We never decorate this early for Christmas. We’re more of the put-it-up-a-week-before-Christmas-and-take-it-down-New-Year’s-Day kind of people. In fact, because the Pie and I always travel home to Ottawa for the holidays, we don’t decorate at our house in St. John’s at all.
But there is snow on the forecast tomorrow, and we decided we wanted to enjoy a little bit of the holiday spirit while we were still home. Just a little bit, of course.
I was practicing my glass cutting technique and I had three jars with no tops. What was I to do with them?
I like lights. Why not make little hurricane lamps out of them, but without the prospective fire hazard of sticking a candle inside? Yes.
I also remembered an idea that Karen over at The Art of Doing Stuff had, and worked from there. If you don’t read her blog, you should. She’s hilarious. I discovered her site when she stole one of my photographs in the middle of the night. Sneaky lady.
So here’s the plan. I have these jars, and I have these LEDs that I can stuff in the jars. You get the picture? Good, because we’re not done yet.
I wanted these jars to look frosted, like someone had frozen three jar-shaped ice cubes and left them melting on my mantle. So it’s time to haul out the etching cream.
You can get a full how-to on etching glass from a previous post here, but I’m going to remind you again to observe all the safety rules and wear the proper equipment: goggles, mask, and gloves.
And because my sink is ceramic, I needed a plastic bucket full of baking soda in which to rinse my glass, to neutralize the acid.
I used a different cream this time than I had before, because when I needed it Lee Valley had temporarily stopped selling it. So this stuff looked like peanut butter with salt crystals in it, and it smelled much stronger than the other stuff I was using. But it had the same results. I didn’t want an even coating of frost, so I only applied a thin layer of cream and I only did one application. I was hoping that some spots would remain un-etched, and that my brush strokes would show through. And I was right! That doesn’t happen very often.
So here are the jars after frosting and rinsing. You can see that they look really like someone has just steamed them up on the inside.
Stuff some lights in them, however, and they go from steamy to frosty.
Up close, you can see my brush strokes in evidence.
Lined up on the mantle, with other things seasonal, it’s quite cozy.