DIY: Stained Glass Craft

You won't believe it's faux stained glass craft.

I saw supplies needed for faux stained glass - black leading made matte puffy paint and a medium to make glass look beveled. How fun!

So, I ordered the supplies. I also bought some glass paints for the colors.

Frustratingly, I got bad results from the glass paints. It barely had any color. It was like gloss medium with a one drop of colored paint. Frown.

I decided I wasnt going to chance buying a different brand. I figured I had an arsenal of coloring options.

I tried everything from diy gloss paint to india ink to food coloring!

Check out my test glass:

What a mish-mosh of goop on glass!

I couldnt handle testing any more. I had one more art supply left that could do the job.

Do you want to know?

Alcohol Inks!

Who'da thunk.

So, here is how to do it:

Materials Used:

The first thing you want to do is find a design or template to use for your stained glass. And FIY, the leading lines always intercect to other lines. You dont want a free floating "piece of glass."

You can find a million designs online or you can draw your own.

I made my own designs:

And as you can see, one of my designs is of the buddha. Here’s a little Buddha teaching for you:

Learn more about Buddha Nature.

Two of the frames I bought seemed to fit the designs:

You need to keep the size of the glass your'e going to use in mind.

I actually made my buddha image too big for the glass:

I used my iPad and a notebooking program to resize my image.

My second design is fine to get the edges cut off. You'll know what will work.

Next step is to clean the glass. The mediums bond with the glass better without a layer of dust in between. Rubbing alcohol will work perfect.

I was worried my paper template would move under the glass somehow. What a pain it would be to try and line the template back up with the wet leading on.

So, I used a couple dabs of glue stick on the corners:

Once you're sure the template is in place, it's time for some fun.

Trace the template lines with the Simulated Liquid Leading:

I made a couple mistakes and went outside the lines. A q-tip helped wipe up the stray leading and push it where it needed to go.

Now to let the leading dry. I gave it overnight.

Here are my pieces of glass with all the leading:

And here you can see how dull the matte leading is to make it look more like welded lead:

Ok. Are you ready for the coloring?

It's a bit of a multi-step process, but I think the outcome is worth it.

So, you start off filling a space with a layer or pool of water. I used an eyedropper. You can also just add water with a paintbrush.

Make sure the water fills in the whole space. But, dont fill too much that you go over the leading.

Next, you add a drop or two of alcohol ink in the water filled space.

It was hot here in Northern California and my ink and water dried fast. I had to move quick.

The alcohol will probably seperate from the water, but dont mind that. It will look something like this:

On a side note: Tammy Tutterow has a tutorial for a fun background using rubbing alcohol that has similar effects.

Now you'll want to mix the water and alcohol ink together. This way your color is even throughout the whole space. You dont need to worry about brush strokes.

Here is what the dried alcohol ink will look like on the glass:

The coloring of this project was all just an experiment for me. And, you might be thinking it kind of doesnt look right. But dont worry, we're not done yet.

I knew it could use some sort of coating. And you cant go wrong with Mod Podge. So, I grabbed the gloss variety.

I dabbed the Mod Podge on the alcohol ink. The Mod Podge will definetley pick up the alcohol ink so try not to swish it around. Just dab a thick amount all over the colored space.

The other Gallery Glass product I got had a similar consistancy to the Mod Podge, so I dabbed that onto the parts of glass I didnt color.

From what I could tell, the window color medium was meant for clear glass to give it a beveled look.

I let all the white goop dry and was super happy with how it turned out.

Apparently the beveling product and Mod Podge are similar products. Mod Podge gave almost the same effect as the other one that made for it.

The frame that had been on each piece of glass had fallen apart when I took it off.

I decided that since the glass weighed so little, I'd put on a couple of clips and tie chain to them and let my faux stained glass hang :)

So, what do ya think? Do you super want to try it now?

Also, check out my faux embossed framed mirror tutorial.

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