August 23, 2012
Yes, it’s only August, and I’m already peddling Christmas. But!…
Paint company DecoArt had contacted me to test drive their expanded paint line for glass. I was sent enamels, 3D, and frosted and glitter paints, but my favorite were the glass stains. Inspired by Scandinavian glassware, I experimented with a dip-dye technique to achieve an ombre effect with bulb ornaments. I know it’s riduculously early to be thinking about the holidays, but I envision these ombre ornaments on an all-white tree or hanging from a tree branch suspended from the ceiling. Would be a labor of love and cursings, but this tree mobile by Not Martha would be an awesome, beautiful application too. Or maybe attach to a string of lights for a wedding?
To make the ornaments, you will need: DecoArt transparent Glass Stain, clear glass ornaments, string, a small round bowl to dip the ornament in, and a paper grocery bag to catch any drips.
Step 1: Clean/dust outside of ornament with a damp cloth.
Step 2: Empty out entire bottle of glass stain into your dish.
Step 3: Tie end of a ~12 inch long string to top of the ornament. Knot a loop on the other end to hang the ornament while the paint dries.
Step 4: Wrap string around your hand and fingers so that it isn’t in the way, and submerge ornament about halfway. Pull out, letting paint drip off, then submerge again about 1/3 of the way. Pull ornament out, then submerge in smaller increments.
Step 5: Hang ornament over a paper grocery bag to drip-dry. I hung my ornaments off my cabinet knobs in the kitchen. The stain will pool to the bottom of the ornament, creating a little bubble. While the paint is wet, gently wipe this off with your fingertip. I left the ornaments to dry, but returned every 10 minutes to wipe off more paint. If the paint hardens, this is a little trickier to do. Just smooth it against the ornament gently.
Step 6: Cover any leftover paint with plastic wrap (use this paint for step 7).
Step 7: When the first layer of stain is completely dried. I dipped just the lower 1/4 my ornament back in to deepen the color. Let dry.
Some notes: While I set some lofty goals and aspired to handblown glassware, it takes some practice to get an even, graduated coat. I recommend practicing on empty glass food jars to get the technique down. I also found the blue paint to be somewhat more viscous and saturated than the black and pink paints, which required some extra dipping. You may also want to keep a toothpick handy for popping, in case air bubbles appear in the paint (had this issue with the black color).
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