• Glass marbles (flat back)
• Matte medium
• Permanent stamping ink
• Rubber stamp
• Acrylic paint and brushes
• Magnets (make sure they aren't wimpy magnets and can support the weight of the marble)
• Super Glue
It is important to note that when you're choosing a stamp, make sure to select a design that works in reverse and will fit the flat area of the glass marble. Stamps that have text will appear backward when you turn your stamp over.
- Rinse and dry your glass marbles to eliminate any dust from the packaging.
- Apply one coat of the matte medium to the flat side of the glass marble and let dry completely (I'm impatient so I used a hair dryer to speed the process along)
- Apply the permanent ink to your stamp then lay the stamp on your work surface with the ink side up
- CAREFULLY, place your glass marble, flat side down, on to the stamp and press gently. You'll be able to see the placement of the graphic through the marble.
- CAREFULLY lift the marble up from the stamp to avoid smearing the design and let dry flat side up (the hair dryer helps here too.)
Once the ink is completely dry you can really get creative. I've used both acrylic and enamel paints to decorate the back. I'd also like to try paint pens for some more intricate artwork. The possibilities are endless! The magnets pictured here are simply layered with multiple layers of acrylic metallic paints.
Once you've finished your decorating and everything is completely dry just glue the magnet to the back side and viola!
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