In all honesty, I’m borderline about to label this a fail.
Some of it worked well enough, but I won’t be displaying this in the living room. Or well, any room for that matter.
Let’s begin with the first flaw – these are feathers, not leaves. I know, it’s difficult to tell the difference – that’s why I told you.
– frame with glass, preferably a floating frame (not sure how this would work on a frame with plastic)
– glass paint
– liquid leading
– application tool
– craft knife
I used a Plaid Gallery Glass window color set which cost about $8.00 after I used a coupon. I figured it was a great deal seeing as it included all of the necessary items – the paint, the liquid leading, and the applicator. Of the colors I attempted to use, about 4 of them were much too dense to use. I don’t know what the cause of that is – all I know is I wasn’t able to use them.
The first step is to decide what you want to draw out and sketch it on a piece of paper.
If for some reason you are totally impressed by my feathers/leaves, keep reading and you’ll find a free download.
Using the liquid leading is a bit tricky. You need to use a lot of pressure to keep the lines even.
Early one I realized that layers wouldn’t work. So, it was up to me to make sure that all of the edges were connected.
I let the liquid leading dry overnight. It dries hard to the touch.
I decided on painting on feather green, another purple, and the last red/pink. This is where the little pots came in handy. I was able to use a lot of colors without purchasing the full bottles.
The colors work best when they are very watery. They smooth out much better. You can notice this in the picture below. Take a look at the dark red verses the peach type color.
May I make a suggestion? Buy a floating frame. Learn from my mistake.
Having a background sort of goes against the point of the stained glass art.
So, I trimmed out small pieces of the frame backing (just enough to allow the metal hinges to hold the glass.
As you can see, the blue/purple feather came out a lot darker than the other two. It’s difficult to gauge what the final color will be of the glass paints.
If I could figure out a way to separate the pink/red feather, I’d keep it. But I don’t want to even think about cutting glass and the potential injuries could result.
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