Stained Glass Mason Jars

My wife’s cousin makes her own delicious homemade salsa and every time we see her, she gives us a jar or two.  We love the salsa (especially over eggs).  After a while, I’ve noticed that we have amassed a sizeable collection of the mason jars she puts the salsa in.   We have used them for everything from piggy banks to change jars.  However, I felt that we could probably make better use of them.  Today, my daughter and I started a new project – making stained glass mason jars.  It was all trial and error, but the results were amazing!

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As you can tell, the bottom hasn’t fully dried yet, but I’ll give it a few hours.  It was a great couple of hours spent on this project.  They are currently sitting on my kitchen window sills.  Once fully dried, my wife (the decorator extraordinaire)  added some pretty spring flowers.  Here is how we did it:

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Give the bottom of the jars a couple of hours to fully dry.   I tried sticking them back in the oven for another 10 minutes or so, but they were still a little opaque.  We used a couple of combinations for the colors, and they are:

Green Jar: 15 drops of food coloring

Blueish Jar: 20 drops green + 20 drops blue

Purple Jar: 20 drops blue + 20 drops red

Yellow Jar: 20 drops yellow

Orange Jar: 20 drops yellow + 25 drops red

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  1. The longer you let the jar dry, the least likely it will be to peel
  2. Add less food coloring to make it more transluscent.  The more you add, the darker the results
  3. This is not suitable for consumption, so please do not put foods or liquids that will be ingested in the jars
  4. try to avoid putting liquids in the jar all together, as it will increase the chance the inside will peel off
  5. You can also do this on the outside and use the jars as pots, vases, candle holders… the possibilities are unlimited
  6. If you paint the outside instead of the inside, use a sponge brush to reduce the likelihood of streakiness

I hope you all have as much fun as we had making these lovely jars!!  Let me know how they turn out for you… or if you have any other tips or tricks to share.

 

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