Introduction: Floral Glass Magnets, Glass Crafts
I make magnets and glass pieces for crafting.
The supplies don't have to be expensive.
I have seen similar Instrutables on pebble glass. I have made these for years. This is how I make them.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
Pick out photos from magazine pages, catalogs, your own artwork, or any paper image you like for your glass pieces. If the picture is irreplaceable make a photocopy.
You will need:
larger clear flat back Floral glass pieces
washable gel glue
stronger glue to apply the magnets
a pie pan to put a hot glue gun on (if using)
clear nail polish
plain white paper.
Step 2: Select, Trace, and Cut Out the Image.
Select your image- the dome shape of the glass will magnify the image. Inspect the glass. Hold it up to a light. You can spot a flaw this way.
Now place the picture behind it and hold up to a light. Pick the floral glass that looks best.
Use a pencil to trace the image. Cut a little inside your line.
TRACE AND CUT OUT AN IDENTICAL SHAPED PIECE OF PLAIN WHITE PAPER FOR A BACKING (IF NEEDED)
Flaws in the glass can alter the look of the finished craft- I am working on how to fix this!
Step 3: How to Improve a Flawed Piece of Glass
I tried a coat or 2 of clear nail polish on the flat side of the glass and let it dry BEFORE adding the picture. Imperfections in the glass can look dark on the finished piece. However, these look much better. They are not perfect, but a flaw is not the end of the world.
The polish seemed to fill in the textured parts of the flawed glass.
Step 4: Glue on the Image With Gel Glue
Place a small ammont of gel glue on the flat side of the floral glass. Place your picture art side down on the flat glass. You will get glue on your fingers but use the excess on the back of your image. The gel school glue is nontoxic- always read the labels on your glue. Use enough glue so the image can be repositioned if needed. Your art will seem to glide over the piece of glass.
YOU MAY NEED THE WHITE PAPER BACKING PIECES FOR SOME IMAGES. IMAGES ON THE BACK SIDE OF MAGAZINE PAGES MAY BLEED THROUGH. JUST PLACE IT OVER YOUR IMAGE WHILE GLUE IS STILL WET.
Step 5: Clear Polish Used As Sealant
After glue is dry glass can be sealed. A sealant protects the finished piece. Brush a coat of clear nail polish on the back. Use more if needed. It will dry quickly.
Once dry, a soft slightly damp cloth can be used to remove excess glue or nail polish.
If you don't like the look of the finished glass just soak in warm water with a little dish soap- the paper will come right off!
Step 6: Glue on Magnets or Use for Other Crafts.
Use the strong glue of your choice-
Please follow directions and be extra aware of cautions listed on the package. Use glue in a well ventilated area.
Have fun and craft safely!
Step 7: Other Craft Ideas
Colored floral glass will work as long as there is no incandescent finish and the color is not too dark.
This is my haunted candy jar. Add battery powered tea light candle and the pictures glow!