Grassy Branch Farm: Glass Garden Flowers

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Grassy Branch Farm…my little place in the country?Sunday, February 15, 2015Glass Garden FlowersNothing beats day dreaming about spring when it is ZERO degrees outside! So here is a fun project to start planning for – THE PERFECT FLOWER GARDEN! Low maintenance!Always in Bloom!Never wilting!No dead-heading!Glistens in the sun!Makes your heart happy!Supply Listvarious vintage clear glass plates, bowls, saucers, etc.premium silicone gluerubbing alcohol3/8 inch rebar – approximately 41 inches per stemone hockey puck per flower drill & 3/8 inch drill bitBegin by gathering a variety of clear vintage glassware.  Lots of shapes and colors.  The more variety the better.  I bought most of these at thrift stores, never spending more than $1.99 on a plate.  I think garage sales would be cheaper, but I was making these for Christmas gifts and it was not garage sale season at the time.Purchase GE Premium Clear Silicone Glue

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– this is amazing stuff – permanent, waterproof, airtight, and sun/freeze proof.  I found it at ACE hardware.  I could not find it in a caulking gun size tube, which would have been ideal.  So I had to purchase several of this small 2.8 oz tube. I ended up using about 3/4 tube per flower, depending on how many layers the flower had.Make sure your dishes have been thoroughly cleaned.  I used Goo Gone to remove the price tags and then ran all the glassware through the dishwasher.  Once your glass is all cleaned, begin to design your flowers.  Mix and match, using a variety of colors, until you are happy with the way your flowers look. Once you have your flowers picked out, wipe the front and back of each piece of glass with rubbing alcohol.Lay your bottom plate down and add a generous amount of glue to the back of the next dishPress in placeContinue with the process until your flower is all glued togetherHere is another flower laid out for you to seeOnce my flowers were glued together I placed something heavy on them and let them dry overnight.Next you will need rubber hockey pucks.  I ordered them at Hockey Monkey for less than $2.00 each.My husband drilled holes in them using a vice to hold the puck while he drilled.  Use a 3/8  drill bit, but keep in mind that you want the rebar to fit snug yet still be able to easily remove the flower from the stem. Place a generous amount of glue on the hockey puck and place the hockey puck on the back of the flower.Carefully flip the flower over so the weight of the flower holds the hockey puck tight.  Let stand overnight until the glue dries.Once your flowers are glued, you are ready to plant your beautiful garden!Grassy Branch Farms at 12:28 PMShare 8 comments:AnonymousJune 17, 2016 at 1:46 PMSo beautiful! I’m attempting gluing plates to a window and wondering if you’ve had any problems at all with heavy objects separating and falling off with that glue?ReplyRepliesSandy SchoweJuly 16, 2017 at 6:49 PMI used E6000 from Michaels to glue flat marbles and glass items such as saucers, lids etc to an old window. I hung it in my bathroom 2 years ago and all glass pieces are still adhered.ReplyharleyblueswomanJuly 29, 2016 at 5:19 AMhow long and what size rebar?ReplyharleyblueswomanJuly 29, 2016 at 5:19 AMhow long and what size rebar?ReplyKally HoelcherJune 16, 2017 at 4:11 PMCould this all be done with plastic dishes ??ReplyJoAnne SingletaryJuly 4, 2017 at 6:24 PMThank you so much for sharing your beautiful glass flowers and how to make themReplyBevFebruary 24, 2018 at 6:17 AMTalk about zero degree weather. This is Bev from Bigfork Montana. I have a question about the rebar that you use. Do you do anything about the rust on the rebar or do you like it for the aesthetic value? Just curious. Thanks for the pin. I think you are awesome for sharing how to attach the plate to the rebar using a hockey puck.ReplyTanya GomezApril 1, 2018 at 8:30 PMVery creative! Someday I will make my own The Glass Garden. Nice share!Reply‹›HomeView web versionthis is me – this is who i am…..Grassy Branch Farmssimple country girl. life anything but ordinary. married most amazing, patient, intelligent, honest man.busy family. always on the go. three awesome kids. large grain farm. middle of no where. surrounded by corn fields. conservative values. faith first. community volunteer. dedicated crafter. garage sale shopper. flea market hopper. thrift store junkie. reuse. repurpose. recreate. trash to treasure. love to make. organize. sew. bake. paint. dig in junk piles. wife of a farmer who is also a State Senator. so…I brush the dirt off. get cleaned up. be all classy and such. blessed. loving life.View my complete profilePowered by Blogger.

 

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