Ahh, I love it when I get a project done. My process of creativity sometimes takes awhile. I have to stew on it for a bit; imagine where it will go, what colors to use, do I have the items I need. I knew I was finally ready to start when I found a vintage chip and dip bowl at a yard sale for only 50 cents. The two together reminded me of a flower, and I had a green vase, the rest is history. For those of you who would like to make one for yourself (it is super easy) here is a tutorial of all the steps. Have fun with it, the possibilities are endless!
I get all my glass ware from yard sales and thrift shops. I just find what ever appeals and save it till I get inspiration.
This is what I use to glue my pieces together. It is incredibly strong, waterproof and to this date none of my pieces have come apart. It is a bit smelly (strong vinegar scent) so I keep my craft room door closed and the windows open. You can usually find this at any hardware store. I get mine at Montana Ace Hardware.
I always start with a very heavy plate as the base and the first vase I fill with "ballast", in this case, little bits of tumbled glass. This makes the birdbath strong and heavy enough so that even a small pet cannot topple it. In this case I used a red plate (the color didn't really go with my design, but I knew it would not be seen when finished) I build in sections. I will glue the bottom section, then work on the top separately, letting the glue cure overnight. Finally I will put all the parts together, making sure they are all centered. If you want to embellish with additional pieces (marbles, shells, rocks, etc.) go for it and then let the piece cure for 24 hours. For this piece I kept it simple knowing that where I intended to put it, was busy enough.
Finished product! I just love it and it lends some sparkle to part of my shade garden. I took a shovel and made a slight indention where I wanted to place it and wiggled the red plate into the soil for strength, bringing some of the soil up onto the plate. Next up will be a hanging bird-feeder for my crab apple tree. All I need is one more plate, so off to yard sale again tomorrow for supplies!
I am joining My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
and also, Inspiration Friday, At the Picket Fence.