Uses of Glass Nuggets

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Uses of Glass Nuggets
Create mosaics from leftover glass nuggets. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Glass nuggets are not just for weighing down flowers in a vase. You can use them for a variety of craft projects. Consider applying these translucent stones to other projects. When used creatively, glass nuggets can become everything from stained glass to fashion jewellery.

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Fancy Frames

Don't throw away dated or faded picture frames. Instead, turn them into modern works of art with glass nuggets. You may use two methods: flux and solder or glue the nuggets onto the frame. Flux and solder gives each glass nugget its own shiny setting and works best on totally flat frames, without any previous bevelled embellishment. You can glue glass nuggets to any kind of frame you like.

With this method, use hot glue, high-bond craft glue or epoxy. Arrange the nuggets as you like on the frame, and glue them down one at a time.

For flux and solder frames, wrap the edges of each nugget in copper foil. Brush on flux (it conducts the solder) and place the tip of some solder ribbon and a heat stylus against the copper foil. The solder should flow on its own around each nugget. If done on the frame, the solder will fuse the nugget to the frame, as well.

Bubble Mosaics

Glass nuggets can be a type of tesserae, or mosaic piece, according to Inland Craft. They create a bubbly, visually interesting surface with a more modern feel than traditional flat tesserae. You can apply a glass nugget mosaic to nearly any rough surface, including tables, walls, clay planters and bricks.

Clean your surface first, so the media will stick. Coat the wall with thin-set tile glue and press the nuggets into place. When the glue dries (24 to 48 hours later) grout the nuggets with white mortar. Sponge the nuggets clean when the mortar dries.

You will be able to see through the nuggets to the background colour; painting your mosaic surface white gives the mosaic a clean glow.

Glass and Metal Pendants

Wire-wrapping takes some time, but the results provide you with original, sparkling jewellery that you can tailor to your personal tastes. For glass nuggets, cut four pieces of 22-gauge square wire (colour of your choice) to about three times the circumference of the nugget. Tape the wires together, parallel to each other and tight together, then wrap them with tight coils of more 22-gauge wire; remove the tape. Wrap the tightly-bound wires around the edge of your glass nugget, and tug the top and bottom wires into angles that wrap up over the front and back of your nugget. Twist the excess wire at the top of the nugget into a loop, for a chain, and nip away the ends to clean up the wire work.

Suncatchers

Since glass nuggets are both colourful and translucent, they make beautiful suncatchers. You can either glue them to clear plastic, like a CD jewel case, or stick them to mounting film, using one sticky side. For jewel cases, choose a gummy, sticky glue like high-bond craft glue or hot glue. For mounting film, reinforce the design with some acrylic nail glue to make sure your design does not fall apart.

Suspend these suncatchers in your window on fishing line. You also may glue small suction cups to the back of your catchers, so they cling to the windows.

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