How to Paint Wine Glasses

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How to Paint Wine Glasses
Use bold colours that will still show when the glass is full. (

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.

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Things you need

  • Paintbrushes of various sizes
  • Paint made specifically for glass
  • Palette or paper cups
  • Paper towels
  • Newspaper
  • Oven

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Let the glasses sit for 24 hours.

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    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.

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    Turn off the oven, but do not remove the glasses until they have cooled to room temperature.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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