Anyone can purchase a set of wine glasses, but with a little effort and some creativity, your glassware can be so much more than ordinary. With the addition of some glass paint, which can be either oil- or water-based, you can add personal flair to stemware for your own table, or as a gift for someone special.
Plan a design. Ideas include monograms, flowers, grapes or even polka dots. The glasses should reflect your style, or the style of the receiver if they are a gift. Using stencils is always an option, but you will need to secure the stencil onto the glass with a piece of tape. Also, make sure to use colours that are bright and bold enough to show even when there is liquid in the glass.
Protect your work surface with a sheet of newspaper. Prepare the paints by putting a small amount of each colour you plan to use in a small paper cup or on a paint palette.
Transfer your design onto the first glass. Clean your brush between colours by rinsing in water and wiping on a clean paper towel. Use varying size brushes depending on the intricacy of your design.
Repeat on remaining pieces in the set, making the design as uniform as possible among pieces, or paint a new design on each piece in coordinating colours.
Let the glasses sit for 24 hours.
Put the glasses in the oven before even turning it on. Bake the glasses according to the instructions on the paint container. Most will bake at about 148 degrees C for 30 minutes.
Turn off the oven, but do not remove the glasses until they have cooled to room temperature.
Clean the glass with rubbing alcohol before painting for a better bond. This same process will also work for champagne and martini glasses. The cost of the glass has no impact on the final product. Feel free to purchase glassware from the clearance rack or from a second-hand store. Baked-on finishes are more durable than those that are not.
The extreme temperature changes when putting a cold glass in a hot oven, or removing very hot glass and placing it in a cool area, can cause the glass to break.