|Mmmmmm...Heirloom crostini spread|
But it turns out antique blue mason jars run close to $15 a pop on eBay! What sort of black devil magic is this?! So my crafty genes kicked in (as well as my Chinese save-money instincts) and I scored some Kerr mason jars on Craigslist, then headed out to Blick to find some Vitrea 160 glass paint to test out my DIY plan: transform regular, old clear mason jars into antiquey looking blue ones by painting them.
I didn't know which was better- turquoise or lacquer blue, so I chose both and decided to mix them up with some Vitrea dilutant as well. Each bottle was about $4.
Mom was in town and eager to help out with wedding preparations, which made things go twice as quick. We made several different paint mixes, so some jars were bluer than others.
After letting them dry for 24 hours, you stick them in the oven at 325F for 45 minutes and voila! A dishwasher-safe, blue mason jar that won't explode if you put a candle in it (which apparently is what antique mason jars are prone to do). The brush streaks were supposed to melt away in the oven, but I was disappointed to find that ours did not.
If you look closely, you can see the streaks. My dad insisted that he thought the handpainted effect was actually cooler than without. I'm somewhat convinced. What do you think?
|Hand painted effect on left; Magic Eraser effect on right.|
I think once the flowers and water are in and they're all set up on the tables, nobody will notice. A few vodka tonics later and ta da--These are the nicest antique blue mason jars in the world!