My mom and stepdad drink wine often and I thought it would be neat to make them some fun wine glasses to use. And with these, each glass is unique, so you don't have to use wine charms, glass markers, or anything else. You just have to remember which color glass is yours!
Will admit this project was done over several days and took some trial and error. But hopefully, I can hash all that out for you so that you can just cut right to it and do the project without added steps. However, I really enjoyed the PROCESS of this art project.
Without further ado, here are the supplies you will need:
--High gloss enamel acrylic paint. I used Americana Gloss Enamels (which is opaque) and Americana Crystal Gloss Enamels (translucent)--the Crystal paints were hard to find in a store. I had to order online.
--Glazing Medium or Americana Clear Medium
--paper cups, plastic spoons OR small squeeze bottles
--blue painter's tape
--newspapers and paper towel
--Krylon Triple-thick Crystal Clear Glaze spray (optional)
STEP ONE: Tape off any area you do not want paint to cover. In the case of the wine glasses I did it around the top one inch where your mouth would go. And the base of the bowl of the glass. There was a natural line where the stem met the bowl.
(SKIP DOWN TO STEP 2 if you just want the nitty gritty and don't want to wade through my process) ;-)
|What the girls found waiting for them after school.|
|Finished and drying.|
2) with a bit of clear fill medium (1:1 ratio)
3) more clear fill medium
4) 1:2 ratio of 1 part opaque paint, 2 parts clear fill medium
5) 1:1 ratio of opaque paint and glazing medium
6) more glazing medium to one part opaque paint
7) 1:2--1:3 of glazing medium--I didn't actually measure anything out just eyeballed it. This last one is somewhere in the ball park of 2 or 3 parts glazing medium to 1 part opaque paint.
A) translucent Crystal Glass Enamel Paint
B) 1:1 translucent paint with clear medium
C) 1:1 translucent paint with glazing medium
D) 1:2 translucent paint with glazing medium
You can see how it flows better once it's thinned and I decided that I like using the glazing medium over the clear medium. We used quite a bit of glazing medium for all the glasses we made. We used two 8 oz. bottles.
*Tip* Paper cups, small light weight plastic spoons work best for holding the paint. Initially we tried a muffin tin, but the paint was so thin that it was easy to drip into the other paints.
STEP TWO: Mix paint and glazing/clear medium to your desired translucency and pour on glass with a spoon (or small squeeze bottle)
*Tip* Next time I do stemless glasses, I think I will mask off the bottom of the glass as well. I think they are much brighter and lighter if there is light flowing all the way through the glass. You can see this in the stem glassware below.
Just use a plastic spoon and drip paint down the sides. You will have to rotate the glass or pick it up and let the paint drip around the glass.
STEP FOUR: After they were dry to the touch, I took the blue tape off. I used a small sharp pair of scissors to go around the edge of the tape so it would come up easy without pulling the paint off. You can use an Exact-o knife too. I am just a bit clumsy with sharp objects and felt like I had more control with a small pair of scissors. After the tape was removed, I used a mild scouring pad to rub off any excess paint that might have transferred where I didn't want it. You can use your finger nail too. I found the paint came off very easily. I then rinsed the glasses and patted them dry.
STEP FIVE: You can cure your paint for 21 days. But who wants to wait that long to be done with a project that looks this amazing??? So put your glasses on a cookie sheet in a cool oven. Turn it on to 350 degrees and let the glasses heat up with the oven. Leave in there for 30 minutes (I might have left mine for 40). Leave in the oven until cool to touch. Once I could remove the pans I just let them finish cooling on the top of the stove.
Lastly, they should be top-shelf dishwasher safe. I read you shouldn't soak them in water for a long time. But otherwise, they are fine to be washed.
And just because they are so darn pretty, I took them out on our deck with my white backdrop in full sunlight and obsessively photographed them!