Genie Bottle

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I saw one of these on another forum and thought I would make one myself.
I am not happy with the proportions but seem to be “My Project Blind” as I cannot decide what is wrong with it.
It just doesn’t look right.
The wood is Tasmanian Myrtle and the top is painted black, same on both bottles.
The finish is Shellawax.
The smallest one is 8.25in tall and 2.5in at the base.

I do have broad shoulders so please tell me what you think is wrong with them.

Thanks for looking.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#1 posted 03-29-2014 04:04 AM

Bob,they are a great pair of Genie homes. I would think that you have to extend the neck a bit so it is taller in proportion with the base. Either way if I could fit in them I would sleep there. Nice touch with the black top.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 03-29-2014 04:12 AM

Bob, I would agree with Dave and suggest a broader base as well. Are your bottles one or two bedroom Genie abodes..LOL? Nice work by the way!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 03-29-2014 04:34 AM

Very Nice and Well done! Thanks for Posting.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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Cedar Furniture Lodge

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#4 posted 03-29-2014 05:22 AM

I don’t see any thing wrong with them, thy look great.

-- "The Cedar King"

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Bob Collins

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#5 posted 03-29-2014 06:08 AM

Both look good to me Bob, maybe a flatter base, I like the effect of the top, nice turning. On page 3 of my projects I have a segmented ply wood gene bottle with a big base and long neck, suitable for an Islamic Gene and all her in laws.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#6 posted 03-29-2014 06:33 AM

They would have to be two bedroom. Single bedrooms are just not the thing these days. LOL.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#7 posted 03-29-2014 07:44 AM

The right one has better proportion but if the bottom were a wide bead or more spherical they would look better. And I completely understand “my project blind”.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 03-29-2014 08:18 AM

they look great, the only way I have ever been able to fix proportions is turning different vases and seeing what I like, glue up some pine and make a bunch of different shapes, you will like some more and others less. In your case, they are good! Nice turning and the black tops set it off!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#9 posted 03-29-2014 11:51 AM

Very nice Genie bottles Bob you did an awesome job on them. All I want to know is which one is Barbara Eden in and a one bedroom bottle is all we need…LOL Awesome bottles.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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woodshaver Tony C

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#10 posted 03-29-2014 02:40 PM

Broad shoulders or not, I wouldn’t want to Rub you the wrong way so I’m just going to say I like them both!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 03-29-2014 04:21 PM

Nice turnings. Even better imagination…..about genies I mean.
I can see what you mean about not looking “right” and I see this sort of thing often when people make salt/pepper mills and shakers, and some candle holders.
I’m a technician not an artist but I think it comes down to proportions and the weight given to the bottom of the piece.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#12 posted 03-29-2014 06:09 PM

I like the shapes, but I think what you are seeing as a problem is an optical illusion. The black paint draws attention away from the base. Next time try a different color of paint that is not such a sharp contrast to the color of the wood.

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#13 posted 03-29-2014 06:12 PM

Bob, I think that the modulation between the top and bottom is too abrupt, Much like a night and day thing.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#14 posted 03-29-2014 06:49 PM

Very well made, nice work. I suspect your questions about proportions is accurate. The bottoms seem small compared to the top and finial, or perhaps the finials have too much mass. I constantly ask myself these kinds of questions while turning. Does it look right? Is it balanced? I’m glad you questioned yourself in the post. When I took a design class at university, these were the kinds of questions that we discussed about abstract sculpture.

-- Glen

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#15 posted 03-29-2014 09:38 PM

Try separating them and take another critical look.
The fact that they are positioned together may be part of the dilemma.

The Tasie myrtle looks great with its shellawax!

You could if you were still concerned Google the bottles and see what others are on display for a comparison
Look like you have received Lots of great feedback.

-- Regards Rob

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