How to attain Glass Crackle Finish

Regularly swapping out ornamental items quickly upgrades a space, however continuously replacing vases, bowls and the like with division or home-store finds is not essential. Rather, redecorate an old apothecary jar or dollar-store picture frame with a glass crackle finish, adding color and texture.

Clean the glass thoroughly twice, first with window cleaner and a lint-free fabric or piece of paper. Follow this with rubbing alcohol and a lint-free fabric to remove any oil or dust.

Apply a thin, even layer of acrylic paint to the entire surface of the slice, like the rims of glasses or bowls as well as the underside, with a very compact, small paintbrush or foam brush. This color is the shade that will appear from the cracks made later. Allow the paint dry thoroughly and apply a second coat for a truly opaque finish, if wanted. Await the paint to dry completely, at least 12 hours.

Mix crackle medium according to manufacturer’s directions in a little plastic bowl or include white school glue to a bowl. Employ the crackle medium or glue to the glass rather sloppily with a foam brush; alternate between horizontal, vertical and diagonal brushstrokes, and make it possible for the medium or glue to drip, thicken or sheer outside as you work. A sound, even coat of this item makes the crackling look unnatural.

Wait the time advocated by the crackle-medium manufacturer or until the white school glue is nearly dry but still somewhat sticky.

Apply evenly a second acrylic paint color to the entire surface of the glass. As the paint and the glue or crackle medium dry together, the base color starts to show through. Wait at least 12 hours to get the paint and the medium or glue to dry.

Take the piece outside and set it on a covered work surface. Cover it evenly with a spray acrylic gloss coating. Let this dry prior to using the piece.

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