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Re-purposing Glassware for Garden Art and Repair of Same

Updated on May 5, 2019
A globe of glass products, with solar light
A globe of glass products, with solar light

Garden Art from Re-Claimed Glassware

Reclaimed glass products from the Thrift Stores are used to build beautiful, original works of art for display outside in your garden creations.

This particular creation is composed of a vase, clear sandwich plate, a candy dish, a glass unicorn, a votive candle holder, some glass pebbles, and some flat, glass disks.

Wind, Glass, Sun and Glue Don't Get Along

Since it was very hot, windy, [you fill in the adjective] last year, my glass object did not fare well, so in the fall, when I pulled the metal pipe out of the soil for winter [safe] storage, the large vase came dislodged from the base.

I carefully placed all the pieces in a box, put the entire works in storage over the winter, and this week, decided to reglue the parts together.

E6000 is the Recommended Adhesive for Outside Work

Since I did some garden art one year with Super Glue, and the glue did not hold, since the glued object fell apart the minute it was placed into the ground, I decided that something else needed to be used for the glue.

E6000 was recommended. Supposedly it is supposed to hold up a little bit better. Nothing lasts forever, but I'm trying this product. The update on longevity will come in a few months if it falls apart this summer.

Glass Preparation - Clean and Dry

Clean, and dry, or as clean as you can manage. I didn't bother removing all of the old glue, since it seemed to be stuck fairly good.

I had an old section of the Sunday Star and Tribune and decided to protect my table top from glue drippings.

I had to reattach some of the flat pebbles to the area around the bottom of the unicorn base. Then, I applied a generous bead of adhesive to the rim of the glass vase that was going back over the top of everything.

Before I glued it, I decided which direction it had come off in the first place and attempted to return the edges to the original spot. Now, to let it dry for a few days.


The Base

This is the threaded metal plate that attaches to the bottom plate and gets screwed to the pole that pokes into the ground outside.
This is the threaded metal plate that attaches to the bottom plate and gets screwed to the pole that pokes into the ground outside.
See the threading?
See the threading?
Attached to glass plate with glue.
Attached to glass plate with glue.

Beginning the Base

Votive Candle Holder, surrounded by glass pebbles
Votive Candle Holder, surrounded by glass pebbles
Clear glass creature, like Unicorn, glued to top of votive
Clear glass creature, like Unicorn, glued to top of votive
Circle of glass pebbles around votive.
Circle of glass pebbles around votive.

Checking Old Glue for Loose Pieces

Removing loose pieces of glue
Removing loose pieces of glue
Fairly sturdy glue patch
Fairly sturdy glue patch

Top

Inverted crystal dish
Inverted crystal dish
Large Vase
Large Vase
Vase to Base - Matching old glue spots for maximum re-gluing
Vase to Base - Matching old glue spots for maximum re-gluing
E6000
E6000

Working With the Glue

Metal Tube, Clear Glue
Metal Tube, Clear Glue
Old glue, unclog with a toothpick.
Old glue, unclog with a toothpick.
Hopefully, unclogged.
Hopefully, unclogged.
Re-gluing the small pebbles. Glop of glue in each spot where pebble belongs.
Re-gluing the small pebbles. Glop of glue in each spot where pebble belongs.
Flat side of pebble, down to glue.
Flat side of pebble, down to glue.
Press into place, making sure it is pressed up against other pebble and up against votive.
Press into place, making sure it is pressed up against other pebble and up against votive.
Press down to squish into place, forming occlusive bond. Do not disturb until set.
Press down to squish into place, forming occlusive bond. Do not disturb until set.
Repeat with other pebbles.
Repeat with other pebbles.
Press pebble against votive.
Press pebble against votive.

Re-Gluing the Large Vase to Base

Add full bead of glue to edge of glass.
Add full bead of glue to edge of glass.
I wasn't kidding about the full bead.
I wasn't kidding about the full bead.
Press re-glued vase to base. Squish to spread glue.
Press re-glued vase to base. Squish to spread glue.
Let glue set for a couple days. Do not disturb to check glue. Leave it be.
Let glue set for a couple days. Do not disturb to check glue. Leave it be.

Get Your Glue Here

Eclectic Products 220011 2 Pack 3.7 oz. E-6000 High Viscosity Multi-Purpose Adhesive, Clear
Eclectic Products 220011 2 Pack 3.7 oz. E-6000 High Viscosity Multi-Purpose Adhesive, Clear
This is the size that works very well. Easy to hold and apply. Enough glue for many, many projects. A great value. Recommended!
 

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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      2 years ago from Minnesota

      Mary Norton, thanks for your comment. I like mine. A few years back, i glued some tea cups together. Very cute, but, not very sturdy...

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That is so beautiful. I would love to have something like that in my garden.

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