This was such a fun project for me! I purchased a case of these plates from Behrenberg Glass Company… they are “seconds” which means they will have bubbles or waves in them. As they are hand blown I thought I would much rather have them with the “imperfections” then without… The plates started out as just plain glass, they have a buffed edge and a slight curve around the edges as well…
I used my Silhouette to cut out the shapes, making sure to reverse the image if necessary, but you can create your own shapes using tape or contact paper.
- Clean the plate VERY good & apply the vinyl to the back, it got a little tricky near the edges with the all over pattern because the plate is not flat.
- Spray the plates with Krylon Looking Glass spray, 3 light coats, this stuff is great… you can really see your image in it. I found mine at Hobby Lobby.
- After the paint is dry remove the vinyl.
- “Age” the mirrored surface by spraying ammonia on the paint and blotting with a paper towel until you are happy with the results, this takes a little practice and it is NOT meant to look perfect so each item will be unique!
- Spray the back of the plates with a spray paint color of your choice, 2 coats should do it.
- Use craft glue to attach a piece of craft felt to the back of the plate
- Once the glue is dry trim the felt with a sharp pair of scissors & you are done!
Use can also use cork or felt “feet” for the plates, I have done it both ways but prefer the felt to cover the entire bottom of the plate.
This is an inexpensive vase I received with some flowers, I love the imperfect look of this! What a nice way to recycle some of those vases you are holding on to! I use the same process as above on this. I do not use it as a vase for flowers anymore, but as more of a decorative item.
This set shows how nice the true “aged” mirror effect works!
Another set of plates, just different shapes…
So if you have some glass plates or vases sitting around not being used why not try this out for yourself? They are great hostess gifts! My oldest daughter took two for her college roommates as they would be great as a catch all for keys, jewelry etc!
Thanks for stopping by and checking them out… would love to hear what you think about them!
Until next time…
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Hi Susan, what a cool project. I love the effect you’ve created, especially the little vase. Congrats – you’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.
Hope you make it to Frugal Treasures party starting at 7pm today!
Oops *blush* forgot to mention you can find the details in the post on my blog. lol
Just beautiful. I love them.
These are very cool! I wish I could find some Krylon looking glass in Vancouver – I’ve been searching and searching! I’d definitely love to try this – what great gift ideas!!
I’m so glad you like them! I can always ship you some 😉 it’s on Amazon too! I also used it on glass on old glass doors to make it look like aged mirrors… It’s an awesome product
Ooooh, I will order it from Amazon! Thanks!
Thank you for leaving a comment on Asian Style Interiors on my blog. I love the glass plates you have made above, they are really clever. I will have to have a mooch around your blog, you seem to have a lot of inspiration here 🙂
I hope you got a chance to leave a comment on the book giveway I have as I am sure you will love the book, it has step by step instructions to decorating cakes, cookies and cupcakes with templates included.
Can yo spray the mirror glass on the front or does it only work on the “wrong” side of an object so the mirror effect shows?
Kim.. you can spray either side but one side would be more reflective than the other so it depends on the effect you are going for. Hope this helps!
Very cool! I’m going to try it on my bulbs… thanks!!!