Fire Finished Alcohol Ink Ornaments

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I’ve been playing around with alcohol ink art for the past year and I love the unpredictable designs it creates. I primarily work on Yupo Paper but I had an idea to create Christmas ornaments using alcohol ink. I wanted an easy project that the kids could help create but also looked really cool.

I bought a 6 pack of porcelain ornaments (Make sure they are porcelain, glazed ornaments, and not plaster. The first ornaments I bought said they were porcelain but when they arrived were in fact a porous plaster. Alcohol ink needs a smooth finish to work.) and tested a new to me alcohol ink technique of using fire to burn off the alcohol to create a unique finish. It was a fun and exciting activity to do with the boys. I let each boy design their own, picking out their colors and adding them to the ornament. However, to remain safe and use precaution I was the only one allowed to light the ornament on fire. The more alcohol you use the bigger and longer the fire. After the ornaments are fully dry they need a light coat of sealant and that’s it. So simple and fun.

The end result is a really cool one-of-a-kind ornament you or your kids can give as a Christmas gift.

Here’s how you make Fire Finished Alcohol Ink Ornaments

Supplies

Technique

  1. On a stable and clear surface place your wire rack in the baking sheet on the table.
  2. Add a small amount of isopropyl alcohol to the bowl.
  3. Remove any ribbons or tags from ornaments
  4. Place your ornament on the wire rack (which is now in the baking sheet)
  5. Add a few drops of your selected alcohol ink colors to the ornament.
  6. Using the dropper add a few drops of isopropyl alcohol to the ornament and watch the color magic happen.
  7. *Using caution Light the alcohol on the ornament on fire using a lighter* (adults only). The fire will go out as the alcohol burns out. However, if you are nervous or concerned about safety you can blow it out.
  8. Allow ornaments to cool and dry completely.
  9. Transfer ornaments to a newspaper covered area.
  10. In a well ventilated area spray all ornaments with a thin layer of Krylon Kamar Varnish.
  11. Allow to fully dry
  12. Add ribbon
  13. Decorate

Learn how to make beautiful alcohol ink art.

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