Thursday, April 6, 2017

Make Your Own Fake Stained Glass

I've always been a fan of stained glass. The play of sunlight through colored images creates something special. So years ago when I visited Navy Pier in Chicago, one of the highlights was visiting the Smith Museum of Stained Glass, which housed 150 stained glass windows.

Stained Glass SMSG 6 

Unfortunately, that museum closed in late 2014, but there's still a bit of stained glass at Navy Pier by way of  the Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass Windows (11 Tiffany windows). Not as extensive, but I always take a look whenever I'm there.

My fascination with stained glass showed up when I used to be a teacher and art class was scheduled. My students would make tissue paper stained glass (the image below isn't from my classes, but this is the general idea).

"stained glass" tissue paper

There are of course, people who make real stained glass, but I don't have the desire to learn something that involved (I love to watch skilled craftsmen doing this, but I know my limitations). For people like me who would like to make something similar to stained glass but more substantial than tissue paper stained glass, there are several ways of achieving nice end results. You can use glass stain and glass stain leading.It's a nice effect, but even that is a bit more involved than I'd like. I'm a simple crafter, and if there are too many specialty ingredients required, I tend to shy away.

But there are easier methods. You can use dollar store picture frames (or acrylic sheets from the office supply store) along with glue (white and clear) and paints. Here's one with easy instructions and even a design you can download (you can also draw your own or use simple designs from coloring books). The instructions from that website were incorporated into a video if you prefer that method of instruction. I do suggest reading the article first, as there is information not included in the video.

Here's another one I liked. She used craft store foam paint (or also suggested puffy paint) for the lines and she used alcohol ink for the colored areas. I think it would be easy enough to use some combination of the two videos to come up with the simplest and easiest way to achieve satisfying and inexpensive results.

This looks like fun. I don't have many places for stained glass, but I think my office window could use some color. 

Enjoy!

Myrna

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