How to Permanently Paint Glass Dishes




Introduction: How to Permanently Paint Glass Dishes

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Learn how to paint glass dishes that are food and dishwasher safe. These have an Alice In Wonderland theme, but you can paint them in any style you want.

Step 1: See the Video Tutorial

Step 2: You'll Need

You'll need:

Americana Gloss Enamels (dishwasher safe when baked on)

Krylon Metallic Gold Shortcuts Pen

Fine tip permanent marker



Glass plates

Wine glasses

Step 3:

Clean your glass with alcohol

Carefully edge the plate with the gold Krylon paint pen

Add gold to the center part of the plate also

Step 4:

Draw a 1/2" square grid on the FRONT of the plate

Fill in the squares on the back of the plate with white Americana Gloss Enamel

Next paint in the black squares with your black Americana Gloss Enamel

Add polkadots around the outer rim of the plate (try using several different colors)

Step 5:

Paint stripes on the base of the wine glass

Paint the stem of the glass in another color. I chose yellow

Paint on some polkadots

Add more gold accents with the pen to finish up

Step 6:

Place the dishes in the oven and bake at 325˚ for 30 minutes

Let cool and repeat for another 30 minutes

Step 7: You're Done!



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    86 Discussions

    can I use microwave safe dishes to paint on and heat set in the oven? such as dollar store cereal bolws?

    I have some of my mom's old salt & pepper shakers and was hoping to repaint the tops because they are rusty, but I'm having trouble figuring out what paint would be ok to use since the salt & pepper will touch the paint. I read through your comments since this post is the closest I've found, and it sounds like I could paint with anything as long as I seal it with the minwax sealer you talked about. Is that right? Or is there a better way to go about this? Another "simple" project that is turning out to be complicated. :) Thanks for any help - Andrea

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    I am all about food safety, but for salt and pepper tops that screw on, I would be far less concerned than I would be for plates, mugs and storage containers . If one is painting only the ouside of the tops, you could first remove the rust and oxidation with a wire brush or sandpaper, then use very find emery paper (with the black water-resistant grit) to smooth out the deeper scratches, progressing from say 200 grit to 400, then 600. I've gone as high as an 800 grit on sterling sliver to get as shiny a finish as possible before buffing. Then thoroughly clean with 91% rubbing alcohol, dry and spray paint with a white primer. You just want enough to coat. Allow to dry and cure according to can directions, then spray with gold or silver spray paint, or whatever clor matches you project. Allow to cure, then use a high gloss spray clear coat suitable for the spray paint. All the above finishes are mildly toxic if food makes sufficient contact, but salt and pepper is only in contact with the holes for only a second or two. It's not like you have something liquid, or acid like tomato sauce, or even heated, coming into contact with the finish for enough time for it to dissolve at all.

    I just realized as well, for the final gloss finish you can use a water-based clear coat that brushes on, like a water-based polyurethane that is non-toxic, or maybe less toxic, but not officially food safe. I don't know if it can be gotten in a spray, as most spray products for painting or finishing are petroleum based. I did use a water based brush on for clear coating a painted gold picture frame to keep the gold from darkening, because I have experienced pertoleum-based clear coats interacting with pertroleum-based paint coats and changing their look, color, and dulling them. Anyway, though i asm extraordiarily careful about keeping things food safe, I would srapy apint the tops myself. I do npot necessarily sugeest anyone else do it - my disclaimer.

    Hi Andrea,
    Your best bet so you don't have to worry about any of this is to take a Dremel and the wire brush and brush off the rust down to the metal. If it's only a little bit of rust you'll be fine.

    If you want to soak off the rust you can use citric acid which you can buy in powder form.

    If either of those two aren't an option you might use a good sandpaper OR a wire brush to get the metal back to where it was. I'd stay away from painting.

    Thank you Mark for your quick response! Bummed that my idea won't work, but once I started researching the idea I wondered if I'd have trouble since I couldn't find any info on it. :)

    got a pair of 1940's-50's Vintage made in Japan ceramic Salt/Pepper shakers with
    some red paint loss, would like to fix. Any suggestions what paints I could use in bright red that won't fade nor wash off and where to buy it?

    So I tried your suggestion step by step painted a piece a vase with the enamel paint suggested bake at 350 for 30 minutes once it was completely cooled I took it out the oven and decided to wash it to test it and the paint came right off what am I doing wrong

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    Hi Elizabeth. Make sure to clean the glass with rubbing alcohol. Paint your piece and then let it cure for a day or two. They suggest leaving it to cure for a few days on the bottle. Then bake it and let it cool. I'm thinking that will work. Are you using the DecoArt Gloss Enamels for paint? Those are the paints I use. Any other paints will definitely wash off.


    Hi! I've actually watched this video a while back, but I'm still looking.
    Is there a way to paint a white ceramic tea set and make it heat, wash, and food safe??

    3 replies

    If you're painting on the outside of the tea set it is food safe. You just don't want the paint to touch food or the tea.

    Also, if you bake after painting they will be dishwasher safe. Test it on a small dish first and make sure to clean your surfaces with alcohol.

    Have fun!

    I thought qbout that but lips touch the brim of cups and tea cakes could touch the saucers so I'm looking for hest and food safe glaze too now :/
    Btw. If you are the actual youtuber that's so cool!!
    I think I'm subbed to you, but I definitely watch your videos!

    Hi Mark

    I live in a Victorian House and the front door would have had stained glass in it originally. Now it has a clear glass with a raised flower pattern, which I'd like to colour permanently. Is there something that I can use that doesn't need to be cured in an oven, and will still be permanent?

    Many thanks

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    Not sure about how permanent, but the Gloss Enamels are a good choice either way. You don't have to bake them.

    Not familiar with that brand. I use DecoArt Gloss Enamels.

    Hi I have painted a plate for myself using porcelain paint pens I baked it once as stated then left overnight. The plate washed fine but when I used it my knife and fork had left scratch marks in the design is there any safe gloss I could use or anything else I could do to stop this happening. Thanks

    2 replies

    I usually don't use a knife and fork on my painted plates. Best to paint on the underside of a glass plate for these types of projects unless they are for dry foods like cookies or bread.

    What brand were you using?

    I am using the edding porcelain pens then baking once on gas mark 4 for 25 mins.