So you want to paint some glass

So you want to paint some glass!!! maybe you don’t need all that Shiny DIY mercury glass effect (but it’s so fun check my tutorial out here). My best advice to you, wait for it…. is to get yourself some Pebeo Vitrea 160 paint. It’s specifically made for glass after you bake it is

waterproof and dishwasher safe. You can choose from a whole bunch of colors, I’m stuck on Turquiose. They are transparent yet intense. I am trying to figure it out: how can they be soo transparent but so intense? The catch is these paints might be hard to find. I had to order them from amazon   Now you might be thinking they have plenty of glass paint at the craft store. that’s why I thought and I tried some and I was underwhelmed. My son and the cats accidentally broke the pieces I had tried with the other paint on and I didn’t care.  After trying the  Pebeo Vitrea. I was grabbing everything glass to paint.

So here is the tutorial. Are you ready? Make sure your piece is really clean Mix your chosen color with Pebeo Vitrea Thinner, paint on the outside, wait 24 hours, bake enjoy. That’s it. Easy enough027 for you? When you bake don’t  preheat, bake at 325 for 40mins  and leave the

pick your color

pick your color

glass in there so until the oven is cool. So the glass doesn’t experience a big temperature change and crack. You can also paint in on  the inside. I used a regular paint brush. I found the sponge brush gave me too much bubbles. I swirled the paint in the inside trying to get a super smooth finish but I still had some imperfections. I’ll try that again with more patience. Painting on he outside seemed to give the most control. I have added another coat when I wanted a more intense color. I waited an hour or two to put on a second coat and it worked out fine.

Getting ready to bake the glass

Getting ready to bake the glass

You will have brush marks but they are pretty subtle. Try it and share with me I want to see!!!

mason-jar2

so pretty

They have these awesome pens I am dying to try. But first I have to paint everything glass in my house. until next time. Melissa

15 thoughts on “So you want to paint some glass

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  5. You never actually say how much thinner to paint ratio to use. Any helpful hints? By the way love your blog!

    • Thank you for the compliment Laura. i will go back and edit my blog post to reflect your question in the next few days.It’s a personal choice depending how deep you want the color. I prefer to have the paint pretty diluted with a ratio of aprox 1 part paint per 6 parts thinner. I noticed when it dries the brush strokes show less. With that being said. I have used aprox one part paint to three parts thinner for a more intense color and loved that as well.

      have fun with it. Lat me know if you have any questions

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  7. Does the paint dry fast – so you can do the bottom and then sit it down to finish the outside without waiting too long? Thanks, Nancy

    • Hi Nancy, the paint doesn’t dry that fast so you can handle it right away. What I do is I leave the bottom unpainted initially, I paint the sides then I turn the piece upside down, paint the bottom and leave it where it is. the paint dries so you can handle it and more it if you need to in about 2 hours.

      • Thanks Melissa – I didn’t realize that my post got published – asked you the same question on HomeTalk. That makes sense. I just love those colored bottles. Wish that Ball or Kerr would make their half gallon jars in color – my herbs would look even more beautiful!

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  9. Hi Melissa, I love your blog, super helpful! I have dyed 5 mason jars so far, by swirling it and then letting them dry upside down, letting the paint run down the sides to coat the whole inside. my question is, that they have sort of got an uneven look now, like one side is lighter than the other and they are pretty streaky. Would you suggest trying the painting on the outside method? or do you think maybe I mixed it wrong? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!
    thanks-Theresa

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