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How Sophia Glassware is Made

Posted August 30, 2012 By glass

Traditionally, a vase was just used to hold flowers. It had an easily recognizable shape consisting of a base, body and neck. These days, vases can be of any shape. They are decorative pieces on their own, with designs ranging from plain to colorful and intricate. Vases can be made from a variety of materials, but glass is one of the most popular.

The process of making Sophia Glass vases

Glass vase is an attractive, functional form that you can learn to make. A common method for creating a vase is by lampworking: the process of manipulating solid glass in the flame of a table-top torch. For each step, the key is to always rotate the glass as you work it to keep everything on axis and to maintain an even heat base. Although a somewhat difficult task, once you achieve this bud vase, you gain the necessary tools to go on and create other blown objects.

Instructions of Using Sophia Glass vase

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Select a glass vase that you would like to decorate. The size, color and shape of the vase isn’t important.

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Clean and dry the vase. Protect your work space with old newspapers.

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Decorate your vase with items found around the house. Use Modpodge to glue lighter items such as feathers, ribbons, sequins, and dried pasta shells to the vase. Use E-6000 craft adhesive to attach colored beads, buttons, old costume jewelry and gemstones to the vase.

Decoupage Vase

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Cut out pictures from old magazines, postcards or brochures that you like. Small squares of tissue paper can also be used.

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Determine the layout of the paper items that you want to use on the vase. Once you have determined the layout, use Modpodge to glue the cut-outs to the vase starting at the bottom and work your way towards the top. Smooth out any bumps in the paper by pressing lightly with a damp sponge and smoothing out any wrinkles with your finger.

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Apply a second layer of decoupage medium to the decorated vase. Allow the second layer of decoupage medium to dry and apply another layer.

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Allow the third layer of decoupage medium to dry.

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Remove any surface blemishes on the vase by lightly sanding with 400-grit sandpaper.

Mosaic Tile Vase

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Determine the tile arrangement that you would like to have on the vase. Create designs or a random pattern with the tiles.

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Apply mosaic adhesive to the area of the vase you are working on and to the tile with a small brush. Press the tile into the mosaic adhesive on the vase. Allow at least ¼ inch of space between the tiles.

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Add another tile and repeat this technique until you have applied the rest of the tiles. Allow the adhesive to dry according to the manufacture’s instructions.

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Apply grout over the tiles using a putty knife making sure to press it into the crevices between the tiles.

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Remove any excess grout on the vase with the edge of your putty knife. Allow the grout to dry and use a damp sponge to get rid of grout residue.

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Why would you need a glass vase?

Posted August 21, 2012 By glass

No matter what your age, social status or interests is each of us wants to be unique and stand out from the crowd. We want our personality and our individual style to be highlighted. It is often achieved through a smart home decor. One of the simplest, inexpensive and quick ways to dress up your room or office is through a stylish display of high-quality glass vases or other centerpieces.

 A vase is definitely not a simple container where you hold your flowers. When exhibited properly, it will become a point of focus of your guests. It will emphasize beauty of your new coffee table, or take away attention from a little bit scratched walls. Vases can do the trick to make a statement about your uniqueness and individual style. They don’t always need to carry flowers; use your imagination to utilize your vase in the most original way. It will definitely draw attention to and awareness of the vase as a key element in the room.

Glass objects can be a huge focal point for your home or office. However, as decorative items, they need to be properly matched with the design of your room and, if the purpose of your vase is to hold flowers, with the kind of flowers that will be placed in there. Recently, interior designers started relying on utilizing two identical double glass vases when creating the mirror effect.

High quality, hand-made glass vases are a decoration by itself. They are often placed on a pedestal in order to enlighten a room and become a centerpiece. Placing a glass vase near a window will beautifully reflect the light and illuminate the room. A pair of large vases can be placed near the entrance to your house. If they are made of high-quality glass, do not put anything there. They are the attraction and decoration by themselves.
When we think about a vase we almost always think about flowers which complement the vase. Although the real ones will bring wonderful colours and scent into your room, more and more often we lean toward artificial flowers. Indeed, you can easily find artificial flowers which are hard to distinguish from the real ones.

One of the most known types of glass vases are bud vases. A bud vase is fairly small and is usually created to hold only one flower. They are an expression of simple elegance. No matter if you decide to use your bud vases to hold flowers, a few bud vases placed together in the same room will bring sophistication and grace into your house decor.

You may have a vase in your house which has not been displayed or utilized for a long time, besides when holding fresh flowers. If it is a large, cylinder-shaped vase, why won’t you use it as an ice bucket, a fruit bowl or a gold fish bowl (if it is a clear-glass vase)? A medium-sized clear-glass vase can hold colourful marbles, stones, or sand and star fish brought from your vacation. An original idea would be to fill the vase with water and place there a floating candle. It will be a wonderful decoration of your table. Small vases can become decorative jars to hold your bathroom items, such as cotton balls, or office supplies, such as clips, pens, etc. They can be filled with shells, glass beads, or flower heads. All depends on the theme of your home.

A high-quality, hand-made vase can be a relatively inexpensive way to decorate your house and increase the overall appearance of the rooms. It is necessary to remember to choose vases which style and colours is a good match for the overall design of the room it will be placed in. So you can decorate your room with the vase to enjoy your colorful life !

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