This is my “bluebird of happiness” totem. The bottom vase of this piece is a beautiful candle holder that one of my former students gave me. Part of it got broken, but I held on to it because it was so pretty. When I started putting pieces together for my totem, I knew it belonged with these other pieces.
Glass Totem Tutorial
- thicker pieces of glassware work best
- stemware is the most fragile. (I’ve only had one totem break, it was knocked over onto a driveway on a very windy day by a child’s tent that being blown by the wind)
- plates should be place upside down so they don’t hold water
- a plate should be the base of your project. (I bury my plate a little to help steady my totems)
- if you have a very large vase, try placing a smaller vase inside
- a plate may be placed on top for a bird feeder (however be careful because if the squirrels jump or climb on it, they can knock it over)
- I recommend that you move your totem to a protected area during the winter or freezing weather.
- It’s best to wash and dry all your glassware very well. If it is extremely humid, or if your glassware is not totally dry, moisture will build up inside.
- I used silicone II for doors and windows. It comes in a tube that you have to use a caulk gun with. After you apply the caulk to join 2 pieces, release the pressureon your gun, and your caulk will not ooze out.
- after gluing 2 pieces together, you can use a rag or a paper towel to wipe off excess caulk.
- I glued in sets of 2, I then waited for those to dry and joined 2 sets of 2 together at a time.
- use a level to make sure you don’t end up with any leaning towers.
- if you do end up with a leaning tower, you can carefully use an exacto knife to undo the silicone. Please remember a leaning tower is better than a trip to the emergency room!
Now, get out there and buy some glassware, dig through your cabinets and garages. BUT, don’t say I didn’t warn you. This is highly addictive! Have fun creating!
I have done some more totems-you can see them in my post Repurposed Glassware Totems & More.
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