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 they 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 using 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 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
- Baking Sheet
- Wire Cooling/Baking Rack
- Porcelain Ornaments
- Alcohol Inks
- 91% isopropyl alcohol
- Small Bowl
- Newspaper/Drop Cloth
- Krylon Kamar Varnish
- On a stable and clear surface place your wire rack in the baking sheet on the table.
- Add small amount of isopropyl alcohol to the bowl.
- Remove any ribbons or tags from ornaments
- Place your ornament on the wire rack (which is now in the baking sheet)
- Add a few drops of your selected alcohol ink colors to the ornament.
- Using the dropper add a few drops of isopropyl alcohol to the ornament and watch the color magic happen.
- *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.
- Allow ornaments to cool and dry completely.
- Transfer ornaments to a newspaper covered area.
- In a well ventilated area spray all ornaments with a thin layer of Krylon Kamar Varnish.
- Allow to fully dry
- Add ribbon