Painting Wine Glasses: A Great Hobby for the Wine Enthusiast

Most wine lovers usually have way too many wine glasses stored away in their cabinets from wine tastings and gifts from friends and family. If this describes you, don’t throw all those glasses away! Instead, make them personal by painting on the wine glasses you have sitting around collecting dust. All it takes is a little creativity and time.

Painting wine glasses might seem a little daunting if you’re not familiar with the paint and materials you need. Your wine glasses you use should be sturdy and have no cracks. The first thing you’ll do is choose a design. The easiest designs are flowers or another curvy design that takes advantage of the rounded glass. You can also use clipart as a stencil by taping the image to the inside of the glass when you paint. If you’re giving the glasses as a gift, you can personalize your glasses by painting on names or initials of your recipients. Another suggestion would be to use painted wine glasses as party favors.

When you’re ready to start painting, clean the exterior wine glass with rubbing alcohol and cotton balls. When buying paint, the best for painting on wine glasses is enamel acrylic paint that can also be baked to speed up the curing process. You can find this paint at almost any craft store such as Michaels Arts and Crafts. Also, depending on what design you want, we recommend buying some special brushes such as an 8 or 10 flat brush and a thin liner brush. Stiff brushes offer more control on your strokes.

As soon as you start painting wine glasses, make sure you carefully follow the directions on the paint bottles. Some of the colors may require more than one coat to achieve a solid pattern. You can add depth to your design with metallic colors and dark outlines around your design. For background depth, swirls give an elegant touch behind any clipart or name design.

Once you have your base coat of paint, remove any template clipart and place your glass in a cool oven to begin the curing process. To ensure the glass does not shatter, make sure the oven is cool so it gradually warms the glass. The same applies to when you remove the glass from the oven. Make sure the oven is cooled down entirely before you remove wine glass.

Most paint calls for 20-30 minutes in an oven around 350 degrees to fully cure the paint to the glass. Without curing, the paint will chip off and flake. If you choose not to use an oven to cure your painted wine glasses, set the glass aside for at least 3 weeks- no washing or extreme temperature changes. After around 3 weeks you can wash and use the glass as if it were oven-cured. Once you have a fully cured wine glass, you can wash it in the dishwasher and use it like any other wine glass. Painting wine glasses is a fun way to enhance your collection of wine glasses and make them truly personal!

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