This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in September 2013.
I was struck by the potential of these new glass paints that last time I was in a local craft store. Unlike other glass paints I’ve tried in the past, the packaging of the Martha Stewart products is what won me over in this instance, and moreover, that needle-nose point of an applicator eluded to promises of perfectly fine, craftily drawn lines. Sold (for just under $3.50 each, thank you coupons).
I can’t say that packaging illusions like this in the past have always held up to my expectations, but this was good. After having tried it out, I can see the product being ideal for any number of detail-intensive projects: painting on a vase or votive (think seasonal or event decor), designing a stained glass-esque piece (transparent formulas were available in a rainbow of colors), or any other unadorned glass surface. Here’s an inspiring tutorial using Krylon glass spray paint on a mirror if you’re looking for a different product to experiment with.
I chose to test the product on a set of frameless picture frames, a simple little exercise to add some color and design over black and white photos.
The product squeezed on smoothly and evenly so long as I was applying a steady pressure to the bottle. I did work hard to keep the tip clean, because build-up on the tip would have lessened my ability to apply clean, straight lines.
The colors I chose have long been favorite accent colors in my home’s decor (Pollen and Mace, if you’re curious). I picked opaque versions of both so that they would have clear definition when applied on the glass overlaying a photograph.
The paint begins to dry itself immediately, losing volume and slightly deflating on the glass surface. It cures by itself in 21 days, or you can expedite the process by baking it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350-degrees Fahrenheit. Friendly reminder: Allow the glass to heat up while the oven is preheating so that it can adjust in temperature gradually, and allow it to cool down in the oven after you’ve turned off the heat.
The finished pieces make me so happy, and they even got a nod of approval from our crafty 7-year old, who immediately suggested that she pick out her own colors to decorate a large frame in her room. Can’t say I blame her — they were really fun to use in a classic way, like puffy paint on a summer camp t-shirt. In this specific use, I also really like how the color accents the black and white details in the photos (all photos were from our vacation in the Azores, BTW. Pretty place. You should go there someday!).