Painted Globe

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” Matthew 5:14-15

I bought this lamp at a yard sale for $4 years ago. Its original globe was beautiful. It fit down into the large round outer circle you see in the picture. It was a cream color with blue flowers. I was so proud of it. What’s that saying? Pride comes before a fall.

Well, guess what fell…and broke…no…shattered into a million pieces.

I replaced the globe as best I could with a clear hurricane globe. Problem is it is clear and the light is so very blindingly bright!

Is blindingly a word?

I have seen clear Christmas ornaments painted with either glass paint or acrylic paint. Loved them. Then it hit me this past weekend. Why not paint the globe?

Yes, I’m slow like that.

Here’s how I did it.

What You Need 

  • something glass to paint (vase, ornament, globe, mason jar, whatever you want to paint)
  • Glass paint. I used Gallery Glass ® Many colors to choose from. I chose denim blue and cameo ivory.
  • plastic cup
  • something to cover your work space, like a paper towel or wax paper.

Step By Step

Make sure the glass is clean of dirt and oil.

Squeeze some paint into the bottom, or in this case since mine doesn’t have a bottom, on the side of the of the glass.  Put the colors side by side.

Roll the glass around to spread the paint. I found that since my globe was big, I had to keep adding paint. That’s ok. Just squeeze it on an uncovered place and keep rolling. This may take a little longer than you think. The paint is thick and doesn’t run very fast.

I had to be careful not to let it get in where the globe touches the actual lamp. You can see on the far left I didn’t paint the lip of the globe.

When everything you want covered in paint is covered, place the glass in a cup and let the excess paint drip out. This will take a while. Check back frequently and make sure it isn’t getting on the outside of the glass. Simply wipe it off if it does, but be careful.

This shot is looking down into the globe as the paint drips down. When you feel like it can’t drip anymore, take it out and carefully wipe off any extra paint from the rim. Set it someplace it will be undisturbed for a few days to let it dry completely. If you are going to use your jar as a vase for flowers you will want to let it dry completely then spray a water based lacquer over the painted area to protect it.

Note: The paint does dry darker than what comes out of the bottle.

Here is my painted globe. I turned the globe and got a couple of shots so you can see the whole thing.

Here’s with the light on.

I am going to use this lamp as an opportunity to share Christ. Whenever someone compliments or comments on it I am going to say something like “Thank you. I think about how I am supposed to be a light to the world when I look at it or any light. Jesus is the light of the world and He wants me to tell others of His love for them.” Then I will just let the conversation grow from there.

Now I think I’m going to get some cheap vases from the dollar store and get started on some Christmas presents.

2 Responses to Painted Globe

  1. nella says:

    very nice message….. i am going to let my light shine too!

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