Magazine article Sunset

Party Stems

Magazine article Sunset

Party Stems

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Painted patterns give your glassware an artful, one-of-a-kind look

Perk up your summer table by turning ordinary wine goblets into stylish geometric art glass. It just takes a little glass paint and a stencil or template. Designer Sarah Caska used a fine-tip black permanent marker and enamel paint specifically formulated for glass to create these Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired designs. The cost was about $36 for eight decorated glasses, including stemware.

Several brands of enamel glass paint are available at craft stores. Caska used Delta, which dries in an hour (allow paint to set for 10 days before washing). Read paint instructions carefully; some brands require placing the decorated glassware in a hot oven for 30 minutes to set the paint. Manufacturers' washing instructions vary; some paints withstand a dishwasher, but others need to be hand-washed.

It's easy to decorate a goblet

MATERIALS

* 8 long-stem wine glasses. Look for glasses with contoured stems that adapt well to painting.

* Several 2-ounce containers of enamel glass paint (use two contrasting colors for each glass). Choose bright, bold colors to emphasize your design; pastels and transparent paints will not show well. …

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