Posted 2 years ago
What to do with so much broken glass? When a dear friend had a disaster involving some of his most prized glass, I couldn't see just throwing it out with the trash, so I asked him to hang on to it, and I would try to find a use for it. I had a rather inexpensive Mission-style end table that needed a new top, so I framed it in with some pieces of red oak. Then I sat down for about 2 weeks with a large bin filled with the glass shards, separated by color or decor. I cemented them down to the table top with tile cement. Then I applied grout to bring the spaces between the pieces up flush. I then poured about 1/4 inch of a plastic-like liquid that I found at the home store. It comes in half-gallon jugs, which I mixed well in equal parts, then poured over the mosaic until it was flush with the top edge of the frame. The directions suggest using a propane torch, held well away from the surface, to draw any air bubbles to the surface where they quickly burst and disappear. I had to do this at regular intervals for almost 30 minutes, at which time the liquid began to harden. Then I covered it with a large piece of cardboard to keep dust and pet hair off. Then next day it was completely hardened and looked and felt like glass to the touch. It looks very nice with our glass collection, including the Flamarion lamp that is presently on the table. You can easily identify the various decors of glass in the mosaic. I particularly love the different colors of Loetz papillon throughout. I don't recommend destroying your glass to make a table top, but when life hands you lemons...well, you know the rest.