Coloring Jars Experiment

Here are my results of experimenting with coloring glass jars, or the horrible, the nasty, and the passable.

Most of the tutorials circulating are to use food dye, usually the gel type with a small amount of warm water and add these to Mod Podge.  I don't have any  Mod Podge, what I do have are other glues collected and unused, so I decided to go ahead and use some of them to see what would happen.  I used my liquid dyes, at one time I had the gel food dyes, which I liked, but didn't have right now.

In the jars in the image on the left I used clear Elmer's Glue, water, and dye in the smallest jar to get a red translucent/stained glass type of result- which is what I was aiming for.  For the two green jars and the dark jar where I was aiming for a look of a big jar of Yoo Hoo chocolate milk I used white Elmer's Glue, water,  and mixed the dyes. In this image the jars are upside down and draining off the excess mixture before putting them in the oven at 180 F for 25 minutes.
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The only jar to retain the coating and color after baking them in the oven was the red jar.  In the second image from the left, you can see how the colors just disappeared after baking in the oven.  My chocolate milk look disappeared completely except for the ring at the bottom of the jar.  The dark green jar was a little streaky.  The other green jar came out a bit brown and with a big ring in the bottom, too.

After the jars were completely cooled, I washed out the interiors and thoroughly dried them in order to try another experiment.  In the next image I used Aleene's Collage Glue, water, and paint, not food dye.  This image shows the jars after they were drained, baked, and cooled.  I didn't put the red jar back in as I was satisfied with the result from the first baking.

Even though the chocolate milk jar, the bright orange jar, and the turquoise jar were well coated and drained before baking- they still came out of the oven not looking like they were done properly.  The orange jar was somewhat streaky and the turquoise jar was less streaky, but not as nice as I wanted it to be.  The chocolate jar was just not working.  I think there must have been something about that jar that did not adhere the liquid to the surface.  It also had angles which were harder to cover, but the jar just repelled the mixtures both times.

In the last image you can see the red jar with silk flowers in it.  The majority of the tutorials are to make the jars have a shabby chic look, but I was aiming for a translucent style.  I may try this experiment again, but I would rather just paint the outside of the jar, maybe use a stencil or design on it, too.  In this way, the inside could be used to store things or used in some other way and the paint would not be scratched off in the jar by the items put inside it.

Yoo Hoo - Hero

Now, if I could just stop thinking about cold chocolate milk, I haven't had a  Yoo Hoo for years, have you ever had one?   Even though the jars experiment was kind of a flop, I'm glad I tried it to see what would develop.

Do you like to branch out and experiment or are you not a gambler in that way?


Lucy said...

From time to time I try things out of my comfort zone. I haven't had a Yahoo in years, oh, How I loved Yahoo and chocolate milk, my hips do not LOL

I like your little red jar :)

jinxxxygirl said...

I LOVE to experiment all the time! Usually questions just pop in my head and i have to figure them out.The lastest one is Can i paint on feathers.....answer yes but they are naturally waterproof.....so i painted on a layer of water softner to nix the waterproofing...not sure it would work but it DID! Thanks so much for sharing your experiments. Saves me some time! :) deb

AntiquityTravelers said...

I had no idea you could do that with glass .... how cool is that? I keep thinking about all the beach glass I got this summer and maybe I should run it through a rock tumbler to see if I could get smaller, smoother edges. Ever tried that? or am I crazy and will just shatter it all?

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Glad you shared your trials and results--good info to have! I'm striving to be more daring (experimental) in my crafting.

Magic Love Crow said...

Hey Gloria, thanks for sharing everything that happened with the jars. I was actually going to try to do this. I like to gamble on the slots! LOL! I don't think we have Yoo Hoo and Canada? Take care my friend ;o)

New End Studio said...

I'm not sure if Yoo Hoo is a regional product, it was something I liked when I was younger, even though I can't drink milk; it probably doesn't even taste the same these days.

I've never tumbled rocks or glass, I hope it wouldn't shatter them, maybe it would make them smoother and shinier- why not try a few so if it doesn't work, you don't lose all of them?

That's wonderful that the feather experiment worked out, it opens up possibilities...

Thanks for stopping by ladies, a little "gamble" now and then is exciting.

Additionsstyle said...

Sounds like a fun experiment, and the a few of your jars look good. I don't experiment enough, but you have inspired me to try something new, thanks.
Everyday Inspired

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Gloria,

Thanks for your comforting comment on our share of grief.
Sorry but I cannot concentrate real well right now... As long as we move past these emotional days, it will be better.
Hugs to you,

New End Studio said...

Thanks Valerie. I don't experiment enough either, but just had to try this one.

Mariette, wish there was more I could say or do, we need time and space to heal and you will be renewed once again. ♥