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Frosting Glass Fishing Floats
Kon-Hemsby
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From: Andover, England
Posted: 2006-10-30 02:21 am   Permalink

Apologies if this has been covered before, but I have just obtained an onion jar fishing float, and I want to turn it into a lamp. What is the best method to 'frost' the glass?

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2006-10-30 05:36 am   Permalink

They sell glass frosting spray in a can. You can also get a paint on type
in different colors, plus frost color.
You can find these at a hobby, craft, or hardware store.
Since you are frosting a jug you will need to frost on the outside
of the jug. If it has a net on it you will need to frost let dry
then spin jug in netting and frost again.
I saw a light in the Mai Kai that was frosted on the outside, and
it looked good.
BUT, Do a small part of your jug first to see if you like it.
After you do small part put a light in it to make sure you like the glow too.
If you don't. The frosting can be taken off with a razor blade.


 
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Kon-Hemsby
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Posted: 2006-10-30 05:51 am   Permalink

Excellent. Cheers

 
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Johnny Dollar
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Posted: 2006-10-30 07:33 am   Permalink

kon, i have tried to do it the old fashoned way but i haven't managed to fit the float into my freezer...

 
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Kon-Hemsby
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Posted: 2006-10-30 08:16 am   Permalink

Thank you....he's here all week

 
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saxotica
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Posted: 2006-10-30 10:03 am   Permalink

The best way is with a sand blaster. Local people that may have one...monument shops, auto parts rebuilders, industrial painting companies. Just turn the air down REAL LOW !

 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2006-10-30 10:49 am   Permalink

I got the frosting/etching "paint" at a hobby shop. It's a translucent white liquid. You'll see it. Then you just squirt it in and roll the jar around until it has covered the entire inside. Then I set it so that the excess would run out the top. After that, you just have to let it dry, which is tough since there is no air movement inside there. I think I set a blow dryer aimed across the top. The movement of the air over the top made for a suction to move air inside. Try some things and see what gets the air moving. Once it's dry, put a small light in it. I also put tape around the neck so that the actual bulb was not visible, just the light coming from it. The bulb and socket are up in the neck of the bottle. The translucent film inside makes the light radiate out nicely.
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captnkirk
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Posted: 2006-10-31 04:43 am   Permalink

Wear gloves and eye protection, please be very careful when frosting glass with those gels and liquids.

Glass frosting products contain hydroflouric acid, it penetrates into the skin easily and will cause terrible deep acid burns. After it gets into your system it becomes very toxic. One drop in your eye will blind you.

Please Be Careful using anything contianing HF

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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2006-10-31 06:16 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-10-31 04:43, captnkirk wrote:
Wear gloves and eye protection, please be very careful when frosting glass with those gels and liquids.

Glass frosting products contain hydroflouric acid, it penetrates into the skin easily and will cause terrible deep acid burns. After it gets into your system it becomes very toxic. One drop in your eye will blind you.

Please Be Careful using anything contianing HF

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The stuff I used is not etching acid, but just a paint or finish. No harm to the skin.
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Beachbumz
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Posted: 2009-10-03 12:24 am   Permalink

double post.. oops

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Beachbumz
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Posted: 2009-10-03 12:26 am   Permalink

Aloha Ohana...
I'm planning on frosting this ball I just got and was wondering how good the "paint frosting works... not sure I want to try and get it sandblasted or use acid on it.. how does the paint frosting hold up??




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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2009-10-03 08:01 am   Permalink

Why do you want to frost it at all? Most of the Float Lamps look best when you can see the character and imperfections of the glass.

And, heres a dirty little secret of the restaurant biz..... all those fish float lamps you see in restaurants and bars, the ones that are frosted like, they are fakes made to look like fish floats.

So if you have a 'real' glass float, show it off in its 'real' state. Instead, get a frosted bulb, or paint the frosting stuff on a frosted bulb. See how the light value works in your bar that way. Make a tube out of parchment paper (NOT wax paper) and put the bulb inside that, see if that difuses it enough for you. Sprinkle Baby Powder over the inside of the float to give it some age.

Or, go the other way and get one of those 'old-timey' looking bulbs where you can see the loopy filament in the center and use that. Like
this or this

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1961surf
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Posted: 2009-10-03 10:02 am   Permalink

Look at the thread above yours, I believe that was covered .

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Beachbumz
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From: Kihei, Maui
Posted: 2009-10-04 5:16 pm   Permalink

I just like that "glowing" look of the glass floats that are frosted I guess.... I tried it with just the light inside and it didn't do it for me...thanks though... off to the hardware store to buy some rope to recover it...
I'm sure this has been posted already but here's some dakine instructions re-rope the float.. from:
http://www.olypen.com/elgato/ballnets.htm




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Kon-Hemsby
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Posted: 2009-10-05 05:05 am   Permalink

I used spray 'frosting' and they look amazing. Both when lit up and also when just hanging there. I'd try that route first, worst case you don't like it and you can peel the frosting back off the floats.
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