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Cylinder Glass Vase Centerpiece With Flowers

Posted June 20, 2013 By glass

Showcasing cylinder glass vases in floral centerpieces gives you creative  possibilities because the vase is transparent. Long-stemmed flowers like calla  lilies, bird-of-paradise, lilies, sunflowers and delphiniums work well in such  vases. Take the arrangement a step further and place cranberries, lemons, limes,  colored marbles, sea shells or crystal beads in the water to cover stems and add  visual interest. Instead of arranging flowers above the glass vase, make a  submerged flower centerpiece.
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Instructions

  • Measure the height of the vase so you can trim the flower stems to fit inside  completely submerged. Cut the stems 1/2 to 1 inch shorter than the height. For  multiple flowers at different heights, cut the tallest flower and position  others next to it where you want them to be. Cut off the excess so all the stems  are even at the bottom.
 
  • Squirt aquarium glue on the end of the talest flower stem, and stick the glue  end to the inside bottom of the vase. Hold the stem in place until the glue  sets.

 

  • Repeat the gluing process with the next tallest flower until all the flowers  are in the vase. Do not overload the vase with too many blooms; open areas are  more attractive.

 

  • Examine the glass vase, with the flowers inside, from every angle to make sure  the blooms are placed correctly and look attractive from all sides. Rearrange  flowers as necessary. It is easier to adjust the flower placement before you  fill the vase with water.

 

  • Fill the tall cylinder glass vase with distilled water up to 1/2 inch from the  rim. Distilled water will not create bubbles on flowers and glass sides like tap  water.

 

Tips & Warnings

  • Select the flowers you want to submerge in the vase. Lilies, tulips, roses,  orchids and flowers that bloom on a branch work well. Make sure the flower is  not wider than the vase.
  • To better visualize flower placement, experiment with silk flowers identical to  the fresh flowers. Cut the stems to the appropriate lengths and carefully place  them in the vase. Turn the vase around to see all sides, and adjust flowers  accordingly. Use this model as a reference for the fresh flower submerged  arrangement.
  • Attach small metal fishing weights to stem bottoms by tying them on with clear  fishing line instead of glue, which can be difficult to remove later. This will  weigh the stems down and keep them in place. Cover the weights with colored  pebbles, beads or marbles.
  • Choose flowers without flaws. Glass magnifies objects, so any imperfections on  the flowers or exposed fishing line will be noticed.

Dear friend when you choose the cylinder glass vases, please do not forget us:  Sophia Glassware.

Sophia Glassware wish you enjoy your life with harmony and happiness!

 

 

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Decoration Ideas for Glass Vases

Posted June 11, 2013 By glass

Glass vases come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles, providing you  with numerous creative decorating ideas for every room and occasion. Find these  vases inexpensively in dollar stores and convenience stores or check out garage  sales for unusual-looking glass vases. Clear glass vases allow you to see the  contents. Think about what would look good inside and how it can enhance  different areas of your home.

Bathroom Displays

  • Fill a clear, glass vase with cotton balls and display it on your bathroom  shelf. This results in an elegant, clean decorative look as well as a functional  one. Select any type of glass vase you desire–for cotton balls, you may want a  large vase. Fill smaller clear glass vases with cotton swabs standing  vertically. Display them alongside the cotton ball vases for visual  interest.

Stones and Potpourri

  • Glass vases with decorator stones add beauty wherever you place them.  Decorator stones can add color or you may select stones in all black or brown as  neutral accents, depending on your decor. Fill the vase 1/4 to 1/3 full of  stones, add water and place a silk or a real plant inside.

    Fill a glass vase with potpourri, another inexpensive item you can find at  dollar stores, for a decorative accent piece. Tie a ribbon around the of the  vase, to create more of a country look. It also makes a nice-looking  gift.

Entertaining

  • Consider using glass vases to hold candles. Place pillar candles inside vases  in similar shapes and light them to create a simple but elegant look. For  example, a 12-inch glass vase can contain a smaller size pillar candle,  surrounded inside by rose petals. You can also fill a glass vase 3/4 with water  and place floating candles on top and light them to create a special ambiance,  suitable for wedding receptions or romantic occasions.

    An interesting party favor idea involves adding water and live goldfish or  any type of color-coordinated fish to glass vases. Guests can take them  home.

    For holiday centerpieces, fill glass vases with water, then add floating  candles and cranberries. Think about what else you can add to float along with  the candles, depending on the holiday.

Outdoor Finds

  • Fall provides ideas for interesting and colorful decorating, most coming  directly from nature. Fill glass vases with pine cones or colorful, autumn  leaves. Gather nuts like acorns to fill another vase. Purchase or gather gourds  and small pumpkins for vases and place them where you want these accents of  color, such as on your fireplace mantel. These vases also add beauty as   centerpieces for your dining room table or your kitchen  counter.

Colored Water

  • To add a splash of color to a particular area of your home, consider coloring  the water in your clear glass vases. Adding food coloring to the water will give  you color separation, even after mixing well. The solution involves making  colored water by adding 1 cup white vinegar to your water, along with 1/2 cup  baking soda. After mixing well, add about 1 tsp. cornstarch and 1 tsp. edible  vegetable glycerin, found in health food stores or regular glycerin found in  drugstores. Mix well again, wait about five minutes and add your food coloring.  The color will stay put and look professional.

 

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Fun Facts About Glass Blowing

Posted June 4, 2013 By glass

Glass blowing is an ancient art invented thousands of years ago that is still in  practice today. Glass blowing cannot be done by machine and must be performed by  a skilled artisan. Although modern manufacturers of glass bottles and other  glass products use the same recipe for the glass material, they often use  machines and molds to shape the glass instead of blowing the glass by hand. The  level of skill and craftsmanship that goes into glass blowing makes it a more  expensive and time-consuming process.

History

  • The art of glass blowing originated in the Middle East about 2000 years ago,  according to the book Glass. Glass blowing was invented when Middle Eastern  glassmakers created a metal pipe they used to shape the glass. This technique  created the clear, translucent glass that we have today. Up until then, glass  was made primarily by grinding and casting glass materials which created an  opaque pottery-like glass. Romans adopted the glassmaking technique and used it  heavily in their expansive empire. The art of making glass came to the New World  when Captain John Smith brought glassblowers from Europe to make glass in the  Jamestown colony.

Technique

  • The tools and glass-blowing technique used today are the same ones used  thousands of years ago.  Glass makers are known as gaffers. Gaffers use a recipe  invented by ancient Egyptians to create the glass material, according to the  Cornell Center for Materials Research. This recipe includes lime, sand and soda  ash. The ingredients are mixed together and heated until they liquify. The  gaffer then inserts the end of a metal tube, known as a blowpipe, into the hot  liquid glass and twists it around so the glass gathers on the end. The gaffer  blows into the tube and creates a glass bubble. The bubble is shaped into a  vase, sculpture or bowl and allowed to cool and  solidify.

Uses

  • Besides bowls and water containers, Romans also used their glass-blowing  technique to make glass windows by cutting and flattening a long piece of blown  glass. Remnants of glass windows have been found in the ancient Roman town of  Pompeii, according to the book Glass. Roman glass windows eventually inspired  Europeans to use glass-blowing techniques to create brightly-colored stained  glass windows in churches, cathedrals and castles during the Renaissance period.  Due to the expense, skill and time involved in making hand-blown glass, most  hand-blown glass made today is used in expensive lamps, chandeliers, glass  jewelry, vases and art.

Monopoly

  • Murano glass from Venice is one of the most well-known types of blown-glass.  Glass makers in Venice held a monopoly on the blown-glass trade for centuries  because of their secret glass-blowing techniques such as threading glass with  strands of gold, making imitation gemstones out of glass and creating  crystalline glass. In the year 1286, the doge of Venice moved the city’s  glass-making industry to the island of Murano to protect the secret Venetian  glass-blowing techniques, according to the book One Hundred Greatest Scientific  Inventions Of All Time. Eventually other countries developed newer glass-blowing  techniques which ended the Murano monopoly.

 

 

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