I love depression glass and jadeite– but it’s really difficult to find a good deal on the stuff. Back when depression glass and jadeite were being produced, you could find the pieces in hardware stores or five-and-dimes as an incentive to buy a bag of flour or oatmeal, but today the pieces can be priced in the hundreds. When I learned that Mod Podge made a new line of colorful Mod Podge, I wanted to try to make some vintage-inspired glassware for myself.
Some inspiration. The thing that I love about the jadeite and depression glass is that to find authentic pieces, you actually have to look for uneven coloring, scratches, and nicks. Usually I can find a bowl at an antique store for a decent price, but the canister sets can go for hundreds. The knockoffs aren’t so cheap either. (Inspiration source.)
To make your own jadeite you need:
-Mod Podge Sheer Colors in blue and yellow, or green
-Paintbrush or sponge
-Black paint if you want to paint numbers
I’m really tickled with how these turned out. I’d like to find more vintage-looking glass pieces and try the technique again. For this project I used some flower vases and a cookie jar that my roommate brought home from work.
Mix the colors together and tweak everything until you get the perfect color. I painted a few layers, let it dry, and then painted numbers on top of the jadeite. 🙂 Here is a video that gives tips on tinting glass, and here is a video about using Mod Podge Sheer Colors.
Because I didn’t have any counter space in the kitchen or matching glass pieces, I wanted to have numbers on the canisters instead of the traditional “Flour,” “Sugar,” and “Tea.” I really love these scientific jars that I got at an antique store in Indiana, so I modeled them after those.
One of my real jadeite plates. If you want to do a jadeite plate instead, there is actually dishwasher-safe Mod Podge from Plaid as well. But a bit of a heads up, I haven’t tried the dishwasher-safe Mod Podge yet because I don’t have a dishwasher. 😛 #NYCproblems
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Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a campaign with Plaid and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own– I am an enormous fan of Plaid and Mod Podge. It’s good stuff. 🙂