Hot Glue Jewelry Using Glass Dishes as Molds

Make hot glue jewelry using old glass dishes as a mold.

I love all things vintage. My boyfriend and I are both “pickers” in our spare time, and you can find us at a random antique mall, thrift store or flea market pretty much every weekend. We love “treasure hunting”, and my boyfriend has a gift for turning (what some consider) trash into cash!

While out and about, I am always drawn to the pressed glass I come across. It’s so beautiful, and not many people collect it or use it anymore. I shudder to think of how much of it ends up in the garbage.

In my latest experiment with hot glue, I decided to try my hand at making hot glue impressions from glass. It’s incredibly simple, and the result is gorgeous. Read on to learn how to make this simple project with your handy glue gun!

Supplies: AdTech High Temp 0400 glue gun, depression glass, Silicone Glove by Avon or petroleum jelly - AdTech DIY Hot Glue Stencil T-Shirt Project

Supplies you will need:

  • AdTech® 0400 High Temp Glue Gun  Click here to buy on Amazon
  • AdTech® Multi-Temp Full-Size Glue Sticks (Very important for clarity!)  Click here to buy on Amazon
  • Depression glass (or any non-porous surface than can handle heat)
  • Hand cream (I like Silicone Glove by Avon for its non-stick properties) or petroleum jelly
  • Cotton swabs
  • Jewelry findings (earring wires, o-rings, etc.)

IMPORTANT: Anything made with hot glue will start melt above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not leave your finished project in a hot car, near a heater, run it through your clothes dryer, etc. 

Step one: Apply hand cream to the depression glass.

Add a small amount to your finger and rub it into the crevices of the glass. I highly recommend Avon’s Silicone Glove, because it has amazing non-stick properties! If you don’t have access to the cream, you can use petroleum jelly (Vaseline). Add Silicone Glove cream to glass.

Step two: Remove excess.

Use a cotton swab to remove any excess amounts of cream from the crevices. You want the glass coated just slightly, but if you leave globs of cream in the crevices, your design will not be as crisp.

Remove Silicone Glove cream with cotton swab.

Step three: Apply hot glue over design.

A full-sized glue gun is helpful here because it’s easier to squeeze out more glue quickly and smoothly. As you can see, I propped the dish onto a pencil so it was more level. The quicker you get the glue onto the glass, the better. Let is cure completely – for about 5-10 minutes depending on the amount and thickness of glue – then carefully peel off.

Apply AdTech hot glue to depression glass.

Pro Tip – If you want your glue to cure more clear, you can try carefully dipping it into cool water as it’s curing. (Don’t use ice cold water, because your glass could shatter!) You can see the different in the two samples below. The one on the left was cured normally at room temperature, and the one on the right was cured by gently running cool water on it for about 60 seconds. Remember to use AdTech brand glue. It’s the most transparent and glass-like.

Step  four: Wash them off – then color with alcohol markers, add glitter polish, jewelry findings… whatever you want!

At this point, you can do whatever you’d like to make your own personalized pieces. (Use a leather punch or scrapbooking hole punch to make the holes.) I actually enjoy these plain, but I’ve also had fun adding glitter nail polish, alcohol inks, permanent marker, tinted nail polish and more. Just make sure you wash them well with soap and water beforehand, or give them a good cleaning with some rubbing alcohol. Adding a coat of non-yellowing clear nail polish can make them shiny and more glass-like.

Depression Glass Hot Glue Earrings

I kept these earrings pretty simple, but feel free to add beads or more tiers to make them fancier! Have fun creating!

AdTech hot glue pressed glass earrings


Love what you created? We will, too! Tag us in your image on Instagram, @adtech. Use the hashtags #glueasamedium and #thisishotglue so others can see your creation!

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