How to Color Glass

 Can you believe it is the end of May? Time sure is flying.

Now on to the subject at hand.....
I have seen tinted bottles throughout blogland.

via Carolyn's blog Homework

via Creative Little Daisy

via Aimee @ It's Overflowing

 Back several weeks ago I spotted the bottles (below) in the cutest little metal carrier while wondering around 'The Christmas Tree Shoppe'. I knew they would be perfect for tinting.

After purchasing these and a few other things I ran down to Michaels and purchased the largest jar of gloss Hodge Podge I could find. I already had several tubes of gel food coloring at home, so there was no need to buy any.

The first step was to wash and dry the jars & bottles thoroughly. Then I had to decide what colors I would use. For the bottles, I decided to use yellow and green, since those two colors are in the family room curtains.

Now, I do not have exact measurements on the ratio of H.P. and water. I just kind of eyeballed it.

In a plastic cup, I poured in the H.P. and added a couple teaspoons of water and mixed well. It wasn't a very watery consistency but it wasn't thick. I know it doesn't help y'all a lot.

Then I added in about 8 drops of yellow food coloring and mixed well.

Preheat oven on the warm setting, my oven only drops down to 170.

I poured the mixture into the bottle and rolled the bottle until it was completely covered with the mixture.

I then held the bottle over the cup so the excess would drain, next the bottles were placed upside down, so they could drain on several paper towels.

They sat this way for about 30 minutes while I went on to the green bottles.

Once the 30 minutes was up, I removed the bottle from the paper towels and wiped any excess mixture of the rim and place them in the oven. *Now this is where I discovered that you should make your tint mixture either very water or they need to drain a lot longer than 30 minutes.

Here are the yellow bottles in the oven after 30 minutes.

It actually took the bottles one and a half hour to completely dry. Unfortunately, there is a rather thick collection of mixture dried on the bottom of the yellow bottles.

That is ok though, we learn from our mistakes.

Now the green bottles drained for an hour before they were put into the oven for one hour.

After that hour they were removed from the oven ***MAKE SURE YOU USE OVEN MITTS TO REMOVE THEM, THEY WILL BE HOT***. I left them to cool for 30 minutes.

I placed the bottles back in the basket, threw in some fake flowers and placed it on one of my burlap end tables.

 **Eventually you will get to see the finished family room.**

The red mason jars, which will be used in the dining room, were worked on while the bottles were cooking and draining. When I mixed up the red I just kind of winged it. I cannot tell you how many drops of red food coloring I used, I just kept adding until the mixture looked right. After making sure the jars were covered thoroughly I let them sit upside down for a little over two hours.

I cooked them in the oven for 90 minutes. Removed them and let them cool for 30 minutes also.

Two of the five jars I purchased will be used to hold cut flowers. So, I didn't tint them.

**Finished dining room and decorated jars will be revealed in a future post.**

Great rainy day craft, not to mention inexpensive or free (if you already have everything), which we all love

Enjoy your day!
♡ Tina ♡

1 comment

  1. Something Nice and Pretty
    MAY 21, 2012 AT 3:10 AM
    I've seen these all over blogland too! Thanks for sharing a how-to for it!


    MAY 21, 2012 AT 3:53 AM
    nicely done!!! I've been wondering if it really worked.


    MAY 21, 2012 AT 4:21 AM
    I love this coloring of glass... I haven't done it yet but I am looking forward to trying it.. Thanks so much for linking up to the Monday ALL STARS party at Simply Done Wright.. I really appreciate that you are sharing your wonderful idea's and accomplishments.. they're so adorable.. Thanks again, Carri


    MAY 21, 2012 AT 9:22 AM
    Tina, I've been hearing about this but I never saw the tutorial. Yours turned out lovely, I would have never known you tinted them! Thanks so much for sharing.


    Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
    MAY 22, 2012 AT 2:58 AM
    THese are so pretty!!! Love the differen't colors!XOKristin


    Claiming Our Space
    MAY 22, 2012 AT 5:53 AM
    Your bottles and jars turned out so pretty! I would love it if you would share it on my linky party Tout It Tuesday!


    MAY 22, 2012 AT 1:36 PM
    Those are awesome! I just spray painted some today. You have more patience than me. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.


    Katherines Corner
    MAY 22, 2012 AT 4:03 PM
    Wow, they turned out terrific! Hugs


    Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch
    MAY 23, 2012 AT 2:28 AM
    Thanks for sharing at Cowgirl up. I think the bottles look awesome and you gave us some important tips. BTW, I love, love your burlap end table. Did I miss that? Did you make it?


    Curtains in My Tree
    MAY 23, 2012 AT 4:10 AM
    very interesting I would have never thought to put them in an ovenI always try new things but have found out these great ideas don't always work out for me so I will just enjoy your bottles LOLJanice


    Claiming Our Space
    MAY 24, 2012 AT 2:58 PM
    Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

    MAY 25, 2012 AT 6:44 AM
    Those look wonderful! What a great idea!


    MAY 27, 2012 AT 1:32 AM
    Great tutorial! I love the term "eyeballed it". That's exactly how I measure also, I totally understand the amount:) I have just got to try this, they are so pretty. Thank you for sharing this at Freedom Fridays and hope you have a marvelous week. See you next Friday (if not several times before:)


    MAY 27, 2012 AT 2:47 AM
    Your bottles turned out great. It's cool that you can adapt this process for all sorts of things and events, to color coordinate a gift, have matching or a rainbow to use as centerpieces, the possibilities are endless. Well done!


    MAY 27, 2012 AT 11:06 AM
    Thank you, Nicole.


    MAY 27, 2012 AT 11:14 AM
    Thank you so much Michele.


    Kathy A Delightsome Life
    MAY 30, 2012 AT 5:17 AM
    Thank you so much Tina for sharing! I had seen a post a while back and could not recall where! Should have 'Pinned'! I have been wanting to do this for the longest - now must make a trip to Michaels and just LOVE the Christmas Tree Store! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,Kathy



Thank you for stopping by & commenting; I really do appreciate it! I will reply as soon as possible. Hope you have a lovely day. XO Tina

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