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My creative mind seems to always be in high gear so when I saw the glass totems people were making I decided to try a birdbath because I have lots of little birds in yard that are always twittering about! I already had a few pieces but just started looking for more on my regular thrift store junkin days, keeping in mind the structure I was going for.
I needed a sturdy base, some medium sized pieces for the center column & then a nice big dish for the top. It evolved into a 2 tier birdbath when I scored 2 pickle dishes in the same pattern both with cute little handles! I set up the bottom half & the top half separately & dry so I could see how the pieces would fit. I had my man by my side ready to catch in case of disaster! I then glued 2-3 pieces together then let set overnight. When those were nice & dry I glued the bottom 2 portions & let sit for around 5 hours, then glued the top section on. There done!
No wait... I was a bit stalled when it came to the top. I knew I wanted a small focal piece but I wasn't sure what. I tried setting a few different finials (bottle toppers) there & they just didn't seem to turn my crank. I went on a final junkin hunt (who am I kidding, there is never a final junkin hunt) for a small glass bird & all I could find was a black & clear swirly one, thinking to myself how many times I had seen a clear glass one but had never picked it up,lol. I brought the little "black sheep" birdy home & to my surprise it added just the right amount of dark to the otherwise sparkling clearness of the glass! I glued her on & set her out & she glistens in the sun so beautifully! I used Goop Household glue which specifies it is for glass and I handle it very carefully, making sure to lift it from the base. Next project.. one for my mom's new house!
I have since finished one for my mom's new home & another one you can see here which I made almost entirely out of vintage early American prescut glass.. she's a beauty!
I've had a bunch of questions as to what the pieces are in this bird bath so here goes...
There are 20 pieces in this birdbath all together...
#1-the bottom piece is a large plate. I've heard that old microwave plates work well for this & you can cover them with dirt or mulch.
#2- a bowl with a square foot.
#3- a square decanter.
#'s 4,5,6,7,8,9,10 are custard bowls.
#11 is the large pickle dish with handles,
#'s 12,13 & 14 are more custard dishes.
#15 is a cut glass candle holder.
#16 (which is sort of hidden inside #15) is a smaller cut glass candle holder.
#17 is the twin of 16 turned upside down.
#18 is the small pickle dish with handles.
#19 is the finial (top, lid) from #3 (the square decanter)
last but not least, #20 is my little black & clear swirled birdie!
I find if you use thicker glass everything is much sturdier & use quite a bit of glue & allow to dry very thoroughly, gluing 2, maybe 3 pieces together at a time. I'm creating my next one with mostly all pieces of glass with a familiar vintage pattern called Early American Prescut Pattern by Anchor Hocking. It's also called the Star of David pattern & I think everyone had a cream & covered sugar bowl in their home! It's been fun finding pieces to make the bird bath & I'm almost ready to start gluing! :)
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