Gold-Washed Etched Glass Votive Candle Holders By: Eileen Bergen The Artful Crafter http://www.theartfulcrafter.com
Clear Glass Container(s) (I used votive candle holders, but any size or type of clear glass container can be used in this project.) Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Surface Conditioner Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel White Frost Glass Etching Paint Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Clear Gloss Glaze Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Diluent Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Satin Finish 14K Gold Paint for Tile, Glass & Ceramic Newspaper Paint brush Small make-up type sponge Cup or film canister for paint mixing Bottom half of empty egg carton.
I decided to finish off my project by heat embossing some stars around rim of candle holders. This step and following supplies are optional.
Detail Gold Embossing Powder InkADinkADo Celestial Rubber Stamp Collection
Embossing Heat Tool Clean sheet of paper to retrieve unused embossing powder.
1.Wash candle holder(s) in hot soapy water. Drip dry.
2.Place candle holder(s) upside down on newspaper. Brush exterior with surface conditioner and let air dry. Once conditioned, do not touch surface to be etched. The oils from your fingers will prevent etching cream from working.
3.Using a clean (make-up type) sponge, wipe etching cream over surface of glass. Smooth carefully to be sure there are no bumps. Let dry. I used three coats to get level of etched look I wanted.
4.In a small paper or plastic cup or film canister, mix equal parts of 14K Gold Paint with Clear Gloss Glaze. Dilute this mix with diluent (1 part paint to 3 parts diluent) to obtain a free-flowing paint for wash.
5.Turn candle holder(s) upright. Pour wash in and carefully rotate container to cover interior with gold paint. When you are satisfied with depth and evenness of coverage, pour any excess paint into next glass container to be painted or into film canister if there is enough to save. Invert glass candle holder(s) and gently set on inverted egg carton bottom. After a few minutes, tilt to a different angle so that paint drains without leaving drip marks.