Now, we all know that snow globes exist. We used to play with them since we were kids, and buy them when we go on trips to remember the different places you’ve been too…etc. But how about summer globes? I am going to share with you a way to make your very own summer globes! Easy, fun, and looks awesome.
What you need:
Clear jar with flat screw-on lids.
Take apart and clean.
Choose figures/figurines and/or scenery from plastic, ceramic, glass or enameled metal items that won’t deteriorate in water.
Adhesive: Use epoxy or a polystyrene based adhesive sealant (which you can find at hardware stores) to glue figures and scenery onto dome base (lid). Use good-quality clear silicone sealant (which you can also find at hardware stores) to prevent leaks and seal the lid with the jar.
Colored/clear glitter or tiny sequins (found at craft supply stores).
Distilled water (available at grocery stores and drugstores).
Liquid soap, such as Palmolive/Softsoap.
Pure glycerin (find at drugstores).
1. Decide if you want the summer dome to be viewed from all sides or will it have a background and foreground.
2. Play around with the placement of figures and scenery before setting it in place. Set them up on base, stopper or jar lid, then cover with dome, globe or jar. The glass will most likely magnify the objects; you may decide to change them or their placement.When you are satisfied, set in place with the adhesive; let dry.
4. Place about 2 to 5 mL (1/2 to 1 tsp) of glycerin and a very tiny drop of liquid soap in upturned globe; fill it half full with distilled water and shake to mix.
5. Pour 2 to 5 mL of glitter into mixture. Shake to mix. Finish filling globe with distilled water. Shake to mix. If you want to add more glitter, now is the time to do it.
6. Apply the silicone around inside edge of the jar lid. Screw onto jar. Assemble as follows: Holding globe or jar over dishpan, be careful and slow. Allow any excess water to escape over rim of glass. Don’t rush. If the figures and scenery are inserted in the mixture too forcefully or rapidly, the pressure may crack the glass.
*Don’t keep your summer dome in strong sunlight or expose it to extremes of hot or cold.