I’ve seen these glittered wine goblets all over the Pinterest and the internet, usually around the holidays. To be honest, I was just going to paint these glasses, not glitter them.
But there it is. And you know what? Every time I look at it, I smile. I don’t know why. I’m not what you’d call a “glitter girl”. However, this was fun. Real fun.
Someone better hide the glitter ‘round here.
I got these goblets at the thrift store who knows when for a buck. Preparing to paint them, I washed them and then wiped them down with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils from my fingers.
After a few layers of dust were removed I looked at these chiseled stems and knew painting alone wouldn’t do them justice. I could either paint the goblet ‘bowl’ or do something else to the stem.
I painted a red basecoat, even after I decided to add glitter, just in case I missed a spot. It looked just fine here, fully coated. But wait . . .
Hold it up to the light and you can see all the brush strokes, which is common when painting glass.
At this point I was still intending on painting the stems red and then adding a touch of glitter paint.
A touch, I tell ya.
Then I found this, buried in my basket of Valentine’s goodies. You know when you buy something for a season or a holiday, fully intending to use it but the day comes and goes and, kerplunk, it goes into a box?
And then, Surprise! the next year.
It’s the simple things, my friends. The simple things. Like a little tube of ultra fine red glitter.
Being that I’m not a ‘glitter girl’ (or at least I wasn’t before now) I didn’t really know how to approach this. Would the glitter even adhere with just paint? Should I use Mod Podge instead? But if I ‘podge it, would the paint lift?
I took a deep breath, willing to ruin my $1 thrift store beauties and painted a small section and then dumped sprinkled some glitter on it. I tapped the excess off onto my creased waxed paper. (I have some sense.) Then I continued down the stem, painting, sprinkling, painting, sprinkling.
Then I placed the goblet on my work table, sat back, looked at it and exhaled.
It’s the small things that getcha too.
Ok, if I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna try not to mess it up too terribly much. So I painted and glittered the section opposite the one that was still wet.
I should tell you here, use an old paintbrush for this project. It’s just that wet paint and itsy-bitsy glitter flakes . . . well, it’s hard to get that brush clean. Use one of your older ones, or a cheapie.
Since I was working in opposing sections, and painting and dumping sprinkling as quickly as possible, I had a lot of paint building up on my brush. So I just grabbed the 2nd goblet and started basecoating that one in red.
I love it when I do something that makes sense.
Note the extremely dry index finger. Note the little red dots of ultra fine glitter on the extremely dry finger.
Just . . . be prepared. Glitter. Everywhere.
I showed you the tube of glitter right? It really wasn’t too expensive. I think around $3 or so for five tubes. But I only had one tube of red, which is why I put creased waxed paper under the glass.
But somehow I had to get all of the excess glitter into that teensie tube.
So I made my own little paper funnel. Oh, there’s probably one in the kitchen but ultra fine glitter sticks to plastic even more than excessively dry fingers. Or so I thought.
I managed to get most of it back in the tube and look! One goblet only needed about one-third of the glitter!
So I went around the edge of the base and painted and glittered it.
Which posed yet another issue – how to dry the rim without all of the glitter sticking to whatever. A spray paint cap worked fine.
They’re really not as sparkly as they are in person. sigh. Short of shining a spotlight on them, I couldn’t get the camera to capture it. Take my word for it, they sparkle.
And they make me smile.
I had to giggle though, looking at this glittery, sparkly wine goblet. I thought, “Oh, there’s no way Marlon would’ve used this.” Then I stopped. That’s not true. He would’ve loved them. As big as he was – 6’4”, 340 lbs. – he loved all things “pretty”, soaps, lotions, you name it. Maybe it was because of his size. I dunno. It used to surprise people though.
Kind of the way this glittered goblet surprised me. I like surprises that make me smile.