Learn a technique for staining glass that’s waterproof, dishwasher safe, and non-toxic.
1You’ll need Vitrea 160 paint, made by Pebeo. I bought these at Michael’s Craft store, and they have a variety of colors and finishes. They cost around five dollars each, but a little goes a long way. I chose glossy turquoise.
2You’ll also need Pebeo’s paint thinner. You don’t want to mix it with any other brand of paint thinner because it will alter the chemical composition of the paint.
3Update: Pebeo paint is no longer carried by Michael’s, although it’s available online. Michaels does carry a Martha Stewart version, but I haven’t tried it yet!
1Stir the paint before pouring. Mix a pea-sized dab of paint with about a quarter-teaspoon of paint thinner. You can adjust the ratios to get the depth of color you’d like.
2Paint the outside of the jars with smooth vertical strokes. If you make a mistake, dampen a paper towel with water and wipe the affected area. Allow the jars to dry for 24 hours.
3Once the jars have dried for a day, it’s time to bake the jars to seal the color. Do not preheat the oven. Put the jars on a cookie sheet inside a cold oven, and set the temperature to 325 degrees.
4Bake for 40 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave the jars inside until the oven has cooled. This will protect the jars from any large variations in temperature that could weaken the glass.
5You can turn your jar into a festive party cup by using the lid insert as a template for a paper circle. Punch a hole for a straw and you can create adorable place settings to match your party decor.
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