Thr Craft Room 30th May 2015 – Altered glassware,part 1…

Our craft group has been running for over 3 years now, which is brilliant, but you would think I should  have learnt by now that when I put a workshop  session on I need to be more specific with how I do it. ie  ” this is the jar/bottle  we are going to work with” and not “bring any glass jar/bottle you want to alter”  Giving them too much choice is sometimes NOT a good idea lol.

I showed them a few samples of the kind of jar/bottle that would do for the project

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jam/pickle jars, coffee jars, wine/spirit bottles etc

So as they turned up to the craft session this afternoon what did they bring?  Irene, Lisa  and Diane, very good, pickle, coffee type jars. Jackie, ok, unusual shaped glass bottle, yes we can work with that. But, as they say, there is always one!  Margery before taking her’s out of her bag says  ” Is a Kilner jar ok?” thinking pickle jar size I say yes will be fine, “good” she says placing the jar on her work station, I want to use it as a biscuit barrel ! yes its big, and the look on my face must have been a picture lol.

OK apart from the glass jars bottles what else do we need before we start.

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Lots of die cuts, ie flowers, leaves, butterflies etc,  for whatever theme you are wanting do, (can also use lace, string beads, paper clay moulding etc) tissue paper (optional), Modge Podge matt (any matt medium will probably work ) and Gesso white/black.

To start screw up tissue paper and stick onto your glass jar – brush jar with Modge first than place tissue paper over top and brush again with Modge making sure you get any air bubbles out. It does not need to be neat, and creases and ridge are good, but if going to be using the lid just keep below the screw ridge.

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If wanting a smooth base just brush on a layer of modge to “key” the surface of the glass and omit the tissue paper.

Next, no need to wait for the modge to dry,  stick on all your die cuts etc again using Modge Podge or if wanting to raise certain areas ie butterfly wings  or stick on beads etc use  3d gel or a hot glue gun. Then give everything a top coat of Modge

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As yo can see you dont have to stick everything flat onto the glass, you can leave bits sticking up

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This is Jackie’s bottle btw.

While that is drying you can do the same to your lid if using.

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Again, even with the lace, brush over the top with Modge.

Once dry all you have to do is to give it all  a coat of Gesso. For this project we were just keeping to black or white

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Now we need to leave them to dry, then can touch up any areas that have been missed. And yes I did let Margery use it, that’s the Kilner jar on the left towering over the over jars. Well she is my mother lol.

Jenna (my daughter) decided she would join in with today’s session but wanted to do hers slightly differently. Using an old Galliano (Banana liquor) bottle she gave it a base coat of Modge followed by a coat of black Gesso. Once dry she gave the top and bottom parts of the bottle a coat of Paper Artsy’s crackle glaze (love this stuff) Again allow to dry (actually she was impatient and used a heat gun lol) Painted over the glazed areas with white acrylic paint and watched the crackle appear.

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When dry the middle part was painted with blackboard paint (2 coats, 1st brushed on up and down, 2nd coat side to side) She has just wrapped string around the top and will also wrap some around the top and bottom of her “chalk-board”

We still have a little time left so those that were using lids started on their lid embellishments

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Tattered Floral flower with Spellbinder die cuts in black card and painted with Pebeo High Viscosity paints.

Next week we will finish off our jars etc with mica powders, the Pebeo HV paints and of course gilding wax and should end up with something like this

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This is just one way to “alter” a jar/bottle but there are so many different ways and variations (as seen with Jenna’s bottle above)

This bottle was my first attempt a few weeks ago. I omitted the tissue paper, painted a layer of gold acrylic over the gesso. followed by the Paper Artsy crackle glaze and a top layer of opaque chalk paint.Then just picked out the poppies, butterflies etc with mica powders and gilding wax

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Its a great way to recycle jars and bottles and use up oddments from your craft stash. Just have a go its such fun to do.

I will showcase their finished jars/bottles next week.

Thank you for visiting and if any questions just ask and I will answer if I can 🙂


1 Comment

  1. lisa

    Fantastic results so far, great instructions Julie, just need to decide whether to go black or white gesso lol x

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