I'm sorry, I used glitter. I can't believe it either. I have always sworn off such projects because as Demetri Martin suggested, you just can't get rid of the stuff and it is SO HARD to clean up completely. But the draw of this particular project was too strong. Yet another Pinterest project, and one easily done on a budget, I wanted to make a set of glittered wine glasses. I bought four white wine glasses from the Dollar Tree (by the way, they have some pretty nice glassware considering it is only $1). I also got some extra fine black glitter from Hobby Lobby for about $4, and I had some Modge Podge on hand. I carefully cleaned the glasses first, and then wrapped masking tape around them to create a striped design. This sounds simple enough, but I will warn anyone who tries it that it takes a bit of time. The glasses, while they look nice enough, are from the Dollar Tree and thus are not completely identical or perfect. So wrapping the tape around so they all matched was a bit of a challenge (add in that I have OCD tendencies and we're really having fun now). There is also the challenge that the glasses are curved and the tape is straight. After a few tries, I had all four glasses wrapped with tape about as identical as I could.
Next, I used cotton pads to carefully wipe the glass with rubbing alcohol to remove any fingerprints. To do this I stuck my hand inside the glass so that I didn't touch the outside of it. I then used a 1" foam brush to apply the Modge Podge to the desired areas, quickly followed by loads of glitter. I think I will blame my long glitter free spell for the reason that I somehow managed to get glitter in my eyes during this process.
I allowed the glue to dry for a few hours before removing the tape, this way the glue didn't crack as I peeled it away. A few areas had to be scraped clean with a razor and others needed to be touched up once everything was completely dry, but I was able to get a fairly ok looking set of glasses. To top it all off, I decided to seal all of the glasses so that they wouldn't leave glitter everywhere with some clear acrylic spray paint. I wanted to block off the inside of the glass, so I used a piece of Press & Seal wrap to protect it (I wasn't sure how the paint would react with alcohol and didn't want to find out).
This project isn't 100% complete. I might be adding a third coat of spray paint to them, just to make sure they are good and sealed. Currently they are airing out in the garage. I'll be sure to post a picture when they are done!