Where every piece of junk has endless possibilities!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I love milk glass (the white version in particular, I also love the Jadeite versions, but that’s for another post). Now don’t get me wrong there is room in every home for all kinds of decorative pieces but I love the versatility and forgiveness of white milk glass as compared to clear glass…mostly I love that you cant see through it.
According to Wikipedia: Milk glass is an opaque or translucent, milky white or colored glass, blown or pressed into a wide variety of shapes. First made in Venice in the 16th century, colors include blue, pink, yellow, brown, black, and the white that led to its popular name.
Here are a few reasons why seeing through clear glass bugs me; The Hubs bring me flowers (I love flowers) and I stick them in a clear glass vase, a week later, since I have forgotten to freshen the water of said flowers, they are moldy and gross and kinda dying, and I can see all that, YUCK! If the same flowers were in a milk glass vase I wouldn’t be able to see it and I would have at least a week of blissful ignorance of the true state of the flowers. And what about when I use silk flowers in my home, those require no watering (I have trouble with fresh flowers as you might have gathered), in a clear vase you will see the fake stems (kinda defeats the purpose) so if I use a milk glass vase, you wont be able to see the fake stems and will think I must have the most wonderful, lush, green thumb.
But milk glass isn’t just about flower containers. The number one item I see at antiques stores is small miniature figures and knick-knacks. Most of them are some kind of painted ceramic and while a lot of them are cute, because the color might be faded or doesn’t really go with the look you want you simply walk by with “Oh what a cute little puppy figurine.
Take this little Cocker Spaniel figurine, I saw it one day at an antique store and it reminded be of my grandmothers Cocker Spaniel Lady (yep after the Disney movie), however it was realistically painted and I didn’t really like it. Enter this technique for making anything look like milk glass and I have a fun piece that I can use on my desk and every time I look at it I think of my wonderful grandmother.
I think I should rename my blog…something like…projects that require no more than 5 steps.