How To Make Beautiful Glass Garden Art

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A lot of people are intimidated by glass garden art. It doesn’t matter what you call it, the same thing holds true. When we first see them, we have this idea that they’re fragile and they can break easily. The truth is, they are strong. In fact, glass has stood the test of time and will continue to do so for years to come.

Glass Fiber – A Glass Garden Art

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Glass can be created with a variety of different materials. The most common type of glass garden art is created with glass fiber. This is similar to the material used in window frames. There is one key difference between these two though. Glass fiber glues are very strong and because they are completely waterproof, they can actually be glued directly onto any surface without the need for additional glues.

Silicone is the most common type of material that is used to create glass garden art. This is mostly used to create the frames for the work. Because they are so sturdy, silicone glues will not melt when exposed to heat or moisture. Although they can be glued onto nearly any surface, using silicone to create garden art has its drawbacks.

The biggest drawback to using glass garden art that contains silicone is that it is usually only available in certain colors. Many colors of the silicone used to create dish flowers for example cannot be found anywhere else and they have to be created with the use of special equipment. Other times, the color you want may be available in limited quantities. This means that you may need to order it or have it customized.

Breaks Very Easily

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Another major disadvantage of making dish flowers with this type of material is that they can break very easily if they aren’t securely glued into place. Once the glue has begun to weaken, the flower will come toppling down. It can also sometimes form a crust on the surface where it begins to harden before it has completely cured. Since this type of garden art can be rather fragile, it is best to purchase what you need already made and have it professionally glued into place.

Glass garden art that uses clear glue for its designs often comes with a very attractive pattern or design. The type of glues that can be used for these types of decorations include PVD, UV, and clear silicon. Most of these glues can be glued onto most any surface as long as the surfaces do not get too wet or moist. This makes them great for making dish flowers like bouquets and arrangements. They are available in a number of different sizes as well. Many times larger dishes and more detailed designs require larger amounts of glue than smaller designs.

Using PVD Glues 

If you decide to use PVD glues, then you will need to watch out for the possibility that the design will chip if the glues become too moist. Because of this, you should always test the design before you begin gluing anything. PVD is a great type of glue for making dish flowers look very good, but it is not recommended for creating intricate designs. This type of glass garden art may also suffer from bonding failures.

Bottom Line

You can also use UV glue to make dish flowers that are smooth and flawless. It is similar to PVD glue, but it bonds better. The difference is that it does not fail to bond even after it gets wet. The only problem is that UV glue may require special weatherproof glues to prevent it from failing and causing damage to the surrounding surfaces. It is a good idea to test a small area of your design to ensure that it will work well with your type of glues before attempting to make any larger projects.

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