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Stripping color off of new baubles (bleach doesn't work!)

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Hi all, I'm hoping someone could help me. I purchased a few clear glass balls at a garage sale to try that pinterest craft with the glitter and pledge floor cleaner that end up looking like this (not my picture) : 


And they turned out GREAT! So I want to make more, but on the cheap, if I can :P

Now, I know that with actual OLD ornaments, a bit of bleach water will take the paint right off and you'll be left with clear glass balls. But I have an 18-pack of gold balls from Big Lots that cost me 30 cents a few years ago, and they're proving difficult to get the color off of. The only thing that seems to work is a scouring pad (and whatever cleaner is in those things) and a LOT of scrubbing. I have tried bleach water and also rubbing alcohol, and they seem to have no effect. 

Any tips? Any household cleaners that will strip this stuff off any more easily? These turned out absolutely gorgeous and as stunning as they look in pictures, so I'd like to make as many as I can for gifts, but at this rate it'll be New Years before I get all of the gold off the 18 I have sitting in front of me.

The only thing I don't have at home here is paint thinner, and I'd rather use what I have at home if possible. 

Thank you in advance!


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Here are some ideas. I have no clue if they will work.

Try Acetone nail polish remover.

try packing tape to see if the paint will stick to the tape and pull off. Start with a small scratch into the painted area by the stem then apply the tape. Try painters tape also.

Try soaking then overnight in ammonia water. 


Lastly Hobby Lobby has a 12 pack of the clear ornaments for 8.99. They also have been offering a sale price of 40% off. Not as cheap as the set you have but much easier to work with if you can't get the paint off.

i just completed a set of those exact ornaments and they turned out amazingly beautiful! 

Good luck!

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I don't have any suggestions on how to remove the paint that isn't already mentioned, but I'd love to know the steps on how to make those!

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Thanks TexasKate. No Hobby Lobby near me unfortunately. I tried TSP and it seemed to make it a LITTLE easier to scrub off, but still took a good amount of scrubbing with the scouring pad. I'll try some of your suggestions for the rest, thank you!


I don't have any suggestions on how to remove the paint that isn't already mentioned, but I'd love to know the steps on how to make those!

The steps are very easy! You need Pledge floor wax (or other floor wax of the same consistency. You do NOT want cleaner, you need the wax) and glitter. Fine makes a nicer, more even coating inside, but you could also use larger glitter or even sprinkles or small beads. 

Squirt about a tablespoon worth of wax inside a large bauble, less for a small one. It's impossible to mess up as you're just going to put your finger over the opening and shake it around until it coats the whole inside of the ball and then let all the excess drip out. All you need is a thin coating inside, you don't want a puddle of it left.

Then pour glitter inside the ball and shake, shake, shake with your finger over the hole again. You may need to add more glitter to get a really even coating inside. You'll be able to eyeball it easily after the first few. If you have extra, pour it back out and into the next ball. 

Then sit in a cool/room temp place to let them solidify completely and add back your tops.

Do these one at a time so the wax doesn't harden while you're working. 

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