I was in Pier1 the other day and I saw these glass candleholders with etched flowers and I thought: "I could do that!" I had all of the supplies already, so this was a great project while I'm waiting for the Spring weather! Plus, I decided to post a tutorial about it.
Rubber gloves (the armour etch burns skin apparently)
Glass paint (I used Gallery Glass, bought at Walmart)
the glass candleholder
Step 1: Working in a well-ventillated area, set up your space and put on your gloves. Make sure your candleholder is clean and dry. Dip your paintbrush into the armour etch and paint the flower petals. (Each of my flowers had 5 petals, but it doesn't really matter.)
Step 2: Continue this until you have covered the jar with however many flowers you want.
Step 3: Let the etching react with the glass for 5 minutes.
Step 4: After 5 minutes, rinse off all of the etching cream.
Step 5: Let the candleholder dry.
This is what it looks like now:
Step 6: Begin the apply the center dots or "pollen" part of the flowers with
the glass paint. Use any colors you want. I used blue, red, yellow, purple and green because that is what I had.
Step 7: Allow them to dry for about a day.
Then you are done! Make as many as you want.
They are good candleholders for either the votive or tealight sizes. Enjoy!
Sorry if the pictures are crappy. Just let me know if you have any questions. I'm thinking about selling these as a cheap, easy craft at a craft bazaar later this year. Post if you make them!
(Here is a link to Pier 1's, and a picture below: http://www.pier1.com/store/productdetail.asp?catalog%5Fname=Pier1&strStoreNavDept=DEPT+65085+Candleholders&strStoreNavClass=CLASS+65093+Votives+and+Tea+Lights&category_name=GROUP+65784+Etched+Daisy+Candleholders&intPageNumber=2&intSetNumber=1