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How to Clean a Glass Vase

Posted May 27, 2013 By glass

Ever received a beautiful bouquet of flowers only to find your glass vase is filled with grime and water lines? Keep your vases clean using some simple every day products. Here are several options for a sparkling clean glass vase, so you’re ready for the next surprise bouquet.How to Get Hard Water Stains From the Inside of a Glass Vase thumbnail

Instructions

  1. Fill the vase with vinegar and let sit for a few hours before rinsing thoroughly. If the stains, dirt and grime remain, continue on to one of the more abrasive methods shown in the next Steps.
  2. Gather or save shells from 3 eggs. Crush the shells in a plastic bag. Put them in the vase with vinegar or water. Cover the top with your hand and shake vigorously. The shells act as a scouring pad.
  3. Mix 1/3 cup salt and 2 tablespoons vinegar to form a paste. Spread it inside the vase using your fingers or a brush. Let it sit for 20 minutes, scrub, rinse with water and let dry.
  4. Try filling the vase with ammonia and let it stand overnight. Pour the ammonia out in the morning and rinse with water.
  5. Fill the vase with water and add two dissolving antacid tablets. Let soak overnight, pour out and rinse in the morning.
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Ideas to Fill a Tall Glass Vase

Posted May 20, 2013 By glass

Decorating with tall glass vases will infuse your home with elegance. Glass  vases are versatile and can be filled with everything from flowers to ornamental  grasses to household items. Use the vase to display a colorful flower  arrangement or get creative by filling it with unexpected items.

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Unconventional Uses

  • Tall glass vases aren’t just for flowers. If you have a few extra vases and  don’t want to spend money on fresh flowers, use them to store household items  for a fresh, unconventional look.  Make use of the vases throughout the year  rather than just during spring and summer months, when your flower garden is in  bloom. In the bathroom, use a tall clear glass vase to store rolls of toilet  paper, end-to-end, for a modern look. As another idea, roll a few colorful  towels length-wise and place them into the vase. You can also use the vase to  hold and display a large collection of large seashells or polished  stones.

Flower Arrangement

    • Use a tall glass vase to show off a bold flower arrangement. Make the most of  the eye-catching bouquet as a holiday dinner party table centerpiece or to liven  up a living room coffee table. To design a creative arrangement, fill the bottom  of the vase with decorative items. Use pink or yellow glass gemstones for a  spring-inspired look, or seashells to create a beach vibe. Complete the springy  look by filling the vase with long stems of yellow irises, pink daisies and  white and orange calla lilies. To add even more vibrancy to the look, add round  lime or lemon slices to the vase. Complete a seashell-enhanced vase with exotic  birds-of-paradise stems and tropical leaf accents.

 

Holiday Display

  • Transform a plain tall glass vase into a festive holiday display using a few  craft and decorative items. Showcase the piece on a dinner table or use it to  fill in an empty corner. Design a winter wonderland-inspired display by  spray-painting tall Manzanita tree branches silver or iridescent white. Fill the  bottom of the clear vase with clear or silver glass gemstones and nestle the  bottom of the branches into them for a secure fit. Drape strings of pearls over  the branches and hang mini icicle-inspired ornaments. To create a spooky  Halloween display, fill the bottom of the vase with candy corn and spray paint  the branches black. Hang mini black bat, ghost, spider, skull, witch and  pumpkin-shaped ornaments on the branches to complete the  look.

 

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Wedding Centerpiece Ideas With Vases

Posted May 13, 2013 By glass

Table centerpieces are one of the first things to draw the eyes of guests as  they enter a wedding reception, and one of its most important decoration  features. Vases are a good starting point for your centerpiece. Although many  couples choose to stay traditional and fill the vases with flowers, others  prefer to surprise their guests by using unusual items for filler. Whichever  items you choose to place in your vases, take care to not create centerpieces  that will block the guests’ views of one another or of the reception  activities. Wedding Centerpiece Ideas With Vases thumbnail

Flowers

  • Even though flowers are the traditional tried and true choice for filling  centerpiece vases, with a little creativity, the arrangements don’t have to be  mundane. For instance, you can have the vases engraved with the married couple’s  last initial, or you can use real or liquid marbles instead of water to hold  your flowers. Liquid marbles come in many different colors, provide water for  your arrangement, and can be placed in the vases in eye-catching designs, if so  desired (see Resources).

Tall Vases

  • A distinctive and elegant vase for a wedding is a tall, thin one known as an  Eiffel Tower vase. Because this vase is very thin and its arrangements will be  above the guests’ heads, it will not block anyone’s view or obstruct the flow of  conversation. Eiffel Tower vases can be filled with flowers — calla lilies are  a good choice — or, for an elegant and different look, filled with dyed ostrich  feathers, arranged to look like a fluffy palm tree.

Create a Scene

  • If your wedding is at the ocean, fill a clear round vase with shells, or you  can fill the vase halfway with sand and then place miniature beach items such as  a beach chair and umbrella on the sand in each vase (see Resources). For a  wedding that is being held in the desert, place colored sand in a clear, low  rectangular or round vase to create a painted desert scene and then add a small  cactus or two. For a country-theme wedding, find cowboy boot-shaped vases (see  Resources) and fill them with something simple like daisies to grace your  tables.

Fish

  • Live fish in a clear vase is a tricky centerpiece to pull off but dramatic.  It’s dramatic because the live fish add a beautiful, moving touch to a table;  it’s tricky because once the wedding is done, you have to hope your guests will  take the living creatures home with them. Some couples choose to use goldfish in  a clear, round bowl, with maybe a few flowers or petals scattered on top of the  water or other decorations in the vase. Other couples choose the colorful beta  fish, which can sometimes be bought already packaged in a vase with a plant.  Sometime during the reception, make an announcement that the fish centerpiece  can go home with one of the guests at each table. Choose a factor such as the  oldest guest or the one whose birthday is closest to the wedding day to  determine who will take the centerpiece home.

 

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How to Make Glass Vases

Posted May 7, 2013 By glass

Glass vases are 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.

1. Grab the larger tube and narrow one open end of your tubing. Do this by heating the opening in your torch flame, until molten and turning (marvering) the tube against your graphite paddle. You can either bring the paddle up to your tube in the flame or bring the tube down to the paddle. The goal is to get the tube as close as possible to the diameter of your blow tube so that you can attach them easily.

2. Heat the ends of both your marvered tubing and blow tube to attach them. When molten, touch the two pieces in the flame and continue rotating to ensure a solid seal. This allows the blow tube to hold the larger section of tubing and to be the instrument you use to blow the glass.

3. Determine the length of tubing you require and flame cut it to separate the rest of the tube. Do this by holding the blow tube in one hand, the tubing in the other hand and rotating the section to be cut in the flame. As you rotate, the glass compresses and eventually separates. A two-inch section will be enough to yield a small vase.

4. Heat the ends of both your 6 mm rod and the closed end of your tubing. When molten, touch the two in the flame and continue rotating. Pull out of the flame and, as you make your rotations, make sure to keep the rod as centered as possible. The 6 mm rod is now a handle (punty) you use in conjunction with the blow pipe to securely hold and blow out your work.

5. Heat the top of the tubing, just before the blow tube, and constrict the opening down. Do this by heating the tube, until molten, and bringing your tube down to your neck tool. Use a gentle pressure as you rotate your work in the tool. The goal is to create a distinctive indentation so that you can define the top of your vase and easily separate it from the blow tube.

6. Heat the top half (blow tube side) of the tubing, until molten, and pull it out of the flame while stretching slowly. This is the neck of your vase. If you want a longer, thinner neck pull more. If you want a shorter, thicker neck pull less.

7. Heat the bottom half (punty side) of your tubing to an orange glow and blow it out slowly by bringing the blow tube/handle directly to your mouth. It is best to blow in progressions to keep your work on center and maintain control over the glass. This is one of the most difficult tasks to learn so be patient and keep practicing until you get it.

8. Go to the top of your vase to break off the blow tube. Lightly heat the previously constricted area, pull it out of the flame and use your diamond shears to slowly close around the tube to put stress in the glass. Tap the blow tube with the shears to detach it. If your tube does not separate, repeat the heat and constrict process.

9. Heat the rim of the vase’s neck and flatten with your graphite paddle. Once even, heat the rim and insert your graphite reamer at an angle so that the glass rests on the reamer as it is rotates and flares open. If you want a larger flare, heat more of the neck.

10. Use your claw grabber to hold the rim of the vase so that you can melt off the punty. Flame cut the punty off and heat just the bottom of the vase. When molten, lightly rotate the bottom against the graphite paddle. Place your vase on the paddle to ensure it stands straight and does not wobble. If you get wobbles, reheat and flatten again.

11. Place your vase in your kiln to anneal the glass.

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