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DIY ceramic wedding favours

12 Aug 2013

You could give your wedding guests sugared almonds as favours. Or you could design them a confetti ceramic, which they can drink from/ use as a tea light holder/ fill with weird household miscellaneous. (We’d go for the latter.) This DIY confetti ceramic tutorial is from Jessica Chu, a Toronto-based jeweller who runs a blog and jewellery label under the name Feathers of Gold with her sister Sarah. Painting the cups is a simple process, just make sure you use proper ceramic paint (Hobby Craft has a wide selection) and take your time with the shapes (you don’t have to do confetti patterns but we quite like the symbolism).

What you'll need

Ceramic/porcelain objects

Black and gold non-toxic paints for glass and ceramics

Paintbrush

Paint palette

Water

Before we begin, make sure that you wash, rinse, and dry your ceramic objects.

1.) Paint the black confetti shapes:

It helps to draw a rough sketch on a piece of paper to help you visualize how you will place the shapes in relation to the other shapes and colour.

Start off by painting on the larger shapes (triangles, hexagons, and squares): scatter them evenly, leaving roughly equal distance between each shape.

Then, draw on the small squares and the long dashes/rectangles to fill in the empty spaces between the bigger shapes, again, leaving equal distance between them.

If you make a mistake, use a little water and rub off the area you wish to erase. Be mindful of spacing and alternating shapes, but, don't think too much about where each shape will go. After all, confetti is a random mix!

TIP

Leave about 3/4 inch of space between your design and the rim of the bowl or mug where your mouth or any food will touch. Although the paint you are using may be non-toxic and dishwasher safe, most paints are not rated as "food-safe" and should not have direct contact with your mouth or the food you are consuming.

2.) Paint the gold confetti shapes:

Once you've painted on the black shapes, leave the paint to dry for a couple of minutes. If you are happy with the minimal look of the black confetti, then skip right on to step 3.

If you would like the jazz up your mug or bowl with gold accents, simply repeat step 1 using gold paint.

3.) Allow the paint to dry

Before using your newly confetti-ed glassware, allow the paint to fully dry and harden to prevent it from chipping.

In order to allow the paint to cure (set), you will need to do one of two things:

Let the paint air dry for 21 days, OR,

Wait 1 hour for paint to dry, then place the glassware in a cool oven and heat to 350ºF (176ºC) for 30 mins. Let it cool in the oven before removing.

Note: please read the instructions on your paint bottle and follow those directions if they differ from the ones suggested above.'

You can see more craft ideas on Jessica and Sarah's blog Feathers of Gold and view their jewellery collection via their Etsy shop .

For more wedding inspiration, honeymoon ideas and bridal fashion, see the Stylist wedding section and the Stylist Wedding Blog.

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