Thursday, March 22, 2012

DIY Cobalt Blue Glass Glaze Recipes for Mini Bottles, Crafting and Mason Jars

Our shipment of over 130 NEW lampwork glass beads and bali style pewter charms just arrived ~ click here to see them all!

We've been experimenting with making our own cobalt glass bottles, using a variety of craft glazes and food coloring with our mini bottles. We found a great tutorial on Pinterest for DIY amber glass mason jars, (BUT, since we already sell amber glass mini jars) we thought BLUE would be a good color to try! You cannot find blue corked super mini bottles anywhere but ... you CAN make your own!

The basic project is very easy - you can tint our mini bottles with a simple mixture of food coloring (5 to 10 drops per tablespoon of glaze.) Mix into your choice of Mod Podge Gloss or Weldbond with a few drops of water, or drop directly into a tablespoon of 3D Crystal Lacquer, or Ranger Glossy Accents . Heavy on the coloring - it will dry darker than when mixed! Super basic: Try a tablespoon of white glue thinned with 5-10 drops of blue food coloring.

Use a small dropper, teaspoon, chopstick and / or painbrush to coat the inside of your bottle. Swirl your mixture and roll the bottle around in every direction. Shake out the excess.

Quick dry these upside down on a piece of parchment paper in either your oven (200F), or microwave on LOW for 30 secs to 1 minute. Take them out with oven mitts and let them cool off completely.

Art effects: The microwave producedsome bubbles in the finish which are really interesting, actually WANTED if you're doing an ocean themed or mermaid project. Just add our screw eye pins to the corks and you've got some intriguing little conversation pieces! Let us know what you come up with!

SEE our all NEW lampwork glass beads 10 packs here! Affordably priced, mix and match, have enough matching pairs for your jewelry projects without having to purchase full strands!

Also, see our new Millefiori mosaic butterflies and Millefiori smorgy 15 inch FULL strands! Customer favorites now in full strands! Great for matching pairs, earrings, jewelry making!

Also, tons of new Bali Style Silver Pewter charm and Pendant 10 packs with LOTS of great spring themes ~ Sea shells, mermaids, trees, fish, more!

Also, an exciting NEW set of incredible creations from Tim Holtz, the king of cool. See our 3 PAGE LIST for April 12 ~ here ~ check pages 1, 2 and 3!

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring Ahead with our New Sea Glass Beads and Pendants!

WOW! We're bringing Spring Break to YOU this month! Our NEW Sea Glass Beads, Pendants and Spacers have arrived in lovely ocean hues. These beauties are tumbled, frosted beads and pendants made to mimic the tiny treasures you might find on your favorite windswept beach., Click here to see ALL of our new Sea Glass Beach Glass arrivals! Save 20% with your subscriber promo code MAR2012 on your payment page. If you don't see the promo code box at checkout, just E-us with the code or e-us with your ORDER number and code We'll apply your 20% savings as a refund to you when your order ships.

$1 Glass Pearls 32" Strands, Limited Time Only!
$1 Pearl Sale - All 32" Strands on SALE for a very limited time! Click here to see them all - this is nearly 1 YARD of pre-strung glass pearl beads - top quality! Get them while they last! The rest are headed over to our Amazon warehouse soon!

New Abalone Bead Strands in Aqua, Cobalt and Bronze! Abalone, paua shell beads, pendants. 24pc. 15mm (approx 1/2") each. Gorgeous irridescent real mother of pearl shell beads in a rainbow of colors. Lightweight - perfect for earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, unique focals. Each bead will vary from one to the next in texture and finish. Expect variances and irregularity - compliments of Mother Nature!