Thanks so much to Meryl
for suggesting we swap blogs for the day! You can find me at My Bit of Earth
As the days begin to get shorter, I
feel like I should buy stock in candles. When we're losing 10 minutes of
daylight a week I burn through them, but they feel absolutely necessary as we
slide past the equinox into the dark half of the year.
With rosy candles
glowing through photos of summer memories, these votives are not only seasonal
for the first of fall, they're quick to put together, too. While there are many
more elegant techniques for transferring images to glass, this one does the job
and requires very few supplies.
The key is to use thin copy paper. Also,
be sure to use flat sided jars. I love Ball jars for everything else, but the
raised writing on the side makes them unsuitable for this project. Save a few
spaghetti sauce jars and recycle those instead.
Several photos, photocopied or printed in black and white on
thin copy paper
Several flat sided jars
Mod Podge or other white glue, thinned
with water to the consistency of milk
An old paintbrush
An old towel
Cut one of the photos to fit the side of a jar.
Using the watered down glue wet the back of the photo until it's very
saturated, then slide it onto the jar. Carefully coat the top of the photo with
glue as well.
At this point the glue will be dripping and
running all over the jar. While you can dampen the towel and use it to neaten
things up, I prefer to work with the mess instead. I leave the towel dry and
use it to rub the glue all over the jar, which gives it a weathered look like
it's been sitting in a barn for a decade.
Repeat with the rest of your photos and jars,
allow them to dry, then enjoy the glow as the seasons turn.
Meryl writes about chickens, babies, knitting,
gardening, food, photography, and whatever else tickles her fancy on any given
day at My Bit of Earth. (www.mybitofearth.net)
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