I put together my first glass plate flower. It has been fun checking out the thrift shops and coming up with different ideas of what will make a nice flower. I partially painted the first plate, it was a large frosted serving plate and I thought it just needed a little something. Here it is still laying on the table, glue needs to set up and then I will glue the bottle on the back that will fit over a metal rod to hold it in place. I will post a pic in a few days when it all sets up good and solid.
I love it! Now I want to make some for sure. I think you did a great job by painting the back plate. If you hadn't it wouldn't have pulled it together half as nice as it does. Thanks for showing the back because I wondered how you'd get it to stay on a stick (or rebar) without drilling the glass. It can be drilled but can also easily break. Great idea!
I've been working 2 days (can only do so much at a time) on the yard clean up. I live on a busy corner and idiots throw trash out their car windows all the time. Anyway, I picked up 2 grocery bags stuffed full of trash. Then I stared raking limbs, pine cones, gum balls and inevitably some leaves and such that I didn't get mowed. The back yard is done, one side yard is done. The front yard is half done and all I raked up is there in the other half to be carried to the woods beside my property. I don't actually carry it. I have a cheap tarp that I spread on the ground, rake the stuff onto the tarp then drag it into the woods. I get one end and lift it as I am walking under it which flips it over, dumping the stuff. Next day I have free and is decent I will try to do that and my also clear my "fake mulch" (limbs from the last couple years out of the front yard) around the maple tree. Once that is cleaned, I will have to get the side yard near the woods and then I want to do something under that tree. I am seriously considering this flower idea. I am also thinking about something made from concrete for under the tree, but if I do that, I have another place in mind for the flowers. Either way, I will be looking for some plates, bowls, votives at yard sales for sure!
The yellow paint was Ric's idea. I was looking at it unpainted and just thought it didn't quite look right. I was thinking the serving plate looked too big and asked Ric for his opinion and he said paint it yellow. By just painting the scolloped imprints I think that worked very well and I did the paint in a streaky pattern instead of solid coverage. I was very pleased by the out come. Ric made the post, gave it a nice curve and welded a piece of angle iron to the bottom to hold it in the ground securely.
Loves, Sounds like you have gotten a good start on the yard. I have been out working in the yard a bit cleaning up a few beds and treating the Roses.
I will do something. I took a picture of what it was like. I took another after I had been raking the rest of the crap up by the tree. I absolutely could do no more Saturday. In fact, I surprised myself getting as much done as I did. Yesterday I thought I'd get some rest but wound up taking my brother to a couple stores - Lowes and Harbor Freight...in the rain to boot. So between the raking and the rain (I have arthritis in more joints than not) I was miserable again. Now today is nice, supposed to hit 62, but everything is wet and heavy and I'm still sore. Maybe in the next few days if it stays nice, I can get back at it. I hope so. Guess I'll just have to work on taxes today after I make some phone calls to doctors and other "fun" stuff. Oh goody...NOT!
Gluing a bottle to the back of the "flower" to hold the stake and then insert in the ground is genius. I've been on threads where how to anchor these flower plates to a rod/stake was discussed seemingly forever ... but yours is the simplest and best solution I've seen to date, Holly.
Debbie, I know how you feel. We sometimes get the litter problem where we are ... mostly people walking home from work late at night. Eating fast food and just throwing down the wrappers, bags and drink cups along the way. The trail of litter gets lighter the farther they get from the main Blvd. They get away with it in the dark of night. :(
There was someone selling them at a local flower show and I took a good look at them. She had flat sided bottles on the back. I haven't tried drilling the plates yet but I do like the downward facing flowers as well and I would think you would have to drill that type. I also saw a really cute glass plate mushroom for fairy gardens. She used smaller highly colored glass (painted) with a little fairy sitting on top of it. Even had a few little things lying next to her. I could see them done with little butterflies or dragonflies glued on. Oh, just so many ideas.
I have read a few postings about them and most say nothing about how to mount it. Those that you can see, appear to have been drilled and then bolted together. I would think some water in the plate or bowl would help and of course practice to get the right pressure. Holly's idea is so much simpler (okay the person at the flower show that Holly shared) that it seems even easier. I like the idea of adding butterflies too. I just have to try this...
I have a drill press that I set up with a small water pump took the hose and hooked it up so that the water hit the drill bit. It works like a charm. My hubby drilled tons of plates, bowls, etc. I cannot wait to get my stiff movec to our new place. Until then I just watch everyone else do fun art stuff.
I really like some of the downward facing glass plate flowers and they need to be drilled to look right. One of the hints I have seen for that was to place a folded rag in the bottom of a dish pan to add some cushioning lay the plate flat on that an fill with several inches of water. I have a couple of extra wine bottles that I want to cut and will probably borrow my son's wet saw for that.