Once you have your initial paint mixture made try applying it on a practice jar and, if you want, adjust the ratios to your preference. Ball created a number of colored mason jars over the years, and while the most common is blue, there were also jars produced in other colors as well, such as green and yellow. According to , the style of embossing can help you date the jar, especially for those made by Ball. If you find a jar with its original closure, it will generally be more valuable than the jar on its own or with a replacement lid. You can make a little drying rack using popsicle sticks. Collectors Weekly notes these marks often appear on jars made before the Civil War, although a few were made after that time. Most machines would have from eight to ten molds, all making the same type of jar.
These can definitely be hand washed. Your comment may take some time to appear. After a quick google search, I discovered that luckily I am not the first person to want to make my own vintage blue jars. She was eager to get rid of them and ran them right over to me. If you find a jar with an error, find a copy of the Redbook a price guide for fruit jar collectors to determine the age and price of the jar based on the error. I wanted a deep, rich blue color. She had an auction earlier in the year but this box had been missed, hiding in the corner of the basement.
Consider a Professional Appraisal Many factors can affect the value of old canning jars, but ultimately, rare jars in good condition will fetch the most money. And I hold a very special place in my heart for this mason jar chandelier with vintage blue mason jars. I was loading the dishwasher and thought I had better run the jars through a load before they get moved to the basement where all my canning supplies are stored. Hi Sabrina, Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! If you have a mason jar with this logo, it was manufactured between 1885 and 1886. Ball mason jars were produced for many years with the year 1858 printed on them, but this is no indication of the age of jar itself.
Here's a cheat sheet to determining a jar's approximate age:. But, you say, how can the date 1884 be correct, since you have a jar embossed with a patent date of 1858. Either way, for the true Mason aficionado, blue jars young and old have become rare, coveted prizes. Age Age is an important factor in the evaluation of canning jars, especially since they are made of glass and breakable. Repeat for as many jars as you want to tint. Paint your other jars, then carefully insert the baking sheet into a preheated 350° oven and bake for 45 minutes. Â Once upon a time I thought chandeliers were for old ladies … I know, I know.
Ignore the Mold Number How about that big number on the bottom of many jars? But then again, I also thought mason jars were for old ladies too. An embossed design that is unusual or unique will fetch more. Other unusual designs can add to value as well. For instance, purple glass indicates a jar that was made prior to the first World War. Hi Beach Cottage friends, here today, how are you? I used a 4 parts Mod Podge to 1 part water equation. As you can see blue vintage mason jars have been around here a fair bit and so when Catherine showed me this tutorial on how to make your own version not that I have a tonne of mason jars stashed around this place, of course not! Unique closures might not have been favored by yesteryear's homemaker, but they are a hot commodity among today's collector. The unique topper makes it of note today.
The finish will be dull and murky. He taught me everything I know about Ball jars, but not everything he knows. Move the cloth in the direction of the threads until they are evenly coated. There are many ways to date old Ball mason jars, and one of the easiest is to look at the logo. Remove the lids from your mason jars and set aside. I was gifted vintage blue canning jars with zinc lids.
I have several blue ones now and love to use them all around the house for decor. Not the same art, though. I let mine bake for 30 minutes upside down. Larger canning jars are unusual, and fewer have survived over the years. Size Many jars are quart-sized with some being pint or jelly jars. The paint will rub off and then you can dry the jar and try again! If a lid's metal looks pristine, it's likely too good to be true.
The short production window gives it considerable cache. In the plastic cup mix a pea sized daub of turquoise paint with about a teaspoon of the dilutant using your stirring stick. I still like my tinted blue mason jars. If you think you have an unusual jar that may be valuable, consider having it professionally. You know, to complement the new rug. Over the years, Ball has introduced a variety of different jars that can be identified with certain words that are printed on the jars. About 1895, Ball began using machines these jars have smooth lips and began to phase out the old blowing methods.
I want one in every room of my house! What is the oldest Ball jar you own? There is no valid link. Condition Of course, the better the condition of the jar, the more it will be worth. Ball began using block letters for the logo on their jars in 1892, and continued using this type of logo until 1896. Next, paint the sides of the jar with a liberal amount of paint, moving the cloth only in up and down motions from the top of the jar to the bottom; never side-to-side. There is no justification for why I would think such a thing. Mix Mod Podge gloss with water and food dye. Allow the jars to cool completely before handling.