How do they get those little ships into bottles ??

20 Answers

  • Lucy
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    they put them in all folded up, but stings are attached to bits and then they are pulled to bring the ship into shape, or thats what i was tole anyway, it might be a load of rubbish!

  • 1 decade ago

    A "ship in a bottle" is assembled outside of the bottle, then placed inside. This may seem impossible without knowing the secret of the ship.

    Some ships are assembled whole with the masts hinged and laying flat against the deck. The ship is then placed inside the bottle and then the masts pulled up. Other times, especially with broader beamed ships like motor boats, the ship is assembled in the bottle. This of course requires specialized long handled tools, a keen eye, good coordination and lots of patience.

    Harry Eng was a well known creator of impossible bottles.

    Here are a couple of pages related to him.

    Examples of Harry Eng's bottles

    Gallery of impossible bottles from many makers

  • 4 years ago

    The ship in a bottle is a traditional type of impossible bottle. Other common objects used include matchboxes, decks of cards, tennis balls, racketballs, Rubik's cubes, padlocks, knots and scissors. In nearly every impossible bottle, the object inside has been carefully disassembled and reassembled inside the bottle. For example, to get a deck of cards inside a bottle, the empty box is first rolled up and inserted, followed by each card one at a time. Using some long forceps and other tools, everything can be put back together again and the result is something that looks impossible to one who does not know the secret. Also, objects may be inserted into a bottle whose neck is initially wide enough to accommodate them, and then with glass-blowing techniques the neck is made smaller than the objects.

  • 1 decade ago

    I own a ship-in-a-bottle built bu my uncle. There are no yardarms on it. Instead the sails are starched cloth so they can squeeze into the bottle and pop back into shape. If you look where the masts connect to the deck, you can see that the masts can be folded down to aft. There is a single string going over the top of each mast and down to the bow. The is typical of actual ship rigging so it does not look out of place. With the masts folded down, the model was inserted, stern end first. The hull is then cemented in place. Once set, the string through the bow and over the masts is pulled to raise the masts, The string is then glued in place and trimmed.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Probably they get make the bottle while placing the ship inside? Just a guess but i've seen people make glass bottles.

  • 1 decade ago

    They can put only one ship in one bottle. The bottles are specials because inside of it, sitting "The Jinn", and when they want to put some ship into this bottle, they grinds it (the bottle), "the Jinn" is coming and they commands him to put the ship into the bottle... and that's the secret:)

  • 1 decade ago

    The ship is built in the bottle. Some skinny tools, a very steady hand, and a ton of patience is necessary.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They make a real ship first. Then they shrink it with a shrink-ray.

    Then they make the bottle AROUND the ship.

    So they don't really put a ship into a bottle, they put the bottle around the ship.

    Source(s): (i just made that up, but wouldn't it be nice if ti were true?)
  • 1 decade ago

    The Masts are collapsible and when it is put in the bottle you pull on a piece of very, very, fine thread to pull them up and they lock in place, and the convex shape of the bottle makes the ship look bigger that it is

  • Kizzy_
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Thats easy, wot u need is a pair of binoculars and a pair of tweezers. You look through the wrong end of the binoculars, pick the ship up with the tweezers and place it in the bottle!

  • 1 decade ago

    They genetically modify apes, so they are less than 10mm tall they then put them into the bottle and force them to build a ship before they are allowed to be put back to normal size, its a conspiracy theory they do not want us to know about!

    Source(s): An insider at the RSPCA
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