Sunday, December 11, 2011

A record...

Yes, this may be a record for me.  Two posts in two days.  Write it in the history books folks!  This may not happen again for another two years!
So, I wanted to share with you a labor of love that I made for my Bunco group's Christmas party and gift exchange.  My original plan was to make 12 similarly painted wine glasses so that each girl could bring her own Bunco Babe wine glass to drink from at bunco each month.  However, since Murphy has taken up permanent residence in my house, I had to go with plan B.  Just one lucky lady received this one-of-a-kind Bunco Babe wine glass as part of her Christmas gift.

I found the wine glasses at Marshall's.  A set of 12 was only $12.99. Perfect for my project!  The paints I purchased at Michael's - Americana Gloss Enamels.  I used plain old crafty paint brushes to apply the enamel.

The first step is to clean the wine glass with alcohol - the rubbing kind on the outside of the glass, not the drinking kind inside the glass.  You can print or draw a template to tape to the inside of the glass if you want, or you can freehand your design like I did.  The nice thing about this process is how easy it is to wipe off and start over when you goof up.  I just used a baby wipe to clear the paint and re-cleaned the glass with the alcohol.  After trying and failing with several designs, I finally got the images how I wanted them.  The main image is the words "Bunco Babe" painted in a funky little font. "Razzle Berry" is the pink color I used for the main part of the image, and it's outlined with white.  I had to use several coats of the pink for it to show up well.  The first couple of coats were translucent.  (NOTE: Be sure to allow the paint to dry completely between coats or you will wind up pulling paint off with the brush.) I painted three dice to the right of the main image.  All three dice show the number six since three sixes equals a "big bunco" in our group.  The most big buncos for the night wins the big prize.  The dots on the dice were added with black paint using the round tip of the paint brush.  I added silver sparkles to the dice and one on the capital letter B.  Then I added more dots in all the colors around the base of the glass, using a Q-tip. 

The instructions say to cure on a shelf for 21 days or for a quicker method: wait 48 hours then set the glass on a cold cookie sheet inside a cold oven.  Turn the oven to 325 degrees and once the oven reaches temperature, bake for 30 minutes.  Switch the oven off and allow the glass to completely cool down inside the oven.  Once the paint is cured, the glass should be top-rack dishwasher safe.  Since I am a pure procrastinator, I was lucky to have the paint dry enough to wrap the gift, so I included these instructions for the lucky recipient to follow when she got her glass home.

Would I make these again?  Yes.  Now that I have worked out some of the kinks, I think it will go a lot smoother next time.  Maybe I'll finish the rest of these as the originally intended Bunco Babe gifts.  Or maybe I'll experiment with a few other designs.

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