Thursday, June 19, 2014

Crafty Thursdays: Painted Glass

The craft today is silhouette painted glass. As it sometimes goes with crafting, what we liked when we started was dramatically different than what we liked when we finished. That being said, this one isn't too hard. 

Here are the materials you need:

- A glass or a jar, we wound up liking the recycled pickle jars we used for practice best. Much better than the wine glasses.  Go figure. Now we're saving pickle jars, but really how many pickles can you eat?

- A cut out silhouette (like the ones below). Don't use the Malificent cut out below unless you have serious artistic talent, as I don't. We wound up trying and scrapping her twice. Sherlock is much easier.

- Black craft paint made by Martha Stewart for Plaid. It's non-toxic dishwasher safe on the top rack. We liked Beetle Black Opaque best although Shadow Transparent was also used.

- Rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to clean the glass

We took this photo before we ran to the drugstore to by rubbing alcohol
Step One:
Print out silhouette images that you want to use. The simpler, the better, unless you are a talented artist. There are some templates below (you may have to print them smaller or larger depending on the size of your glass item). Cut around the image to the desired size. 

Step Two:
Clean your glass with soap and water, then rubbing alcohol. The glass needs to be really really clean. The part where the paint will go can't have any fingerprints, so touch other areas of the glass or wear tight rubber gloves. 

Step Three:
Tape your image inside the glass. You read that right, INSIDE.

Step Four:
Open your paint and practice on paper a bit. When you are ready, trace the outside of your design on the glass. Then remove your pattern from the inside. 

Step Five:
Start filling in the outline with the black paint. I know Sherlock was replaced with Alfred Hitchcock below, but we liked making them so much we forget to take photos and made more to illustrate. 

Step Six:
Either let dry for two days or bake them in the oven for 30 minutes like it says here. I decided to let them dry for two days. 

And you're done. Here are final votives: 

Handcuffs, Poirot, Nancy Drew and Sherlock votives

Here are the two jars (filled with my favorite color blue M&Ms) and the Sherlock wine glass.

Silhouette templates:

Isn't this awesome - Alfred Hitchcock and Cary Grant. We only used Alfred this time since Cary seemed a little daunting in our first foray.