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Jun. 12th, 2006 @ 08:41 pm Important Advice Needed
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I have been asked by my brother and his fiancee to get their wedding champagne toasting flutes, and to decorate them with painted penguins, which I guess you could call their love-totem animal:) I am going to work on a sketch of the penguin, and put the template inside the flute so I can paint the outside. What I need to know is what to use to paint on glass. I figured maybe just acrylics and seal it, but I am not sure about that. So I need advice. Should I use oils? Would that be more durable? Or is there a special glasspaint I can use? I want something that will go on smoothly, I don't want it to look like a streaky hackjob. I found a picture online of someone who seels them premade so I am posting that to give you an idea of what they are supposed to be, but her paint looks really gloppy/streaky. I want mine to be well-blended. Thank you muchly to anyone who can help!
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lunagypsy:
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From:qryztufre
Date:June 13th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)

liek omg a post in spellkraft!

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hehe...

If you got to your local craft store they should sell paint specifically for glass...

If you are truly artistic you could try glass etching...it'll give a two tone frosted appearance to the little watery birds and it's garenteed to never wear off (like the glass paint can). However, if you make a mistake with etching, it lasts FOREVER! (Unlike paint which you can scratch off).

Best of luck!
Q
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From:lunagypsy
Date:June 13th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)

Re: liek omg a post in spellkraft!

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Sadly I am a perfectionist when it comes to my projects, and whereas I have never done any etching technique before I do not want to start a new method with these, because if I screw it up I may never forgive myself. Though I can imagine it would look lovely if I could get it right...
I've seen in the craftstore these glasspaints that are like markers, but they are quite expensive so I was hoping someone would have used them before so I would know if they were worth trying. My hands tremble from an illness, and sometimes delicate work with a brush is difficult for me, especially if I am anxious about screwing up, so I thought the marker-type might give me more control.
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From:qryztufre
Date:June 13th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)

Re: liek omg a post in spellkraft!

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I've never used them...my x-mas budget was not nearly high enough to afford enough colors to even try :( so if you do hear word let me know ;)

I know that a normal paintmarker on a coffee cup will wash/wear off before too long though...

Then again, you are talking about "special" cups which will likely not get used often, and will likely not just get tossed into the dishwater haphazardly.

I say, make them pretty as possible, then clear coat the ever living heck out of them...just remeber to pass along that warning that in time all things rub off XD

Another note, practice on different glasses and test their ware?
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From:lunagypsy
Date:June 14th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)

Re: liek omg a post in spellkraft!

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I guess I will go out to the craftstore and see exactly what they have, and how much its gonna cost me.
I posted this on craftygoths too, and most people started suggesting the stainedglass paints, which I have, and have used, and under normal circumstances have grown to detest. Some suggested a few different enamels though, so I figured if I went to one of those dollar-store places and grabbed a handful of cheap glasses I would be able to test different materials and methods before I start doing the "real" ones.
My mother has some very old tumblers from Czeck that had flowers painted on them with oils, they must be 60 years old and not much has worn off, but I am afraid of the drying time, and plus i don't know if they were treated with anything else, so I need to find something that is more modern and quick-setting. Which is sad, I am quite good with oils!:(
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From:qryztufre
Date:June 14th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)

Re: liek omg a post in spellkraft!

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Well, you'll certainly have to try the oils on the test glasses ;)

In fact, if that takes forever to dry, then try it first... You can always coat the oils once dry with some special stuff...right?

See, I'm not actually all that crafty, I'm more of the inventor...I'll think of it, and someone else can make it purdy ;)

Best of luck!
Q