Upcycled Pickle Jar Votive

How about recycling your old pickle jars into a beautiful seasonal votive? Suzanne Czosek with you today, sharing a recent upcycled home decor design. I started with a pickle jar that I soaked the label off of to create this:

1. Once the jar was clean and dry, I started a multi-layering technique with paint and inks to create the pretty texture and effect. Between each step, I let the surface dry.

2. To begin, paint the surface of the jar with white acrylic paint.

3. Using the Ranger Tim Holtz Metallic Distress Stains, in any order, streak colors down sides of painted jar. Repeat multiple times, varying colors to create a streaky effect.

4. Apply a thick coat of Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy over the entire jar.  Let dry until paint begins to dry and crackle; this may take awhile.

5. After the paint crackles, you are done on the outside. The surface of the glass will be exposed and the crackle paint is very delicate, so put it somewhere where it won’t be bumped.  An alternative to working directly on the glass is to use vellum paper cut to fit around the outside and follow the same steps.

6. Turn the jar on its side and pour clear embossing powder over surface. Heat from inside using heat gun to melt embossing powder.  Be careful as the glass will stay hot for awhile. I did this on my craft mat, which is heat resistant, and waited in between sides to let it cool off. Turn jar over and repeat embossing until entire surface is complete.

7. Finish the rim of the jar by applying gold Krylon Leafing Pen around the top. This adds a lovely gold finish.

8. I found the beautiful pearl trim at my local fabric store.  Use the Leafing Pen to add a touch of gold to the pearls to coordinate with the jar rim. Glue the pearl trim around the top edge of the jar.

The crackle effect allows the perfect amount of light to filter through and create a beautiful autumn or holiday glow.

Happy Crafting!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

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