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Three Easy Glass Crafts
Sea Glass Jars
The "sea-glass" jar, above, was made using four ingredients:
- Elmer's School Glue
- Food coloring
- Liquid dish washing detergent
When you make this craft, be sure to use Elmer's School Glue. It dries to a matte sheen, rather than a glossy, opaque sheen.
The instructions to make this craft are here: Live Gorgeously.
One thing to note when you make the jars: DO NOT put water in them after you make them. Water will cause the coloring to run. Instead, use the jars to display silk flowers.
I use this little jar on my desk to hold paperclips.
Some people seem to be born with a craft gene. These are the people who can look at a scrap of fabric, a pipe cleaner and a tube of glue and make a diorama of the Eiffel Tower. On the other hand, there are people like me: the crafts-challenged. I can't even draw a straight stick figure, and everything I knit or crochet ends up in the shape of a triangle even when I'm making a square. I'd always written off crafts - until I found these three ideas online.
Each of these three crafts used simple items found in the dollar store, with the exception of the votive holder, which required me to purchase Glass Cobbles on Amazon. The "sea glass" jar uses recycled jars; in this case, a jar from artichoke hearts, but I have also made this same craft with recycled spaghetti sauce jars.
Before starting any of these crafts:
- Read the directions through carefully.
- Make sure you have all the equipment and supplies necessary to make the craft.
- Wash used glass jars, such as spaghetti sauce jars, in warm, soapy water. Peel of the labels and use a scraper or stiff scrub brush to remove the last of the labels and glue.
- Spread newspaper over the work surface to keep your tables clean.
- If making the votive candle holder, you will need a glue called E6000. Be sure to read the package directions and take appropriate safety precautions as the glue's fumes and materials can be toxic. I wear disposable rubber gloves when working with this special glue to keep it off of my hands.
- Have fun!
Dollar Store Hurricane Candles
I made these hurricane candle holders from materials I found in the local dollar store and E6000 glass glue, which is available at Walmart and other big-box and craft stores. The colorful stones inside the jar were purchased at Walmart, but you can use rocks gathered from around your home, seashells or other materials.
To make these glass holders, you need:
- One glass candlestick holder for the base
- One tall glass vase
- One long "votive" candle without a picture on it
- Rocks, stones or other colorful materials
- E6000 glass glue
Newspaper to protect your work surface and a rag to clean up
The instructions to make the candles are on Hometalk.
A few tips:
- Follow all the safety precautions for E6000 glue
- Make sure you remove the labels and price stickers from the glass before working with it. You may need to soak them, or use a scraper to remove all vestiges of the glue.
- Center the glass vase carefully over the candlestick; once the glue dries, you can't move it.
Do not use a regular candle inside the glass vase. Glass vases aren't made to withstand heat. By using the white votive candles, which already have a heat-resistant glass covering on them, you protect the vases themselves.
Instead of using colorful rocks, you can also paint the glass using glass paints and stencils.
Glass Cobble Supplies
Cobble Glass Candle Holder
The stained-glass votive candle holder, above, is a little trickier to make, and a little more expensive. To make it, you will need:
Glass cobbles (available from Amazon and many art and craft stores)
Glass candle holder
Glass cobbles are remnants of stained glass. They are flat, but have jagged edges, so be careful when handling them. You can easily cut yourself on some of the sharper pieces!
After cleaning the votive holder with soap and water and removing the stickers, arrange your glass pieces into a pleasing pattern. Next, turn the votive holder on its side. Apply glue and glue the glass pieces to the surface. You may need to hold them steady while the glue dries if the sides slope. Turn the votive holder and repeat until all sides are covered and the glue dries.
If you use a glass candle holder, with glass intended for candles, you can use a simple candle places directly into the holder.
More cobble crafts may be found on HGTV.
© 2014 Jeanne Grunert