I do a lot of crafting, I’ve tried almost everything there is to try, and usually with pretty good results. My sister and I both have an ongoing joke that we are willing to try anything once. I’ve made baskets, scrapbooked, cross stitched, paper crafted, painted-you name it. It’s not often a craft project will get the best of me. This one did though, and I had to share it with you.
I can’t tell you specifically where I saw the idea originally because I’m not sure and I don’t want to upset anyone individually by maligning their craft idea. It was this though-take a doll sized drinking glass (or similar item), add a cut off swizzle stick for a straw, add clear crystal beads as ice cubes and pour clear tacky glue over the whole thing so it looks like a glass of ice water. Some examples of this have also added little faux lemon or lime slices to them. Cute as heck, and I wanted some!
First off, I needed to find clear glasses. I remembered that I had recently purchased some body sprays that had caps on them. Perfect size for a doll drinking glass! I already had clear crystal beads in my jewelry making supplies. I always have a bottle of Aleene’s tacky glue around, both in white and clear. I got the bottle of clear out of the cupboard. My husband got me a straw when he was at a meeting (hotel bar!) and I was set to go. I wasn’t too worried about the fruit slices, I wasn’t about to spend money on a craft project with unproven results. Good thing…
The first issue I encountered was that the glass beads sunk to the bottom instead of floating like ice cubes should. Ugh. I decided to wait a while to put anymore in hoping that after the glue had hardened some, maybe that would work. No such luck. After at least a week (yes a week!) of waiting, I tried again and they still sunk like a stone. Never mind. I also noticed that as the glue dried, it was starting to shrink, so I added a bit to one of them to see what happened. And then I walked away for several weeks.
When I finally decided to check on them to see what they looked like, this is what I found:
The glue shrunk A LOT! Now they looked like dirty glasses with some sort of syrup in them that had been sitting in the sink for a week, yuck. Sooooo not cute. 😦
These weren’t looking ANYTHING like the cute little examples I saw on Pinterest. What a disappointment to say the least. Then I bumped one of the straws by accident and it moved…a lot. So I wiggled it some more, what did I have to lose at this point. The whole darned thing came out!
From these photos you can see just how much the glue shrunk and how misshapen it had become. What a bummer. The only good part is that when I pulled them out, the caps/drinking glasses were completely clean, so I can still use them. Everything else went in the trash.
This was definitely a big let down for me. I am curious if others who have tried this project have had better results. Not sure what the issue was, I’m wondering if maybe they used a different brand of glue. All I can say is DON’T use Aleene’s Clear Tacky Glue, it doesn’t work for this. On to the next project!