Have you ever seen a broken glass tabletop? They are usually hideous and difficult to fix. The colors in the glass will glare in your eyes when it is all smashed up, not to mention that they can be dangerous because of their jagged edges. But there is a way to make this type of tabletop look good again!
All you have to do is take some old books or magazines and place them over the broken pieces, so they are lying flat on the surface. Then use an iron set at a low setting with no steam, cover it with a cloth, and press down for 10 seconds.
This should seal the pieces together nicely without any gaps between them so you won’t cut yourself when trying to clean under it later! This blog post will show you how to make a broken glass table top.
Step to Follow on How to Make a Broken Glass Table Top
Step One: Clean the Surface
The first step you have to do is to clean the surface of the glass. Use a lint-free cloth and warm water; dry it with another lint-free cloth. Cleaning the tabletop ensures that dirt, grease, or any oil is not present for epoxy resin adhesive to work its way into whatever it has been applied to.
Step Two: Prepare the Broken Glass Pieces
Once you have cleaned the surface, place all of your broken glass pieces onto a sheet of plastic where they can be easily seen and located after you apply resin. Ensure that when mixing epoxy resin adhesive with fiberglass to make it stronger, there is no break between the two materials. Next, place the broken glass pieces with the faces that will be touching each other into one pile.
Step Three: Mixing Epoxy Resin Adhesive
Separate epoxy resin adhesive and fiberglass according to the manufacturer’s instructions after you have decided how much is needed for your project. You then mix them in a flat-bottomed container until the mixture is consistent. Again, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mixing it because too much fiberglass can cause problems later on if not enough resin remains to hold everything together.
Step Four: Applying Epoxy Resin Adhesive
Apply epoxy resin adhesive to both sides of each broken glass piece from the pile made from those pieces touching each other. Then, using a clean brush, spread the adhesive over each piece until they are completely covered. Be sure to avoid filling in between any of the broken glass pieces because this is where there may be a break.
Step Five: Layering Broken Glass Pieces
Turn all of the broken glass pieces over so that the smooth side is facing up. Continue to use a clean brush to apply epoxy resin adhesive onto both sides of each piece, including any touching edges. Place all of these layered broken glass pieces on top of one another and turn them sideways so that they can be stacked evenly.
Step Six: Applying the Resin to the Tabletop
Spread epoxy resin adhesive over the top of these layered broken glass pieces using a clean brush. Apply this adhesive sparingly, so it is smooth, even, and does not have any excess glue. Allow for this adhesive to dry before you move any of your broken glass pieces. You are using a clean brush, spread epoxy resin adhesive over the tabletop’s surface to seal it with clear resin. Allow this to dry completely before you begin spreading cooled resin over the top using a clean brush.
Step Seven: Finishing Touches
Spray down all of your fully dried broken glass pieces with cold water to further protect them. Allow for this piece to dry before you place it outside or in an area where people may walk across the top of it.
Step Eight: Applying Resin on the Edge
Use epoxy resin adhesive to seal around the edge of your tabletop with clear resin. Spread this into a thin, even layer and allow it to dry before you begin spreading cooled resin over the rest of your tabletop using a clean brush. Allow for both layers to dry before you move your table.
When the glass is broken, it’s not just an issue of replacing your tabletop. It can also be a safety hazard for you and other people in your home or office if the edges are sharp. Luckily, there are some simple steps that you can take to fix this problem without too much hassle.
First, clean up any shards on your tabletop or floor with a vacuum cleaner or broom, then use either clear packing tape, the kind used for mailing, or masking tape to cover all of the cracks until they’re no longer visible.
Finally, lay down newspaper over the surface so when someone walks across it, they won’t get cut by accidentally stepping on one of those invisible cracks! We hope you enjoyed this article on how to make a broken glass table top.
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