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Friday, May 31, 2013

Float Your Flowers for a Beautiful Arrangement

Here's a neat and pretty alternative to a full flower arrangement anywhere in your house, especially here in Oregon with our wet and changeable spring. Float your flowers in some pretty glassware for a beautiful accent!

The stormy weather has made the few flowers that are blooming a bit droopy and they aren't displaying well in the usual vases.  So I started floating them in my serving dishes and voila! Beautiful blooms anywhere I want them!

Here are full size and mini roses, marigolds, petunias, pansies, ivy, cosmos and dianthus floating in a glass compote and sundae glasses. Pretty!

Not only is this a pretty display, it is practical, too. The floating roses last alot longer in this glassware since they don't have to draw water up a long stem. Even when they are "blown" they still look good for a few days.

You can even display your petunias this way since the water supports the fragile
flowers.  I added a few tiny ivy leaves for a bit of green.

The marigolds and mini roses last a long time using this trick. In this pic they are almost 5 days old. I can hardly wait for all my gladiolii to bloom, they look gorgeous displayed this way!

You don't need a dozen of any flower to decorate this way. Just take a few pretty blooms and float them in some clean glassware. Easy and beautiful!!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Glass Garden Balls DIY

By special and numerous requests, here you are, the first tute for my glass garden balls!

My blog header shows my love of cobalt blue glass and I've added that love of blue glass to my garden art.

Years ago my family got me a big blue gazing ball for my daisy flowerbed and I knew I wanted more, more, more! But hey, those gazing balls are not cheap and they are surprisingly fragile. Basically they are just giant glass Christmas balls. So they break if they fall over.What to do?

My first idea involved a bowling ball and lots of glass half marbles from the Dollar Store. I got this idea from the Garden Junk forum over at Garden Web. I used Silicone II adhesive for half of the ball and E6000 jewelry adhesive for the other half. I prefer the jewelry adhesive. And I LOVE how this came out!!! The bowling ball cost me $4 at a thrift store and I used about 6 bags of glass marbles, more or less. A 40% off coupon from Michael's snagged the E6000 and voila!!! My first blue glass garden ball for about $14. I was hooked!

I snagged this round glass light fixture for 25 cents and knew it would be my next ball project. Dollar Store half marbles and garage sale finds gave me the blue glass I needed. I decided to go with this Amazing Goop silicone adhesive because it was CHEAP. It is basically the same formula as the E 6000 and the Silicone II. The total cost on this pretty ball is less than $10.

This is definitely an OUTSIDE project since all the glues I've mentioned are incredibly smelly. Even outside I have a fan blowing across my work area to avoid the fumes. I settled on my front porch and started gluing. Put a small blob of glue on each individual marble, you do not have to goop it on. Smear a layer on your big ball and put your marble in place. I twist them a bit to make sure they stick together.

IMPORTANT! The adhesive does not set up quickly so you will have to do small areas of your ball and let it dry for several hours then turn it over to do the other sides. Try to skip this step and you'll have glass marbles falling off all over the place! In this project patience will reward you with a beautiful art piece.

And done!!

Here she is (of course she's a lady! LOL!) nestled in a soft bed of creeping Jenny. A hot pink petunia will join her soon. I love the bright blue glass against my blue deck railings and house color.

Oooh ahhh!

I'll be posting another tutorial on using Liquid Nails adhesive and glass marbles for a different look. And garden balls made with stones instead of glass marbles. And totally unique birdhouses with stones and roofs of cedar shingles. Stay tuned!

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