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Small Encapsulated Worlds

Posted on: April 24th, 2012 by Alex No Comments
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Going through my feeds I’ve noticed that the blogosphere has recently been getting excited about things in jars. I approve of this trend and find little encapsulated worlds and environments to be both exciting and thought provoking. I began to collect all the cool bottles, jars, and salt shakers as I saw them scroll past. Now that I’ve collected a good sampling, I’d like to share my best finds with you.


Bio-Dome — Mac Nettles

These professionally crafted bio-domes from Mac Nettles are absolutely stunning. Follow the link to see the artist’s portfolio bio-domes including some with kettle tops.

Mosser | ISO50

NY based designer Jennica Johnstone and Noah Atkinson threw together simple elements to create Mosser. Mosser is hand cultivated by the artists and requires minimal upkeep. Read more about Mosser on ISO50.


This example is a bit more abstract than the others but allows for the dome to encapsulate any of your treasures from rocks to door knobs. This further proves that anything looks awesome contained to itself.

Free Project Friday: Mushroom Terrarium | Lark Crafts

Yep, my mind is still on mushrooms. Once I’m moved and settled I’m going to tackle this craft. The tutorial looks pretty simple, and the end result is both kitsch and adorable.

Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol’s Solar Jar Captures the Sun’s Rays and Lights Up at Night | Inhabitat

You may think that this jar is completely empty, but ponder again! Check out these stylish bottled sunshine creations. Inhabitat explains how these self sustaining jars can light up your next evening BBQ.

Live British Soldier Mini Terrarium Shaker Moss Cladonia Lichens — Etsy user AppalachianEmporium

I actually bought this one for Andrew along with other starter materials from Etsy seller AppalacianEmporium so that Andrew could create a terrarium of his own. No longer do you have to imagine what could take over your salt shaker, the answer was moss cladonia lichens!

Cicada Wing Pendant SP2 — Etsy user silentcheesecake

Maybe not as cute as the other capsules, this one is more scientifically fascinating. Create a little myth about where this wing came from and give it to a young member of the family.

A super tiny jellyfish in a tiny bottle L USD — Etsy user Tinyworldinabottle

 I would love to get a ton of the art pieces from Etsy seller Tinyworldinabottle. Each bottle is more intricate than the last! I especially love their dinosaur collections.

There you have it. My favorite small worlds. If you’re still craving one more microcosm then check out how I encapsulated nostalgia.

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