11/27/2013

DIY: snow globe

there are many craft projects i want to try...making a snow globe is one of the projects...
after many blog post reading and you tube tutorial checks...i have come to my conclusion...

originally, i admired jullie an's snow globe idea using a lovely mason jar ( she has really wonderful and easy to understand tutorials!)..then i realized that we can't find it here in japan so easily...

so i went to my local 100yen stores to check what kind of jars are available since i have not got any recyclable jam jars at the moment. then i found a small simple glass jam jar.

after more research and a few failure...here is what i learned and what i discovered as my how-to.
it is aaaaaaa lot easier to make than i ever imagined!





what you need...
1) glass jar or plastic jar
2) glue (water proof)
3) miniatures (anything really...but green tree miniatures can be bleached after one season...which was mentioned in jullie an's blog post)
4) water (some say distilled water...other say tab water )
5) glitter ( i really recommend the tiniest glitters as they reflect like snow dust!)
6) liquid glycerin (but then i found out that liquid paper glue can be used!)


how to make a snow globe...
1) glue our miniatures on the bottom of the glass ( i didn't glue it on the lid...please see the reasons later)
2) wait until the glue is dried and put water 95% of the glass
3) put some liquid glycerin
4) add some glitters
5) close the lid tightly and shake the water! if the glitter didn't move slowly...you can add tiny bit more glycerin. if you found the glitter is not shiny enough, you can add it more...just make sure lid is closed tightly before shaking the jar!



some failures....
mistake 1: i put the sponge stage to make the polar bear and tree higher toward the smooth glass surface...but i didn't cut the sponge small enough to close the lid correctly...so the stage was squeezed and the trees didn't stand straight...i will need to cut the stage much smaller to close the lid correctly....

mistake 2: the glitter was too big and didn't look not so peaceful! better to use much much smaller glitters to make it more like snow dust!

the benefit of using the jar upside down: the glass bottom is on the top so your snow globe will get more lights. but depending on a jar, you will need to create a stage to make the miniatures more visible. 

the benefit of using the jar as it is and glue the uniactures on the the bottom of the glass: no need to worry about leaking!

other useful info: green trees may bleach by time and water might become greener..some suggested to glue the lid...but i didn't glue so i can change the water and add new glycerin, glitter and water later to use it permanently...

in addition,
if you put those green trees...the water will turn into green...a bit due to the dye!
i can keep it clean changing the water and glitter just like a fish tank...
mmm, some blog post i searched had a mention about the tree bleeding green! so some suggestions were to use white tree, use pinecones, bleach green trees before putting them into a snow globe...etc.


some more photos...

for these 2 snow globes, i glued some glitters on the bottom of the jars to make it look like snow...

jewelry charms were added as gift wrapping...

by me and members...




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