I have been going through things lately, getting rid of stuff I don't need or like anymore.
This huge navy colored vase which measures almost 2 feet tall has been in the hallway forever, filled with silk flowers. I have never liked the color but the size and shape were great and it filled the corner.
One day I was reading on Pinterest that you can color glass with Mod Podge and Liquid Rit Dye.
Alright, what did I have to loose? It was on the way out anyway, so if I didn't like the results, oh well.
First off, I gave it a thorough scrubbing ensuring a good adhesion with the dye mixture.
As you can see the glass was cloudy looking, not at all attractive .
This was definitely an outdoor job. Sort of a messy getting the color on. First, in a bowl, I mixed the the Mod Podge and a little of the liquid Rit Dye. No special measurements. Just trial and error until I got the color intensity I liked. I used a teal color dye. I was trying for a summery ocean theme.
I started with a foam brush, loading it with the mixture and dripping it down the vase until the entire surface was covered. The idea was to leave drip marks on the glass, not a smooth finish. It goes on very white and dries to a darker opaque color. When it was dry I dripped a second coat to covered any thin spots where the original glass showed through. Then let the whole thing dry.
It was still too dark for my tastes. I wanted to add some highlights. I used the dry brush technique to lightly hit the high spots with an aqua acrylic paint and when that was dry I used Rub N Buff in gold to give additional highlights to the raised areas. Next I hot glued tiny seashells around the top edge, tied a burlap ribbon and bow and added some jute twine with more small seashells glued down the length of the twine. In the center of the bow I hot glued a small seahorse piece we bought during some past vacation.
|close up of the highlights|
Now it reminds me of ocean waves.
I turned this from a piece I was ready to toss into a vase I love. So glad I took the chance and experimented with this dye technique.