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Friday, August 30, 2013

Sea Glass Paint - Tutorial

I love sea glass! But real sea glass takes years to get that way. The most common colors of sea glass are kelly green, brown, and white (clear). Sea glass begins as normal shards of broken glass that are tumbled and ground until the sharp edges are smoothed and rounded. The glass loses its slick surface but gains a frosted appearance. There are several methods of making sea glass. The first type is the natural process. Second is  produced artificially, when pieces of glass are tossed into a rock tumbler or dipped in acid.
Third is glass paint :) That's what I'm doing...

You just need some clean glass bottles, jars etc.

Here is what you need:

Glass Bottle, Jar, Vase etc.
Rubbing Alcohol
Martha Stewart Glass Paint (Frost) in the color you choose. I found it at Michaels
Paint Sponge
Martha Stewart Foam Pouncers  you can get these at the craft stores also. 

I had some cute little jars my husband saved that Patrón came in (the lil bottles with the corks) I also save the jar(s) that candles came in from Dollar General and the tall bottle is a bottle that vanilla came in. I'm looking around for other glass too....

First get any labels off and use something to get the glue off, I used Goo Gone. Wash glass with soap and water to get the cleaner off as its a little oily feeling. 

Next, clean your glass with alcohol, making sure there isn't any residue from labels or stickers. Wipe with clean t-shirt to make sure there isn't any fuzzies.

Next I squirted a little paint on the bottle and "pounced" it with the sponge. If you have ever done stenciling you know how to do this, if you haven't done stenciling, you just kind of "dab it." 
You have to work somewhat fast as this paint dries fairly quick! 
This paint goes a long way, a little dab'll do ya :)  I like that! I can paint more!

Paint and pounce all that surfaces that you want "frosted" Let dry in between coats. Its probably dry in about 15 min., but I gave it about an hour between coats. I did 2-3 coats on each piece. If you make a mistake, you can scrape it off with a razor, just be careful!
That's it!  Easy Huh!? 
I then wrapped some hemp twine around the neck and added a few misc. beads. On the vanilla bottle I glued the hemp on the neck to hide where the threads were.

Instructions for curing are down below...

You can let it cure for 21 days (it will be permanent) or
cure it in the oven (also permanent) that's what I did...

Oven Curing
To cure in the oven:

I used a cake pan and put a sheet of parchment paper in it.
You put your painted glass on the cake pan or cookie sheet Let project air dry 1 hour, place in cool oven. Set temperature to 350 degrees. Once oven reaches 350 degrees, bake for 30 minutes (**glass must heat gradually). After 30 minutes, turn oven off. Let glass cool completely in oven. Wait 72 hours before using.

** This is important, Warning ~ you don't want to put cold glass in a hot oven or it will break from heating to fast you want cold glass in a cold oven to start! 

I was still scared that my glass would break, but it was fine. But not all glass might be suitable, you just have to take that chance, and hopefully not have a mess to clean up!

Patrón Bottles

Where is some more glass to paint.... 

Any questions? Ask in the comments or send me a email whitfieldshomeinthecountry(at)gmail(dot)com


  1. Great tutorial! I'm thinking of painting some glass bottles for oil and vinegar in my kitchen. This technique creates a beautiful effect!

  2. These are so beautiful. I can't wait to try this. Thank you for the step by step instructions!

  3. Hi Carol--I just found your post while looking through Pinterest for frosted beach glass. Thanks for the very detailed instructions. I have a couple of clear compotes that would look really nice done with your technique and will pick up the paint as soon as I can get to Michael's. I like your little animated blue bird--so cute!
    Thanks again, Ruth Anne

  4. Thank you for posting your great tutorial. I am painting a couple of Indiana glass compotes using your instructions for my blog. May I credit you and post a link to this page on my blog? I am a new blogger and do not know all the right protocol involved. Thanks so much!

    1. Sorry for the LATE, late reply, yes, you may most certainly credit and link my page!


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