Monday, April 14, 2014

Faux Stained Glass

Our home has a huge plate glass window in the Dining Room that has a Great view of......the Sun Room and a Door.  I had made some Burlap curtains for this window, which helped to soften it a bit, but it still needed something.  Now, the door was a focal point when looking out. Honestly, I don't look out, because there is nothing to look at, but the window lets in a lot of light.  I had seen the Faux Stained Glass windows and I thought  maybe that is what I needed.  What do you think?

This was a fun project! My first one ever.  I didn't read or look at any tutorials, just the instructions on the box.  If, you want to make one for yourself, keep reading and I will show the process.

What you need:
1. A window.  I paid $10 for mine.
2. Gallery Glass Instant Lead Lines, you can get this in a roll too.

These make it real easy, or you can use the paint lead

3.  Gallery Glass Paint

I bought this sample pack, but then......
I had to order in more Red, Green & Clear.
The Bottles are the WAY to go.  Much faster than using a spoon to get the colors out of the little sample tubs.

4. Craft Knife
5. Tooth picks
6. A pattern printed off the internet or make your own.

Now, your ready!
First, I decided on a pattern.  I measured my window opening and then drew it out on poster board.  I cut the board and taped it to the back of the window in order to lay out my lead lines. Sorry no picture.  I decided to do one side first and see how it worked out.

2. Thoroughly clean window with glass cleaner before starting your project

3. Apply the lead lines to your pattern.  Be careful to not stretch.  If the line doesn't exactly lay down where you want it, just push it into place push line down firmly.  Instructions say NOT to overlap, but I saw a tutorial where a lady did over lap hers.  I did not and used a craft knife to trim.  Then use your Liquid Line Leading to solder the intersections.  Let it dry completely before painting.  I let mine set over night.

 The painting begins!  HINT*****Do this project in an area with a lot of light!  This paint bubbles, take a toothpick to pop.  They are hard to see!
Using the tip of the Paint bottle, (The bottles are the way to go, Ease of use and cost)  gently squeeze paint around the inside perimeter of the leaded design, filling as high as the lead and then fill in the center.  Use a small tool or toothpick to comb back and forth to pop bubbles and make sure the paint is up against the edge.  The paint will shrink, so if you don't have it against the edge, you will see the gap.  ****Ok I hated one of the colors I used.  So after it dried, I took a sharp craft knife and cut real close around the edge and peeled up the paint. Yep it dries like plastic!

 You can make designs.  The squares, I kind patted the paint with a craft spoon to make the paint have a texture, instead of smooth.  The white will turn clear, but I used a small pointed tool and dipped into different colors and then swirled thru the white. Wipe your point off after each color.
 Do not rush drying by adding a fan, etc. I decided I needed to break up the boarder by adding more lead line.  You never see just solid border in Stained Glass
 Here it is finished!

 Here is a couple of squares that I mixed colors in.
I can't wait to do another one!