The vintage window was a gift from my sister friend, Tilly Evan Jones … it sat around for a couple of years waiting and wanting. Finally glued a bunch of my vintage glass collection to it.
All you need is a sturdy window (or frame) with good glass, wheeled glass nippers, small hammer, hand towel, safety glasses, random glass objects and e6000 adhesive. This project must be glued in a well ventilated area … without the kids and pets.
Break glass dishes under a dish towel with a small hammer and gentle hand or use wheeled glass nippers to break up glass objects.
FYI … There are glass plates that will shatter into a BAZILLION PIECES without warning so … don’t be … going to use the word stupid – because it really is … ALWAYS WEAR SAFETY GLASSES when cutting glass or tile and do a different project with the kids.
1. “Clear” E-6000 is a my adhesive of choice for glass on glass projects and with all toxic adhesives, make sure to work in a well ventilated area.
DIRECTIONS & TIPS FOR USING “Clear” E-6000:
Apply E-6000 directly to each piece of glass to be bonded.
SAFETY FIRST: You can never predict what glass will do when you cut it. If you glue glass with E6000 and let it set up … well … when it’s stuck – it’s really stuck or really stringy and messy and … it would be foolish to try and remove the glass from glass once it’s set up or dried.
P.S. Always wear safety glasses when cutting glass.
SPECIAL TIPS: To extend life of product, be sure cap is secured back to original position. Use a toothpick as a disposable applicator for very small applications such as beading. Remove, recap and allow plastic nozzle to dry. Remove dried product from nozzle by pulling out through threaded end and reuse nozzle.
2. Weldbond Adhesive for Mosaic Tile and some Glass projects.
Best Glue for Tile Projects and some Glass
Great for projects with kids.
Dries clear … in most circumstances.
Easy to move and remove mistakes.
Weldbond says this about their wonder glue …. A unique product, WELDBOND is more than an adhesive. It’s also a powerful universal primer for porous surfaces. It’s a weather-proofer, dust-proofer, hardener, and bonding agent. Just mix WELDBOND with sawdust, grout, cement or plaster and be amazed at the tremendous strength this product! Non-toxic and dries clear making it a perfect adhesive to use when crafting with kids. Dries to a clear, flexible bond.
Consider this when using Weldbond …
#1 – Excess puddles of Weldbond glue on glass may not dry clear and if it doesn’t dry clean in 24 hours then it probably won’t.
#2 – Try brushing Weldbond onto the glass pieces with your finger or paintbrush and secure them to the glass with a little wiggle. It may help to have the glue dry clear.
#3 – Weldbond gives you have a fighting chance of prying dried pieces of shards off. Try to wiggle it off with gloved hands and safety glasses.
and then there’s Mastic
… available at home improvement & tile shops.
Mastic is a non-slip high performance, smooth spreading mortar formulated for interior installation of all types of ceramic wall & floor tile.
Mastic keeps things from slipping … especially good for terracotta, concrete, back-splashes and larger projects!
Don’t forget to clean up excess mastic around the edges.
Gluing takes patience.
I know you want to get’r done but in the end …. you’ll be thankful that you waited until it dried. Trust me.
Found this 10-panel vintage window in Orange, California and was grateful that it survived the trip back to the Midwest. It’s a big window at 5′ feet x 2′ feet and took quite a bite out of my vintage glass collection. When I select vintage windows for glass on glass window projects, I look for a really sturdy window frame with good, hopefully heavier glass that doesn’t wiggle .. not even a little bit. This window was very sturdy, the glass was awesome and it had really cool hinges that I left alone.
I used E6000 Clear Adhesive to glue the glass to the glass, in a well ventilated room, and used a wheeled tile cutter to cut smaller pieces of glass, while wearing safety glasses with a first aid kit near by. Safety First – Always wear safety glasses when breaking or cutting random glass dishes, cups and/or glass objects. Depending on the type of glass they can and some will shatter in a bazillion pieces … maybe more. Be careful.
First, I cleaned the entire window with a vinegar & water mixture and let it dry. Started to cut the glass pieces for fill in and laid out a first pass design. Made the decision to not glue it down during the design. Shoulda.
The universe is very good to me and next time … I’m going to call all my angels and trust myself to glue the glass pieces on my first pass.