Saturday, 25 February 2012

Jam jar tea lights


A couple of years ago I was given a craft drill with a set of etching tools, this morning I felt the urge to use it for the first time. My mission was to have a go at etching jam jars to be used as tea light holders.

I started out by drawing a simple design on paper and popping it inside the jar to use as a guide. 


This worked OK but I think it would work better if the design was drawn onto black paper with a white pen because it was a little tricky to follow due to the fact that I couldn't see the etched line.


My little assistant helped me choose the appropriate etching tool.... 


This is the second one I made. Free hand this time...I couldn't be bothered to draw another template (easily bored you see).



For the third one I etched a wasp design.

 As I was etching I thought it might be a nice idea to do one with a moth design, they would look as though they were fluttering around the flame - could look good (?)


They look sweet when lit.






I'll be doing more of these. I reckon they'd look lovely on a dinner table or on the mantle shelf at Christmas.







15 comments:

  1. They look really good. I have often heard my Grandad talk about his Dremmel (?) but never knew it could do things like that.

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend xx

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    1. Hello! I've only photographed to good bits! There's a jar in the recycling box that looks crap...that was my experimental piece!

      Have a go at it, you'll create lovely stuff x

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  2. wow you need a steady hand for doing those ;-) There fabulous love the bee what a great idea. I was only thinking about you this morning as i was dusting and your peg doll is in my kitchen. Have a great weekend, dee x

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    1. Hi Dee, thanks for the comment. There are a few wobbles on the jars but I figure that in the dark who will notice?

      I hope all's good with you at the mo xx

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  3. They look lovely - you're very brave trying out the new toy and getting such great results. Have you been eating much jam? ;)

    People would pay for those - pop some in your shop. x

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    1. Everyone should get a mini drill/etching kit it's great fun! I keep looking at everything that's glass in the house and getting the urge to etch it!

      I might get some little vases to have a go for the shop...you always come up with good ideas - cheers x

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  4. I love the wasp design and think a moth design would work fabulously. When I saw the wasp I wondered if this jar was to be used for catching them in summer.

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    1. Bella I'm going to have a go at the moth one so watch this space. x

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  5. Oh wow, they look lovely, must get my dremel out and have a go, thank you for the inspiration
    take care x

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  6. Oh my, these are really lovely, what a great idea. Love the idea of having etched jam jars with our names on it for our beach-side (fantasy) wedding!

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    1. Ooh wedding jam jars are a brilliant idea. I'm going to do more jars at the end of the week so I'll blog about them, I just need to come up with some designs.

      Have a go. x

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  7. What a fabulous idea! They look brilliant. Had to chuckle when you said you had the tools for a couple of years before using them ... I have a soldering kit I've still not got out of the box, maybe this is the year!!

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    1. I've got other tools that haven't seen the light of day yet! Sometimes you've just got to hold off until inspiration strikes.

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  8. What's the make/model of your craft drill? Cos I really want to have a go at doing this and not really sure which one to go for?!

    Thanks
    Amanda x

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