Sunday, November 24, 2013

Steampunk on Sunday: The Lantern Tutorial

Pretty little glowing lantern

This was inspired by those decorated
glass bottles you see around the 'Net.

Some are really fancy, with 
vintage images, flowers and scraps,
but I wanted one that could be used as a lantern.
or even filled with homemade treats
like this recipe for tiger butter.

You start with a square jar.
This is jam, from the Dollar Tree.
(I've opened it and it's pretty good jam, for a dollar)
Square jars aren't that hard to find
and they're more ecological
than round ones.


Fancy-schmancy resin frames turn up at this time of year
as Christmas tree ornaments.
You may already have one or two.

Dollar stores/pound shops also stock small photo frames.
As long as the frame makes contact with the side of the jar
it's a suitable candidate.

Like this selection, here.

First, remove the card back
on the decoration frames. 
It just peels off.
You can pick at the 
grungy cardboard bits left over.

 take out the back and the glass
on the little photo frames.

You do have E6000 glue, right?
At less than $3 it's probably the most radical thing
to happen in my little crafting life.

Test the frame against the nice, clean, dry jar.

Take note of where the frame touches the jar.
Add the glue to just that area 
where the frame makes contact.

Give it a few seconds to go tacky.
FIRMLY press to the jar,
 and hold.

(Addendum: About hot glue. 
If you check my tutorial
from a broken stemware,
I tried hot glue.
The glass stem shattered...
So, no. No hot glue
on glass)

See me reflected in the frame?

If you want to use the lid, screw it on
and leave it there
for the whole gluing process.

You can also glue the frame on
upside down
with the lid as the base,
for use with battery tea lights
or to build little tableaux.

Keep the jar and frame upright,
as the glue dries,
so that the lantern is stable when it's finished.

And that's it.

You can use tea lights,
real or fake.
 You could put in photographs
or charms or beads.

Or a Christmas tree.

The lantern at work
in Hubby's Steampunk Study.

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What's it Wednesday

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Steampunk on Sunday: Little Cloches

The original inspiration for this post
 came from the very wonderful Mr Finch.

We've all seen cloches as the latest display item.
They're pretty and redolent of
the Victorian fascination
for focusing on exotic items.

They're also rather pricey.

I found this post on Mr Finch's blog
for a way to use
broken wine glasses.

 Glass and Tin by Mr Finch

Aren't these lovely?
Can't you think of all kinds of things 
to put under one, 
just to make it special?

Now, I break a lot of things.
(I'm remarkably clumsy.)
So, it didn't take long before I had
a broken wine glass
a broken martini glass.

What I didn't have was
Mr Finch's lovely collection
of treen and ephemera
to glue on as tops.

What I did have are those
Dollar Tree
battery operated candles
 that come with
flimsy little candlesticks.
Like these.

The candles will fit into any candlestick
so the plastic bases were pretty redundant.
Until now.

To finish the top, I added a Christmas bauble
and painted the whole thing green.

Then I glued the knob
to the broken stem of the glass
with E6000 glue.

Wine Glass Cloche.

For Halloween, I added
one of those battery operated
tea lights under the cairn of skulls,
so that it glowed, eerily.

Martini glass cloche,
with a dollar store skeleton.

Hubby likes them so much
they're now permanent features
of the Steampunk Study mantelpiece.

Along with this lantern
but more on this 
(and tutorial)

Shared with
Ivy and Elephants.