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« on: January 04, 2014 10:00:42 PM »

My daughter recently requested a set of 4 painted wine glasses to give as an exchange gift for her office Christmas party.  With an accompanying bottle of wine, it was very well received. 

At the time, I had no idea I'd be painting 4 more sets of 6 glasses for other co-workers who admire them & were wishing they had been the recipient. 

I paint each glass with a different flower  & color so guests will be able to more easily keep track of his/her glass---takes the place of charms.

I hope the recipients will enjoy them but will also understand that a bottle of wine doesn't come with these glasses. 

There's an alternative, non-drinkers use for them---I've made attractive centerpieces by putting a few strands of glittery excelsior & a tealight in them.  The resulting glow makes for a lovely table setting

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2014 11:06:52 PM »

These are absolutely gorgeous Jenxx!!! What a beautiful gift and a great idea. Your painting skills are incredible. This rocks!!!
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2014 06:45:52 AM »

Wow, those are amazing!
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2014 08:19:55 AM »

I'd love to have a set of these, they're beautiful.

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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2014 08:46:16 AM »

I love the idea and design but would be worried the design would wash off over time.
What paint did you use? I'm assuming they are hand wash only. Any special glaze over the paint?

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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2014 11:46:21 AM »

Beautiful - I love that they each have different flowers on the individual glasses.

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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2014 11:52:03 AM »

So happy that you like them. 
DFabbric---I've had some for several years & they're still looking good.  I use them almost daily.  Yes, I always hand wash them even tho some companies say they're dishwasher safe. 
I usually use FolkArt Enamels but there are other brands as well.  Just read on the bottle to see if it's for glass & if you can bake it.  Some say it isn't necessary to bake them as the paint will cure over about 3 weeks but I always bake them hoping it gives them more durability.  There are also markers for use on glass.  It doesn't tell you to but I bake those too---Can't hurt!

The baking part isn't difficult.  I just put them in a cold oven & set the temp for 350 degrees.  When it reaches temperature, set the timer & bake for 35 minutes.  Turn the oven off & allow it to cool completely before opening the door & removing the glass. 

I've used the same paint on metal mailboxes, taken the flag off & baked them the same as glass.  Mine is several years old.  It's in the Florida sunshine all winter long (We take it in when we go north for the summer) & it still looks great.  I sprayed it with several coats of clear acrylic spray but was disappointed when the spray turned yellow & peeled off everywhere except where I painted.  I didn't spray the other 2 I painted---one is 2 years old  & still not chipping or peeling.

I've posted photos of the mailboxes elsewhere on Craftster---in Picture Hosting.
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2014 01:40:03 PM »

Those are lovely!  I'm sure the recipients will adore them.  I doubt the wine was the reason they all wanted your daughter's gift.  Wink

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