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How to Seal the Paint on a Drinking Glass

Updated November 21, 2016

Decorating your own glasses is a rewarding hobby. You can personalise glasses as gifts to friends and loved ones and to commemorate special dates like weddings, anniversaries and the birth of a child. Writing your own words freehand or using stencils are both beautiful ways to decorate your glass. Wine glasses, martini glasses, beer mugs and dinner glasses are all great choices for different purposes. Most paints work effectively on glass and sealing them in the oven is the best way to prolong the life of the design.

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  1. Allow the paint to dry completely for at least 48 hours after you are finished.

  2. Place the glasses in a cool, unheated oven in the centre rack with the top of the glasses facing down.

  3. Heat the oven to 166 degrees Celsius and allow the glasses to cure for 30 minutes.

  4. Turn the oven off and allow it to cool completely before removing the glasses. This could take up to an hour.

  5. Remove the glasses from the oven and finish working on them. They are cured now and can be varnished to add gloss to the paint.

  6. Wash the glasses in cool water, as it is easier on the paint and will help the design last for years.

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About the Author

Anastasia Blackwood has been writing for publication since 2000. Her poetry first appeared in “Sidetracks” magazine in 2000. In 2010, Blackwood was published in "Southern Steel" magazine—a small publication for motorcycle enthusiasts. Blackwood is currently working towards her bachelor's degree in journalism at Central Connecticut State University.

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