How to DIY Black Burnished Vase to Create Aged Pottery
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How to DIY Black burnished vase

Hi there, I hope everyone is having a great week! With all this snow we have been having, I’ve been busying myself with lots of projects around the house. One of the project is transforming an ordinary glass lantern and vase into weathered, aged vases. This is a simple tutorial on how to diy black burnished vase from boring to striking so easily.

Black burnished ware pottery dates back centuries from England. Burnishing is a treatment in which the handmade vessel that are polished. There are two different types of styles. One is coarse and gritty and the other is finer in appearance with more texture. I tried both textural effect on my glass vase and lantern. I love the way they turned out.

Two textural effects

Both effects have a beautiful burnished patina that transforms a vessel into a dramatic accent for the home.

There are so many diyers posting tutorials on transforming glass and ceramic objects on Pinterest and instagram that caught my eye and I just had to try my hand at it.

I figured I can recreate these burnished vases on a dime using simple paint techniques and with easy to find supplies.

If you want to learn how to make real burnished pottery, you can visit Ceramic Arts Network, there are step by step guide on how to create these beautiful wares.

Black glazed vases

This DIY black burnished vase project is so easy that after I finished I went scouring through my house to see what else I can get my hands on. No accessories in my house was safe from my grips:)

This project is a perfect way to introduce color, texture to accessories that otherwise may be dull and boring.

Today, I want to show you the method of using baking soda and paint to get an aged burnished appearance on a vessel. To get the two different types of looks it was merely using the different brush strokes and the thickness of the paint.

You only need a few simple supplies for these diy black burnished vases…
Baking soda
Black paint

 White paints

Glass or ceramic vases to transform
Mix paint and baking soda
Mix black and white paint to make a medium gray color
Dab off the excess paint off the brush
Used stippled effect on the lantern to start
Used horizontal brushstrokes for the small vase

How to create the burnished look

  • Find a glass vase, lamp, glass bottle, ceramic bowl or any glass or ceramic object you want to alter. If you can’t get your hands on one at home, you can easily find any of these at a Dollar tree store, thrift stores, garage sales, etc.
  • Make sure the surface is cleaned with alcohol to remove dirt and oils.
  • Mix the black paint with tablespoon of baking soda. You can add more or less depending on how thick you want the texture to be.
  • Mix black and white paint to make a medium tone gray paint
  • I created more texture on the lantern with thicker black paint. Once completely dried, dip the brush in the gray paint and remove the excess paint by blotting it on a paper towel. Then lightly stipple the lantern with the gray paint. Quickly, while still wet use a paper towel to wipe off and move the gray paint to create the look you want.
  • For the vase, I used less baking soda in the black paint to create a thinner texture. Using the dry brush technique, I used horizontal brushstrokes around the vase.

This burnished patina transformed these vessel into a dramatic accent. These vases are perfect to use to showcase your beautiful blooms, leaves or have them stand alone on a shelf.

Next up, DIY found pottery

I also love these diy found pottery trend using mud to make glass vases and objects to look like they have been aged through time. My next project is to try my hand at making these pottery with a few different ingredients and compare the looks. My favorite shops like Pottery Barn , Restoration Hardware and West Elm and others have these gorgeous stoneware but with bit of a hefty price tag attached to them. So I have to try to recreate them, hope you stay tuned in.

Till then, hope you check out some of my other projects

How to make a drum shade chandelier
How to make a large diy concrete planter
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  • Linda Linda on Jul 26, 2021

    Can the vase or what you to burnish, after it has dried can it be washed?

  • Ron Ron on Sep 12, 2021

    I really like the three handled vases at the beginning!

    How were the handles made?

  • Lori Ward-Laatsch Lori Ward-Laatsch on Sep 09, 2022

    Could you show the process for the 3 in the 1st picture?? Please.

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