Reflective Cube Vase

Measures 24”X 72”
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Cube vases are very versatile.  I’ve used them in many ways besides typical floral projects. But this lighted candle holder is one of my favorite uses for the cube.  Painting the outside glass with a leaf and tree image looks pretty and resembles frosted glass.  A tea light or LED light inside the cube provides beautiful reflections on surrounding walls and surfaces. This is an easy project because the stencil provided will help you create the artwork on the glass.

Directions

COVER EXPOSED AREAS TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL OVER SPRAY. ALLOW PAINT TO DRY BETWEEN STEPS.

step 1 - Download and print out the tree stencil.  Using a craft knife cut out the black image of tree trunk and branches.  The leaves will be added later.  Red lines are offered as guides for aligning the stencil to the cube vase.  Spray the back of the stencil lightly with repositionable stencil spray.

step 1 - Download and print out the tree stencil.  Using a craft knife cut out the black image of tree trunk and branches.  The leaves will be added later.  Red lines are offered as guides for aligning the stencil to the cube vase.  Spray the back of the stencil lightly with repositionable stencil spray.

step 2 - Clean the glass with hot soapy water.  Dry thoroughly.  Place the bottom stencil guideline on the bottom edge of the glass cube with the design flush left to the edge of the cube.   Work on a protected surface and mask off areas not to be painted.

step 2 - Clean the glass with hot soapy water.  Dry thoroughly.  Place the bottom stencil guideline on the bottom edge of the glass cube with the design flush left to the edge of the cube.   Work on a protected surface and mask off areas not to be painted.

step 3 - Mix a little white paint with the silver until you achieve a color that will produce a frosted appearance when painted.  Test it by spraying a spare glass container.  If the container is something you want to use again don’t worry, the paint can be washed off even after it has dried by letting it soak in hot soapy water.

 

step 4 - Once you are happy with the color mixture, airbrush the stencil.  Using a light coat will produce a frosted effect.

step 4 - Once you are happy with the color mixture, airbrush the stencil.  Using a light coat will produce a frosted effect.

step 5 - When the paint has dried, remove the stencil.  Set a soft cloth or paper towel under the cube to prevent the painted areas from scraping on rough surfaces.  Turn the cube and apply the stencil and paint on the second cube panel.  Avoid touching the painted areas as a slight scrape of a fingernail, may scratch the paint.  Spray the remainder of the panels.

step 5 - When the paint has dried, remove the stencil.  Set a soft cloth or paper towel under the cube to prevent the painted areas from scraping on rough surfaces.  Turn the cube and apply the stencil and paint on the second cube panel.  Avoid touching the painted areas as a slight scrape of a fingernail, may scratch the paint.  Spray the remainder of the panels.

step 6 - If the Stencil Adhesive is visible on the glass panels after the paint has dried, it can easily be removed with Acrylic cleaner.  A Q-tip is a good applicator for the cleaner because it allows you to get into small areas between branches.

step 6 - If the Stencil Adhesive is visible on the glass panels after the paint has dried, it can easily be removed with Acrylic cleaner.  A Q-tip is a good applicator for the cleaner because it allows you to get into small areas between branches.

 step 7 - Place the remaining paint in a small container.  Cut a piece of sea sponge to a size that will fit into the container.  Wet the sponge, then put it in a towel and squeeze out the moisture.

 step 7 - Place the remaining paint in a small container.  Cut a piece of sea sponge to a size that will fit into the container.  Wet the sponge, then put it in a towel and squeeze out the moisture.

step 8 - Dip the jagged ends of the sponge into the paint.  Pat it onto card stock or paper towels to remove excess paint and avoid globs or puddles when the sponge is applied to the cube.  Lightly dab the sponge onto the glass to create the leaves in the tree, adding more pressure or more dabs to create dense areas.  Avoid covering the branches completely or you will lose the tree’s definition.  Apply the paint in this way to all four panels.  If you’re unsure of the pressure you should use to apply the paint, practice on some other piece of glass.

step 8 - Dip the jagged ends of the sponge into the paint.  Pat it onto card stock or paper towels to remove excess paint and avoid globs or puddles when the sponge is applied to the cube.  Lightly dab the sponge onto the glass to create the leaves in the tree, adding more pressure or more dabs to create dense areas.  Avoid covering the branches completely or you will lose the tree’s definition.  Apply the paint in this way to all four panels.  If you’re unsure of the pressure you should use to apply the paint, practice on some other piece of glass.

step 9 -  Seal the paint by spraying with 2 coats of Glosscote.  Spray the second coat within 20 minutes but no more than 2 hours after the first.

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Short candles like tea lights or votives will reflect the cube images on adjacent walls more effectively than taller candles.


Supplies

At Testors

  • 4678 Model Master Silver Paint
  • 4769 Model Master White Paint
  • Aztek airbrush tool
  • Testors Acrylic Cleaner
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • 1261 Testors Glosscote Clear Lacquer

At Amazon

  • Aztek airbrush

At Michael’s

  • Painters tape
  • 4” cube vase
  • card stock
  • Repositionable stencil spray adhesive
  • sea sponge

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