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Under the Sea Booty Jars

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

I have a like/dislike relationship with glass that has gone on for some time. I like glass because of its’ smooth, non-porous surface which makes it fun to paint on and decorate. I can use it in the microwave, put it in the dishwasher, and it can be recycled. These are all good things, right?

However, I'm not too fond of glass because it can break and when it does, it shatters all over the place. And why is there always that one piece that manages to get away and hide? And why is it that only my bare foot can find it? Glass can be scary and painful, but it sure can make a lovely gift container!

This glass jar that I am showing you here is what I refer to as the ‘found money’ keeper. It’s a gift presented with a coin or bill in it with the prospect of the receiver finding more money. So, what exactly is 'found money'? It’s that penny or dime you find on the street. It’s the paper bills that are flying down a beach boardwalk (another story for another time...), or that quarter left in that Aldi’s shopping cart quarterkeeper.

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The first thing I did after washing the glass jar was to paint the underwater foliage. I used glass paints that you bake in the oven to set. Then, I painted glue around the bottom sides of the jar, not the bottom itself though, and then rolled it in fine beach sand. I applied two (2) coats because I wanted the sand area to be thick. To protect the sand, I added a final coat of glue. Make sure to use glue that dries clear.

I love this next step of adding the chain and making jeweled posts to hang from it by using jump rings. I used a gold-toned chain on this one, but I sometimes use silver-toned ones, as well. As you can see, I used ocean-themed charms I found on Amazon, recycled beads from old necklaces, and made long beads from old wallpaper. Because I wanted the painting of the foliage to show through, I left space between each embellished post.

To complete the jar, I wrap and glue the cap with fabric to give it a nice, finished appearance. I start by tracing around the lid on the fabric and then cut it out and glue it down to the top of the lid. Next, I cut out a thin strip of fabric to wrap and glue around the lid’s edge, but I frayed the bottom edge of the strip first. Fraying is not necessary, but I happen to like the look. Lastly, I use epoxy to adhere a flat, colored glass marble to the top of the lid for that final touch.

Who wouldn't be happy to receive this unique and whimsical gift? The only ones I can think of might be those who don't want free money or those scared of glass and have very sensitive feet!

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