How to: Dye Clear Glass ANY Color (A New Technique)

By: Diy maven Mar 22, 2012

created at: 03/20/2012Remember the Mod Podge + food coloring technique for painting clear glass? That was cool and all, but I spotted another method using Vitrail glass paint and acetone (nail polish remover) that allows the bottles and jars to be used as actual vases, as the finish is waterproof! This treatment provides for more depth of color as well. Head on over to My Design Folder for all the details.

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This is for Jodie: You can use metallic silver spray paint - it works great. Just don't spray to close, or you'll get drips. Move around the glass or put on a turntable (lazy susan) - and it also helps if you get one of those gadgets that you put on the spray can - it looks like a handle & you don't get paint on yourself. Your finger does not touch the spray nozzle.

I want to antique my glass light fixture...don't think it can go in the oven  any ideas which product would work

Does this fade? Do you think it could work on glass beads for a custom chandelier...or would the heat/light fade it?

Kind thanks!

I have shopped everywere, Michaels, Hobby Lobby and JoAnns. I can't find Pebeo Vitrea. I guess Amazon is getting my business! Can't wait to try this project.

How do you get your bottles to look streak free? I've tried swirling and paint brushes but can't get a smooth finish

Are you able to do this on Mason jars your going to drink out of or is it toxic?? Really trying to follow this but completely confused on the technique. I need instructions for dummies apparently hahaha.

Has anyone stated that food/drinks should not make contact with the painted side? I know it is baked on because I use this paint all the time, but I would not put it on the inside of a drinking glass or on the food side of a plate. I do like how once it's baked on, it is dishwasher safe.

I have tried this method on baby food jars. The paint is to thick and tried the terpintine and it did not work. Not sure what I am doing wrong?

Acetone is not good for the brain, so you might recommend that your readers use a mask or something so they don't breathe it in. Love the finished project though, but just thought I let you know about the danger of acetone! :-)
I thinned my paint out with pebeo thinner dumped it on the inside swirled it around, tipped jar upside down on paper( i found red solo cups) work best for quart jars..then let it drain for 15-20 min. Tip back up wipe off rim. Let dry for 24 hours bake at 325 degrees for 40 min. Now they can be used with water in them and put in dishwasher. I bought pebeo pink, purple, emerald, lazri? ( blue) they turned out nice using them for a wedding.

A glass piece to paint (Yevgenia chose a glass that could be used as a votive candle holder or a small vase,mason jar.)
2 Pebeo Vitrea 160 markers (Yevgenia used Glossy Ink Black and Glossy Sandalwood Green.)
A couple of colors of Pebeo Vitrea 160 paint (She used Sapphire Blue 09 and Amaranthe Purple 07.)
Paint brushes, a palette, cotton swabs
Rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner
A standard kitchen oven to bake the piece and set the colors

To see the entire tutorial, follow this link to Etsy, AND don't forget to peruse

Yevgenia's Etsy shop to see more of her lovely creations!

In the persons post with the pictures read down and click on my design folder! Or i can tell you what i did.

Where are the instructions?

Hi. I used the vitrea 160 and their thinner all mine turned out great. I did the insides. I also made a mistake and thought the vitrial was the same thing, its not. You dont bake the vitrial, also used the thinner in my first trial vitrial and it had the herring bone effect then I realized they sell different kinds. Use vitrea 160 colors to get the best results! These will be perfect at my daughters wedding.

I am on the right page but I cannot find the tutorial on painting glass...I have read all the comments. What am I missing here?

You're all missing the main point. Vitrail is solvent based. Vitrea is WATER BASED! You can't treat them as if they were the same paint, they are inherently different. Do a little research and pay attention to which products you have, or buy. Don't get the two confused.
Ok so I've spent most of the afternoon experimenting! I've found white spirit works the best with the turquoise and purple (which is more red really). You don't have to add much to thin it, only a drop or two, however if your looking for something quite pale like in the article add a bit more. When she says be patient with the swirling she means it (for the lighter ones anyway) because I'm guessing the reason people have 'grainy' results is because the paint is thinned so much it's inevitable that its not going to be seamless, but the longer you're prepared to sit and swirl the better! I swirled then let it rest for five mins to let it stick a bit then got swirling again.
I'm so confused!! I bought three lots of vitrail, green, turquoise and purple. Following the above technique the green is outstanding! But the other two are dreadful! As soon as the acetone hits the paint it separates and has left my jars pretty much patterned - almost a tiny herringbone pattern of streaks. Don't understand why green works but not the others?! Has anyone used vitrails lightening medium for this? Just wondered if that gave better results. Also any tips would be greatly appreciated (trying turps tomorrow!)
I have blue glass containers but want to paint them metallic silver n maroon any ideas,?
The reason nail polish remover doesn't work is because it is not 100% pure acetone. There is a difference. You need to go to a Sally Beauty Supply store and ask them for pure acetone. Then you might achieve a different result
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