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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fresh Look: diy faux fenton hobnail milk glass



I love vintage milk glass. I wish I had a collection of hobnail milk glass to display in an open cabinet.


Blog Hobnail-001Vintage Fenton Milk Glass - Photo source

The photos in the collage above are some pieces of vintage Fenton Art Glass. Here’s a little history about the Fenton Art Glass Company:

Founded in 1905 by brothers Frank L. and John W. Fenton, the Fenton Art Glass Company ranks among the world's foremost producers of handmade art glass. Fenton is the largest manufacturer of handmade colored glass in the United States, and the company is renowned for innovative glass colors as well as handpainted decorations on pressed and blown glassware.

In 2005, the Fenton Art Glass Company celebrated its 100th anniversary. The firm is now led by third- and fourth-generation Fenton family members, who work side by side with over 100 employees, including skilled glassworkers and decorators, to create beautiful, handmade art glass in Williamstown, West Virginia.

 
Until I start my collection of vintage milk glass, I thought I’d try a diy version using a method I’ve seen many times on craft sites and blogs.

Blog Hobnail
To make the hobnails you need craft puffy paint. I bought this puffy paint almost a year ago with the intention of making this project and then forgot about it. I thought I bought white but apparently I grabbed glow in the dark puffy paint. My knock off Fenton will probably be glowing at night… oh well.

To make a faux hobnail vase, start with a clean piece of glass and dot on your puffy paint. The paint takes about 4 hours to dry but I let mine dry overnight. Once your puffy paint is dry, cover the entire glass with several light coats of white spray paint. Finish with a coat of gloss clear spray paint.



Now, I’m sure the artisans at Fenton would be laughing at my attempt at milk glass hobnail but I’m quite thrilled with it.



Add some pretty flowers that you borrowed from a neighbor…



and enjoy!



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Carolyn




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41 comments:

  1. Oh, I just love it! Well done! I've always loved milk glass hobnail. My mother has several pieces. Your take on it is fab!

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  2. OMG, you should be thrilled. The results are absolutely stunning!

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  3. This is crazy awesome!! I love it! I've always adored hobnail milk glass but don't have a single piece. But I do have puff paint... and white spray paint. Thank you once again for sharing a great idea!!

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  4. I think your milk glass looks amazing! I would love to see it glowing at night too :)

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  5. Sooooooo cool! Total success, and if it glows at night, all the better!

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  6. Very nice, this could be a great way to turn a 99 cent store vase into something way cool!

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  7. That is great! I love all my milk glass :) Looks so lovely with those blooms.

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  8. Carolyn!!! You are a GENIUS!!!!!!!!! What a GREAT idea!! My goodness... this is AWESOME!!!

    PLEASE tell me you'll come and share it at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! PLEASE!!

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Don't forget to swing by this evening.. I can't wait to see what you link up! :)

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    2. Oh :) Please don't forget to add my button somewhere on your blog please :)

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  9. Really clever idea... my friend is a hobnail fanatic. I can't wait to tell her about your project.

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  10. Absolutely love this hobnail technique..thank your for sharing..got to try..remember my Mom having some of this when i was a child.

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  11. Oh my word.....coming here and seeing these photos brought a flood of memories! My mother had a lot of these kids of pieces. Seeing them here made me remember them from when I was little. I had forgotten all about the, and never knew what this kind of glass was called. Leave it to you to figure out how to make some knock-offs! Impressive, as always!

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  12. This is awesome! I love hobnail milk glass too but never thought about a DIY version! Thanks for sharing -- I found you over at Someday Crafts :)

    Charlie @ Match Made On Hudson

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  13. That's so adorable! And very smart I might add.

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  14. Putting puffy paint on my shopping list! This is very clever :)

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  15. oh very pretty...it looks like the real thing!
    ♥ much love

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  16. Wow! Impressive! I think I'm going to try this!

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  17. Oh this is SO pinned and passed along on fb. You are a genius. You can buy glass for nothing all day long at thrift stores and get yourself an instant hob nail collection =) LOVE THIS.

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  18. I can't wait to show this to my friend Jenny! Her father and uncle own Fenton, and she is till a sales rep for them. We live in KY, a short distance away from the Fenton Factory in Marietta, Ohio. This will really make her smile! I love your spin on making your own...it can definitely get expensive!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

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  19. Ok, I'm just going to say it - you're a genius! Love this!

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  20. Sooo cute! I love it and definitely going to try it out! And I love that it's glow in the dark ;)

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  21. Carolyn, I love hobnail glass and this is such a fun and clever way to make it yourself! Your pieces look beautiful with the pink spray roses! I'm featuring your post on my Facebook page today.

    Jenn

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  22. That is absolutely fool the eye good! You are one of my bloggy pins.

    ~Bliss~

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  23. Stopping by from Debbies & now following! I love milk glass, I have 2 pieces, the little rose bowl vase and a fruit dish! I'm going to pin this post too!

    Mary

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  24. Wow, that is one convincing "faux"! Well done. Making this for my Mom who loves milkglass. Thanks for the inspiration. Pinned!

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  25. This is GREAT! Thanks so much for sharing! Doesn't look faux at all!

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  26. Cool ideas. I love milk glass. It's an addiction! I'm amazed at how real that looks, I'll have to keep my eye out and be careful of what I pick up! Thanks for the info =)

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  30. I just noticed this was originally posted in 2012! How has it held up? I was wondering if the puffy paint is still adhering to the glass?

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