Faux Stained Glass with Acrylic Paint and Glue

by Susan Myers on January 7, 2011

I love to peruse my vintage craft books and bring back ideas that seem new to some.  And I stumbled upon an idea to create faux stained glass using only acrylic paint and glue.  What is great about this project is that you can make it as simple or as complicated as you like.

faux stained glass with acrylic paint and glue

The project is relatively child friendly and a page from a coloring book can be used for your pattern along with an 8×10 photo frame.  Or, you can go all complicated like I tend to do and use a huge sheet of glass and draw out a ridiculously detailed pattern.

Your choice.

For this project I used:

One 32 x 24 thrift store framed picture covered with glass
One bottle of white glue
One bottle of clear glue
Acrylic paints
Black Sharpie pen
Craft Blade
Super Glue
Peacock pattern (or page from a coloring book)
Clear acrylic spray sealant

faux stained glass made from acrylic paint and glue

I started by drawing out my pattern in the same size as my sheet of glass.  I love the color blue and lately, I have been drawing peacocks.  Why?  I have no idea, but they are being incorporated in several projects this month.  I checked the Chinese calendar to see if maybe this was the year of the peacock, and it turned out to be the year of the rabbit.  So apparently, I’m just kinda weird.  But peacock it is.

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I then took my thrift store find apart, and set aside the frame for later.  I then sprayed the glass with clear acrylic spray.  This is important as it gives the paint and glue something to adhere to.   I then laid the sheet of glass over my pattern.

faux stained glass made from acrylic paint and glue

I took my bottle of white glue and dumped just a small bit out so that I would have room to add color to it.  I then added about a teaspoon of black acrylic paint and stirred it up with a wooden dowel.  Add enough black paint to make a solid color.  You will be surprised, but it doesn’t take a ton of paint to change your white glue to black.  Then put the nozzle back on.  Your glue is now ready for the next step.

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Carefully pipe the glue onto the glass, following the lines of your pattern.  Try not to have shakey hand syndrome like I do, but even if you do, it can be fixed.  Once all your lines have been drawn in, allow it to sit overnight to dry completely.

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Once it is dry, you can go over it with a craft blade and correct any shakey lines or errors.

faux stained glass made from acrylic paint and glue

For the next step, I used a small muffin tin to mix up my colors.  I used about a tablespoon of clear glue to one or two drops of acrylic paint.  You will be surprised at how easy it is to add pigment to clear glue.

faux stained glass made from acrylic paint and glue

Use a blunt paintbrush and add your colors where you want them.  Put it on thickly and be sure to get your colored glue all the way up to the edges of the black lines.  Take your time and if you see any air bubbles in the glue, use a toothpick to pop them.

faux stained glass made from acrylic paint and glue

For a variegated marbled look, add a color to each side of a section and push them together with your brush, mixing them in the middle.  Allow this to dry overnight.

faux stained glass made from acrylic paint and glue

My final step was to do some touch-up with my sharpie pen on the leading where I overlapped with paint in places.  If you are neat to begin with, you might be able to skip this step.  I’m not neat.  So my friend, the sharpie, was put to use.

I painted the frame a deep blue and then used super glue to glue the glass back into the frame.  This can sit in a windowsill where the sunlight can shine through, or you can hang it on a wall.  Either way, it turns out pretty decent and costs just pennies.  And looks just as good as those expensive stained glass paints that you can buy at the craft store.

Edited: One suggestion for this project is to finish it with a coat of clear acrylic spray sealant in order to protect it.

faux stained glass with acrylic paint and glue

I am now offering this Majestic Peacock Pattern or kit and pattern in my on-line store!  Please stop by and check out my collection of kits and eBook patterns!

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If you enjoyed this tutorial, stop by and check out my Faux Marble Ceiling Tutorial.  This is another way of taking inexpensive materials and creating a look that is unique and expensive looking.

Also, you might enjoy my Quilled Monogram Tutorial.  Paper quilling can be a very inexpensive art.  This project looks complicated, but the simplicity will surprise you.  And all done for pennies…

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A different technique was used to create this beautiful luminary on Crafts by Amanda!  You can find her tutorial for this project here: Faux Stained Glass Mosaic Luminary.

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1 Noah Watry July 22, 2014 at 12:57 am

Awesome! I was bored while waiting for my walls to dry (just started painting them for the summer), so I decided to check for something else to do to kill the time. Well, I came across this site and faux stained glass process and thought it would be perfect, since I had old glass frames just sitting around. Almost threw them out last week even! Thanks for doing this, and adding pictures along the way. About to try one now, making a mermaid one for my little sister. Hope it turns out!

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2 ifra May 27, 2014 at 5:18 am

What is white glue & where to find it?

What is clear glue & where to find it

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3 Susan Myers May 27, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Some call it “school glue”. You can find it in any Wal-mart, craft store, grocery store. It is widely available. Hope that helps! Suzy

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4 Anonymous May 10, 2014 at 7:46 pm

hey i was wonering if it got wet would it get destroyed

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5 Susan Myers May 12, 2014 at 8:19 pm

It is a glue and acrylic paint mix, so once dry and coated with clear acrylic sealant, water shouldn’t bother it. However, I wouldn’t recommend keeping it under water or outside in the rain.

suzy

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6 Eller April 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Great idea and a very pretty result. Thanks for sharing this! One question: is there a particular reason to do the black ‘lead’ first and the ‘glass’ afterwards? If you did it the other way around, would it not be easier to avoid gaps or overlap, and avoid the sharpie touch-up step?

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7 MPaula April 16, 2014 at 12:32 am

I have made actual stained glass and loved the process as well as the results but there are many problems. Not the least of the problems is the amount of space required to work and for storage – glass, lead came, solder, tools, etc.
I love this simulation and pinned it for later, and to share.

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8 Erica Lee April 3, 2014 at 9:39 pm

The stained glass looks great! Just some questions..
Do I need to mix the clear glue with acrylic paint? Can i know what is that for? And if I only use acrylic paint to paint, can the sunlight pass through?

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9 Susan Myers April 4, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Hi Erica! The clear glue gives the acrylic paint some transparency. Without it, the light can shine through, but not with a look of stained glass.

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10 lenab July 5, 2013 at 7:38 am

can you tell me if I can get the clear school glue in the uk
thanks Lena

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11 Susan Myers July 6, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Hi Lena!

I am not sure. I would assume that the UK has clear school glue. It may not be Elmers brand, but it would be similar. If you cannot locate it, you can always order some from Amazon over the web. Hope that helps!

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12 Katie June 26, 2013 at 3:46 pm

OMG this project is SO COOL!!!!!! I want to start it right away!!!
P.S love the peacock! You are really talented.

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13 Chelsea June 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Hey! I think this is awesome and I’m definitely going to try it! Just one question though, do you paint both sides of the glass to get the marbled look?
Thanks,
Chelsea

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14 Susan Myers June 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Hi Chelsea!

Nope, just one side. If you want a marbled look, put one color on one side of the space you are working on, and another color on the other side of the space. Use a toothpick to blend the colors where they meet.

Hope that helps!

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15 Ann May 31, 2013 at 9:58 am

This technique has been around for sometime, but nonetheless is always a pleasure to see :) Thank you for reminding me of it once again!! :)

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16 foo May 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm

How does it hold up to prolonged sunlight? Do the colors fade?

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17 Brittany May 16, 2013 at 2:53 am

I was wondering, if i used this method with the glue and paint and used it on candle holders will the warmth of the candle melt the glue/paint? If so what do you suppose I could do to avoid melting? Thank you

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18 Susan Myers May 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Hi Brittany,

I’m not sure how the glue/paint combo will hold up under extreme heat. One suggestion would be to use a battery operated candle light in place of a candle. It gives the same look with no heat.

Would love to see your finished project!

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19 Caroline May 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Another great tutorial although I’m pretty sure mine would be a mess of shakey sqiggles & mixed up paint!! May I ask, what did you use to pipe black on? Thank you! Great peacock, lovely colour combos :)

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20 Susan Myers May 11, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Thank you for your kind words! In answer to your question, I piped the black on with the glue bottle. The tip is perfect for lines!

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21 Ahyla April 29, 2013 at 11:35 am

Love this!! Are you on fb? Would love to post pix of my projects!!

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22 Lynn April 23, 2013 at 10:02 pm

I love your faux stained glass project. Would there be a version that would withstand being outdoors? I don’t know if oil based paint would mix with glue. Thanks!

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23 Susan Myers April 23, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Hi Lynn!

For an outdoor project, I would recommend using regular faux stained glass paint. You can find it at most craft stores. It is more durable and can handle changes in temperature. If you decide to make one of my designs, I would love to see it!!

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24 hanna April 17, 2013 at 8:34 am

i have a project for history and i have to make stained glass and helpful ideas?? the project thyme is medevil time stained glass.

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25 liz marion April 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm

love your idea and creativity! but most of all i love your disclaimer of the chi with pms AND terrible bad breath! that made me laugh so hard!

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26 Mary April 5, 2013 at 12:49 am

Thanks for the tip to do stained glass painting, I have done this before but never used the paint combination with the glue as you suggested, great idea! Thanks again!

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27 jenny March 19, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Fantastic tutorial. Thank you for taking the time to put it online!

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28 Rita DeCook March 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm

you mention “clear glue”. What brand do you use…or do you recommend?

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29 julie February 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm

We are in love with your project! For our homeschool art class we used plastic sheets instead of glass (safety reasons). These also allow the images to easily hang from our school window with water surface tension.
http://www.thebestkidscrafts.com/faux-stained-glass.html

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30 Felicia January 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm

I am a Graphic Design major (with an English minor) at a college in my state and in order to graduate we have to do a show and present some artwork we created. Well, what I wanted to do was to create a series of artwork with Disney Princesses depicting the Seven Deadly Sins, and I thought in order to make it look really nice I’d make it look like Stained Glass. Now, I thought to myself “How can I make stained glass without the hassle of breaking up shards of glass and hurting myself?” so I googled it and found this, and I must say, this seems like a great plan! Looking at your final peacock really helped me to decide to try this out. I got all my supplies (I have an acrylic glass that I got from Hobby Lobby, it looks like regular glass but it isn’t as fragile) and I’m gonna try this out to see how it works.

If you want to see all the pieces as they look now (I did them on my computer so I can print them out) you can see them here:
http://www.redbubble.com/people/meitismitsune

I can show you pictures of how they look on the glass later if you want. I just thought I’d let you know that I was going to use your technique and what I was gonna use it for.

Note: On the website provided, there is an 8th image, that was just something I made because I thought it would be cute. It has nothing to do with my final project. :)

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31 Susan Myers January 22, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Hi Felicia! I just love the idea of the Disney Princesses depicting the seven deadly sins. Your artwork is wonderful! One note, when using the glue technique, you will find that in the initial “leading” phase that sometimes your lines will run together especially in highly detailed areas. Your drawings are very detailed. The use of a craft knife should easily clean up your lines once they are dried. Keep in mind that at the leading phase, the project is fragile. The lines can easily be cleaned up and the excess removed, but lines that you want to remain may want to come up too. Just work carefully with the craft knife, and you shouldn’t have a problem.

Would love to see your finished works! What size will each of them be finished?

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32 Felicia January 22, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Hey Suzy,
Thanks for the reply and for the suggestions! I’ll certainly put them to good use. The final size of the pieces is going to be 18″ x 24″.

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33 Pamela December 3, 2012 at 5:25 am

Hi Suzy,

I have a question, we have activity in our school about making stained glass using 1/8 illustration board and glue and some coloring materials… So instead of glass we should use illustration board. And I’m going to use this technique. Is this technique will fit to our activity by using illustration board instead of glass???

I need an immediate response… Thank you :)) By the way, the technique is very impressive!

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34 karen November 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm

i have shutters on my large living roon window which i faux stain glass 10 years ago will this work on shutter panels and hold up to cold and heat 1st time they came out ok but had hard time using the strips of “soder” this looks like something i could do on these shutters there are 8 panels in all and i like a little light 2 shine thru any help you can give me would be much apprieciated

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35 Suzy November 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Hi Karen,

It will hold up in cold and heat. My oldest project is a year and a half old and sits in a sunny window. Can you lay the shutters flat to work on them? This process requires that you lay the project absolutely flat until it dries. You can clean up any wiggly lines with a craft knife after the “leading” has dried. I recommend being very thick with your paint, overlapping you “leading” to ensure that you don’t have any spots missed. Just a few drops of paint to about 3 tablespoons clear glue. After the entire project is totally dry, I recommend applying several coats of clear polyurethane spray to protect and seal it.

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36 Carla Baxter November 28, 2012 at 6:15 pm

My daughter wanted to make a nativity scene stained glass window, your website helpes us greatly!! As we were cleaning up her black lines the glue would completely peel off, is there a way to prevent this?

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37 Suzy November 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Hi Carla,

I’ve done a ton of projects using this technique, and occasionally, I have had a line peel up too. When it is at the stage of just leading lines, the project can be a bit fragile. My solution has always been to glue the line back down. You could technically use glass glue for this, but I’ve just gone the route of a few dabs of Elmers. Once you lay down the colors, the lines themselves will be much more stable.
One advantage of this is that if you do make a mistake, it can be peeled up and you can start over. I am adding to the tutorial that a good idea would be to spray the project with a clear coat of acrylic sealant once the project has totally dried and been completed to protect from any damage.

Let me know how your project turns out! I am excited to see what you come up with!

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38 Leslie October 15, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Thanks for this awesome tutorial. I tried it out and made an apple stained glass:

http://pinkstripeysocks.blogspot.com/2012/10/diy-faux-stained-glass.html

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39 Chinmayi October 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Wonderful idea…its beautiful!!I want to tryout a small piece first, so 0nce I mix the black paint with the glue can I store it or will I have to discard it.

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40 Suzy October 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Hi Chinmayi,

You can mix the glue up and store it. Just be sure the cap is on tight. You will need to re-stir it before using it, but it lasts just fine for the next project.

suzy

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41 silvana September 24, 2012 at 5:40 am

beautifull!!

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42 silvana September 24, 2012 at 5:42 am

beautifull!! please email me silvana.cariello@libero.it
Thank you

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43 April August 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm

How can this be cleaned without destroying your picture?
Please email me @ KJsLady99@gmail.com
Thank you

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44 Suzy August 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Hi April,

The one that I created- I made a year ago and it still sits in the window of my workroom where it catches the afternoon sun. To dust it, I just use a damp wash cloth or damp sponge and wipe it down.

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45 April September 1, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Thank you!

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46 Yesenia August 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Do u think that it will look nice with brown outline instead of black I have no black acrylic paint ;(

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47 Suzy August 11, 2012 at 2:11 am

I think it would give it a different look, but it might be amazing!

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48 Kelsey August 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Any thoughts on how this may hold up around heat? I have an old fireplace screen I snagged at a garage sale. I thought about doing a stained glass scene and then soldering that to the screen. It would be around a wood stove.
Anyway this looks like a great project!!! Thank you!

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49 Suzy August 9, 2012 at 2:14 am

Hi Kelsey,

I’m not sure how well it will hold up around heat. You could try a practice piece first. Mine have been sitting in sunny windows for nearly a year and they are fine, but I don’t think it gets very hot there. Let me know if you try an experiment. I’d love to know how it turns out.

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50 ashley August 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

i love this thank you so much

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51 Laura August 4, 2012 at 1:38 am

I can’t believe how easy this looks! I have two old window frames I’ve been hoarding for a while looking for the right project to do and this is it! I do have a question though. Since it’s essentially all glue, does it peel off easily? Or does it stay pretty permanent?

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52 Suzy August 4, 2012 at 9:45 am

Hi!
I have done several now. The peacock is over a year old now. It sits in my craft room window and gets the afternoon sun. So far it is doing very well. I just have to dust it now and then.

I’d love to see your project when it is done!

Suzy

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53 Jansbabylion July 27, 2012 at 11:17 am

Hi Suzy,
I am so excited about finding your website! I love this Faux Stained Glass Peacock ! I recently started working with Seniors at our Local Retirement Community, and the ladies wanted to do something that was “MORE ADULT”. We are going to attempt this project!
I think they will love it! Have any other ideas I might be able to use with them?
Have an Awesome day and thank you so much!

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54 Suzy July 30, 2012 at 10:48 am

Hi!

I’m so glad my project is being made by your group! I’d love to see photos!

In answer to your question, you can check out my tutorial page at http://suzyssitcom.com/tutorials , where I have 84 tutorials listed currently. Those that particularly might interest your group are:

http://suzyssitcom.com/2010/11/feature-friday-paintbrush-santa-ornament-tutorial.html
http://suzyssitcom.com/2011/04/feature-friday-vintage-bouquet-tutorial.html
http://suzyssitcom.com/2011/04/feature-friday-hand-made-decorative-soaps.html
http://suzyssitcom.com/2012/02/feature-friday-magnetic-mousetrap-clips-tutorial.html
http://suzyssitcom.com/2012/03/feature-friday-paper-reed-frames.html

Thanks so much for stopping by the Sitcom!!!

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55 sally hartsfield July 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm

My eight-year-old grandson and I did this with a sailing schooner and it turned out well. It is very hard to get the black lines straight, but I think any irregularities add to the charm of a child’s art work Someone mentioned using permanent markers. Would that work?

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56 Suzy July 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Hi Sally,

Permanent markers would work. They would give it a slightly different look, but would be easier for a child to do. What I did with the black lines with glue is once they dried, I went over them with a craft knife, cleaning up areas that were wavy. I’d love to see your project!

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57 Christy July 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm

What do you think about using a glue gun with black glue? Easier/harder?

When we replaced all of the old windows in our house, I hung onto the old wood frame ones; I was trying to come up with a ‘crafty’ plan for them and this looks like a winner!

Thanks for the tips!

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58 Suzy July 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Hi Christy!

I have not tried a glue gun with black glue. It just might work. If you decide to go that route, I’d love to hear about your results. And of course I would love to see your finished project! Let me know if you have any questions!

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59 Aria Agharadatu April 18, 2013 at 11:30 am

@ Christy, I have tried this idea, a glue gun with black glue. At first It might work, but since holding the gun vertically is very tiring (making my hand trembles), then the results became erratic : looks like it is the work of a kid aged 3 or 4 years old :D
(sorry for my bad English)

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60 Susan Myers April 21, 2013 at 12:49 am

Oh that and glue strings! Ha! Someone else mentioned trying black puffy paint.

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61 Gray June 30, 2012 at 10:12 pm

OOH! I love this idea. I wanted to do faux stained glass on some armoire doors I have…this may be just the thing! :)

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62 V June 26, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Is this waterproof? If not, what sort of coating would work to water-proof it?

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63 Suzy June 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I believe it may be waterproof, but do not have mine outside. I would suggest if that is a necessity that you spray coat it with several layers of clear varnish on the side of the glass that has the glue coating. Hope that helps!

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64 Regina May 4, 2012 at 7:56 am

I tried this projest, but my black glue ran when I did my outline on the glass. How do I get the glue to be thicker or so it does not spread when applied to the glass? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am having my grandkids make these for their Moms for Mothers Day.

Thank you ,
Regina

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65 Suzy May 4, 2012 at 8:40 am

Hi Regina!

I am so sorry you are having trouble! I believe that you have too much black paint in your glue. It doesn’t take a whole lot of paint to turn it black. Start with a fresh glue bottle and add just a few drops at a time of black until your glue is black. You will be surprised at how little it takes. Now it will still spread just a bit as it is drying as you will see in the photos on the tutorial. Once it is dry, you can touch it up with a craft knife in areas that spread a bit too much for your liking. Be absolutely sure the project stays horizontal during the whole painting and drying procedure. Unlike stained glass paint, you can not do this on a vertical surface.

Let me know how it comes out.

suzy

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66 Randal Bradford May 4, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Hey Josh..I’m a Titanic fanatic myself…and have been sooo tempted to do a stained glass painted Titanic window myself…..when you get yours done….send a pic of it to Suzy so she can post it…I really wanna see it!!!!

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67 Josh April 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Suzy,
I am very inspired by your stained-glass painting! I was actually searching for stained glass paints on the internet and came upon your post. I am going to attempt making Titanic’s stained-glass reception room window. Google it up it is absolutely amazing! I’m glad I found this genius technique, it will save me time… and money!

Josh

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68 shannon March 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm

i cant wait to use this technque! very beautiful, thank you for sharing. i was wondering if the project could be water/weather-proofed with a clear cote or similar sealant.Any suggestions?

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69 Sarah January 18, 2012 at 1:41 am

I love it! I’ve spent hours and hours searching for the perfect project for my son’s class. Had some cute ideas but this is PERFECT! Haven’t decided on a theme but the kids will draw the pictures and I will use them to trace and create the pattern. Going to give it a trial run and create something for myself tomorrow. So excited!

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70 Drosophila January 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Thanks! This is a really cool idea! I have a TON of picture frames just sitting around, may give this a whirl.

I’m also thinking of experimenting with the colors using white glue & food coloring. I have no idea if it will work or not, but I don’t have any acrylic paints on hand. I’ll give it a shot on a small piece of glass to see what kind of effects I get, first. If it works, I’ll let you know.

Thanks for the fun Idea =) I have a larger faux stained glass project in mind, but this is a good start!

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71 Suzy January 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Let me know how it turns out!

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72 Aria April 22, 2013 at 5:13 am

I have tried this : mix the white glue with black enamel paint instead of acrylic paint for the outline (the blackline). And the result is good. Unfortunately I do not have the picture.

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73 Yona August 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Oh wow…how cool. I also love the idea of using a muffin tin for mixing colors!

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74 Tip July 28, 2011 at 5:20 am

I've done this using tempera paint and wondered why I wasn't getting the right opaqueness. Thanks for your tutorial… now back to the crafts store! I also get frames at yard sales, sometimes scooping up several at a time by offering $10 or so for the lot. Have gotten some good deals that way.

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75 Anonymous July 19, 2011 at 7:45 am

Thank you! I will try that the next time I do a stained glass. I have an extra frame I bought in the dollar store!
Also guys, a garage sale is a GREAT place to find frames! Sometimes they charge 10 cents and 25 cents! Great bargin and it's recycling!

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76 Suzy Myers July 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Hi Anonymous! I have no way of replying to you by email, so I hope you come back to see this message! Anyway, bubbles are an issue even with the expensive stained glass paints. Popping them with a toothpick can help, but I found that if I put the paint on very thickly (lots at a time) that the bubble issue was much less. Also, take your time when adding color. Speed does create bubbles. Hope that helps!!

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77 Anonymous July 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I used a regular (soft) paint brush on mine. It looked fine when I painted, but when it dried it tended to get a lot of small air bubbles in the clear spots. I did try popping them with a toothpick, but they wouldn't pop. It just moved them around. In later color mixes, I tried mixing the clear/acrylic really slowly so I didn't create so many bubbles. It did help some, but I still got bubbles. Any tips?

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78 Lori Kindler February 6, 2012 at 10:54 am

You did an AMAZING job! I am going to try a much simpler kind of thing for 2 block windows (the previous owners REMOVED the stained glass!). Wish me luck.

Lori

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79 Suzy February 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Let me know how it turns out!
suzy

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80 Nidhi April 5, 2011 at 10:54 pm

I used your technique to create my own faux stained glass. It doesn't look quite as awesome, but I really appreciate your tutorial! Check out my version at http://www.nidhizzle.com/2011/04/faux-stained-glass.html

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81 Suzy April 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Hi Anonymous!

I have never tried this technique on a vertical object. I think that the glue might not be thick enough to withstand gravity. You might have to resort to the more expensive stained glass paint from the hobby stores.

suzy

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82 Anonymous April 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm

looks great…..but I was wondering if this would work on mirrors that are already glued to the wall?

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83 Krafty Kat March 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Popped over from your doodle frame post- this is amazing! Thanks for sharing this- I had no idea stained glass could be achieved this easily.

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84 C.K. February 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm

WOW !! I Just Love It !!

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85 Suzy February 9, 2011 at 5:01 am

Hi Bradford!

The clear glue was Elmers and it might have come from the craft store- probably Michaels. I buy supplies everywhere when I find them cheap. The project took less than one bottle of clear glue. I was surprised, but it goes far. I designed the pattern myself.

When you complete your project, please send me a photo! I will feature it here on my blog.

suzy

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86 Bradford February 9, 2011 at 4:06 am

Hi Suzy…is the clear glue you used Elmers? it looked like it in the picture but I couldnt tell for sure….what kind of Dollar Store did you find the clear glue at? I cant find clear glue at my dollar stores..and how many bottles of the clear did it take you to do that peacock painting? one last question…did you design the pattern yourself or did you find it in a book? if so what book did you find it in..I would like to use that pattern as well…thanks!!!

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87 grayzeee February 3, 2011 at 11:28 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE this craft! I am going to have to try it out! Thanks for sharing such an affordable project!

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88 Suzy February 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Hi Garden Lily,

Yes, you are right. You would display this with the glue/paint side forward for the stained glass look.

suzy

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89 Garden Lily February 3, 2011 at 8:06 am

This is amazing, and I love your peacock design. It seems to me that you display it with the glue/paint side forward, so that it appears textured, rather than on the backside of the glass, as other glass paintings would?

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90 Maube January 28, 2011 at 12:57 am

OMG. I am sooooo getting on this. Christmas presents for next year here I come!

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91 Kawaii~Saru January 26, 2011 at 11:29 pm

My GOODNESS!!! This is an awesome idea!!!! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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92 Sandy January 24, 2011 at 12:21 am

OMG, this is fabulous!! I've been on a peacock kick lately and can't believe I just happened upon this without even doing a peacock search. Thanks so much for the tips on how to do this. I love it!

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93 DM January 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm

So , so nice !!!!!!! And you make it seem so easy ! is it really ? – I 'll have to try !

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94 Donna January 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm

this is AWESOME! I have always wanted to learn stained glass but I heard it's expensive. thanks for sharing al alternative. your peacock is gorgeous!

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95 Mª Reyes January 22, 2011 at 7:13 am

Es una autentica maravilla, me ha encantado y me he hecho seguidora de tu blog. Te invito a visitar el mio http://fimomanualidades.blogspot.com/ Besos desde España

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96 Very Crafty Mama January 22, 2011 at 5:51 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!

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97 Aunt LoLo January 22, 2011 at 5:29 am

Oh wow! That is a really great project!! Thanks for sharing.

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98 Meg January 22, 2011 at 12:52 am

Great design. I love the peacock and the colors you chose!

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99 Diana - FreeStyleMama January 21, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Awesome!!

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100 Tabitha January 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

This is genius and I so want to try it. Thanks a bunch for sharing!

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101 Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com January 20, 2011 at 10:48 am

Wow Susie, that's quite a piece of art!! Very nice.

Thank you so much for your tutorial and your contribution to our DIY CRAFT TUTORIAL linky party.

We love featuring great articles like yours and appreciate people following the party 'rules' and linking back to us so we can all share in the fun.

Look forward to seeing you again next week!

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102 Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas January 19, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Hi
Just wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Be sure to grab the “I was featured” on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Button/Code for your sidebar! You deserve it! Thanks so much..If you’re not a follower already we’d love for you to join us…
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103 The Paper Princess January 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm

What a GORGEOUS project & fabulous idea! I LOVE peacocks and you couldn't have chosen more perfect colors!

I signed up to follow you as I'm eager to see more of your projects and hope you'll join me over at Create With Joy!

Ramona
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

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104 Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy January 17, 2011 at 9:58 am

what fun idea!!! This could be used in so many fun ways. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

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105 AllieMakes! January 17, 2011 at 5:27 am

WOW! That is amazing! Great job!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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106 Cheryl January 17, 2011 at 5:13 am

You've been featured at this week's Craftastic Monday! Be sure to stop by & grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking:)

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107 Pamela Rosenberg January 17, 2011 at 3:16 am

Thank you so much for sharing this on Motivated Monday at BeColorful. That is why I love hosting. It exposes me to so many creative people and projects. I have never seen anything like this done before and your tutorial was so easy to follow. I will be featuring this project on the next Motivated Monday.
Thanks again,
Pam

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108 concretenprimroses January 16, 2011 at 10:18 am

The technique is genius, but your lovely artwork and skill with color is what make it so beautiful. (In other words, not sure I can do this, but I may try anyway.)
Kathy

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109 LaurenB January 16, 2011 at 2:30 am

You're brilliant! No more glass paint for me. Thank You!!

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110 Ginger January 15, 2011 at 2:30 am

Beautiful! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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111 thecraftyscientist.com January 14, 2011 at 1:32 am

This is SOOOO impressive and looks so inexpensive (relative to trying to create my own stained glass studio with tools, etc.) – what a great way to make gorgeous art affordably! Thanks for sharing!

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112 Sasha January 13, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Absolutley beautiful. Thanks for linking up to Creation Mondays @ ~The Life of Me~!

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113 Jerri January 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm

This is so pretty! I love the colors!

Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

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114 Nikki January 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm

That is incredible!!!!! Thank you so much for linking this up to gettin' crafty on hump day, this is one I'll definitely be trying!!!!! :)

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115 Aiming4Simple January 13, 2011 at 5:07 am

Lovely! My daughters and I would love doing this!

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116 Holly January 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Cool technique…very pretty.

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117 Sassy Sites! January 12, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I love this! It looks just like stained glass! Great job! Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites- Trash to Treasure Tuesday! We are doing a LABEL giveaway today, so come back and check it out!

xoxo!
Marni @ Sassy Sites!

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118 Life in Rehab January 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm

THAT is one stunning piece of work!

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119 Tinamarie January 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I am in such awe of this project – you sure are a crafty dynamo! Your project has been in the back of my mind for days now trying to figure out how I want to play. Big hand of applause!

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120 Calling All Sleepyheads January 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm

This is wonderful!!!! I'm adding this to my list to try out for me and my art classes! Love it!

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121 Anonymous January 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Does Nate know about you? He would love your talent

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122 AmieAnn January 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

This is AWESOME! Love the peacock the colors.. everything! Simply amazing as always! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

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123 Sarah (Sew Very Happy) January 12, 2011 at 4:22 am

This pretty much rocks. Thanks for sharing!

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124 Anji* January 11, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Wow that's a really cool effect! And I love peacocks too, you got a great art nouveau look going on there, really pretty!

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125 Jill January 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Oh this is FANTASTIC! I'm so going to try this with my kids! Great tutorial!

Thanks for linking to A Round Tuit. Hope you have a lovely week.

Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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126 Donnie January 11, 2011 at 9:40 pm

What a beautiful job. Just gorgeous.

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127 Stacey January 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Wow! This is stunning! I totally want to give it a go. I've always wanted a piece of stained glass art but it is so expensive. And I have just the spot. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful tutorial. I off to buy my frame!

And I love the idea of the peacock. They are just beautiful!

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128 Jill at Vegan in the Kitchen January 11, 2011 at 3:29 am

Beautiful piece of art!

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129 Melissa January 10, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Absolutely gorgeous…

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130 Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home January 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Just wanted to let you know that I featured you today, so stop by and grab a button if you want :)

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131 Patricia Torres January 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Oh my gosh.. this is so fabulous!! thanks for linking in!! :-)

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132 Movielocker January 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm

This is totally interesting- thank you for sharing. Have you ever considered to do little videos on this? Could probably be easy to film, making it nice to follow the step by step instructions. You can also think about making a few dimes with it, for instance posting it with this video-tool Movielocker. You can choose if you give the vid away for free or by donation etc… take a look: http://movielocker.com/
Best to you and a happy new year!
Sebastian

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133 EarthMommy January 9, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Awesome! I'm need to try this! Thanks for your great tutorial!

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134 Little Ol' Liz January 9, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Oh snap! You were featured on One Pretty Thing, so that's how I found you. Where have you been al my crafty life? This is soooo perfect! I can see doing this with 3-4-5 yo's, if the
leading" is pre-done for them. I'm thinking this will be this years Mother's Day project. Thank you for sharing~

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135 creativejewishmom/sara January 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! Your first time on Craft Schooling Sunday, and you've shared a major winner! I'm so excited to try this myself, and my daughter will love it too! Thanks so much and hope to see you every week!

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136 Colleen @ MuralMaker&More January 9, 2011 at 1:58 am

Yay! Thanks for linking this up, Suzy! I can't wait to try this. Here are some pics of faux stained glass I did with Gallery Glass. Most of my projects were done before digital cameras, lol, so I don't have more pics. If you check them out, you'll see why I'm going crazy for your project.
http://muralmaker1.com/Art_FauxStainedGlass.html

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137 Suzy January 9, 2011 at 12:30 am

A couple answers to some questions: the glue that you use for leading will be fine if kept in the glue bottle until your next project. For a dollar, you will have plenty for other projects.

The term "piping" is actually a cake decorator term and means to place the nozzle back on the glue bottle and use it to draw the black lines on, by squeezing the glue out of the bottle in an even stream. If you need to, you can practice on a piece of paper first, but remember that most errors can be corrected after the glue dries with a craft knife.

suzy

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139 MMB Creations January 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm

This is great! I have been painting on glass using Gallery Glass paints and Redi Lead strips. This looks easier and CHEAPER. I will have to try it.

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140 LambAround January 8, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Faux?! This looks so real! What a wonderful project idea!

Also, I'm still working on my interview questions. It has been a busy week, full of wisdom teeth surgery and cleaning my boss's house (really!)

:)

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141 corey January 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm

This is gorgeous. Great idea!

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142 Alisa January 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm

That is gorgeous! What a great idea.

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143 DANA January 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm

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144 Christine January 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm

wow. this is so cool!!!!! the colored glue lasts for a while, doesn't it? as long as it stays in the bottle?

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145 Megan January 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I love the colors and the muffin tin is the perfect tool for the job! You are full of great, new ideas!

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146 Me N My Thrifty Ideas January 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm
147 Susannah January 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Absolutely beautiful! And a great alternative to spending $100s for one!

http://www.uvinyl.blogspot.com

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148 TheCraftInMe January 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm

This turned out beautiful, thanks for the tutorial!

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149 Me N My Thrifty Ideas January 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Sorry for the double comment, lol, but what do you mean by pipe the paint?

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150 Me N My Thrifty Ideas January 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm

First the faux metal and now faux stained glass, can you get anymore awesome? You have been such an inspiration to me.

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151 Thendral January 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm

It is very beautiful. I love the colors!

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152 mousee23 January 8, 2011 at 4:19 am

Thank you for sharing this.I was afraid to let the kids use the gallery glass because of the exspence.This solves all that.Beautiful peacock

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153 Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com January 8, 2011 at 3:44 am

Wow – that is so impressive! I love it. Thanks for sharing the artwork and the tutorial!
~Stopping by from Tatertots and Jello :)

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154 Colleen @ MuralMaker&More January 8, 2011 at 1:08 am

I totally forgot to invite you to Passion for Paint this weekend. Links are open right now. This would be perfect! Hope you'll join us!

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155 Mique (as in Mickey) January 8, 2011 at 12:56 am

My *artsy* daughter would be all over this!
Thanks for linking up to my Pity Party.
xo,
Mique

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156 lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL January 8, 2011 at 12:52 am

great idea… the picture turned out beautiful

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157 Colie's Kitchen January 8, 2011 at 12:23 am

Hi this is Nicole from Colies Kitchen I just discovered your blog and wanted to drop by and say hi. I really like your blog, and am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance. http://www.colieskitchen.com

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158 Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever January 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm

This is so flipping awesome! Another thing added to my to-do list!

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159 Colleen @ MuralMaker&More January 7, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Are you kidding me?!?!!! I have spent tons of $ on Gallery Glass over the years. Hubs wanted me to do it as a sideline biz – faux stained glass. And now you're saying all I needed was a couple bottles of glue???

I'm so tickled, I can't see straight. Can't wait to try this!!

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160 Jessie January 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Does the paint&glue hold up to light? I want to paint a window to create privacy and beauty and also allow the beauty of color and design show on my side. It is a large window in my stair well that I can view neighbors kitchen window through. I plan on using glue on lead stripping on my interior side.

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161 Suzy January 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Hi Jessie,

Yes, the paint and glue holds up well to light. However, I don’t believe I would recommend this method for a window. The reason is that for this particular process, you would need to work on a flat surface. The paint/glue mixture would definitely drip down on a vertical surface because you have to apply it so thickly. Secondly, the issue of air bubbles in the paint is more prevalent with the paint/glue mixture unless you do apply it thickly.

Now if you can lay the window down flat to work on it, then yes, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work for you. I have two projects completed using this process and they both sit in window sills and they both look as good as the day I made them.

If you have to work on a vertical surface, then I recommend going with the extra dollars and buying glass paint and the glue on lead stripping.

Hope I was able to help. Let me know how it comes out. I’d love to see a photo!
suzy

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162 Corinna January 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Okay, first of all there's no way I could even draw the darn picture in the first place! LOL But this is absolutely STUNNING! And you make it sound so easy :)

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163 Miri January 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Terrific! Thanks for explaining how you did it!

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164 Barbara January 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Will you PLEASE stop being so talented????? I'm seething with jealousy.

That or start selling your stuff!!

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165 CP January 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Very cool idea – may have to try too!

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Check out my "retail therapy" giveaways and enter a few, there are some great products to win.

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166 Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home January 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Thank you so much for linking up! I would never have guessed that it's not real stained glass! Gorgeous!

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167 Hopewell Creek Designs January 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Oh my goodness that is so awesome! I will have to try this.Thanks for sharing such a great idea.
Rebecca

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168 Annie (Lady M) x January 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I am doing this ‘Follow Friday 40′ that I saw over at Design It Chic's blog and I am now following you! This is such a cool idea isn’t it?! Love your blog by the way – that stained glass window is absolutely amazing!

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169 Anestazia January 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Hey there! I just wanted to let you know that I love your stained glass and will be featuring it tomorrow morning on my blog! Don't forget to check it out!!

Anestazia <3
http://yourworkistodiscoveryourworld.blogspot.com/

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170 Louisa January 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Ooh, that's an awesome idea! I really love the colors you chose for your peacock.

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171 Sarah Takens January 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm

This is gorgeous! I did a kid version with permanant marker: http://takens-tidbits.blogspot.com/2010/11/stained-glass-for-kids.html

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172 Kalleen at Second Street January 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Wow, that is beautiful. I've been thinking about doing some faux stained glass myself. I'll be bookmarking this for sure. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us.

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173 Siggy Spice January 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

This is FABULOUS! Wow, great job and I love, love, LOVE the peacocks

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174 Kristi January 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

You are amazing, woman!! Love this!

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175 Lynne January 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I think I will have to try this one. End results are awesome!

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176 Saraccino January 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm

The idea is really a cool one and the peacock just a beauty! :)

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