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Painting Glasses Like a Boss

3-IMG_6052Last year, C. Dolly brought me back a beautiful wineglass from her drunkfest  wine tour. Due to our well documented crow nature, it has managed to fascinate us both for a period of a year. When we decided to do a clam bake, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to put our painting skills to the test with some awesome, one of a kind painted glasses. 

After much googling, youtubing and scratching our nether regions, we decided to take the advice of Martha Stewart, because she is our crafting queen. When in doubt, we always ask, “WWMSD – What Would Martha Stewart Do?” She would encourage us to buy her tried and true product, that’s what!

Martha Stewart, Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint was the answer for our overwhelmed brain. There are so many different options and conflicting advice available on the internet and just as many pros and cons to all of them. We decided that paint rather than pens would give us more of the texture and artistic look we were going for. It was also available in a much wider selection of colours than pens and would give us options to blend colours for different effects. So far we are happy with them and they have stood up to the scratch test, hand washing and the dishwasher in the top rack. 

Supplies:

  • Synthetic paint brushes, variety of sizes
  • Martha Stewart acrylic paint
  • Glasses of your choice, we chose stemless wine glasses and pilsner glasses
  • oven

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry glasses well to remove any film or oil that may be on them from handling
  2. Choose your colour palette and design. You can even tape a simple pattern on the inside of the glass if you’re unsure of your painting skills. If you’re painting something specific like cherry blossoms, or a tree, it would help to have the picture in front of you for reference (blossom count, colours, etc…)
  3. Let paint dry for at least an hour prior to heating in oven. 
  4. Place glasses on tray in cold oven. Heat to 350F and bake for 30 minutes. DO NOT REMOVE! 
  5. Open oven door a crack, and let glasses cool prior to removing. Do not forget about them and turn your oven on in the morning to make sausages for breakfast. If you do, turn the oven off and let the glasses sit in the oven until cold and then find something else to cook. – R.Dolly

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Beaded Lights

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I happened upon some Jesse James Crystal Balls that were on sale at Fabricland. I loved the colors and thought they would be beautiful lit up from within and wondered if I could get them on a string of Christmas mini lights.  I honestly didn’t care if I was going to be able to work my magic and somehow get them over the mini light bulb because they were gorgeous and #crowlife took over all reasoning.

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Once I arrived home, I was trying to figure out how to get those damn crystal balls onto the mini lights. I dreamt about it that night. A co-worker (most likely tired of listening to me whine about the fucking crystal balls) suggested tiny little mini LED lights that she found at a local Home Hardware. They come with their own battery pack attached to one end and let you choose between settings of constant, flashing, and fading. The LED lights were tiny enough to fit through the holes in the crystal balls and I was ecstatic!!! I used a piece of florist wire to secure the bead over the light. In five minutes I had a sparkly #crowlife creation that I was in love with. Lesson learned: Don’t pass over something you fall in love with just because you can’t immediately figure out a way to use it. 

~C. Dolly~

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Trailer Park Princess Cups

 

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Who doesn’t love red solo cups? You see them and instantly know you’re in for a good time. The insulated red solo cups are the shit because they don’t tip over as easily and last longer.

We fell in love with this “classy” version of blinged-out red solo cups.

We checked out different suggestions for glue on Pinterest and it was a true nightmare. I’m not sure how many people tested the products that they claimed were the “best thing ever!” or if they were just copy/pasting from different articles but we’ve never been so glad that we tested out a craft ahead of time.

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Our first glue tested and one of the two most highly recommended in You Tube videos and on Pinterest was “Quick Grip.” As suggested, we used rubbing alcohol to clean the bottom of the cups and the top of the glass candle holder. Following the directions on the package, we used the Quick Grip on the candle holder and placed it onto the the bottom of the red solo cup. It seemed to hold so we continued on and finished putting our 12 princess cups together. After letting the glue dry for longer than the suggested time, we picked up the first cup and it fell apart. Dread settled in as we checked the other cups and realized that none of the cups were going to stay attached. We then removed the glue, quite easily, and again cleaned the cups and holders with rubbing alcohol. The second most recommended glue was “E6000.” We only put one cup together this time and had the same results as with the first glue. So it was off to the store to pick up some “Crazy Glue” which also failed.

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We looked at our bejeweled glue guns, which we had decided against at the beginning because we were worried the hot glue would damage the plastic cups. The hot glue actually worked…for our trial decorating session, anyways. We prepared the other 10 glasses and let them sit for a week.

Once the party day arrived, we had pretty much all of the bases fall off at one point or another. Most of the bases came off without any effort. One shattered on the ceramic tile floor and one landed on the laminate flooring (the base didn’t break but our friend holding the glass turned her glass upside down to see if it was her base that fell off and the alcoholic punch that she was drinking spilled all over the floor. Poor Dolly was saddened to be removed from getting her ‘doggy drink on,’ but a drunk pug is not a pretty pug.

Everyone decorated their glasses and had a great time, even with our ‘Basegate’ fiasco. The “Forever in Time” gem designs we purchased at Dollar Tree were great because they are so sticky that no glue was needed to attach them. The hot glue worked wonderfully for attaching single gems – C.Dolly

 

Cost per Princess Cup: $3 CAD each

  • Glass Candle Holder: $1.25 each at the Dollar Store
  • Insulated Red Solo Cups: $1.25 each at Michaels Craft Supplies
  • Gems & Glue Sticks: We had lots #crowlife

*I’ll sand the top surface of the candlestick and the bottom of the cup and try the glue again and update this post with my results. Until then, check the stability of your cup before drinking. Or hold both cup and stem while drinking 🙂 If anyone has any ideas or has had success with other products, let us know in the comments below.

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Crow Life

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Crow Life…not as exciting as Thug Life but it’s the only life I know. I’m like a crow and in my head I totally sang that to the tune of “I’m Like a Bird” by Nelly Furtado. Ooooohhh, Shiny!!!!!!

After the “Cocaine on the Carpet” caught my attention I noticed the glue gun on the cover of “A Hot Glue Gun Mess” and was mesmerized. It was so beautiful and crystally and I wanted one! Robin had a plethora (who doesn’t LOVE that word?) of crystals leftover from costumes and crafts so we decided to bling out our guns Mr.Kate style. Not real guns but our handy-dandy glue guns.

I’m pretty sure if we had real guns we would accidentally shoot each other while re-enacting “Charlie’s Angels.” Plus, who would take us seriously while we wielded our crystallized hand cannons? “Please Mr. Robber, give me a minute. A crystal fell off and it was the shiniest one!” or actual crows would swoop down to peck at the glittering work of art and the robber would have time to flee while I fought for my life like Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock’s “The Birds.”

All it took to recreate these beauties were the crystals and a hot glue gun to decorate. Robin used an extra glue gun to attach her crystals onto her new mini glue gun, which was the safest and easiest method. I plugged in my small go-to glue gun and used it to decorate itself. Even though it was warm, especially near the tip, it still worked fine and the crystals stayed in place. However, I had 99% of the shrieking “holy fucking shit” moments trying to peel off the crystal sticking to my skin with molten glue. The crystals were from a dollar store and we used about two packages per gun. One package of our main crystal colors and the second package had smaller crystals to fill in the spaces with contrasting colors to add little pops of color. When we finished our crafting, we were cradling our shiny glue guns like Golem, stroking them gently and whispering “My Precious.” – C. Dolly

Cost per gun: $5.50 CAD

  • Mini glue gun – $3 (Dollar Store)
  • Crystals – $1.25 x 2

Cost: $0 per gun  (If you use a gun you already own and are a crystal-hoarding crow.)