1. 1. Geometric Drinking Glass
The first four drinking glasses were all fashioned by Agnes at Little Empty Room . First up, this triangular design.
Materials you’ll need: a simple glass, scissors, and black adhesive foil.
Now cut the foil into triangles of different size. Then, simply stick the foil onto the glass, placing larger triangles on the lower portion. That’s all there is too it.
3. 2. Feather Glass
The supplies: a simple glass, a black feather, scissors, superglue, thick twin, and black thread.
Dip the end of the twine into superglue. Wind the thread around the twine. Glue the feather onto the glass and place wind the twine around the glass, gluing both ends in place.
4. 3. Copper Glass
Gather up the following: a simple glass, copper laque, tape, scissors, a small plastic bag, and paper to spray on.
Cut the plastic bag into a piece that fits around the glass. Stick it around the glass with the tape; to get the same slanted effect shown, attach the plastic bag so it’s lower on one side. Arrange tape in a random diagonal pattern on the lower part of the glass. Spray the glass with copper laque, allow to dry, then remove the plastic bag and tape. Ready to go!
5. 4. Scalloped Drinking Glass
Materials required: a simple glass, adhesive foil, a bottle top, a scalpel, scissors, and black nail polish.
First create a stencil by cutting a scallop pattern into the foil. To do this, use the bottle top and scalpel. Stick the foil on the lower part of the glass, then paint the lower part with nail polish (from the stencil edge to the bottom of the glass). Now carefully remove the foil. Finally, make some nail polish dots on the rest of the glass. Allow to dry, and it’s done.
6. 5. Gold-Leafed Cocktail Glasses
To start, gather your materials: clear drinking glasses (try your local dollar or thrift store, or make a disposable version for an outdoor party. The ones shown are actually votive holders!), painter’s tape in varying thicknesses (or use an X-Acto knife to cut tape), Liquid Leaf or a similar brand of one-step leafing paint (metallic craft paint works as well, just use several coats), and a paintbrush.
Tape your glass with painter’s tape to create a pattern. You can start simple and play with different variations. Remember the negative space is what will create the pattern, and be sure to stay clear of the upper portion and inside of the glass, as the material may not be food-safe. Be sure to press firmly on the tape to ensure a clean line.
Use a paint brush to apply the liquid leafing paint to the glass. Repeat until the exposed areas are covered and the paint is opaque (you should not see light coming through in streaks; the paint should be solid). You can add copper, brass, silver and other metallic colors for interest.
After allowing the paint to dry completely (approximately 1 hour minimum) remove the tape carefully. To clean, hand-wash gently and avoid rubbing the painted areas for best results.
And done! Try making a whole set with each glass featuring a different pattern.
Adhere tape around the glass to the height you would like the pain to go to.
Place your glass on the draining rack and paint a generous amount of porcelain paint thinner all over the area you wish to paint. This will help the paint to run and give you that watercolor effect.
Now start to add the paint color. Push the brush against the top line so that the paint will run down the glass, mixing in with the paint thinner.
Alternate the paint and the thinner until you get the desired watercolor effect you are looking for.
Once you are happy with your watercolor effect, leave the glass to drip-dry until it’s OK to touch but not completely dry. Remove the masking tape and check for any bleeding under the tape; this can be cleaned off with nail polish remover as long as it’s not yet too dry. Place the glass upside down to completely dry.
ll painted glass should be cured to increase durability. To bake cure, follow the directions on the paint label but to avoid breakage, remember that glass must gradually heat up (don’t place it directly into a hot oven). To air cure, the glass must dry for 21 days before using.