece and paint silver, set aside to dry

3. If you don't have a nozzle, that you can use for the knob, make one from polymer clay
    To do that, take some black clay and roll into a roll about 1/2" long and about 1/2" in diameter
    Take a tooth pick and press along the side to create indentations
    Bake according to manufacturers instructions
    Drill a small hole through the center for the nail then continue with step 4

4. Take the nozzle piece and center it on the wide side of the wood piece slightly above the center
    Nail it through the nozzle opening onto the wood piece

5. Nail the wood piece onto the bottle cap or the cut off cap from the spay bottle
   Nail from the inside of the cap upwards into the wood.

6. Measure the circumference of the bottle close to the bottom
   Take black duck tape and cut a strip that is that length
   Cut the strip lengthwise to get a 3/4" strip
   Wrap around the very bottom of the bottle

7. Screw bottle cap back onto bottle

You are done !!!

1 comment:

  1. What a great tutorial! Am definitely going to give some of the items a try. That said; read over the supplies and plan to use a few of my own ideas as for the --
    Mask - Rather than use plexiglass will use clear plastic that is often used for packing and can be easily cut
    Fins -- Shall tweak the pattern and method of construction slightly as shall use craft foam that when once ironed (at a low setting protected with brown paper to avoid residue on your iron) results in a denser but a shiny finish that can be shaped while it is still warm, retains it shape but is still flexible. (Hope that makes sense ... ☺. Also shall add by using said technique on darker colours of craft foam; the result is the look of leather.)
    To conclude; thank you so much for sharing and kudos to you for being so creative. -Brenda-