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Marbled Vessels

Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2013

You don't need to be a glassblower to make these beauties. We drizzled inexpensive glass bottles and vases with paint, then set the design by baking it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Choose curvy vessels to help the paint pool in interesting ways (for pattern inspiration, check out the pretty droplets on the opposite page), and if you mess up or change your mind once it's dry, just scrape off your uncured artistry with a craft knife and start over.

Tools and Materials

Various glass vessels
Rubbing alcohol
Wax paper
Mixing bowls or paper cups
Martha Stewart Crafts Gloss Transparent Glass Paint (michaels.com for stores)
Martha Stewart Crafts Fill Medium & Mixing Bottle (michaels.com for stores)
Plastic spoon
Needle or pin

  1. Wash vessels with soap and warm water; dry. Wipe the outside with rubbing alcohol to ensure that all residue has been removed. Let dry completely before painting. Cover workstation with wax paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl or paper cup, add equal parts paint and Fill Medium. Using a plastic spoon, gently stir until mixed completely and paint coats the spoon but also pours easily from it. If paint is too thick, add more Fill Medium; if too thin, add more paint. Repeat process with remaining colors.
  3. Taking the paint colors of your choice, spoon paint onto vessel in varying amounts and sections (don't be afraid to use lots of paint), turning the glass as you work. Alternate colors until you reach desired marbleized effect. Pop any air bubbles with a needle or pin.
  4. Set wet vessel on an elevated surface (we used the plastic cap from the glass paint) and let dry. To cure, air-dry for 21 days or bake. If baking, air-dry vessel for 1 hour. Then place in a cool oven, making sure no painted areas touch anything inside, and heat to 350 degrees (glass needs to heat gradually). Bake 30 minutes, then let cool in the oven. Wait 72 hours before using.