How to Paint a Gold Rim on a Wineglass

by Irene A. Blake

Items you will need

  • Mild detergent
  • Lint-free microfiber cloths
  • Ruler
  • Glass marking pencil
  • Scissors
  • 3/4-inch wide roll of cellophane or masking tape
  • Gold acrylic enamel glass paint
  • Plastic plate
  • Cotton swabs
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soft synthetic blend artist brushes

A gold rim on decorative wineglasses can add a touch of elegance to any occasion. The color gold is associated with beauty, refinement, warmth and success. It is often used decoratively to enhance everyday items such as holiday ornaments, picture frames, windows and wineglasses. No matter the occasion, or your artistic skill, you can make decorative gold-rimmed glasses quickly with common home and art supplies.

Glass Preparation

Step 1

Wash your wineglasses in warm soapy water with a lint-free microfiber cloth.

Step 2

Rinse your glasses and then hand dry them with lint-free cloths.

Step 3

Stand a wineglass upright on a flat, level surface.

Step 4

Position a ruler vertically against the glass with the 0 measurement line pointing up and aligned with the top edge of the glass.

Step 5

Measure down from the 0 line to mark the width of the gold band you want to have run horizontally around the glass at the rim. For example, if you want a 1/8-inch or 1/4-inch band, measure down 1/8 inch or 1/4 inch from the top. Mark the spot with a glass marking pencil.

Step 6

Move the ruler slightly less than 1/2 inch to the right and mark the glass again. Repeat this process until you've marked the entire glass.

Step 7

Cut a 1/2-inch long piece of tape and align the 1/2-inch wide edge with two of the side-by-side marks on the glass. Press the tape firmly to the surface.

Step 8

Repeat this process until you've taped around the entire glass. When you're finished, set the glass aside and repeat with the remaining glasses.

Painting the Rim

Step 1

Squeeze gold acrylic enamel glass paint onto a plastic plate.

Step 2

Wipe the glass above the tape with a cotton swab dampened with rubbing alcohol.

Step 3

Dip a narrow or medium-width synthetic blend brush head into the paint.

Step 4

Pick up one of your practice glasses by its stem.

Step 5

Wipe your brush against the plate to remove any excess that could drip or spread too much while you're painting.

Step 6

Brush the top of the rim slowly halfway around the glass. Add additional paint to your brush and then paint the other half.

Step 7

Paint in a horizontal line halfway around the side of the glass above the tape. When finished, repeat with the other side.

Step 8

Run the brush slowly along the top edge again to smooth any paint lines where the paint from the sides meets the paint on the top.

Step 9

Repeat this process on your other practice glasses until you're happy with the results and then paint the glasses you plan to use.

Step 10

Pull the tape from the glasses and cure the paint per the instructions for your specific paint. For example, you might air dry the paint for 24 hours, place the glasses in an oven, turn the temperature to 325 or 350 degrees F, wait 30 to 40 minutes, turn the oven off so they can cool and then wait up to five days for the paint to completely cure.

Tips

  • Always use paint designed to adhere to glass surfaces. To decorate in a hurry, paint the rims gold with a paint marker. Shake your marker, remove its cap, press its nib down on the plastic plate two or three times and then draw the gold onto the glass.

Warnings

  • Never use a decorative wineglass with a hand-painted rim as a drinking glass.

About the Author

Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.