Glass flower HELP!

IowaJunkGirlApril 19, 2012

Ok, I made my first 4 glass flowers. I was trying to use what I had on hand, so I glued small bottles to the back of them (wine cooler bottles). I would say they are centered vertically. When I go to put them on the stakes, they tip forward and then spin around backwards. I can live with the tipping but then they spin. Do I just need a larger/wider stake or what do you suggest? I like some of the ideas of the spoons or hockey puck, but I've already glued the bottles on these.

I'll try to take pictures of them later to post.

Thanks for the advice!

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laurastheme(8)

I don't have any ideas except yours for bigger stakes. Or maybe glue something with a smaller hole in it to the mouth of the bottle. I use spoons or forks and before I put them into the copper pipes I smash the top part of the pipe so that the flowers don't spin. It also allows some of the spoon handles that are very slightly larger than the pipe to fit into it. Just a hint for future projects.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 1:55PM
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marquest(z5 PA)

You could stuff some styrofoam inside the bottle. Or plastic grocery bags.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 4:44PM
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Marlene Kindred

You can also cut a small piece of garden hose or something similar and put it on the pipe, then slip the bottle over it.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 9:10PM
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laurastheme(8)

Marlene, what a good idea.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 12:49AM
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IowaJunkGirl

I have plastic tubing over our stakes. They are only 5/16" wide, so I think we will try to find 3/8" or 1/2" pipe tomorrow. Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 1:30AM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

Flattening the stakes so larger spoons fit and to stop turning is brilliant!

Iowagirl, I think your stakes are too skinny. I always use either 1/2 or 5/8. If you need a small diameter, something strong like rebar might work better.

Kathy

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 10:42AM
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cadillactaste

I'll be purchasing my own stakes soon for my flowers that I have purchased off of Etsy.com. This is food for thought...as to anything I may run into.

Good luck with your working out the kinks to the spinning flowers.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 11:18AM
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