Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Splitcoast Tutorial: Colored Glass

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a throwback technique called Colored Glass - the tutorial actually ran first in 2012 during the Holiday Blitz event, but sometimes those tutorials get missed and it's nice to see them again and use the technique for a non-holiday project.

I was searching everywhere yesterday for a pack of Tim Holtz charms I still have not found, but I found a box of mini salt shakers that I bought years ago. The jar part of the shaker is about a 1" cube - they are soooo teeny and cute! I think at the time I was making salt shaker snowmen or something like that...? Anyway, in my current upcycle phase, I was thinking they'd make adorable pendants! 

The tutorial uses ModPodge and dye ink and I wanted that to work but it was humid and the ModPodge started to gap in patches, so I ended up starting over with alcohol ink instead. Tip - heating the glass will stop the ink from flowing and allow you to get some texture in the ink! I ended up with alcohol ink in just the upper portion of the bottle, which I like. I filled the bottle up with sand and tiny shells.

I threaded some 20g wire through the holes of the shaker and bent them across the top of the cap, then created a bail by bending one wire up to create a loop and wrapping both ends around. 

I glued the top to the jar with E6000 glue.

The little beaded dangle was created with a looped strand of waxed thread - you string a seed beed onto the left side, a small jump ring around both strands, then a seed bead on the right side and a small jump ring around both strands, and repeat until you have the length you want. Cute and easy! The sand dollar charm is from Joann's - always check their sales!

Speaking of upcycling - I made (and sold!!) this necklace this weekend - I'm having so much fun with this mixed media style!


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  1. That necklace is beautiful. What is the base that holds the butterfly made of?