Wine Glass Guards

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It's a beautiful day and just before dusk you’re outdoors enjoying the perfect weather, sipping your favorite drink. Suddenly you look down and see a bug in your glass. Did you know that gnats and other insects are drawn to wine and other beverages that have a sugar content? And in many parts of the country, dusk is the time when they arrive in the greatest numbers.

No matter if you're drinking lemonade or wine, these glass guards are the perfect and decorative way to protect your beverage and those of your guests. The instructions for this project will help you to create covers to fit your particular size glassware.  The weighted guards won’t fly off with a slight breeze.  A metal washer is embedded in the clay which is hardened in the kitchen oven. Fancy or plain, give them your own little twist.  It's so simple to do with pliable polymer clay.  All the guards pictured were created following the same basic steps.  Only the embossing and embellishments differ.  Specific directions for those appear separately.

IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines.  On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1, the thinnest is 9.

SPECIAL THANKS TO MY SISTER FOR GIVING ME THIS PROJECT IDEA! 

Directions

Before you begin, condition each clay color.  All cutting should be done on wax paper which will allow you to easily lift off the work when necessary.

Basic Directions For All Guards
step 1 - Condition clay.  Roll out 2 ounces of clay to 1/8” thick and place on wax paper or plastic wrap. Divide the clay in equal pieces.  Download and print out the template on card stock then cut it out.  The template fits a wineglass with a 2.5” rim.  If you’re working with a different size glass, enlarge the template before printing it out.  It should be .50” larger than your glass size.  Cut two pieces of clay slightly larger than your template and mark the centers with a hole using an Etch ‘n Pearl tool.  Center a 2” metal washer on the clay over the hole.

step 1 - Condition clay.  Roll out 2 ounces of clay to 1/8” thick and place on wax paper or plastic wrap. Divide the clay in equal pieces.  Download and print out the template on card stock then cut it out.  The template fits a wineglass with a 2.5” rim.  If you’re working with a different size glass, enlarge the template before printing it out.  It should be .50” larger than your glass size.  Cut two pieces of clay slightly larger than your template and mark the centers with a hole using an Etch ‘n Pearl tool.  Center a 2” metal washer on the clay over the hole.

step 2 - If you are applying a design to the clay, like the “From The Vine” template, do it now.  See instructions below. The stencil for this design is included with the download.

step 2 - If you are applying a design to the clay, like the “From The Vine” template, do it now.  See instructions below. The stencil for this design is included with the download.

step 3 - Place the second piece face up over the washer matching the holes and trapping the washer.  Lightly press the two layers of clay together at the outer edges.  Lay plastic wrap on top of the embossed design.  Use the plastic wrap to help you flip the pieces over as one unit.

step 3 - Place the second piece face up over the washer matching the holes and trapping the washer.  Lightly press the two layers of clay together at the outer edges.  Lay plastic wrap on top of the embossed design.  Use the plastic wrap to help you flip the pieces over as one unit.

step 4 - Press your wine glass lightly onto the center of the clay to make an indentation all around.  (As you can see here I made the mistake of removing the plastic wrap first.  The wine glass stuck to the clay and I had to start over.)  This "gutter" around the clay will create a resting place for the lip of your wine glass.  Without this indentation the surface would be uniformly flat and the cover could easily slide around the rim of the glass.

step 4 - Press your wine glass lightly onto the center of the clay to make an indentation all around.  (As you can see here I made the mistake of removing the plastic wrap first.  The wine glass stuck to the clay and I had to start over.)  This "gutter" around the clay will create a resting place for the lip of your wine glass.  Without this indentation the surface would be uniformly flat and the cover could easily slide around the rim of the glass.

step 5 - Flip pieces over with the gutter facing the work surface.  Place a 3” round cookie cutter over the plastic wrap.  Look for the center hole in the clay and make sure it is in the center of the cookie cutter.  The impression from the template will also guide you in positioning the cutter. Press down, joining the two layers and cutting through them.  

step 5 - Flip pieces over with the gutter facing the work surface.  Place a 3” round cookie cutter over the plastic wrap.  Look for the center hole in the clay and make sure it is in the center of the cookie cutter.  The impression from the template will also guide you in positioning the cutter. Press down, joining the two layers and cutting through them.

 

step 6 - Add clay embellishments to the center like flowers, grape leaves etc. and small beads.  Bake in the oven on a flat, foil lined cookie sheet at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before gluing on other embellishments.

NOTE: When aluminum foil comes in contact with clay while baking it will create a shine on the clay surface. This may or may not be important to your project. To avoid the shine, bake projects on parchment paper.

 

Directions For Embellishments
From The Vine

From The Vine

The clay color for this piece is Ecru.  In step #2, center the template on the second layer of clay.  Using an acrylic roller, roll across the template to transfer the design.  Separate the template from the clay by peeling the template away from the clay. Pulling the clay away from the template may stretch the piece.  Follow steps 3 - 6.  After baking and cooling the piece, quickly paint a wash (a little water mixed with the paint) of copper paint onto the surface with a wide brush.  Immediately dab at the paint to remove it and reveal the clay color on the raised surfaces.  Apply E-6000 glue to a short nail head wire and the bottom of the a large pearl (16mm).  Stick the wire into the pearl and the hole in the clay.  Allow to dry 24 hours.

 

Cabernet

Cabernet

Blend plum, blue pearl, olive green clay. If you’re unsure of how to do this see the directions for the Plum Pretty Necklace Pendant and beads. Follow all steps but #2.  Create eight flower petals using a petal cutter.  Pinch the fat end of the clay pieces to form the petal.  Use the Etch ‘n Pearl tool to join the press together the centers of 4 petals.  Repeat and stack the second 4 petals on top of the first.  

Create the stems by using a small leaf shaped cutter.  Stretch the cut pieces and use the Etch ‘n Pearl tool to create the center line of the leaf.  Press them to the center of the clay circle.  Position the flower over the leaves and press the center.  After baking and cooling, use E-6000 to glue a glass gem to the center of the flower.


Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom

Blend Orange and Gold clay.  If you’re unsure of how to do this see the directions for the Plum Pretty Necklace Pendant and beads.  At step #2, lay a piece of lace fabric across the clay and use an acrylic roller to roll across it and transfer the design. Use a diamond shaped cutter to create 12 petals. Use the Etch ‘n Pearl tool to join the centers of 3 petals.  Repeat and stack three more groups on top of the first.   Press the flower into the center of the clay.


Supplies

At Amazon

  • Sculpey Premo Clay:  Ecru, Plum, Blue Pearl, Olive Green, Orange, Gold
  • Mini clay cutters: leaves and diamond
  • Etch ‘n Pearl Tool
  • Acrylic roller
  • Clay conditioning machine (optional)
  •  clear fishing line or stretchy bracelet cord

At Your Local Supermarket

  • heavy duty aluminum foil
  • wax paper
  • plastic wrap

At Testors

  •  9473 Copper Paint
  • Craft & Fabric Shop
  • .lace fabric
  • 16mm pearl
  • 3/4” glass gem
  • large and small paint brushes

Miscellaneous

  • 2” metal washers
  • round cookie cutters

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