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Sunday, 2 September 2012

Moustache and Lipstick Mr and Mrs Glasses - Tutorial

August always seems to be the time for weddings, this year is no exception as we have a family one coming up in just over a week.  After putting up the photo's of my Cake Truffles on facebook a few months ago, the Bride asked me if I would mind making a few for after the ceremony.  The wedding is going to be rather unique with the pagan hand fasting ceremony and a wonderful high tea - how could I refuse a request for my baked goods!  After a little more discussion it was agreed I would make a few more cakes in addition to the truffles and I have to say I am rather excited!

The Bride and Groom are lovely people who have a wonderfully quirky sense of style which I simply adore.  This made choosing a wedding gift a little difficult.  We originally agreed that my baking would be part of the present, but I couldn't bare the thought of them not having something lasting from us to help remember their big day by.

After browsing a few crafty bloggers creations, I stumbled across this from Our Seven Dwarves;

I loved the idea but wanted something a little more 'Weddingy'.  Immediately I knew that this idea was begging to be used on glasses - knowing the couple well, I decided to eschew traditional champagne flutes in favour of a pint and wine glass ;)  The vinyl used in this design has a reputation for peeling off after a few washes.  I knew I could etch the glass, but wanted the bold black statement moustache and lips.  After a bit more brain-storming, I suddenly remembered one of my first craft projects that I did.  It was coincidently for my own wedding;

When we got married I decided I didn't like the boring name cards that were usually used for the sit down meal.  Instead I decided to make personalised candle holders that our guests could take home with them.  These were done using a glass paint pen from Marabu that promises to be water proof, wash proof and fade proof!  Luckily I had a sealed one that we never needed in my craft drawer.  Time to make that Wedding gift idea a reality!

  • Printer - preferably colour
  • Paper
  • Craft mat, knife and ruler (or being incredibly skilled at cutting in straight lines with scissors)
  • Glasses
  • Glass paint pen (or any paint that is safe to drink with and water/wash proof)
  • Sellotape
Step One

Use a word editing programme to make the images you need.  I found a cute and funky font that I thought would appeal to the couples style, and played around with the size until I was happy.  I searched google for a Moustache Silhouette and a lips silhouette and then adjusted the size to match the font.  In my trial version I used black for the image and font, but I found that using a black paint to trace a black image made it a bit difficult to see where I had already painted, for the final try I changed the colours to orange.  If you are struggling with editing the silhouette colour, you can either use the paint can mode in paint or another image editing programme (I used gimp).

Step Two

Cut out each image (where the orange line is) and make sure that the lines are all level and straight.  The top of the image will need to be lined up with the rim of the glass, so you must make sure that you plan how far down the glass you want your image to be before you cut.
As the glass is curved you need to make 5 slits in the paper around the image (purple lines) to make sure it sits properly.  These lines need to go right to the edge, but they must not be too close to the image itself.

Step Three

Using sticky tape, position the image inside the glass so that the top of the paper sits with the rim of the glass.  This ensures that your image will be straight, take time when doing this step.  The slits should allow you to keep the paper as close to the glass as possible.  If the gap between the paper and glass is too large, then you will find it difficult when tracing.

Step Four

Once you are happy with the positioning, get ready to trace.  The easiest technique that I found, was to have a piece of scrap paper with me whilst working.  I could then 'prime' the pen (pressing the nib down onto the paper charges the nib with ink) every time I felt it needed it, without worrying that doing it on my glass would make a mess.  You need to keep moving with the pen, once the ink is on the glass it dries quickly.  If you go back over the ink whilst it is tacky, the nib scrapes some of the ink off, resulting in a bit of a mess.
I applied 3 coats to my glasses, and left at least 3 hours between coats.

Step Five - Enjoy!

I am rather pleases with how these turned out!  They were screaming to be boxed with champagne (or imitation, in this case) to celebrate the happy day!
I am pleased to say that the Bride and Groom were chuffed with their present!

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