As a DIY blogger, I am always on the lookout for new products to try and when I came across Unicorn Spit Stain and glaze it was love at first sight.
I had tried it on a wooden party trough table that I made and the results were great, but on glass it was fantastic. I was able to create stunning designs on the glass with no artist skills at all, even a child can do it. It is such a simple technique and no two designs are the same. In the past, I have used Unicorn spit on the outside of a glass vase but mine always ended up looking like something the cat threw up.
How to use unicorn spit on glass
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I had a look around the house for glass that would be suitable for this project and found these old wine glasses and glass vase. Any glass vase or bowls will work. Make sure the glass you are going to be using is clean so that the Unicorn SPiT will stick to the surface. You can wash them in a dishwasher or wipe them with an alcohol wipe. You can also use SPiT on plastic as I did for these unique baubles.
What is Unicorn SPiT stain and glaze?
Applying the Unicorn Spit
Shake the unicorn spit well before starting. Squeeze a small amount of the colours you want to use around the inside rim of the glass. If you are using black I would advise that you use a very small amount, because the black will dominate the other colours. I would also recommend that you only use 2 to 3 colours per project. They can end up blending into each other too much and the effect will be lost. Less is more and it does go a long way.
The unicorn spit should run slowly down the side of the glass. If your unicorn spit does not move freely down the glass it is too thick and needs to be diluted. I personally do not like to dilute my main bottle because sometime you will then to have a thicker consistency. I use small plastic bottles to dilute mine in. You can also use a plastic syringe to apply the colours to odd-shaped glass. If you want to dilute the colours you need to add a small amount of water. I usually add a tablespoon at a time, then just keep added small amounts.
When the unicorn spit gets most of the way down the glass you can tilt the glass on its side to get the colours moving in another direction.
A simple way to do this is to balance the vase on a roll of tape. After a few minutes move the vase again, keep doing this until all the glass is completely covered.
How to create the veins in the colours
When all the glass is covered in the unicorn spit it is time to create the veins. You will need to have a spray water bottle for the next step. Put the nozzle on the spray bottle to a fine mist and spray inside the vase 3 times. As the Spit runs down the glass and mixes with the water it causes veins to appear in the spit. I believe it is the water washing away the Unicorn Spit. If you do not get the veins your unicorn spit is too thick, you can just spray in another fine mist of water. By adding water you will reactivate the spit. So keeping this in mind, these projects are for decorative purposes only.
You now need to remove all the excess spit. Place some paper towel down and turn the vase upside and the excess will slowly run out. You can scoop up the excess and use it on another piece of glass if you don’t want to waste it. When all the excess has come out lift the glass vase the right way up and leave it in the sun to dry. It will usually take about 30minutes on a hot day.
Add the metallic gold spray paint
I forgot to take a photo of the vase before I sprayed it, but the image below is how it will look once the unicorn spit is dry. It will also have a powdery appearance.
Adding the gold spray paint
Before you spray the gold metallic paint inside the vase, you can add some masking tape around the top to prevent overspray from getting on the glass. There is no big secret on how to apply the spray, you just need to completely cover the inside. The gold paint will fill the veins and give you this fabulous effect. The vase can now sit until the spray paint is dry.
To protect the finish on the inside you can add 2 coats of clear polyurethane. You can see on the image below I still got some overspray on the top of the vase. I used some paint thinners to clean that off.
With this technique, you can create a stunning decorative vase for your home, or it can be given to friends as a gift. They would look beautiful sitting on your dresser and used as jewellery storage.
Unicorn spit has a large range of colours to choose from and even have a new sparkling range which has a glitter like finish.
More great unicorn spit ideas
If you want to create some mood lighting at your next dinner party, you can simply add some battery operated lights to the inside of the vases for this great look.
Unicorn Spit glasses that I made from the excess spit that ran out, I just scooped it up into these glasses.
This log has been sitting in my garden for years, so it also became a victim to my spitting frenzy that day. If you are going to do the same on wood for outside it will need to be seal with an exterior varnish.
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Eva DesmaraisDecember 30, 2017 at 11:18 pm
Wow, I have never tried Unicorn spit, but gonna do it. Your vases should be in a Museum.
Anita HollandDecember 31, 2017 at 6:01 am
Thank you Eva very kind of you to say that.
LeroyOctober 9, 2018 at 7:13 pm
Very impressed, I’m off to buy some so I can make Christmas gifts (if I can do as good a job as you’ve done 😁)
Anita HollandOctober 10, 2018 at 12:02 am
Thank you Leroy, If you are buying some have a look at the christmas Baubles I made using it, they turned out great too. There are a few projects I have done with Unicorn Spit if you look at my other posts.
VanessaJuly 24, 2022 at 3:22 am
I love the look and have tried and tried and messed up I’ve left it thicker and thinned it. I tried swearing at it and it will not work for me. When I spray the water it either washed it almost all away or did nothing. I tried letting the spit dry and did it wet. Could you possibly post a video of how and when you spritz it? I am jealous.
Anita HollandJuly 24, 2022 at 11:01 am
Hi Vanessa, sorry you are having so much trouble getting this effect. I have recently bought some new unicorn spit and found it is a lot thicker now than it used to be. I have not done a video but Jenny Morton make one years ago here is the link. https://www.facebook.com/ISPiTYouNot/videos/295080194318659
Patty DavenportNovember 9, 2018 at 4:00 am
How do you keep the color on the log planter? I’ve been wanting to try something with spit. I thought once it was sealed,it was water proof. That’s disappointing for my bottle tree.
Anita HollandNovember 9, 2018 at 4:53 am
The log planter I made was sealed with marine varnish, it has been outside in the elements for over a year. The creator Michelle sells all her vases as decorative only. Because it is water activated stain if it gets wet it will reactivated. I made all mine for myself and not for sale so I am happy to take the chance that they might run if not sealed properly. I seal all mine with a few coats of spray polyurethane and the ones I used as planters I used acrylic spray. Mine are all over a year old and get watered every week and mine are still fine. I made mine according to the tutorial I posted. You did not say what happened to yours? Regards Anita
Sylvia | Grace for a GypsyJuly 22, 2019 at 12:54 am
I have not tried the Unicorn Spit product yet, but I am going to soon! Thanks for sharing.
Anita HollandJuly 22, 2019 at 1:38 am
You will not regret it, so easy to do, a child can do it.
JenniferJuly 22, 2019 at 4:20 am
I love the glowing light coming through the blue glass. Really cool! Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home! –Jennifer
Anita HollandJuly 24, 2019 at 3:24 am
Thank you, it did turn out very pretty.
Anita currieAugust 19, 2020 at 5:06 am
Would Unicorn spit work on a gourd. I am a gourd artist and always looking for a new idea
Anita HollandAugust 21, 2020 at 8:50 am
Hi Anita, It depends on what you want to make. Unicorn Spit dries into a powdery colour and needs an oil-based polyurethane to make the colour pop and stand out. So I would have to say I really don’t know. Maybe try a little test first.
Amanda ReeceOctober 2, 2021 at 12:23 pm
Have you experimented with clear epoxy to seal the inside? I’m assuming that you would then be able to put water in the vase?? Jw
Anita HollandOctober 2, 2021 at 3:58 pm
I have not personally tried epoxy, but I do remember the creator try it a few years back. If I remember correctly she did not recommend it. She felt if the slightest gap was left the water would get under the resin. But saying that many people have the cup turners now for resin so that could work.
MichelleAugust 24, 2019 at 8:18 pm
These vases are absolutely fantastic!
Anita HollandAugust 24, 2019 at 11:40 pm
Thank you, Michelle, No skill needed at all, lol
Mother of 3August 30, 2019 at 10:27 am
Those look amazing! What a fun and unique crafting idea.
Anita HollandAugust 31, 2019 at 2:44 am
Thank you so much, they all turn out so unique.
Dee | Grammy's GridSeptember 1, 2019 at 7:52 am
Never heard of unicorn spit but the vase looks so pretty. I really like the blue one. Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 4. Shared.
Anita HollandSeptember 2, 2019 at 12:35 pm
Thank you, It is really a wood stain, but I prefer it on glass.
JulieSeptember 1, 2019 at 10:09 am
What a lovely technique with such a funny name! Your tips for getting good results are great – thanks.
Anita HollandSeptember 2, 2019 at 12:38 pm
Thank you so much, I thought it was a strange name too. It is becoming very popular in the last year.
BeverlySeptember 5, 2019 at 12:56 pm
Wow, your vases look amazing. I am going to try it. You are so creative.
Congrats, you are being featured on Thursday Favorite Things.
Anita HollandSeptember 7, 2019 at 10:47 pm
Thank you so much, Beverly, for the great comment and the feature.
Debbie-DabbleSeptember 9, 2019 at 12:51 am
These are so pretty!!
Anita HollandSeptember 9, 2019 at 11:55 am
Linda at Mixed KreationsFebruary 24, 2020 at 5:28 am
That is so cool! I haven’t tried unicorn spit yet but I need to. I LOVE how these turned out. Lovely! I like the ones with the lights in them too. So pretty lit up. Love the tree stump as well! 🙂
Anita HollandFebruary 25, 2020 at 2:38 pm
MariaFebruary 27, 2020 at 11:31 pm
It turned out beautiful
Anita HollandMarch 3, 2020 at 11:15 am
Than k you Maria, it is so exciting to wait and see how they turn out because each one is different.
Terri KentAugust 9, 2020 at 1:02 am
The glassware looks fabulous. I’m about to order some Unicorn Spit for some furniture projects – I didn’t know it could even be used on glass! I was wondering if you can actually use the glasses or vases when they’re painted?
Anita HollandAugust 10, 2020 at 5:34 pm
Hi Terri, Thanks for the kind comment. In my experience unicorn spit on glass is purely decorative. It is water activated, so even the tiniest amount of water getting under the seal will activate the paint again.
VeronicaDecember 31, 2020 at 5:08 am
I love this process. I am a tad bit confused. I could not tell if you put the initial application of the “spit” so it runs inside the vase or on the outside. I think inside but I would like to b3 certain. Thanks much!
Anita HollandDecember 31, 2020 at 10:50 am
Hi Veronica, The spit goes inside the vase. I could not get it right on the outside. lol
SueApril 17, 2021 at 11:22 am
I’ve never left a comment on anyone’s post before but this post was exceptional and very easy to fillow. I can hardly wait to be mobile again so I can try it. Thanks for brightening a rather dull day while my leg heals. Please keep up these pists, they are marvelous.
Anita HollandApril 18, 2021 at 9:41 am
Thank you so much Sue, I feel very honoured. Thanks for stopping by.
Claudia McDiarmidAugust 1, 2021 at 1:48 pm
What kind of gold spray did you use in your beautiful vases?
Anita HollandAugust 1, 2021 at 3:13 pm
It was just a cheap and cheerful metallic gold one from the hardware store.
Teresa HocevarJanuary 28, 2022 at 1:48 am
Can you paint the inside of the glass with brush rather than spray? In your example, what happened to all the other colors? I only see the green in the finished product. Looks beautiful!
Anita HollandJanuary 28, 2022 at 11:26 am
If you are using unicorn spit you cant use paint and a brush. Unicorn spit is reactivated by the liquid in the paint, it only seems to work with a thin coat of spray paint. As for the different colours, they all blend in together.
CarolynJune 5, 2022 at 11:14 am
I can not get it to crackle after the inside is covered. What am I doing wrong. I do not think my paint is to thick. Once the paint covers the inside do you let the paint dry and then spray? I water sprayed right after it was covered. Help.The sides are just getting diluted in colour not crackling.
Anita HollandJune 5, 2022 at 11:29 am
Sorry to hear you are having trouble. You have the inside completely covered first, while it is still wet add the sprays of water and turn it upside dry to let the excess run out. If you are still not getting the cracks once it is dry your paint is definitely too think.