It just wouldn’t be summer unless I could make a few glass sculptures for the yard. Since I’ve been digging the glass bottle flowers lately, I made a few more of them over the weekend.
First, I wanted another glass flower to adorn that cool little metal flower stand I got last month. Remember this one?
That flower stand is too cool. But I wanted a big glass flower on it. I used this funky candy dish that I got at an estate sale and put glass beads (from the dollar store) all along the edge.
I also wanted to create this “water” effect on the top. Kind of like my glass bead version of a bird bath. So I placed blue glass beads in the top area of the dish (which I turned upside down) and glued glued glued.
And folks, this glass flower is heavy. It wouldn’t even stand up on your typical (garden variety – ha!) garden stand. But guess what? I don’t need to use a garden stand for this because I have that lovely metal stand. Viola!
I know… I get so excited by these garden flowers.
But then I also found this very large blue bottle at an estate sale. It was so big it we had to get an extra thick garden stick just to put it on. To top it, I wanted a blue (what else) flower. I painted a giant bowl I got at an estate sale with some blue paint, and after it dried I flipped it over and glued these lovely blue beads to the top. Aren’t they pretty?
I love that deep blue. But then, since this was going in the yard I wanted some lighter ones that the light could reflect off of as well. So I found a few metal-like shiny ones and added those also.
Once that was dry, I flipped it over again and glued the big blue bottle. Then I waited….
It takes about three days to totally cure. Until then, I usually have a collection of glass bottles waiting on the kitchen counter. Once it was dry, I needed my husby’s muscles to put that heavy flower sculpture into the ground.
He put it really far into the ground so it wouldn’t wobble and fall over. See how thick of a garden stick we used? I love how it looks in our little green area.
I used the same process with a bowl that I painted green, then added green flowers and some beads.
For that one, I put blue beads on the top. The bright color works nicely.
But of course, my favorite is that large blue one.
For more glass garden projects, check out my book, Glass Sculptures: How to Make Beautiful Sculptures for the Garden Using Vases, Bowls, and Other Glass Pieces.