So how’d it go? My own project . . . well, here’s the story: as I’ve mentioned more than once in these posts, I like colored glass. In fact, over the weekend I popped into the Dallas Museum of Art where I spent several minutes leaning on the second floor railing admiring the Chihuly flowers in the window and deciding which three I’d take home, should I be offered the choice.
Since that didn’t happen, I went home and assembled this collection: Most of it came from under cabinets and the backs of closets, but I did spend 50 cents on the purple piece at a garage sale and the red glass set me back 59 cents at the Goodwill Store.
I also invested $2.71 in Loctite, my new favorite sticky substance. I’ve now repaired multiple previously broken items with this wonder glue. Well worth the investment. (The Loctite company has no idea who I am, btw, so they didn’t influence this opinion at all.)
After washing the dust off my glassy items and making sure they were all dry, I started stacking and sticking. At this point the scent of adhesive became nigh overwhelming, so I moved everything out to the patio.
Truth be told, I wanted to begin out there but was dissuaded by the discovery that a band of wasps had built a sizable nest on the corner of my patio table. This observation came immediately after a sharp pain to the back of my leg where one of the little varmints stung me and immediately before my realization that my wasp spray was inoperable. Hence the indoor workshop. Between the discovery and the final phase of the project, sometime after the art museum (I know these little details are somehow important), I did manage to purchase a shiny new can of wasp spray and committed mass murder. And no, I don’t feel guilty at all. Clearly the opportunistic insects were just waiting until the barn swallows moved out in the false hope they could rule the patio. Wrong.
Where was I? Oh yes, on the patio with my glass pieces. I glued the blue/clear/purple section to the (upside down) wine bottle and decided that as my creation was already 3 feet high, adding the red & yellow pieces would be a bit much. (This turned out to be a wise decision.)
Next, I strolled over to the shed flower bed with a metal post (not pictured) that I picked up when I decided the rebar in the picture was too short (Lowe’s, $6.09 with tax) and hammered said post into the ground, only missing the post and whacking my hand once. No emergency room visit required. This time.
Finally, once the glue had plenty of time to set, I took my creation over, pointed the wine bottle end down, and carefully threaded the bar through the mouth of the bottle. It looked like this: Here’s a better view of the bottle:
It looks blue in the picture but I promise in real life it's much more purple.
Then I went off to sit in my hammock chair and admire my glass sculpture. It looked so nice with the sun shining through it . . .
. . . for about twenty minutes.
Then I heard a crash, looked up from my book, and saw my hard(ish) work in pieces on the ground. Apparently there wasn’t a good enough bond between the wine bottle and the green vase and the two parted ways.
So that’s my $10 project story. I’m not too broken up (sorry, bad pun) by my project’s failure, it was entertaining and mostly free. All told I spent $9.89 and most of the supplies can be salvaged for another try.
What about you? Did you take the $10 Challenge? How did your project come out? Do tell! After all, it might net you a $10 gift card.
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