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April 20, 2014

Danville thrift store glass gets a second life

Chris Moore of Danville admits he’s never been known as an artistic person among friends and family.

But after seeing some glass garden decorations at a landscaping business about a year ago, something clicked and he decided to try his hand at creating garden decorations — and more — from vintage glassware.

“It looked easy, but it’s not, and no one wants to give away their trade secrets,” he said. “I probably tested about a half-dozen glues before I found one that worked.

“I still drill the ones that are used outdoors rather than glue them. I want to make sure they last,” he added.

The items that are glued take 48 hours to set up, but drilling vintage glassware is no easy task as one might imagine.

“Sometimes it takes a half hour to drill through a piece, and others it might take only a minute,” Moore said.

Nothing goes to waste, even if a piece accidentally breaks in the process.

“I recycle the ones that break and add it to whatever I’m working on,” he said. “It makes it more colorful.”

Diana Wyatt of Danville helps scour rummage sales and thrift stores for the glassware that eventually ends up as decorative layered flowers, bird baths/feeders and tea light lamps.

“He is really good at it,” she said. “He matches up the different colors of glass.”

Moore, however, said not everyone agrees with his vision of repurposing vintage glassware, especially when a certain type of glassware is considered collectible.

“We’ve ran into people who don’t appreciate it,” he said. “One guy came unglued because I used Fenton in a piece. I ended up selling it to a woman in Maine who collects Fenton.”

On his days off from work, Moore goes out to his garage and pulls all of the glassware pieces out of storage and lays them out on the lawn, trying to find coordinating patterns and colors.

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