Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
You can’t beat the glass look when the light shines through the different colors. This is another example of what you can do with glass. Planter pots look beautiful with your favorite plants in them using contrasting colors of plant to the glass.
When we first started making this we planted the plants directly into the glass terrariums. The water eventually discolored the copper turning it green. So we sealed the base inside and then put the plants into small pots that hang over hiding the actual pot. That way it preserved the condition of the terrarium and did not spoil the effect at all.
Cut out a square piece of colored glass of your choice 12” x 12”
1. Draw the lines directly onto your glass as show in the above sketch
2. Now draw a circle in centre like above
3. Draw the extra lines as show onto your glass and cut out all 12 pieces.
You now have to put the copper foil around the side of the four outside frame pieces and solder them back to the original shape only this time the centre circle pieces will be missing. It will just be the outside square.
Now you have to copper foil only six of the other pieces to make your pot and solder them together. Look at the picture of the finished project to understand the directions better.
Solder 3 fine chains (make sure they are evenly distributed) onto the top of the planter pot, then loop the three together. Now solder one hook onto the top of the inside circle on the frame so you can hang your little pot from it. Also solder a small loop to the top to hang the whole planter from, we used a chain and put another loop to hang from our ceiling onto a sky hook. We neatened the solder around all the edges to make it more professional.
As an added feature we soldered loops to edge and threaded rope right around the whole frame. It was just a personal touch. Whatever else you do just gives it your own personal stamp on the article.
As the pot is very small on this, I planted a small cactus in it for awhile. Now I just hang sprigs of lavender across it, sprigs of nice smelling herbs.
To make a pot covered with mosaic tiles
This hangs in the kitchen, above our kitchen sink and smells quite nice.