Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Coloring Acrylic Gem and Glass Chandeliers with Alcohol Ink

The gem (acrylic or glass) chandeliers are beautiful, but what if you wanted one with color? With a little alcohol ink, you can go from clear to colorful in minutes!

Crafted by Joy.


  • Adirondack Alcohol Ink
  • Tim Holtz Foam Applicator
  • Inkssentials Non-Stick Craft Mat
  • Alcohol Blending Solution
  • Rubber or Plastic Gloves 

All supplies used for this project can be found at our Bonney Lake store.

Put on your gloves before getting started to avoid getting ink on your hands. You could also wear an apron to avoid getting ink on your clothes.
  1. Apply a small amount of alcohol ink to the foam applicator.
  2. Use a tapping action to cover the acrylic gems in the ink.
  3. Set aside and let dry when done.
You can create an ombre look by applying the same shade in different intensities or alternating colors onto the gems.

Remember, if you do not like the color after you've applied it or want to replace it with another color, you can use the Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution to remove the color (if only on a non-porous surface).

Adirondack Alcohol Ink Bright in Raspberry.

Watch Joy demonstrate how to alcohol ink the gems on a tealight chandelier in this video.

1 comment:

  1. I have been thinking about this. Acrylic is soluble in acetone. If I really wanted a deep surface coloring, and was not worried about it remaining "shiny" could I dissolve pigment in Acetone and paint the surface? How about pigment+acetone+some acrylic... so it is a dye'd acrylic solution, which could stick to more acrylic and evaporate to a nice color?