Easy and Elegant Craft: Jeweled Stemware
May 11, 2010
You knew I was going there. You knew when I spied those jeweled wineglasses at Chateau St. Jean winery last weekend that I would be forced, literally forced, to recreate the look for less. Just cause it’s in my DNA.
I spied some beautiful crystal wineglasses and a gorgeous hurricane on this outing at one of my favorite wineries a few weekends ago.
I literally choked when I saw the price tag. $75 dollars ! For each wineglass !? Gag me with a spoon. I won’t even mention what they wanted for the hurricane.
So my little brain clicked into gear. How is this made ? It’s certainly not hot glue. I reasoned it had to be some sort of clear adhesive that would bond to glass and wouldn’t chip or wash off under water.
Off to the hardware store I went.
I found the perfect adhesive for my own version of this stemware.
Silicone ! It forms a strong waterproof seal – it’s designed for use in aquariums.
Because you’ve got to be able to do this.
I finished these four crystal wineglasses in under thirty minutes with $13 dollars worth of beads on sale at Michaels. I purchased the glasses at Pier One for $6 each. Total cost for four glasses including supplies was $40 dollars.
Here’s the simple step-by-step on how to make these sparkly stems. 1) Apply a coat of silicone to glass, enough for your jewels or beads to set in. 2) Spread evenly over the top with your finger – be sure to use a latex glove, you don’t want this stinky stuff on your skin.
3) Attach your beads in the design you want then 4) fill in gaps with smaller decorative beads.
Allow your silicone to set for a full 24 hours.
These are going to my son’s preschool teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day because I know he drives them to drink.
Kidding. He’s an angel. 82.4% of the time.
The creative possibilities are endless ! You can use anything puuurty that speaks to you. Beads, shells, jewels, pearls, stones, or even glass glitter. Attach your decor to stemware, hurricanes, apothecary jars, anything glass really !
I’m linking up to Kimba’s DIY Day over at A Soft Place to Land, pop on by for more great projects on parade !
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