How to Make a Stained Glass Panel

Adding a piece of hand painted "stained" glass to your door or window, can make any room stand out. Making it yourself is not difficult and requires only a steady hand and creative mind.

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Locate a book that has designs that you like or search the net. Not all patterns have to come from glass books: you can modify pictures from colouring books or quilting patterns.

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    Pick the design that will fit your decor, and lay it down on a large piece oftracing paper. Slowly and carefully trace the design onto the paper.
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    Paste the tracing to the back of the glass panel, with some sticky tape.
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    Get your stained glass painting tools. If you do not have any, buy them at any craft store.
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    Use the out-liner to trace/draw the pattern onto the glass panel. Allow it to dry completely.
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    Paint the glass design, with the colours that you have selected with a paint brush.
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    7 Allow to dry for a day, horizontal position.
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How to Do Simple Glass Painting

Glass Painting can be done by anyone and you don't need to be a professional. It can give you a very satisfying output if you follow some basic steps and guidelines. You can turn a plain glass into a valuable piece of art. Not only that, you can even personalize your glass photo frames or turn an unused glass into an art piece. Just kick up your creative mind and get going!! 


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    Prepare the Glass. Clean the glass carefully. Use white spirit or just your nail polish remover would do the job.
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    Choose the Paints. Glass colors are available to paint on glass. They come as water-based and solvent-based. You can use either one(try experimenting). Acrylic and oil colors can also be used but the oil paint takes a longer time to dry(Glass colors are really fun to work with and gives a translucent appearance, so don't miss it). Usually Glass Liners are used to draw the outlines. Be sure to use glass liners if you are going to paint with glass colors.
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    Trace Design (Drawing Outlines). If you're confident enough, you can go ahead and draw with freehand. If you've got a printed design, place the design under the glass (so that the design is visible through the glass), secure it with a tape or clip and trace it.
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    Start Painting. Now that your design is ready, start painting with your choice of colors.
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    Frame. Your artwork is all set to be framed and showcased to earn you all the credits!

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How to Do Glass Painting from a Pattern Tracing

Glass is so beautiful! Paintings too are eyes' delight! When glass and paints are combined, they create amazing works of art. The art of glass painting is becoming popular, especially with those who want to decorate their homes with an artistic touch. In fact, it is not very tough to do. You can create a beautiful painting in a day.

All you need to do glass painting is a little imagination and patience along with, of course, certain things like a clean piece of glass (size 8X8” is sufficient for the first timers), glass liners, paints, paintbrushes, nail polish remover, and a soft piece of cloth. You don't have to bother yourself in collecting these items. They are all included in the Painting Kits, that are so easily available in the market these days. Even before buying a glass painting kit, you'll have to decide what colors are you going to use for making your glass painting. If you are a first timer then you must opt for water-based color and get the beginners kit. Water-based paints, as compared to oil based paints, are easier to handle.
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    After getting the piece of glass and the painting kit, clean the glass 
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    If you are not going to oven cure your finished painting then you need somewhat rough surface. Firing in a kiln can help oil paints dry and adhere better otherwise paints tend to peel or chip off. This can be countered by roughening up the surface a little with wet or dry sandpaper. Roughing the surface in this manner will help the paint adhere better and last longer.
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    Select a pattern which has clear outlines with minimum possible curves and pointed corners.
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    Trace the pattern on a piece of paper which is exactly the size of the glass piece. The pattern should be drawn exactly at the center with at least 1 or 1-1/2 inches margin on all sides.
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    Keep the glass on the patterned piece of paper aligning them perfectly.
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    Make outlines of the pattern on the glass with the help of glass liner. Use black glass liner for maximum clarity. These borders help in holding the wet colors within them and avoid spilling of the paints.
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    While doing all these, be careful not to mess up the pattern. If, however, it happens, swab the smudged part with cotton-wool dipped into nail polish remover and wipe away with piece of cloth.
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    Leave the pattern to dry up. It may take anywhere from 2 to 5 hours to get completely dried. It can also be blow dried for quickening the process.
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    Now use the colors to fill in the pattern with uni-directional strokes. Avoid taking too much of paint or spilling it. Any corner or part that is not painted can be seen from the reverse side by lifting up the glass. Be careful, not to hold the glass vertically to avoid dripping off the colors.
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    If any bubbles are made in the colors while painting, then pierce them with needle or a pin. They can also be gently brushed towards the outlines bringing them out of the borers and then wiping them away with nail polish remover.
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    Avoid applying two coats of paint in any portion of the pattern.
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    Allow the painting to dry for at least 24 hours.
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    After the painting has dried, place it in a cold oven. Set the oven to 160°C (325°F). When temperature reaches 160°C, time it for 40 minutes. Switch off the oven and allow it to cool. Once the oven is cold, remove the Glass Painting.
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    Alternatively, you can let the painting air dry only by not kiln firing it.
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    You can use beads, glitter, and sequins into the wet paint before it dries for decorating the painting.
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    Not only paintings, this method, with little changes, can be used to make a painted stain glass window or mirror. You can even make glass painting greeting card and use it on any special occasion.
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How to Stencil or Frost a Mirror

This is a very easy process which only requires normal household products, about $20 and a steady hand.
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Start by making your glass or mirror lie flat and clean thoroughly with any glass cleaner.

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    When completely dry, cut a piece of contact paper slightly larger than the stencil and apply to the glass in the desired location by peeling off the backing paper.
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    Place the stencil on the paper and tape in place to secure.
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    Trace inside the stencil hole with an ink pen onto the contact paper and remove the stencil.
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    Use an Exacto knife to follow drawn lines and cut out only those sections of the contact paper and carefully remove by peeling off of the glass.
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    You should now have an exact duplicate of the stencil but one which is attached to the glass. Follow the directions on the Etching Solution which basically consist of: Apply to exposed areas of glass you wish etched, wait the allotted time and rinse off.
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    Peel off the remaining contact paper and you're done.

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How to Make a Stained Glass Mirror

This article will teach you the correct and easy way to create your unique stained glass mirror! No matter what it is or how big it is, it will be fun and easy!

Steps

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    Choose a mirror size you'd like to use. It cannot have a frame on it but if it does, be sure to cover the frame with large tape.
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    Choose a layout. Layouts can be purchased at Michaels or any other art store. This layout can be anything and any size. Do not worry about the size because the size will be adjusting it later. You will also need the paint colors that the package says the layout needs.
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    After you have chosen a layout, if the layout you were given was either too big or too small, you can adjust it by using a photo copier or a scanner. You may need to print it out several times or not at all (depends).
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    Once you have gotten the layout and the paint, you are ready to start. If your mirror is big enough, split the layout in 4 pieces. Do the same with your layout sheet. Slowly paint your art in the same format as the layout piece.
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    Wait 1 full day or just overnight for your lead paint to dry. The next day or some other day, you can add the color paint.
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    The next day, you can add the colors into the spots that the layout tells you to or make it completely your own style.
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    Wait for it to dry 1 full day or night. Then you've got your Stained Glass mirror.

How to Etch Glass by Sandblasting

Glass etching is a centuries old method of imprinting images on glass. One way to do it is by sandblasting. Sandblasting allows more variation with the use of different sand coarseness, depth blasting and gives the finished product a richer textured appearance.

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Remember that the main idea is to cover the area not to be etched and expose the area to be etched.


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    Take a piece of glass out of an old picture frame to start with.
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    Apply a vinyl adhesive masking to the glass, being careful not to leave any air bubbles trapped underneath. The vinyl adhesive should be of the removable variety. A good material to start with is clear contact paper.
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    Lay the glass on top of the design you want to etch. Use a black and white image.
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    Cut around all the edges where the black meets the white with an exact-o knife.
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    Peel the area to be etched.
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    Now you are ready to sandblast.
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