Update/Disclaimer: I have been getting a lot of views of this post, probably since folks think they might actually get instructions on how to make the very bright and pretty mason jars seen in the image going around the 'net. I never could get the original link to work, and I'm fairly certain that those jars were manufactured, not a D.I.Y. project. Correct me if I'm wrong, and enjoy our project!
A friend had pinned an image with a caption that claimed a how-to for making jars look like "sea glass" using Elmer's Glue and food coloring. As luck would have it, the link didn't work - the server (or whatever fancy website-blocking software) here at school blocked it. I should probably be thankful, since it very well could be a bogus, porn/virus-filled link, despite the really pretty jars. But if you've seen this pin, and the link works, let me know. Maybe it's legit (or possibly even too legit to quit).
LEFT: the alleged "sea glass" jars RIGHT: the "sea glass" jars we made
circulating the world of Pinterest after reading several how-to's
As for the actual project, the how-to varied greatly. Some blogs suggested modge podge as the base, others glue; some recommended adding a little water, some a little dish soap; some were particular to food coloring in gel form, others weren't specific - another suggested using acrylic paint to add color. Some said to bake the jars at low heat, others said to let the jars air dry for a day or so. About half suggested coloring the jars from the inside, the other half suggested paining the outside using a foam brush. And of course, there were a mass of mixed results. So goes the world of DIY!
The other evening (Friday, not Monday - but we're still going to call this a make-something-monday) I hung out with my sister and we decided to try this out on some empty jars and bottles. She went with the interior coating, I went with exterior. Excuse the lack of progression pictures, we were too busy crafting! For now, just use your imagination.
Nearly all of the how-to's called for pretty much the same materials, so here are our ingredients:
- Modge Podge, matte finish (it's all I had, but it may be the key to the frosted finish)
- Food coloring, regular old liquid drops
- A bit of water
- Empty containers/food trays for mixing and draining
- Paint brushes (regular and foamy)
|G's trio, looking sea-glassy|
|my trio, looking streaky and sea-glassy|
(and slightly out of focus. we won't complain)
All-in-all I'd call this a success. I think the trick here was the matte-finish modge podge, "matte" being a fancy term for "not-shiny" - which we all know good sea glass is. As I mentioned earlier, a lot of the blogs we looked at had jars that ended up with more of a tinted-glass appearance that wasn't so frosted. If you're going for that tinted glass look (like the antique ball jars, etc.) then I would recommend using regular modge podge, or trying the Elmer's glue route. But if you're going for a frosted sea-glass look, I'd go with the matte-finish modge podge. And from the picture, you can't even tell which method we each used.
Keep in mind, though, if your intention is to fill the jar with a liquid you might want to apply the coloring to the outside, since modge podge and Elmer's glue are water-based. If you just want a cool-looking jar for non-liquid storing purposes, you could go with either method. Or, heck, use both methods on one jar! In different colors! Go crazy!
|nothing like the alleged "sea glass" jars,|
but pretty darn cool looking
As lovely as these are, and as easy as this was to do (definitely on the to-do-again list), nothing beats true sea glass, lovingly prepared by mother nature: the sea, the rocks, and a little bit of time.
|sea glass beach, fort bragg, CA|