How to Make Hand Painted Wine Glasses

Hand painted wine glasses are the perfect compliment to that bottle of Chianti that you're planning to uncork at your next big party. Wine glass painting is a fun and simple way to brighten up any event and to get conversation in gear. Let's take a look at what you need to make these party favors fantastic.

Supplies
You'll probably need to make a stop at your local arts and crafts store to pick up some supplies. Assuming you already have the wine glasses, you'll need glass paint, paintbrushes, a sponge and some masking tape. Make sure to pick out a thermohardening paint. This is a paint that needs to be dried in an oven. These paints tend to be more resilient than air drying glass paints, and you'll need the extra durability for glasses that will be washed and handled.

Regular canvas paintbrushes work just as well on glass, but you'll probably want a fine tip since the space on a wine glass is limited. Paint can be applied with a sponge, but mainly use this to dab off extra paint and fix mistakes. Masking tape is used to hold a stencil in place.

Preparing the Glass
Before you start painting, you'll want to wash your wine glasses and let them dry thoroughly. After they're dry, go over them with a cotton swab doused in rubbing alcohol and let them dry again. This is to make sure any dirt or oils are removed from the glass. When you paint a wine glass, resist the urge to touch the glass or wear gloves so you can handle it without oil from your skin winding up on the surface. This oil can prevent the paint from adhering or discolor it.

Painting
For the more skilled artist, you can begin painting. For the not-quite-Picassos, look into getting a stencil design. There are many patterns that can be found on the Web for wine glasses, or you can simply sketch one out. You'll need to print the design, roll it up and place it on the inside of the wine glass. Make sure that the pattern is symmetrical before taping it in place and beginning to paint.

With the stencil in place, carefully start to trace the design on the outside of the glass. Use the sponge to clean up any mistakes. Once the design is finished, let the paint dry enough so you can remove the stencil without disturbing the pattern. Then place the glasses in the oven for the amount of time specified on the paint label. It is best to hand-wash the glasses in warm water after they are complete, as dishwasher jets tend to chip the paint.

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