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ETCETERAS: Springtime Sea Glass from Recycled Bottles

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I’ve been saving up my little salsa jars because I love the shape and the little chevron pattern at the top of the bottles.
To create the frosted glass or sea glass look, I used Martha Stewart Frosted Translucent Glass Paint. Martha Stewart Glass Paint comes in a variety of finishes – Opaque, Translucent, Liquid Fill and Frosted. If you want the look of sea glass that has a textured, rough finish that looks and feels like real sea glass, you want the frosted finish.

Start by thoroughly cleaning your bottles and removing all the labels, inked expiration dates and sticky label residue. Depending on the type of label, you can use a substance like Goo Gone, kitchen oil or rubbing alcohol. The alcohol or nail polish remover will also remove any ink imprints on your jars.

Use a good soft artists paintbrush to minimize brush strokes. Paint the first coat in one direction – I started vertically. Let the jars dry thoroughly and then paint the 2nd coat in the opposite direction.
The less paint you use, the more translucent your jars will be so try to be light handed. The paint will completely cure in 2-3 weeks or you can bake your jars in the oven. Let the jar air dry 1 hour, place in cool oven. Set temperature to 350 degrees. Once oven reaches 350 degrees, bake for 30 minutes (glass must heat gradually). After 30 minutes, turn oven off. Let glass cool completely in oven. Wait 72 hours before using. Once the paint is cured, the glass will be dishwasher safe.
Note: I have personally not washed any of my projects in the dishwasher yet to test this.

I have to say, I love this frosted paint and  the texture of it. I can’t wait to try out some of the other colors.

Thanks for visiting my little corner of the creative world.


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