If you are in shortage of budget, or you are in big fan of creating your own unique piece and have creative excellent taste to add to your precious pieces and décor, you can simply create your own antique piece following some simple steps and tips.
Today I will walk you through making two kinds of decorating glass vases, Mercury and Clay.
So let’s start the fun & creativity!
First: Mercury glass vases
Mercury glass has that silvery cast, its shine often has a mirror-like quality.
In antique mercury glass and costly reproductions, double-walled clear glass is hand-blown in molds and injected with a silver-looking wash.
Mercury glass is loved for that sparkle that it has, but it’s really expensive.
However, you also can try doing it yourself in a less cost. All you need is sheets of silver leaf that attached to the insides of inexpensive clear glass vases, sealed, and embellished with silver paint. That’s it.
It’s also really fun. Depending on the materials you use, the result can throw as much sparkle and shine as the original. So experiment and add some shine on this New Year.
Clear vase with a wide opening
Newspaper to cover work space
1. Wash and dry your glass vessel.
2. Working in a well-ventilated space (or outside), lightly spray the inside of the vase with adhesive. Allow it to dry for 10 minutes.
3. Attach torn pieces of silver leaf to the inside of the vase, smoothing down edges. You want a patchy look. Cover 90 percent of the vessel, leaving little spaces clear (to simulate the look of oxidized, flaking mercury glass).
4. Lightly spray the inside of the vessel with sealer, and allow it to dry for 15 minutes.
5. For added depth, lightly spray the inside of the vessel with spray paint.
Second: Polymer Clay Vase
Polymer Clay could be used to create an endless supply of creativity. You can sculpt with it, make your own jewelry from it or make your own vase.
With this guide I will show you how to create a fabulous centerpiece for your home.
1. Glass Vase, The flat surface is perfect for sculpting on but rounded surfaces work as well.
Copper, Gold, Antique Gold, Black, or any other color depending on your chosen theme.
3. Roller- you can use an acrylic roller but you may substitute anything else. For instance a glass bottle or marker will work.
4. Bake & Bond: This is what allows the clay to adhere to surfaces.
You need a few tools, if you don’t have Clay specific tools, you can use almost anything.
You may need a needle knife. You also need a cookie cutter in the shapes similar to your chosen pattern (leaves for example).
Make sure that you have a clean work surface. You can use tiles to work on, because the clay is easily removed from them, and won’t ruin the table underneath.
1- Choose the pattern you like for your vase (flowers for instance). Then cut a sheet of Paper to fit the glass, then mark on the paper where you want the pattern to go, and draw your pattern from there.
Now comes the fun part!
2- Take your flattened piece of clay, tear it in half and take one of those halves and roll it like a jelly roll. It doesn’t have to be perfect because you’re going to have to smooth it around to get the shape you need. Just flatten it with the palm of your hand and start forming your Theme
You can lay your piece of clay against the image to make sure you’re on form. (Just don’t leave the clay on the paper for an extended amount of time).
Tear off a small piece of the left over clay and make shapes that fill and follow the drawn Theme Then take your knitting needle (or pencil, pen, anything with a tapered edge) and indent the clay with it. Use it to fill the tiny patterns.
3- Embellish: You can use almost anything you want here (Beads, gems, marbles, etc. Make sure it won’t melt if you stick it in the oven. )
You can add some lines to simulate certain grain if you need to.
Turn your pattern over and start adding cross lines all over the back of it. This will give the “glue” something to hold onto. Again, don’t push too deep or you could ruin the front side of the Theme
Now start add the glow inside the lines and add a thin line around the outside as well. Press the pattern onto the glass where you’ll still have room to embellish above and below.
Take any remaining brown clay used for the main pattern draw, and a little of unmixed Copper and swirl the two together. Now be creative and start play around the pattern adding any pieces you need until you are happy with the resulted shapes.
Start by rolling out some clay in these colors: Antique Gold, Gold, and a combo of the two or any other chosen colors. Tear off strips of these vertically, roll into a snake, and then flatten them. Add the “glue” to the back and attach to the glass. Get creative here. The more colors you have, the more dynamic the piece will be.
If you add a glass gem or a marble, the “glue” alone won’t keep it in place. You need to create sort of anchor for the gem. Place a dab of bake and bond on the back of the gem, press against the glass, and then wrap a coil of clay around the gem. This will keep the gem from popping off.
4- Roll the gold clay flat, turn it over and cover the back with scrubby-pad-imprints. After the back of the clay is textured, turn it back over and use your leaf cutter to cut out several leaves depending on your chosen Theme Repeat the same process to create more leaves or grain.
Once you’ve gotten all your leaves done, turn them over, add a bit of bake and bond and apply to the glass.
5- Bake and Paint
Time to cook! Before you preheat your oven, set your oven rack to where your vase will fit without touching the sides or the heating coils. Use your Kitchen oven, Set the temperature for 275 F and cook for about 45 minutes. Let the piece cool completely.
Now add the paint. This step is optional, because your piece will look fantastic with or without it. These are just regular craft acrylics, available at any craft store and are fairly inexpensive. This is a mixture of dark brown and copper/red. Brush on the paint mixture on anything you want to give depth to and then wipe it off. This step is best performed in small bits, a sponge or paper-towel will do nicely. If paint gets on the glass, don’t worry, just wipe it off.
You’re done! Let it dry completely and find some nice flowers to fill your vase!
I hope you enjoyed the above ideas and find them helpful and give you fun time as well.
Try them and please leave your comments and shots of the result!