Alcohol ink can be used to decorate many different types of items, including ceramic and glass items. Many people are intimidated by the idea of using alcohol ink because they worry that it won’t stick to their project, or that it will stain their hand when they work with it.
Fortunately, there are multiple ways to apply alcohol ink so that your project turns out perfectly every time! In this guide on how to seal alcohol ink on wine glasses, we’ll go over nine different ways to seal your alcohol ink art so that it will be long-lasting and non-messy.
Step 1: Clean your wine glasses
Cleaning your wine glasses is an important step to preserving its shine and life-span. It is important not to use hot water or abrasive detergents. Instead, opt for warm, soapy water and a non-abrasive sponge or microfiber cloth. While you’re at it, wipe down anything else your wine glasses might come into contact with, like bar mats and countertops.
Step 2: Mix alcohol ink with water
Once you’ve finished cleaning your wine glasses, you’ll need to add your alcohol ink. Since it’s a mixture of water and ink, using too much won’t damage anything. You just want to make sure there’s enough so that when you roll it on, it goes over all of your glass and doesn’t settle at any one point.
If you’re not sure how much is enough for two wine glasses, go for about 1/4 cup total. That should be more than enough as long as it spreads well (using your paintbrush helps). This should give you at least two coats worth of ink on each glass; ideally three or four.
Step 3: Paint your alcohol ink design on wine glasses
Now that you have chosen your wine glasses and decided on a design, it is time to get started! If you are using a candle as a heat source, blow out your candles and allow them to cool. If you are using a heat gun or hair dryer, make sure it is set on low heat.
For detailed instructions on how to use alcohol inks, check out our How to Use Alcohol Inks post. Once your piece is completely dry (which can take up to 24 hours), be sure to spray it with varnish!
We recommend Krylon Workable Fixatif Spray – 2x Coverage . This will help seal in your design and prevent any chipping or fading over time. Remember…practice makes perfect!
Step 4: Put alcohol ink on the paint tray
The amount of alcohol ink you need to put on a paint tray depends on how many wine glasses you plan to decorate. For example, I needed more ink for my eight wine glasses than I did for my one glass. A good way to do it is to just pour a generous amount onto your tray, but remember that a little goes a long way!
You can always add more ink but if you go too far overboard with it, there’s no taking it back. It will ruin your design and will have to be started over from scratch. So if you end up putting too much on your paint tray, take some of it off with an eye dropper before moving onto Step 5.
Step 5: Dip wine glass into dye and use scraper to wipe off excess
It’s important to use a scraper and remove as much excess dye as possible—leave it on and you could end up with permanent stains. The more even your coverage, the better your finished product will look. Also, don’t forget to wear protective gloves while working with alcohol ink.
It may look clear when wet, but after drying, it’s super-staining and could even rub off on clothing! Let the glass dry: Once you have removed most of the excess dye from your glass, leave it alone so that ink can fully dry.
Drying time varies by how thick or thin layers are applied; however, 30 minutes is average for alcohol ink used in arts and crafts projects.
Step 6: Drip dye around the rim
Here’s where it gets tricky. Drip dye around your wine glass so that it’s raised about 1/4 above the rest of your glass and color all over, creating a dam. The dam should be about as wide as a penny and go around 3/4 of your wine glass.
This prevents any bleed through on steps 7 and 8. I recommend using white alcohol ink for this step because it dries much faster than dye and you’ll have less clean up to do afterward.
Step 7: Dry your wine glasses for 24 hours.
You can use alcohol inks to create a design on wine glasses or even just paint with them. You can let it sit for a few hours, but you will have to heat it up later on to get it to cure fully, so be prepared. Another thing that is cool about using these on wine glasses is that they will not make them absorb odors.
They are reusable and you can do as many layers as you like. It’s almost impossible to mess up unless you don’t follow directions properly and then things could go wrong quickly and easily. But if you follow everything in order, your job should come out looking amazing!
Step 8. Unmold / Remove silicone from wine glass (without damaging glass) Section
If you’re looking for an easy way to customize your glasses, but don’t want to break a sweat, check out my ultimate guide to alcohol inks. This is one of my favorite techniques because it’s quick and easy – plus, it’s completely customizable.
I know that most of us just want a little color on our wine glasses (or glass containers) – but there are so many ways to play with different colors and effects! Try glitter alcohol ink or even spray paint your words on wine glasses for some texture. Have fun with it!
Alcohol inks are fun, inexpensive, and easy to use. You can add them to almost any surface using your favorite stamp pad, although they are more commonly used on glassware such as wine glasses or clear mason jars.
Each of these glasses should take between 10-15 minutes and cost you less than $5. Before beginning, make sure you have: a wine glass, rubbing alcohol, a paper towel or rag, a stamp pad of your choice, masking tape (optional), small paint brush (optional), container of warm water (optional).