Fire glass is not only for your fireplace anymore! Don’t get me wrong it will add a beautiful elegance to any gas fireplace but why limit that beauty to just your indoor fireplace? Take a step back and look around you home, indoors or out there are endless opportunities for fire glass to spruce things up! The use of fire glass accents in your decor will give new life and a modern feel to your entertaining areas. Guests will be wowed!
What is fire glass you ask? Fire glass is tempered glass manufactured in various shapes and sizes. It will not burn when in direct contact with an open flame and it is used as a medium to retain or direct heat, usually in gas fireplaces and fire pits. Fire glass is usually tumbled to remove any sharp edges so it is safe to handle. You can also find fire glass options in the form of rounded beads that will give off a completely different feel that the chunked pieces.
Consumers have found many different options for using fire glass other than its original intended purpose. Fire glass is growing more and more popular every day among interior designers and contractors alike! Crafters have even jumped on the bandwagon!
Don’t be left behind in today’s growing trends. Let your creativity run wild! Take a look at how fire glass can help you turn the drab feel of a space into a beautiful eye pleasing experience.
Traditional use in Fireplaces
Just because there are so many new options for using fire glass doesn’t mean you have to forget about its intended use, creating a beautiful display in your fire box. Fire glass adds sparkling color to a fireplace whether it is a newly constructed fireplace or an existing one. Use all one color or mix multiple colors together for a custom look, there is no right or wrong choice! The glass will give viewers a whole new perspective to the dancing flames.
Dress up an Indoor or Outdoor Fire Pit
Use fire glass or lava rocks to fill a gas fireplace or fire pit. Fire glass will give your fire pit a more modern appeal while adding a great sparkle to it as well. Lava Rocks are used when a natural appearance is wanted or they can also be used as filler under the fire glass. Fire glass will replace the use of logs and cinders in your gas fire pit.
Substitute Rocks in an Aquarium
Give your fish a habit with some pizzazz! Replace the boring aquarium gravel with a layer of vibrant fire glass. It will add more color and dimension to the aquarium. No aquarium is too big or too small, they all will look wonderful with the touches of fire glass. The glass will retain its color without the worry of fading. You can also use the rounded fire beads mixed in or alone to enhance the appearance if you prefer.
Permanent Garden or Landscaping Mulch
Tired of having to replace mulch each year because it has become dingy or is starting to break down? Switch to fire glass for mulch, it will not wear out or loose color over time like other mulch products. Fire glass takes over 1,000 years to decompose so your color will be long lasting and beautiful! Landscaping with glass is safe for kids and pets with no concerns of them getting cut because of them being tumbled. Create stunning landscape designs that your neighbors will be envious of with fire glass. Construct crisp lines around driveways, walkways, garden paths, ponds, and so much more.
Add Sparkle to Potted Plants and Flowers
Dress up potted plants with pops of color! No matter how beautiful your foliage display is a pop of color will set it off! Adding fire glass to your planters also will keep weeds from popping through to crowd your plants. Are you having trouble keeping your plants soil damp? Adding the glass to the top will help deflect the sun from the soil preventing it from drying out quickly. Never have to worry about slugs getting into your planter again either as they do not like going over glass.
Never Before Seen Counter or Table Tops
Concrete tables and counter tops have increasingly become very in demand. Consumers just love the versatility of style, size, and customization. Further customize a table or counter top with the addition of fire glass to the mix. It will introduce a magnificent mix of colors and depth to the room, mesmerizing guests with the transfer of light and color! Each counter top will be creatively unique…no two will be alike!
Create Colorful Stepping Stones and Pavers
Create custom stepping stones for your walkway or garden! Mix glass pieces with quick-set concrete to make beautiful accents for your yard. Adjust the amount of glass in the concrete based on your personal taste. Add some sparkle to a personalized stepping stone with your child or grandchild’s hand prints on them. Design options are endless!
Craft Projects with Fire Glass
Not only is fire glass great for landscaping, aquariums, and gardening but crafters have also found many uses for inside and outside of the home. Create marvelous planter stakes that reflect the light and adds some shimmer to the garden or planter. Use the fire beads to create colorful magnets or stained glass sun catchers. I am sure once you become inspired the ideas will start flowing nonstop.
Reusable Event Centerpieces
Looking for an elegant table centerpiece that can be re-purposed? No more using the vase fillers that just get thrown away once the event is over. Fill a vase or candle holder with fire glass or fire beads, add coordinating flowers or such and voila! You now have a gorgeous centerpiece! When the event is over you can reuse the fire glass for any of the above mentioned purposes or just clean it, dry it, and store it to be used as vase filler again in the future!