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Test tubes make perfect vases

Wire, beads and glass vials add color to space

Scripps Howard News Service
Small bud vases made from test tubes or glass tubes are perfect for attaching to a window.

Spring buds are blooming, and small floral clippings are a wonderful way to add beauty to your home. Small bud vases made from test tubes or glass tubes are perfect for attaching to a window.

The mini-vases are simple to make, and the wire-wrapping technique adds just the right amount of artistic flair. You can create simple wired designs, or add extra elements and thread beads to the wires.

Test tubes are available at online scientific supply shops, online auction websites and mixed-media art stores. They come in a variety of sizes, and the cost is easy on the wallet.

Check out the jewelry-making section of your local craft store for wire. You will be amazed at how many different colors and sizes of wire are available – anything from traditional stainless and copper to hot pink and neon green.

To keep flower clippings fresh, you will want to change the water in the vase daily, re-clip the end of the flower when needed, and try not to hang in direct sunlight.

In my kitchen, I love filling my bud vases with herbs. Sprigs of rosemary and lavender from my garden are just what the kitchen ordered. The sight and scent of the herbs brighten the room.

In the powder room, I love to hang one on my mirror with a small flower or bud.

Enjoy making one for your home or as a gift.

Supplies:

•Test tube

•Copper or stainless-steel wire

•Round-nosed jewelry pliers

•Wire cutters

•Suction cups with a small loop

•Optional: beads, other embellishments

Steps:

1. Use the round-nosed pliers to coil a length of wire. Secure the end of the wire to the coil. Place the base of the test tube at the center of the coil and begin wrapping the wire to the top of the tube. Wrap tight or loose, depending on your preference.

2. Using wire cutters, cut the wire so there is approximately 1 inch of excess at the top of the tube.

3. Thread the wire through the loop in the suction cup. Twist it several times and tuck in any sharp ends.

4. Apply the suction cup to a window. Fill the tube with water and insert a stem. Keep the water fresh and stem ends clipped. For best results, don’t hang in direct sunlight.

5. Optional: To add beads, thread the beads to the wire as you twist and wrap around the test tube. See step 1.

Cathie Filian is a lifestyle expert, TV host and craft-book author.

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