Tuesday, August 31, 2010

An Idea Using My Glue Gun....

I wanted to share with you a  quick and easy way to make a tiered glass platter that's easy to make and easy to take apart....

A few weeks ago, a good friend was having a get together and I wanted to bring some chocolate covered strawberries.  What woman doesn't like chocolate? Since fruit is involved it's got to be good for you, Right?  I wanted to put the strawberries on a tiered glass platter, but didn't want to glue the dishes permanently together
I had an idea...  Maybe I could use my glue gun to put the plates together.

Here's what I started with....

I placed the glue on the outer edge of the glass cup's base.
Make sure you use a HOT glue gun,
NOT a low temperature glue gun.
As you can see my glue gun has gotten quite a work out over the years!

Work quickly. 
 The glue cools down fast. 
 It must be hot to have the glass pieces stick together.

I continued gluing the middle glass plate on top of the cup, 
Next I used an empty crystal salt shaker (I removed the cap from the shaker. I finished it off with the top platter.  It only took a few minutes  to complete this project and it was 
a perfect way to display my tasty treats. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture with the strawberries on the tiered platter.

Don't you just hate when you forgot to take a photo for a blog post?

Now here's the best part.
  Here's a great tip....
Once you are done using the platter no need to store it.  I just put it in the sink and run hot water onto the area where it has been glued.  Carefully pull it apart.  The hot water will begin to melt the hot glue and you can easily take the plates apart.   Just store the plates and next time you need a serving tray to display your desserts, you can glue them together.

If you missed my previous post about permanently gluing the plates together,  you can view it HERE.


Sueann said...

What a great idea!! And I bet the tray and the strawberries received lots of compliments!!??

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Sherry ~
That is so pretty !
What a fun idea for a party !


re:Inspire said...

So clever! Great ideas to use for the upcoming Holidays!!

Unknown said...

What a fantastic idea!!!

Marilyn said...

I knew hot glue doesn't work on glass, but never gave it a thought as to using it in this way! Thanks so much for sharing this idea! Your tiers are pretty, pretty. ♥♫

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Fantastic idea!

I've done that to glue a cheese dome to a candlestick, but the base was wood and so was the candlestick. I love this idea because you aren't married to the end result.

Diane said...

Thanks so much for that great tip about the hot glue gun. I have been wanting to glue some plates to candle sticks, but didn't know how I would store them. Now that I know about this tip I can make my tiered serving pieces. Thanks again.

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Most excellent idea! I want to tier some of my blue glass plates and candlesticks but not permanently, thanks for the tip!

Karie said...

Love your tiered plates! I have done several and just love them. Thanks for sharing.

Christa said...

What a great idea! I never thought of the *benefits* of them coming apart! :)

Brianna! said...

So elegant


I {heart} Nap Time said...

love it! I bet this will be wonderful for parties!

Anji* said...

Thank you so much for this!! Really - I am making 5 (yes 5!) tiered cake stands from vintage china for my daughter's birthday party in a couple of weeks and I was really hoping to find a way to stick them together so I could take them apart after. I will try this tonight. THANK YOU :)

Anji* said...

Hey Sherry, I made my 5 cake stands with vintage china using your glue gun method - it worked really well, thank you! I wrote about them here: http://anjistarking.blogspot.com/2010/09/tiered-cake-stands-from-vintage-china.html and credited your tutorial.

power said...

A normal glue stick can be used for up to 3m. The full sized bostik thermogrip glue guns use a seven/sixteen inch-diameter glue stick, while the miniature ones use a five/sixteen inch-diameter stick of glue. Both sizes are sold in four inch and ten inch lengths. https://gluegunwiki.com/

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