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Name: Vicki
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vic
Apr 16, 2016 12:29 PM CST

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Here are the two bird baths I just made.

Before paint

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After

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Apr 16, 2016 12:50 PM CST
Lovey dubby Your bird baths! What type of adhesive & paint do you use?
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plantmanager
Apr 16, 2016 1:07 PM CST
Pretty! I was wondering the same thing about the paint.
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Apr 16, 2016 3:01 PM CST
Vic, wow ... great job, I really love them both! Lovey dubby
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Apr 16, 2016 3:16 PM CST

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Thank you so much Lovey dubby

I used E6000 and waited 3 days before I would glue the next vase. I also used a concrete brick for weight while it dried and leveled with a torpedo level.

When it was all done, dh ran a bead of silicone on the joints.

I used Rustoleum spray paint and I think it was 2X ultra cover - or something like that.

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Apr 16, 2016 3:24 PM CST
Thanks for the details. It sounds like it should hold up to the elements just fine. Great job!
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Calsurf73
Apr 16, 2016 9:44 PM CST
Really really nice. Vic !!!
Great colors and great shape. Good job ! Hurray!
Name: Vicki
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Apr 17, 2016 3:24 AM CST

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Thank you all - for your kind words Lovey dubby Thumbs up
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MISSINGROSIE
Apr 17, 2016 11:50 AM CST
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Name: Rosie
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MISSINGROSIE
Apr 17, 2016 11:54 AM CST
Beautiful color choice too
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MISSINGROSIE
Apr 17, 2016 11:58 AM CST
Here is an idea for a multi birdbath
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vic
Apr 17, 2016 4:13 PM CST

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Thank you Rosie - Lovey dubby

LOVE that birdbath - love that color of blue too Thumbs up
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Apr 18, 2016 10:31 PM CST
Love the bird baths AND the bird feeder!! nodding
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Boopaints
Apr 19, 2016 10:11 AM CST

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Vicki, I love your bird Hurray! Hurray! baths!

Easy to repaint if the elements cause fading too. Great job!!!

One reason I especially like them is they sort of resemble wood bases.
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Name: Diane
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GardenOfWhimsy
May 29, 2016 4:21 PM CST
Hi! I'm new here. Very glad to have found this forum. I am a glass artist of sorts, but only from recycled glass/pottery/dishes/porcelain/china etc. I only make garden art as well. I sell my items on the Internet but I also keep a great many of them as I love garden art and its intrinsic beauty.

To anyone making bird baths from recycled glass (I've made a few) or lamps, do you struggle with making the base stable enough for the bird bath to sit on unlevel ground? I have now made several bird baths (I'll attach pictures of a couple) but I've refused to sell them to anyone because I just don't feel they're stable enough. A big platter on the bottom helps but I still feel they're always going to be top heavy. Anyone have a good solution?

Here are a couple of my bird baths...

For this one, I ended up adding a large, round piece of wood, salvaged from an vintage lazy Susan, used back in the day when folks still used them. But, I still put large stones on top of the wood to ensure it does not tip over. It looks lovely in our yard, the birds love it and so do the squirrels--thinking of calling it a wildlife communal bath since the squirrels are in it more than the birds. The base is a vintage lamp.

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This one, I've done nothing with. It's sitting on my screened porch. The base is a vintage lamp also, it has three 'nubs' on the bottom of the base that are made into the bottom. Their original use was to keep the lamp from marring a table top. I'm unable to sand them off or remove them--the lamp base is some sort of ceramic and resin. Due to the fact they're raised nubs, I cannot glue anything on the bottom to make the base wider. Sadly, I did not notice the nubs until this was fully assembled and glued.

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Thanks and glad to be a part of the forum!

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Name: Rosie
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MISSINGROSIE
May 29, 2016 5:51 PM CST
Welcome!

This may or may not appeal to your aesthetic but if concerned, I would either via an L bracket or just 3 holes skip the bracket .. ..drill into the base and get long skinny stakes ( flat nail head 6 inch ) and hammer those in right into ground...moveable ...paintable...you could even decorate the nailhead once done with a pretty vintage button or coin
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Name: Vicki
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vic
May 30, 2016 8:43 AM CST

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Rosie's idea is a very good one. I like the large plate on the bottom as well.

I think dh drove a stake into the ground on the ones I made. I need to go out and look.

What I would never do, no matter how stable, is put them around concrete. It would make a mess if they fell in a windstorm.
Name: Diane
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GardenOfWhimsy
May 30, 2016 12:00 PM CST
Thank you, Rosie. The bases are not wooden, drilling them would crack or break them. This has been my challenge on these two. For glass ones, drilling is not an option either. I made a beautiful one that I sold twice and had to take back the sale as the bottom came loose from the large platter. So, I remade it and it seemed fine so I sold it again! Then as I was loading it into the person's car (it was tall and intricate), it 'snapped' and not where I glued it. I guess I torqued it somehow as I was attempting to get it into the backseat of a two door car. Sigh.

You can see it in this picture, it's the tall birdbath to the left of center.


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This one, I've never had any worries about it toppling as it has a broad enough base on it. It's to the right of center with the floral, ceramic bath on top.


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Name: Rosie
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MISSINGROSIE
May 30, 2016 12:09 PM CST
I thought the red metal that is why I said drill. Glass can drill but not hammer a stake...I would not at any rate.

For those, I would get a pie pan or round something ( or square - whatever ) wide enough for no topple and sit the base in it --fill with a quick dry cement and decorate the top.pottery shards..glass stones...old watchfaces and beads and such..... Or paint it..
...or stain the cement ahead when mixing ..or paint it solid and add floral or frogs or similar flora / fauna later on and seal


Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
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GardenOfWhimsy
May 30, 2016 3:26 PM CST
Thank you, I might give that a try.

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