Re-purposing Glassware for Garden Art and Repair of Same
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.