Sometime ago I visited the Missouri Botanical Gardens when they were featuring a Chihuly Art Garden and it was wonderful to see the exquisite glass mixed in with all the beautiful greenery. I decided to give some fused glass garden art a try.
When I started this task several years ago, I wanted to go with pre-made stakes and searched for quite a while before I decided to get the stakes from Creative Jubilee. I’ll have to admit that I don’t even remember what I used to attach the stake to the glass but we were working at the time to fix a house up for sale and I am pretty sure I grabbed the same silicone caulk we were using for the windows. I liked the stake but some of my glass ended up being fairly substantial, read heavy, and I wanted a thicker diameter stake.
Over time, I read many blogs and Facebook posts where people were not sure how to glue metal stakes to glass so I took this as something I needed to figure out and test. This time though I decided to make my own stakes, buying some aluminum metal rod which I cut to length and using a course belt sander, sanded one side flat so it would lie flat against the glass. It is probably not necessary to have it lie flat against the glass, but I thought, “why not.”
I researched different kinds of glues, epoxy and silicone and decided to try a silicone adhesive specifically made to adhere metal and also good for an outside environment.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper experiment without testing the finished product in the elements. While my weather does not vary greatly, these stakes have seen a few 90 degree days and a several more freezing days and they still look the same as the day I put them in the planters.
While I really like the silicone adhesive made for metal, it did cost more and both have held up just as well after one year of testing. Perhaps over the long haul this will change. The silicone adhesive for metal only came in grey, so if you needed clear because of a transparent piece, try a different clear silicone made for outside use. Either way, enjoy some beautiful glass in your garden!