How to make black chalk paint for a glass vase

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I am continuously seeking ways to hide the stems of artificial flowers in glass vases. I’m not sure what it is, but I don’t like the end result. Yes, you can line the vase with artificial leaves, but not all designs work with the leaves. Decoupage works well, but sometimes a nice flat finish is all you need to really enhance your design.

At the weekend I discovered I had several glass footed urns tucked away and decided to throw caution to the wind and give one a coat or two of chalk paint. Second issue the black I wanted wasn’t nearly as black as desired, so I reinvented the recipe and it works a treat. The finish is almost like black velvet. I had dark wax, but didn’t want a brownish effect once the protection coat was applied. A few hours later and that problem was solved with my easy DIY black wax.

Handy tip – spray mist the exterior of the glass vase with a coat of RUST-OLEUM Frosted Glass paint effect. It worked like an undercoat sealer.

Recipe for the black chalk paint:
- 1/3 cup Plaster of Paris
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 1 cup flat matt acrylic or water-based paint. My black is called JET BLACK
- Jar or container with a lid
- Mixing spoon.

Method – mix plaster with water well, then add to paint. Stir to combine. It might look a bit greyish, but just keep mixing.

Recipe for black protection wax –
- 100gm any cooking oil
- 40gm beeswax
- 10gm charcoal or black oxide
- Glass mixing bowl and stirring stick
- Container to store once melted
- Double boiler

Method –
- Add oil and wax to jar and place into a pot of boiling water. Once melted add charcoal and stir well. Pour into storage container and label.

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