HOW TO MAKE MODERN GLASS CANNING JARS VINTAGE TURQUOISE AND
how to paint other glassware
Yes, you can do this! Some of you may be aware of this trick, it became popular with bride's for their weddings. They filled them with flowers for each guest table. They are really nice if there's an outside garden party or family gathering, too. All you need is a product called Vitrea 160, which is a transparent color for glass, in a shade called turquoise. You will also need some thinner from the same product line, for a faint hint of color like the original turquoise jars have. Scoop out a small amount of the turquoise color about the size of a small blueberry into a plastic container. Dip a fan brush into the thinner bottle and then dip the brush into the turquoise. Before I go on, I forgot to start with the link info:
(Here is the link I found to the Pebeo Vitrea 160 products: Pebeo Vitrea 160 Product Line. The color chart is
at the end of the page. I believe you can get in at Michael's also. You can do wineglasses, lamps and other
housewares to coordinate anything).
Turn your jar or glass object upside down in a small plastic container or plastic plate and brush the glass with thin, even strokes starting at the rim of the glass and working all the way to the bottom of the jar. It will look very bright in color and cloudy at this stage, but it will look beautiful when finished. Let the jar set to dry un-
disturbed for 24 hours before baking in the oven.
That's the most work involved in this project. You just have to bake the jar in the oven for 40 minutes at 375 degrees F. After it bakes and cools, the majority of your brushstrokes should disappear. It doesn't have to be perfect, most of the brush strokes will not be visible after the jar cools. When filled with water and florals the strokes will fade away. Any more that may still be present will fade even more.
Now this isn't as nice as the vintage turquoise jars, but look on eBay and see what they are going for. You can buy used or new canning jars on Amazon, craigslist or at Walmart like a dozen for $18.00 or less. That breaks down to less that $2.00 per jar, a far lower cost than a vintage jar. You can rust the jar lids instantly with
the Rusting Spray Paint Tutorial on my previous blog posts or use the vintage zinc lids that you may have in
your stash somewhere or that you can pick up at yard sales or flea markets.
You can make a dish washing soap or lotion dispenser by using the old zinc lids and buying a pump dispenser and have hubby drill a small opening to fit the pump, and assemble the pump to the lid with epoxy.
I know this isn't a great set of instructions but I haven't thought that out yet. There are tutorials, I'm sure on how to make a soap or lotion dispenser on the web somewhere. I haven't Googled it yet myself. I wanted to put up the information for making the jars turquoise first.
Here' some more help from Michael's website: