You can really create some fabulous, and unique wine glasses using dollar store glasses and acrylic gems. I chose to add cabochons to this project to give the glass some extra character. You can find plastic cabochons in the scrapbook aisle of the craft store. They also sell theme packs of buttons with the shanks removed that work great for this project. Use cabochons, or all gems, either way you will have one rockin' wine glass. Create a set of 4 for a great gift. They are quick and easy to make.
For This Project You will Need:
Wine Glass ( $1 at The Dollar Tree)
Acrylic Gems ( $1 a Pack at The Dollar Tree, or find them at craft stores like Michael's)
Cabochons (Plastic buttons without the shank, scrapbook stickers with the adhesive removed, jewelry etc.)
E 6000 Adhesive (or other jewelry type glue that bonds to glass)
Gem Pick Up Tool or Wax Pencil
Start by gluing down your cabochons. Arrange them on the glass base and either carefully apply a dab of glue, or use a toothpick to pick up the glue and smear onto the back of the cabochon.
Let your cabochons dry for a few minutes and then start filling in the base with the small acrylic gems.
Take a toothpick and smear some of the glue in a 1" area. Work in small areas so the glue does not dry too quickly.
Use your gem pick up tool to pick up the small gems and set them into the glue area. The gems will slide around a little so just move them in place and they will set in a few minutes.
Continue working around the glass base filling in small areas with the gems until the whole area is filled to your liking. I used mostly clear gems, but added some red and black ones for contrast.
When your base is all filled in check that the gems are all staying on the glass base and not sliding off by running your finger around the edge making sure that all the gems line up. If one is slightly off just lightly push the gem back in place.
Stem:If you want to apply gems to the stem as well you need to work slowly up the stem. Do one row around the stem and let the gems dry slightly before you start the next row above. When you get about half way up the stem turn the glass over and continue from top down.
Let your glass dry for 24 hours.
Once completely dried apply windex to a paper towel and run it around the glass base. This will clean up any wax pencil marks, and glue strings. Also if you have a gem that wasn't adhered well it will pop off and you can glue it. These glasses will need to be hand washed.
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