When we were in Eagle River, Wisconsin recently I found this beautiful jar at an antique store!  I am contemplating how to repurpose it into something functional.  It was a $10 investment for a future storage device or perhaps a hanging flower vase via the attached metal piece.  Standby for a future project!

Today it simply inspired a current project!   I tried to re-create the blue effect on clear Mason and Ball jars that have been taking up space on a kitchen shelf.

Did you know these jars are named after their inventor, John Landis Mason?  Mason was a young inventor who came up with the concept of a metal screw-on lid in 1858.   According to my quick history check, the threaded neck on glass jars that we take for granted today was a huge innovation.  Mason’s developments made preserving food at home much easier and made the jars reusable.  Despite the fact that Mason sold five of his glass canning jar patents in 1859, his name had staying power.  Even in 2012, the common mason jar is still a staple in home canning (source).

My first attempt in creating a blue-tinted jar resulted in an epic fail!  I tried to use turquoise paint and paint thinner… but the outcome was not exactly the look I was hoping to create!

First attempt: fail! Epic fail!

Next, I tried a new tinting technique on this square jar.

I made my own “paint” which consisted of: two tablespoons of Mod Podge, three drops blue food coloring and one drop of green. Stir until smooth!

Neon food coloring was my only option as it’s what I have on hand in my kitchen.  It did result in the turquoise color I was hoping to achieve.

I used a sponge paint brush to apply my custom-made “paint” to the exterior of the jar.

Since the application is to the exterior of the jar I can use water inside the jar for my vase. It isn’t a permanent solution so I will keep the vase inside!  Apparently if left outside, the rain will wash away the “paint.”