|See me reflected in the frame?|
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,
(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
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
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.
With Mr Steambike.
What's it Wednesday