I love the look of a vintage crackle glass vase. Those cracks, crazes and fissures add so much interest to an otherwise plain glass vase.
How could I, as a devoted upcycler, make my own contemporary crackle glass vase? And save gobs of moolah at the same time?
What about that foggy wine glass I was about to throw away? Maybe I could make something from that?
Enter a fun glass crackle medium...
What you'll need:
Here we go! Step-by-step...
Here's what I did using the Vitrail Crackling Effect Kit by Pébéo. I should mention that the crackle medium is a 2-part system which is applied over a layer of Vitrail Transparent paint. So here goes...
Wash the surface(s) in warm soapy water. Rinse and dry. Wipe it down with rubbing alcohol. Be sure your hands are free of oil. I wear gloves for this reason.
Before using the paint, be sure to stir it thoroughly with a wooden craft stick or palette knife. Then pour a dollop on a foam plate.
First I used a small disposable sponge to apply 1 even coat of Transparent Crimson (#12) to the wine glass. Before I did that, I masked off the top about 3/4-inches down.
Then with a fresh sponge, I applied 1 even coat of Transparent Vitrail Turquoise Blue (#17) all over a large recycled jar of Dijon mustard. I love the ginger jar shape and I couldn't bear to part with it!
You'll see the results further down. I totally forgot to take a picture. Duh!
At first I wasn't sure about the pebbly texture I got from using the sponge as an applicator but it quickly grew on me! But then I wondered if it would interfere with the crackled look. Oh well. Too late now. Let's see how it goes.
CLEAN YOUR BRUSH IN MINERAL SPIRITS
BEFORE IT DRIES
After cleaning the brush in the mineral spirits, wash it in cool soapy water, rinse and lay flat to dry. Do this every time you're done using the brush. Make sure it's completely dry before using it again.
As for the sponges, just toss them.
After waiting one hour, as instructed, I touched the surface and it was tacky. Perfect!
Once tacky then that's when you apply the Crackle Medium labelled "Step 1". For this part I used the soft, flat bristle brush. I applied the medium all over evenly, in every direction.
(Don't forget to clean your brush right away.)
I watched, with anticipation, for 15 minutes to pass and sure enough, there it was! Although I could barely make it out, indeed the Turquoise paint was beginning to crackle. And so was the Crimson. Nothing major but it was something.
I knew I'd be waiting an interminable 24 hours for the full effect to materialize.
The image below shows the difference with a brushed-on application.
Here I've used a soft flat brush to apply the paint. You can see some streaks but it adds to the charm. I was a little heavy handed with the crackle medium, so next time I will apply a little less.
As you can see, the cracks are much more defined.
NOTE: Working on a vertical surface, as I did, may have contributed to the drips which is even more reason to use a thinner application.
So now to protect the lovely crackles! Use the flat brush to apply a uniform coat of the Medium Step 2. (Clean the brush.)
Once dry, embellish the objects as you'd like.
Here I've adhered clear glass beads to the top of the glass where I had masked it off. I knew once I had a candle inside that the clear beads would refract light on nearby walls as shown at the top of this page.
I used the E-6000 adhesive to secure the beads.
Here's the crackle glass vase. Nice huh?
To conceal the screw top, I wrapped many layers of sequined yarn around it. First I tied a tight loop around the top. Then I used a touch of white glue here and there to keep the yarn from unraveling.
I added clear beads inside the crackle glass vase and added a lit votive. The photo does not do it justice!
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