Powertex and glass
A quick image search on the internet for Powertex and glass will show you pages of beautifully decorated bottles and glasses. Anyone that has tried to wrap a bottle or glass with Powertex will know that it can be a slippery business! Some people find that on the smooth glass it can be hard to stop your fabric and embellishments from falling off before they set. It’s not difficult to achieve though and with a couple of tips you’ll be turning charity shop wine glasses into beautiful goblets.
Using Powertex with glass
Apply Powertex to fabric for wrapping glass in the same way as you would for any other project. It’s important not to over saturate the fabric. Your aim is to coat the fabric until it’s sticky to the touch. If it’s too wet, the fabric can also be heavy and it’s weight will work against you when wrapping your bottle or glass. It will also take longer to dry. (There are some other projects where a wetter fabric is useful.)
Preparing the surface
Giving the glass some texture is what’s needed. It’s helpful to leave the labels on bottles for example as this gives your Powertex something to cling to. However, a quick and easy way to add texture is to use pieces of masking tape. The tape will stick to the glass and Powertex will stick to the tape. Easy! The amount of tape you use might vary but it’s possible to make elaborate creations without a lot of tape. Stick small pieces to your bottle or glass where it will be hidden by the fabric. Tape on the “shoulders” of your bottle will give your fabric something to hang from.
Use the same idea on wine glasses. In this case I prefer to turn the glasses upside down, use tape on the stem and a little on the base. The upside down glass should not need any tape on the “bowl” where it could be seen from the inside. Use the same idea to prepare glass of any shape for fabric wrapping with Powertex.
These seasonal tumblers were only decorated at the base using a light fabric, in this case muslin. They did not require any tape at all and this means the inside of the glasses doesn’t have any ugly tape on show.
Have a go at your own wrapped bottle or goblets. After 3 weeks these are water resistant so can even be used and hand-washed, as long as they are not submerged in water. They make a really beautiful gift too. Why not Powertex a bottle of wine to go with it, it doesn’t have to be an empty bottle!