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Exploring Womanhood > Heart of the Home > Craft Projects > Holiday Related

Gold-Washed Etched Glass Votive Candle Holders
By Eileen Bergen

These votive candle holders are quite elegant and festive. It is a perfect Christmas craft project for crafters wanting to decorate for the holidays or to give as gifts.

» Clear Glass Container(s) (I used votive candle holders, but any size or type of clear glass container can be used in this project.)
» Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Surface Conditioner
» Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel White Frost Glass Etching Paint
» Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Clear Gloss Glaze
» Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Diluent
» Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Satin Finish 14K Gold Paint for Tile, Glass & Ceramic
» Newspaper
» Paint brush
» Small make-up type sponge
» Cup or film canister for paint mixing
» Bottom half of empty egg carton

I decided to finish off my project by heat embossing some stars around the rim of the candle holders. This step and the following supplies are optional.
» Detail Gold Embossing Powder
» InkADinkADo Celestial Rubber Stamp Collection
» Embossing Heat Tool
» Clean sheet of paper to retrieve unused embossing powder


1. Wash candle holder(s) in hot soapy water. Drip dry.

2. Place candle holder(s) upside down on newspaper. Brush exterior with surface conditioner and let air dry. Once conditioned, do not touch the surface to be etched. The oils from your fingers will prevent the etching cream from working.

3. Using a clean (make-up type) sponge, wipe etching cream over the surface of the glass. Smooth carefully to be sure there are no bumps. Let dry. I used three coats to get the level of etched look I wanted.

4. In a small paper or plastic cup or film canister, mix equal parts of 14K Gold Paint with Clear Gloss Glaze. Dilute this mix with diluent (1 part paint to 3 parts diluent) to obtain a free-flowing paint for the wash.

5. Turn the candle holder(s) upright. Pour the wash in and carefully rotate the container to cover the interior with the gold paint. When you are satisfied with the depth and evenness of coverage, pour any excess paint into the next glass container to be painted or into the film canister if there is enough to save.

Invert the glass candle holder(s) and gently set on the inverted egg carton bottom.

After a few minutes, tilt to a different angle so that the paint drains without leaving drip marks.

If you decide to add embossing, proceed with the following steps.

1. Choose your stamp and press firmly into the clear ink pad included in the Celestial stamp kit.

2. Carefully position the stamp above the glass. Since I embossed the upper rim, I used my little finger to help position the stampings equidistant from the top edge. Because you're stamping on a curved surface, you need to stamp with a slight rolling movement, taking care not to smudge the design. If you make a mistake, simply wipe the area with surface conditioner. Move to another area to work while the boo-boo dries.

3. With the clean paper underneath, tap a small amount of embossing powder onto the stamped area. Tap off excess powder. If the design is satisfactory, move the glass away from the paper so you don't blow powder you are trying to save all over the place. I used detail powder because my stamp has very small details which wouldn't be clear with regular embossing powder.

4. Hold the embossing heat gun about 3 inches above the glass, turn it on and move it over the embossed area until the embossing beads gleam. This means they have melted and fused together and onto your glass.

If you are doing multiple stampings, the glass will build up significant heat. If it gets "too hot to handle," set it down for a few minutes.

Whether you are making these gold-washed etched votive candle holders for gifts or to sell, include a candle with each one. It doesn't cost you much, but nicely completes your work.

To see a picture of the completed project, please visit Gold-Washed Etched Glass Votive Candle Holders.

About the Author:
Eileen Bergen may be contacted at http://www.theartfulcrafter.com. Eileen has had a varied career, starting as a special education teacher. She then obtained an MBA degree and retired as a vice president of a major insurance company. For the last eight years she has been running her own craft business.

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