a.k.a. glass etching project #1 and Mercury Glass post #3! Are you sick of my Mercury Glass experiments yet?
I saw some similar votives at Michaels the other day and thought they might be easily re-created with all the stuff I already had at home. And I really like the end result.
You will need:
- clear glass votive candle holders or large shot glasses (mine are form the dollar store, 4/$1)
- clear drying glue (and/or double-sided thin embossing tape, or glitter glue)
- low tack painter’s tape
1. Tape off the outside off your glass and spray the inside of the glass with several coats of the Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Paint as described in this tutorial. If you like a more Faux Mercury glass look, you could even follow the instructions with the water misting. I opted for a cleaner finish in this instance.
2. Once the inside is completely dry, take the tape off the outside of your glass, and tape off the upper third of your glass. Again on the outside of the glass. You can just eyeball it! But make sure the tape goes around your glass somewhat straight and that it is stuck down very well around the edge.
3. Turn the glasses upside down and apply a thick coat of the etching cream to the exposed parts of the glass. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then wash off the etching cream with water. Remove the tape and dry the glasses thoroughly.
4. Now you can either freehand it with the glue and draw some lines or any other motives you have in mind on the glasses. Then sprinkle with glitter and let dry.
Or you can use thin double-sided embossing tape. Then sprinkle with glitter and press it on.
You could even use glittery embossing powder and hit it with your heat gun to set.
As you can see I was free-handing it
5. Finish off
hide the mess by gluing a couple of faux rhinestones in places. Especially where the glue lines start and finish.
And that’s it!
Just remember, the mirror finish is applied to the INSIDE of the glass, the frosting finish, the glitter and the rhinestones are applied to the OUTSIDE of the glass.
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