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How to Make a Chloroform Bottle

Updated: Sep 12, 2019

Oddly specific, yes. But you never know when it might come in handy. It's cheap and pretty easy to make an old timey looking chloroform bottle. Plus you probably have all the ingredients at home already. Here's how to do it:


You will need: A clear glass jar, PVA glue, food colouring of your choice (we wanted brown so you used a mix), a mixing container, a mixing device (we used a knife), tinfoil or baking paper and a cooling rack.


Fill your mixing container with about a 1/4 cup of PVA glue. This will depend on the size of your jar, our jar is about 700ml and we had plenty of glue mix leftover.


Add food colouring in whatever colour you want your jar to be. We wanted an old looking brown so we used 10 drops yellow, 3 drops red, 1 drop blue. If you already have brown food colouring you could also do that. Then mix into the PVA glue thoroughly.


Pour the glue mix into your jar and slowly tip the jar so every surface is evenly coated. If your glue is too thick you can dilute it with water but ours was runny enough as is.


Put the jar upside down on a cooling rack so that the glue can drip and dry overnight. If you want to speed things up you can bake the jar and it will set a lot faster. Simply put the jar on the cooling rack on a baking sheet and put it all in a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 100 degrees C and bake for 20 minutes. Be careful to let it cool completely before moving it around.


You can DIY your own label in photoshop or find one on Google, ours is from Google. We recommend making your own if you will have a clear shot of the label and you will be able to read it. Print it to the right size for your jar on regular paper in a regular printer.


This one is crazy. Brush some milk on the back of your label and it will adhere to your jar. Just plain old milk. We used blue top. I still can't believe it works but I put the label on the jar about a month ago and it's still on there. Absolutely nuts. Just brush a light layer across the back of your label then press it on the jar. Wipe away any milk that spills over and leave to dry.

And there you have it, an old timey chloroform bottle, perfect for... I don't know, King Kong remakes? We're using ours for a Health and Safety video.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments. I would love to hear from you if you try it out!!!

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