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Over the summer, we were cleaning out one of our shed's in the backyard when we stumbled upon these old glass centerpieces. They weren't very large, but they were clearly used. They had old candles melted, they looked stained from smoke, there were spiderwebs, and all sorts of things. So naturally, I took them inside & made it my mission to clean them up.
And clean them up I did! I removed the wax, hand washed them, ran them through the dishwasher and then they were good as new!
Finally, this weekend I was in the mood to experiment! So I whipped the pieces out and attempted to stain them. I had seen this before on Pinterest, using modge podge & dye. I figured, well, I always have both of those things on hand so why not! To see the final products, check out the slideshow below!
Let me preface by saying, if you're looking for a craft with quick results, you might want to skip this & try something else.
First you'll start with mixing the dye & modge podge. I used about 3 1/2 teaspoons of modge podge and kept adding dye until I got the color I wanted. The colors will get darker (but still on the transparent side) when they bake. The amount of mixture you make will depend on the size of the piece you're working with. So experiment!
Then you're going to pour the mixture into your glass. Slowly being to twirl the mixture around, getting the color over the whole thing. You can use a paintbrush to lightly help.
Next, you'll take a piece of wax paper & layer it with a few pieces of paper towel. Make sure you're on a covered surface, or a surface where you don't mind getting dye on!
Flip the piece of glass upside down onto the paper towel. You're going to want as much of the excess mixture to drip off into the paper towel. Leave the piece upside down for at least an hour.
When the hour is up, turn on your oven to 225 degrees. When it's ready, place the piece of glass on a new piece of wax paper in a pan right side up.
You're going to let it bake for 45 minutes. When it's done, you'll notice that it'll be transparent & stained!
Keep repeating until you're done! You can add multiple into the oven at once of course!
Check out the pictures below!
A few things I ran into though, when I took my first one out of the oven, I noticed there were lots of little bubbles cooked in. I thought maybe I had too much of the mixture left in there, so when I did my second, I used a little less & let it sit upside down a little longer. But there were still bubbles baked in. I would suggest perhaps lowering the heat a little in the oven and checking on them halfway through!
Despite the bubbly feel, I still like how they came out. I might jazz them up a bit more in the future to take the focus away from the bubbles!
Enjoy the craft! I Hope it bring color to your vases, centerpieces & more!
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