Thursday, September 22, 2011

Beautiful Bottles

With this easy how-to from Martha Stewart, transform everyday vessels into elegant vases by coating their interiors with glass enamel. Any container will do – buy up old bottles at an op shop or market or try kitchen cast-offs, such as jam jars. 

Dishwasher-safe enamel paint is sold at most crafts stores. Wash the bottle inside and out with soapy water; let dry. Pour in a small amount of the paint's surface conditioner, which primes the glass for the enamel. Swirl to coat fully, then pour out excess. Stand bottle upright, and dry for an hour. Pour in enough enamel to easily coat the inside. Swirl, and return excess to container for reuse. Dry bottle upside down on a paper towel for 48 hours, periodically wiping excess enamel from the rim with a damp cloth during the first hour.

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