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Decorating glass cups... What do I use?

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So, I teach Hebrew school at our synagogue... K-1st grade. I was thinking of making Elijah cups for Passover. These are cups of wine set out for Elijah hopefully coming to tell us that now the earth will be at peace.

 

Usually, they are very decorated. I think I can get the plain wine glasses pretty cheap at Goodwill 1/2 day.

 

But how do I decorate them? Is there a glue for beads/"jewels" that I can use with littles (ie- not superglue or gluegun) that will adhere to glass? Is there a paint? I've never done this before...

 

They are not really used for drinking, so giant worries there with stuff. It does not need to be food safe. And, my kids are young, but they are not going to eat the supplies or anything, but I don't want to use superglue or hotglue. Permanent paints are OK. It does, however, have to be "gently washable" (meaning it will not fall apart or run or something when it comes it contact with wine or water to rinse it off).

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I know there are lots of types of glass paints and pens available. I'd say with children the pens are likely to be a lot less messy than the paints.

 

Some paints are water based and some are spirit based. With kids I'd defiantly look for the water based ones, that said IME both are unlikely to wash out of clothes.

 

The ones I've used can be "set" by putting the finished items in a low oven, then the decorations are washable.

 

If you have a local craft shop I'd pop in there and see what they stock. They should also be able to find you a clear glue for attaching the gems

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