Mason Jars flying out of my shop: Mason Jar Chandelier

A photo of a mason Jar chandelier my customer sent me

A strange thing has been happening in my online shop: My largest hand tinted Ball mason jars have been flying out the door. Especially the larger quantities, the set of 6 and set of 10. I  admit I am obsessed … Continue reading 

Valspar Verses Rustoleum the Battle of the Blue Turquoises

Valspar Verses Rustoleum The Battle of the Blue Turquoise

I have a signature color in my design shop, a blue aqua I call Caribbean Turquoise. I love, love, love it! It has been a best seller for me and it might be my favorite color ever. I am frequently … Continue reading 

Masons for the 4th of July

As a painter I love the American Flag. I have drawn and painted the stars and stripes many times. I have always had an

obsession with jars and now painted mason jars are a big part of my business. I have been meaning to a set of American Flag mason jars  for a while, a good long while. I put it off and off. I am busy I balance orders coming in with, promoting my business and making sure I spend enough time with my adorable son. And the then the 4th of July was coming. If ever it was time it was time. They were pretty simple to do: one jar all in navy with white stars and two jars painted white with red stripes. I discovered these wonderful metallic  blue lids that looked marvelous.

I painted some white stars on some blue heritage masons and made another patriotic set.  It was lots of stars and stripes over here. If you fancy them use code Pin50 for 50% off. Till next time Melissa.

Paint glass Shiny Tutorial and Giveaway

I like shiny things. In really like shiny things.  I am so excited I want give something away! You might have seen my previous post on taking things from trash to shiny.  So when it came  time to paint some  mason jars and vases with pretty metallic paint  I couldn’t wait. Now before I started

Gold and Silver Metallic Maons

Gold and Silver Metallic Masons

painting I ignored my own advice. When painting glass, I say prime, prime prime!!!! Primer is your friend your best friend! I like Kyrlon’s Colormaster primer but I was on Pinterest and followed a link on “how to paint glass” no primer needed she said “Spray paint is meant to stick to anything.” So I listened and tried it again without primer. A big mistake!!!! A I usually do I didn’t handle the jar for 24 hours to let the paint cure / dry thoroughly , metallic paint is different and dries faster than regular spray paint, but I wasn’t taking chances. The finish was beautiful but the second I  moved it around the paint scratched. Listen to  me  and listen good prime prime prime before painting. I was very excited to paint this carafe I came across. I had already painted with blue glass paint

Silver Metallic Carafe

Silver Metallic Carafe

but it was so blah. but it came out amazing!!!! I just used the paint I had on hand for this project Rusto-oleum  Metallic finish in Gold and Valspar Metallic in Silver.

Valspar Rust-oleum Matallic pain

Valspar Rust-oleum Matallic pain

I prime and let it dry for 1/2 hour to an hour,  paint with the metallic spray paint (I love how the a paint goes on) light even layers to minimize drips. Check the paint instructions on when to apply your second coat. I hold the jar or vase in the mouth of and turn it as I spray. I leave the bottom unpainted so I can handle the vase. I rest the the jar or vase on it’s neck then I paint the bottom. I leave the painted piece to dry for about 24 hours. With the metallic paint I will probably be totally dry in about half the time but better safe than sorry.

Voila, gorgeous shiny awesomeness. If you don’t feel like waiting for the paint to dry pop over to my Shop Caribbean style Decor and use the code Hometalk15 to get 15% off. And don’t forget to enter to win a set of these shiny beauties.

It was an Etsy fest over here

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This what I was thinking… that I would do a few glass pieces and put them in my Etsy shop. A littlecolored glass here, check out the tutorial , a little DIY mercury glass herecheck out the tutorial . The next thing I know after I photographed everything and write my little descriptions with color variations and different sizes I realize I have about 20 different pieces. Holly cow batman that’s a lot of mason jars and vases. They were so pretty in the pictures I just wanted to get them all together and Share! I love the combination of the blue and the pink flowers, white goes with everything and flowers make everything more beautiful.   Be sure to check them out in my Shop Until next Time -Melissamerbigmason5-sm