When I was younger I remember watching my mom spend hours working on her stained glass projects. She would have to cut the glass, grind it, foil, and sotter every single piece. It was very time-consuming and expensive, but so beautiful, it was worth it. Being a teacher I run out of time and money for such a hobby to learn. I have found a solution to creating stained glass without all of time and expense. Using alcohol ink you can create a stained glass effect on any piece of glass or ceramic.
Alcohol ink can be a little pricy casting about 10 dollars for three bottles, but a little bit goes a long way and it will last you several projects. What my thrifty self did was printed a 50% off coupon from Michaels to help me purchase. The ink comes in sets of three and in different varieties Primary colors or natural colors. I chose the primary colors for this project.
- Piece of glassware
- Paper towels
- Alcohol ink
- Straw or caned air
First begin by choosing your piece of glassware you would like to create a stained glass effect on. I chose a vase and some stem-less wine glasses I got at a thrift store for 40 cents each.
Clean your piece with alcohol. the oils on the glass from your fingers can cause the ink to not coat the glass evenly.
Put a few drops of alcohol ink on your glass. Using different combinations of ink creates even more colors when they mix together. Once you dropped your ink on the glassware you should move quickly to blow it in different directions because it dries fairly quickly. You can choose to blow the ink using a straw or a can of air. I stuck with the straw because it was cheap, but if you’re doing large projects you might want to spend the money and save the breath. If you choose to use the straw method remember to dab the straw on a napkin every few blows so that spit does not blow on your glass affecting the ink.
Once you have coated your glass and are happy with the results you can let the ink dry and spray your glass with a few coats of polyurethane. The polyurethane helps to seal the ink on the glass since it will wash off with water. The glasses will have to be hand washed since the dishwasher will was all your hard work off. Believe me I learned the hard way!
posted by Jolene Wawrzyniak
Filed under: Glassware