Unusual Glass Terrariums

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There’s a lot of interest in terrariums lately.  I’ve seen a lot of polygon shapes, hexagons, pentagons etc. Usually they’re done with just plain clear glass, one side left open so that you can fill it with a plant or put in a candle, glass bits or whatever you’d like to highlight.

On places like Pinterest, I’m seeing a lot of creatures trapped in mason jars. They’re swampy, dirty and dingy and thoroughly entrapped.

I’m enchanted with the trapped creatures, and I love to make terrariums, so I’ve decided to combine both! As far as I know, I’m the first person to combine these two ideas together. Let me know what you think!

Box with scalloped Edge

Stained glass box with playbillToday I finished this box with a scalloped copper foil edge. Somehow I always manage to get a copper “paper cut” from the scalloped foil! Oh well. This box was made for a dancer, using the playbill for the show. I made a copy of the inside page, as only half of it shows to the front. I then put it on the inside top lid. I made a scan of the original. Brought it into photoshop and cleaned it up to print onto the orange paper

Glass Boxes for Special Occasions

A  glass box is a great gift to mark a special occasion. I make them for sweet 16 birthdays, weddings, bat mitzvahs, anniversaries and also for other events such as graduation. Here’s one I made this summer for a graduation gift that doesn’t scream “graduation”. They can even swap out the charm with the date if they like for something else. I love the clear textured glass as it gives it a sophisticated look and will fit in with any decor.

Terrariums micro worlds

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Stained glass terrariums can be a world unto themselves. Wardian cases become self sustaining worlds, providing their own environments for life. In 1827 amateur botanist Nathaniel Ward began an
experiment in a closed glass case. His plants survived for several years without additional care, such as being watered! This study led to the development of Wardian Cases which are the ancestors of today’s terrariums. Perfect for growing ferns or orchids, they are meant to be watered infrequently, and kept out of direct sunlight.

This piece was designed to open from the top, and I’ve designed a forked rod to keep one side of the roof open in case it needs ventilation. It’s also a good practice to seal with an aquarium grade silicon to prevent leaks. I typically go with a solid color where the soil is. A clear color may look good early on, but they can tend to get a little scummy over time!

I also like to build ones that hang on the wall or ones that resemble a geodesic dome. Thanks, Bucky!

Next ones will be Wardian designed, Bucky Balls, fully enclosed!