Mermaid Stained Glass
Mermaid Stained Glass
Anyone can create beautiful faux stained glass. This process entails three steps. To get started, find a pattern that you like (or if you are talented, draw your own). You will want to make sure that the lines are clean and not too much detail. There are free patterns available online. Then you will need to find the glass you wish to paint. You can use any glass, however, the easiest is to find a picture frame with glass that fits the size that you want. Remove the glass from the frame and clean the glass on both sides. Measure the size of the glass, as you will need those measurements to resize your pattern. There are tools online for resizing images or you can resize your pattern using any number of programs on your computer.
Once you have your pattern, look it over for any lines that do not connect to the other lines. All lines must make an enclosed space (you will be filling these spaces with liquid color and any open spaces will just run). Think "coloring book". Lay your pattern under the glass and ensure the placement is where you want it to be. Be careful that you do not move the glass on the pattern once you have started. Using Gallery Glass Simulated Liquid Leading (I've included affiliate links so you can find the products I use), you are going to trace the lines of your pattern. This takes some practice, so I recommend practicing on scrap glass. The best method is to start laying down the lead at the beginning of a line and slightly raise the tip of the bottle about 1/4 inch from the glass. You want to apply even pressure when squeezing the bottle and "pull" the lead towards you. Make sure to keep a continuous line until the line in the pattern stops. Then lower the tip of the bottle and release pressure, ending the line. The more clean, continuous lines you have, the more authentic your glass will look. If you make a mistake and there are no other lines that will be damaged, you can wipe up lines with a paper towel or q-tip with a firm touch (it can get messy). Another way is to let the lead dry and then cut away the mistake with a razor blade and re-apply. You can also smooth out any bumps with a toothpick.
When the lead has dried (usually overnight) and you are satisfied with it, it is time to apply the color. There are many glass paint mediums out there with many textures - I mostly use Gallery Glass . I like to paint on scrap glass first to get a feel for how the color will dry (the color and texture is usually different than when wet - notice the difference between this picture and the finished picture). Make sure that you are painting on a level surface so that the paint doesn't run to one side. If you have a light table, you will get the best results as you can see any missed areas or flaws before the paint dries. If you do not have a light table, place the glass on a white surface for better visibility.
If the paint you are using is very liquid, you can drip it in slowly around the space to be colored. If the paint is thicker, you need to squeeze it out and move the tip in either a circular or back and forth motion (you may also opt to use a paint brush). However you lay this type of paint determines the texture when it dries. You can see these variations of textures in my mermaid and the waves. With practice, you can blend two colors into each other if desired.
After the paint has dried (overnight), put the glass up in a window with plenty of light. You will be able to see any imperfections that need to be fixed. If it is a small spot that is missed, you can dip a toothpick in the paint and touch it to the spot. Any larger areas will require the glass to be laid flat and apply the paint. After all is dried and to your satisfaction, place your glass back in the frame and use a thin bead of hot glue to secure the edges in place. Your stained glass is now ready to enjoy!
All my best,