Tinting or Staining Glass and Jars

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Color Tinted Glass Jars - colored jars decorated with ribbons and bowsI love making glass jar lamps. This time I'm curious about how to make color tinted glass jars with PVA glue and without using glass paints. Let's see how it goes.



  • PVA glue
  • food dye
  • water
  • glass jar
  • candle or any battery operated lights (optional)
  • stirrer
  • other accessories
  • glitters (optional)
Color Tinted Glass Jars - supplies


  1. Pour water in a glass jar, about 1 tablespoon.
  2. Color Tinted Glass Jars - pour water into the glass jar
  3. Then add a few drops of food dye.
  4. Color Tinted Glass Jars - add a few drops of food color
  5. Next, pour in an amount of glue. Make sure it has a little bit more volume than the water, say for example 2.5 tablespoons over 1 tablespoon of water. Then you can also add glitters if desired.
  6. Color Tinted Glass Jars - glue and glitter if desired
    Color Tinted Glass Jars

  7. Mix well with a stirrer.
  8. Color Tinted Glass Jars - mix well
  9. Turn and twist the jar to spread the mixture inside it.
  10. Color Tinted Glass Jars - twist and turn the jar to spread the mixture over the inside of the jar
  11. Take a piece of cardboard or paper and place the jar upside down over it. Allow excess mixture to drip down.
  12. Color Tinted Glass Jars - place upside down on cardboard or a piece of paper, allow excess to drain
  13. Meanwhile preheat oven to 150 C (300 F) for 10 minutes.
  14. Color Tinted Glass Jars - preheat to 120 C or 200 F

  15. Bake jar in 15-20 minutes.
  16. Color Tinted Glass Jars - heat jar for 15 - 20 minutes
  17. Place the light inside and decorate with accessories.
  18. Color Tinted Glass Jars - place the light inside and decorate
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January 30, 2009

Is there such thing as clear red paint? I just purchased a red glass kitchen canister set and love them! I was just informed that these red sets contain high levels of lead. My question is, if I buy another set identical to this; only clear, if there is a red clear paint I could safely use to paint the clear canisters red? Or better yet, does anyone know where I can find a red glass canister set not made in China that is under $50? Thanks so much!

Victoria from Greenwood, AR


January 30, 20090 found this helpful

Victoria, I would check at Hobby Lobby. I got paint there to repaint pyrex mixing bowls last year. They might have what your looking for. J.B.

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January 30, 20090 found this helpful

Who told you they're full of lead? If the source is not 100% reliable, you can buy little lead testing kits at the hardware store.

As for the paint, you should be able to buy glass staining paint at a good craft store. Just ask if you don't see what you want. They are lovely canisters.

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January 30, 20090 found this helpful

I pretty sure that whoever told you this is mistaken! ...& if your canisters were full of anything it would most likely be cadmium, not lead. If you want to worry about lead, then don't drink or eat from lead crystal (the fancy glass) or any imported ceramics...


Now IF these canisters were made of PAINTED glass, then RARELY they DO have heavy metals in the paint like cadmium... But if your glass is colored ALL THE WAY THROUGH & not just painted on, don't worry... If you are worried about lead or cadmium then don't store anything "acidic" in them like coffee or lemon or orange peals. If you are still worried, you can always use zip lock bags inside them or line them with aluminum foil.

OR you can coat the inside with several coats of clear acrylic medium made for glass. (it's acrylic paint with no coloring added). Before you paint them with acrylic paint wipe them down with rubbing alcohol. The type of paint you should use is a glass paint. I like "Glossies" made by Liquitex. It's sold where they sell artists paints (not hobby paints) at any craft store. Buy clear, not colored or buy clear glass then paint the outside with red glass paint... But I don't think glass paint is actually "food safe"... It's meant for using on the outside of bowls & glasses, not right next to food.

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By DearWebby (Guest Post)
January 30, 20090 found this helpful

Whoever mentioned lead in connection with red glass is wrong. Even if there WAS lead in the glass, it is bound in the glass stronger than copper is bound in brass.


For translucent red paint look for Candy-Apple paint at motorcycle aftermarket shops. It also looks gorgeous on shiny tin or aluminum.

For glass you can also use fake stained glass paints, but they are not car wash and dish-washer safe like Candy-Apple paints, that can handle road salt and rain at high speed.

Have FUN!

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January 31, 20090 found this helpful

First off, I think if you have just purchased these, they would be lead free. With restrictions these days, I would doubt the manufacturer would be allowed to use lead paint.

And they are beautiful! What a wonderful set!

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By denise w (Guest Post)
February 3, 20090 found this helpful

It's called transparent enamel paint and I agree no lead in the ones you have.

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February 3, 20090 found this helpful

For Red paint, check an art supply store. They have paint for every medium.

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February 3, 20090 found this helpful

Are you sure it is the actual red cannister that contains the lead & not the silver colored roosters on top? (Just a thought as they look like some type of metal or metallic plastic, which often does contain lead).


Even if the set was recently purchased, there could be lead-violation items remaining for sale on store shelves. Buyer Be Aware.

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