Sunday, March 13, 2016

Glass Garden Flowers

Waiting for spring to arrive in Wisconsin is no longer flower free.  A while back, I decided to enjoy some glass flower blooms while my tulips and irises were thinking about growing.  I created glass flowers that bloom all winter long.
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Upcycled Glass Flowers

Creating glass flowers from vintage glass platters, bowls and dishes salvaged or reused, "upcycled" into blossoms of glass adds a real glow to my winter garden.

Upcycled glass flowers reused
Upcycled Glass Flowers
The flower are cheery on overcast days, but when the sun comes out the flowers can explode into a shower of sparkling glittering points of light.  (The photos don't do the flowers justice.) 

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Reused vintage glass in flowers

Most of the glass was found at rummage sales, goodwill, and estate sales.  Many of the larger pieces have significant scratches, some of the platters are even chipped, but the flaws disappear at a distance.

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Reused vintage glass in flowers
Selecting the combinations of glass to use adds a lot of fun to the creative process, and I find myself saving special centers for just the right platter combination. 

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Glass Flowers close-up
The way the pressed glass sparkles in the sun and the reflections and shadows produced makes me smile.

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A display of upcycled glass flowers

This summer I might mass the flowers in the backyard, in and surrounded by more greenery, but for now they brighten up my front yard.  It's just as well I live near the end of a quiet cul de sac, I'm not sure the whimsy would be appreciated in some suburban homeowners associations.  

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