Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Second Apothecary Jar

I made an apothecary jar for a birds nest last year and I posted about it here. Well I found a second birds nest which appears to have fallen out of a tree as unfortunately all the eggs where broken around it. This one is a robins nest and I decided to bring it home and make a second apothecary jar for it. This one is larger than the first and I couldn't find a jar that was big enough for it so I had to improvise. Anyway here is how it turned out...
I decided to make a bell jar
The eggs from this nest where all broken so I bought these agate eggs

I spray painted the lid glossy white with krylon fusion for plastic and glued this bird I bought on top with E-6000

The stand is a plate and candle holder I got at the second hand store and glued together using the same glue I used for my first jar.
 Like I said I had to improvise as I couldn't find a jar that was large enough to fit the nest at least not at a price I was willing to pay. So after some thought I remembered I had a large glass cider jug that was left here when we moved into our house and this would be the perfect opportunity to try cutting glass. I've been watching a lot of videos in how to do it and in the end I picked this video as it made the most sense to me. Now the glass cutting actually didn't work how I'd hoped I didn't get a clean cut but more on that after I show a few pictures...
Okay so first off I didn't have a bottle cutter like the guy in the video and even if I did I don't think it would have worked on the cider jug. So I bought a glass cutter at home hardware and as you can see here I taped it really securely to  a wall with the cutting end in  the I turned the jug around well applying gentle pressure to make a score in the glass (I hope that made sense).
here is a photo of the score line.
So I did this in the sink and laid a towel down as a bit of a cushion when the bottom fell and began alternating pouring boiling water and cold water over the score line as the video instructed.

so the good news is it kinda worked my jug broke in half the bad news it was not a clean cut at all it broke some on the score line but it had jagged bits. Fortunately the rough parts where all below the score line so I decided to try getting some more of the larger leftover bits off by doing the hot and cold water some more and that's what the pieces of glass in the bottom part of the jug are.

Okay so I did manage to get the bulk of the glass below the score line to break off but was left with a few stubborn bits that just would not let go hmm what to do...
 So I did a bit of research on how to grind glass and it sounded like the things I needed would be expensive so I decided to take it to Proline Glass which is the closest glass cutting place to where I live. The guy there was awesome he cleaned up the edges really nice and didn't even charge me for it as it was such a quick job for him. When I was there I asked him some questions about cutting glass he confirmed what the guy in the video said that using fire when cutting glass is just to much stress on the glass. I mentioned maybe I should have practiced on something else first but he said cutting glass is really hit or miss and practice probably won't have helped much. It sounds like my results actually weren't bad all things considered. I actually won't mind trying again it was a fun experiment.  
     Anyways that's how my glass cutting went if anyone was interested.
I got my blue agate eggs at Naesgaad's Market....

Here are my "eggs" in my hand on  my way home from the market
So that's my second apothecary jar and I will leave off with a couple pictures from my walk to Naesgaard's...
This cute snail was crossing my path and he made me think of the animal crossing signs and I'm thinking I need to make a tiny snail crossing sign for my fairy garden how fun would that be.
Thimbleberry Blossom

I love wild roses they're in full bloom right now around here and they smell just divine
Well that's it for now have a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping by!

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