Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Are you a PINNER???

The latest internet craze seems to be Pinterest  
I am totally Pinnin' ~ Are you?

I had heard of it some weeks back, when a few FB friends mentioned it, but until Heather over at My Husband Ate All My Ice Cream posted her DIY Pallet Project, I had not been to the site. Once I got into it, I could see how it was a really great place to find, save and share all manner of ideas for Home Decor, DIY Projects and Crafts. Needless to say, I am HOOKED!

While exploring Pinterest, I came across these Epsom Salt Luminaries and I knew I would have to make them!

From "Crafts by Amanda"
 Well, wouldn't you know... Goodwill being right next to Lowe's made for a very productive detour the other day. I hit the kitchen section and hit pay dirt. Recently I had not seen much in the way of glassware, but Saturday turned out to be very glassy! I scored 26 glasses -- about 1/2 high ball and 1/2  low ball glasses, some round with a flared opening and some rounded squares, all with nice heft to them -- 1 weighty wine glass and 2 margarita glasses. Most of these looked as though they had never been used! The lowballs were $0.50 and the rest were $1. SCORE!

2 flared highballs

I bought a large package of Epsom salts and got down to the business of dying several batches with food coloring on Monday. This was pretty easy for basic colors, but if you want to mix, it can get tricky. The results are not necessarily what you would expect when following the box mix ratios...

available at Wal*Hell for about $5
clockwise - green, dark red, purple, red and burgundy

 Tuesday I decided to make 2 to see what I got. The first attempt was aborted after I discovered that spray adhesive is not thick enough to grab onto the salt well and with so much over spray, it seemed wasteful. I knocked off the salt, goof-offed the adhesive and started over with good old Elmers. Many people use modge podge which I have never used. I may yet do so, but to experiment, I figured Elmer's will do fine for the learning curve. Elmer's painted on with a brush, thick but not gloppy, did the trick.

my first good pair, the salt and notice the corner of my other DIY project showing under the green cloth!

I tested them out with tea lights to see how they looked and they were quite pretty, if I do say so myself. After allowing the glue some dry time, I sprayed clear coat over the salt to anchor and prevent knock off. A second coat may be necessary, depending on how thick the first coat went on. Also, since I used Elmer's which is water soluble and salt which is too, the more protection the better I think.

with flash

without flash
One thing I did notice was that the salt, which I died a wine-ish color, began to whiten on the outside while the glue was drying. I cannot decide if that was due to the edges of the salt crystals being crush while rolling the glass or if the nature of the beast is that this happens with prolonged air exposure, though I suspect the latter. I did a second pair in green and did not allow as much dry time before clear coat to compare and the result was a more uniform color. The first 2 don't look bad though. They sort of have the appearance of having some frost on them, which is kind of pretty!

pretty green!

note the frosty look after several hours dry time
My plan, now that I know I can successfully make these, is to give them as gifts this Christmas. I will be filling each one with potting soil and putting a cutting from my prolific houseplant in each, and of course I will include a tea light. Recipient gets a plant first and a luminary once they replant the cutting. This is another reason I want to get the clear coat on there really well, so that once the glass is ready to be cleaned out, it won't get ruined by a little damp when it is wiped out.