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Get creative by customizing your own glass and ceramic wear with gloss enamels. This is a great way to make your own dishware or a personalized gift.

Gloss Enamels offer a huge range of bright beautiful colors including metallics. They cure to a permanent, durable, glossy and dishwasher safe finish. The enamels are however not food safe, so they should not be used where they will have direct contact with food. Use them only for decorative objects or on the outside surface of dish ware. Gloss enamel works on glass, ceramic, wood, metal and many other surfaces.

 

Supplies

 

 

- Glass or ceramic object of your choice

- Stencil

- Gloss Enamels

- Paint Brush

- Alcohol wipes or rubbing alcohol

- Container of water

- Tape

 

Step One

 Clean the surface of the object you are going to decorate with alcohol wipes. Be sure to rinse it clean and dry it off thoroughly.

Step Two

 

 

Shake or mix up the Gloss Enamel with your paint brush. Start painting the Gloss Enamel on to the object either directly with your brush, or with a stencil. For stenciling just choose where you want the image and then tape the stencil in place to keep the image from smudging. Paint over the negative space in the stencil for the image you want. The nice thing about the stencil is that you can get paint on to the stencil but still get a nice crisp image. Be sure to let the enamel dry to the touch before going over it with another color to avoid smudging. The enamel dries quite quickly to the touch, only about 5 to 10 minutes. Do not worry if you make any mistakes you can just wipe the enamel away with a damp paper towel while it is still wet. Rinse your paint brush off between colors to prevent cross contamination. 

 

For my wine glass I painted on the branches and leaves then I let it dry before I stenciled on birds.

 

 

Step Three

When you are done your creation let it dry completely for 4 whole days if it is glass or ceramic. After 4 days you are going to bake it in in the oven. If you have chosen to use the enamel on wood or metal there no need to bake, your piece is complete after 48 hours of curing. For glass or ceramic pieces place your item in the oven and then turn the oven on to 325 degrees F. Do not preheat the oven, it is important for the piece to heat up from room temperature with the oven. Bake your piece for 30 minutes, then turn the oven off. Open the oven door a crack and allow your piece to cool slowly until it is cool to the touch.

Now your lovely custom creation is done and ready to be enjoyed!

 

 

 

 

 

May 16, 2016 — Kass Swankey

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