Thursday, August 19, 2010

a triumphant project



































By now, I’m sure you’ve all seen this technique,  (seen here is Creative Little Daisy's version)


which is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.  (except for that one time I watched my cat dive across the room and swat a fly IN MID AIR against the window and stun it, then lick it to death.  That was pretty cool.)  (Oh, and the time I watched my sister totally ream some lady out in the parking lot for yelling at me.  That was AWESOME.) (Well, St. Paul’s cathedral was cool too.  Especially from the top looking down.)  (Ok, maybe I’ve seen a lot of cool things, but this is in the top 20 at least.)
Sheesh.  Anyway.  I know I’m late jumping on this bandwagon, but maybe you are too.  If you haven’t tried this, you really ought to, because it is so easy shmeezy and the results are super cool.  So you feel pretty stellar afterward - you know, the whole “triumphant project” thing.  So I’m adding my experience in there with cool kids who’ve already done this.  Want to be cool like us?  I’m telling you, it’s so easy to make stained glass vases, you’re gonna cry about not doing it sooner.  (Or maybe not CRY - that could just be me being over-emotional).
Here’s the ingredients:
mod podge (have I mentioned I love this stuff?)
food coloring
water
a plastic cup/bowl/something you don’t mind getting super stained and messy
a stir stick of some sort
a glass vase/bowl/jar/cup of some sort that you will NOT be eating or drinking out of
an oven (that’s right.  All those who have yet to upgrade from microwave or fire pit, sorry, you’re out of luck.)
Windex and paper towels (Optional)
First off, cover your work surface.  Cover it now.  Cover it or you will be sorry.  My sister was all set to just dive in here, but I quick threw some paper down underneath her antsy little hands.  Phew.
Now, preheat your oven to it’s lowest setting - what is that?  170, I think?
Pour some mod podge into your plastic cup.  See how vigorously she’s shaking it??  I think that’s a requirement.
Add a few drops of the food coloring of your choice.
I wanted green, so I added some yellow to the blue.
Now, stir it around.  (Also vigorously, obviously).
Add a bit of water.  (you can see here that I forgot to mention another essential ingredient... mmmmm... chocolate shake....)
Stir.  This is the approximate consistency you should have.  It should drip off the end of the stirer, but it shouldn’t be so runny that it just runs right off.  It does need to maintain some of its stickiness.
Dump some of the mixture into the glass container.  
Turn the container and tip it around and around, until the mod podge mixture has coated the entire INSIDE of the glass.  You want it to go right up to the edges around the top.

After you’ve coated the whole inside, carefully tip the excess mod podge stuff out of the glass back into the cup.  You really want to get as much excess out as you can, so shake it a little and hold it upside down for a while, making sure to turn it and let as much drip out as possible.
You do NOT want it on the outside.  It will look yucky.  So this is where the optional windex/paper towels come in.  If you’re careful (and not impatient, like me) you won’t need it.  But to make doubly sure the outside of my glass was perfectly clean, I wiped off each container I made with windex after I coated them.
Now, put them on a cookie sheet (or on tin foil covering a cookie sheet which is what I would have done to ease clean up had I actually HAD any tin foil at the time) and put them in your oven.


Here’s the thing.  You’re supposed to cook them for 30 minutes.  But, we got busy with other projects and accidentally forgot about them.  They were in for at least an hour.  
I was terrified to check, but when I took them out, they looked like this:
GORGEOUS!  (if I do say so myself).
Here’re some thoughts:
  1. I think the extra time in the oven really helped to cook and solidify any puddles of mod podge that collected at the bottom of the glass (because no matter how hard you try, you can’t get ALL the excess out.  You just can’t).  So I say, leave them in for about an hour.  Check them.  If they need a little more time, leave them in a bit longer.  You be the judge.
  2. I used some vases left over from my wedding reception - told you had a million.  If you happen to have a million glass vases that you bought for your wedding reception that are now collecting dust in your parent’s basement, you’re in luck!
  3. I also used large baby food jars (heaven knows I have enough of those around - little oinker)  and a jam jar.  I used goo gone to get all the adhesive off.  Use what you got, baby!
  4. I wanted all different hues of green - deep green, blueish green, yellow green... so I played around with the amounts of blue and yellow food coloring every time I made another jar.  This gives each one its own unique look, and a little variation adds to the charm.


So, I loved this project so much, you can bet I’ll be playing around with it in the future.  In fact, I already have one more project to show you using this technique!  (it’s not quite finished.)  













I also loved it so much, that I took about a gazillion pictures.  (not quite a bajizillion, but close).

Thanks to Lise for the nudge to do this project, and for bringing the motivation and the recipe.  Oh, and for yelling at that lady for me.  




EDITED TO ADD:







BEFORE you put water in your vases or jars, you definitely need to seal those bad boys up.  Mod podge IS water-based.  They will be RUINED if you don't seal them.  Sooooo...

when you take them out of the oven, let them cool completely.  Then spray them down with something like craft sealer (tons of options you can get anywhere like Hobby Lobby) OR clear spray paint.  Or you could maybe use like polyurethane, but then you'd have brush strokes.  





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24 comments:

~*Katie*~ said...

Those are really cool!!!

Visiting from New Friend Fridays!!!

RE LOVED FURNITURE ADDICT said...

Wow! I'm stealing this idea! They look AWESOME!

Mother★Lode said...

way, WAY cool. over the top cool. i'm totally ripping this off too - love it!

Melissa said...

What an awesome craft idea!

Just Bits and Pieces said...

WOW!!! Awesome idea / tutorial! They're beautiful! Visiting from NFF at Trendy Treehouse!

Just Bits and Pieces said...

I also have to mention that after reading further into your blog....I'm your newest follower! Happy Friday!

Jill said...

I still need to try this. I love the way that you kept changing the color a littl bit with every jar. Great idea!!

Maureen said...

SO pretty - Could you use paint instead of food coloring? I was thinking something in the metallic line - like silver - maybe it would give a mercury glass look.

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Mandy's Creative Corner said...

That is so clever!!! Thanks for the tutorial! And thanks for the sweet comment =)

AUDRA said...

This is perfect!
Thanks for sharing at Socialize with me monday til Sunday! :)

RE LOVED FURNITURE ADDICT said...

hi again! I read somewhere that there might be a prob with the water lifting up the mod podge, did this happen to you?
Thanks for looking at my blog! :) You only need to scrub the one side of the mirror.
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Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] said...

Oooo, I hadn't seen this before. . . super cool :]

C.R.A.F.T. said...

so cool. im doing it! and i'm featuring this next week!!

Erin said...

Those turned out beautiful!!! Great job!!

Bree said...

Those look fantastic! I have an over-abundance of glass bottles/jars/vases that are in for a makeover now!

Amber said...

OK this is soo stinking cool! Thanks so much for sharing I have this one bookmarked!

Jess said...

Holy crap I love this. Once I find me some cheap glass jars/vases, I'm totally copying you. :)

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I like 'em! At what temp are you suppose to bake them?

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

These turned out so beautiful. Thank you for the marvelous tutorial!

Jennifer said...

This is amazing! I love the translucent affect and that all it took was some creativity and Mod Podge! I will for sure be trying this at home! Thanks for sharing!!

Life in Rehab said...

I was wondering if they were okay with water in them...you answered that! They really turned out pretty.

Kat said...

This is such a clever idea and they turned out really nice. Such simple gift ideas.

Evans Trio said...

OMgoodness those are gorgeous!! I will definitely be sharing this with my readers. We don't use food coloring because we are all reactive to it (not only in food/drinks but handling craft projects and any skin contact), so I will sub some natural food coloring for the petrol stuff. If anyone wants to try that, you can buy pre-made natural dyes from Seelect, Chocolate Craft, India Tree, Maggie's Naturals, and some natural-based items from the ChefMaster company. This project is PERFECT for summer outdoor candle holders. THANKS! :-))) ~Rebecca, www.DieFoodDye.com

Evans Trio said...

OMgoodness those are gorgeous!! I will definitely be sharing this with my readers. We don't use food coloring because we are all reactive to it (not only in food/drinks but handling craft projects and any skin contact), so I will sub some natural food coloring for the petrol stuff. If anyone wants to try that, you can buy pre-made natural dyes from Seelect, Chocolate Craft, India Tree, Maggie's Naturals, and some natural-based items from the ChefMaster company. This project is PERFECT for summer outdoor candle holders. THANKS! :-))) ~Rebecca, www.DieFoodDye.com

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