I did a little experimenting with tinting glass to make them look vintage. If you’ve been following my blog, you may know I love anything vintage or vintage looking. Also, you may have figured out that I love mason jars and that I always recycle jars. There all sorts of things… practical and beautiful things… that can be done with jars. One of them is tinting them to look like their vintage counterparts, the tinted Ball jar.
I have been wanting to tint jars for some time, but I just never got around to it until a recent simple project arose. That project has nothing to do with the jars… the only relation it has is the glass tinting concept. I’ll be sharing that project in the next post because today it’s all about the experiment!
Using recycled jars I tried out three different tinting methods that I found on the web. The first method is the dyed Mod Podge. For this method you need Mod Podge, water, and food coloring. For the how to, I used the tutorial I found over at Craftberry Bush. The next method involved Martha Stewart’s pearlized paint and baking the jar in the oven. I found this idea over at Pitter and Glink. For the final method I used Pebeo Vitrea 160 glass paint and oven baking. I found this idea over at Martha Stewart as well as Bridal Buzz. (Side note: The Pebeo Vitrea 160 is currently on clearance at Michaels for $3.99!)
Here are my results.
This one is the Mod Podge method. I like the way this jar came out. I did wipe those drip marks afterwards and they came off fairly easily with a wet paper towel.
The jar on the left is the second method using the Martha Stewart pearlized paint. This jar didn’t turn out so great because the paint brush strokes were obvious even after baking. Hmm, wonder if it has to do with the paint brush I used because Bethany’s (of Pitter and Glink) cupcake stand came out fabulous! The pearlized paint was neat but it’s not the transparent look I was looking for.
The yellow and green jars are the result of the third method. The yellow jar did turn out better than the green. For the yellow jar I just painted the inside of the jar, whereas the green was painted inside and out. The yellow barely had any visible streaks, while painting the green on the outside did leave some more obvious streaks. I know the streaks are not as obvious in the picture, so you will just have to take my word for it:D However despite the streaks, the green jar still looks great!
Overall, I have to say the third method was my fave with the Mod Podge method being a wonderful alternative!
Have you ever tinted glass of any sort? If so, what method do you like to use?
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