Create Faux Tiffany from a Thrift Store Find!

by Susan Myers on March 25, 2011

Create a faux tiffany lamp!  A great way to revamp a thrift store lamp and create awesomeness using a faux stained glass method created with school glue and acrylic paint.

diy faux tiffany lamp thrift store revamp

While perusing thrift stores during our trip to Gatlinburg, my sister-in-law pointed out a brass lamp to me. Brass with a glass shade, to be exact. A glass shade that can be taken apart…hmmmm…

diy faux tiffany lamp thrift store revamp

To the average person, this might look like a piece of 80’s furniture that needs to be put firmly in the back of the attic, but to me, I see visions of loveliness. I see awesome potential. I see something amazing. I see a Tiffany lamp!

For this project I used:

One ugly ol’ brass lamp from the thrift store for $6.99
Black spray paint
One bottle white glue
One bottle of Elmers clear school glue
Acrylic paints
Craft blade
Black sharpie pen

diy faux tiffany lamp thrift store revamp

I began by taking the lamp apart, very carefully putting the glass pieces aside. I then spray painted all the brass with matte black spray paint. Sure looks better already!

faux tiffany lamp created from thrift store lamp

I washed all the glass pieces.

diy faux tiffany lamp thrift store revamp

I then took one of the glass pieces and drew an outline around it on a piece of paper in order to create my pattern. Feeling spring-like, I decided to draw in flowers, and leaves and deep blue skies. I wanted lots of color in this one.

diy faux tiffany lamp thrift store revamp

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. The glue is now ready for the next step.

diy faux tiffany lamp thrift store revamp

I placed each piece of glass over my pattern and using the glue bottle of black glue, traced the design onto the glass. This will need to dry overnight. If you have shakey hands or the glue runs together where it shouldn’t, don’t worry; all can be fixed after the glue dries.

Once the glue has dried, take a craft knife and clean up any errors or shakiness in the lines. Simply cut where you want it cleaned up, and peel the glue up.

Mix your colors one at a time. I used a small muffin tin to contain it. Add about 2 teaspoons of clear glue to about 5 or 6 drops of acrylic paint. It doesn’t take a ton of paint to color the glue. Using a paintbrush, generously add the colored glue to where you want it, making sure to get all the way to the edges of your black glue lines.

diy faux tiffany lamp thrift store revamp

I found it helped to periodically hold it up to the light to be sure I didn’t miss spots. Use a generous hand with the colored glue.

diy faux tiffany lamp thrift store revamp

Once all the areas are filled in, it again will need to dry, for about an hour.

faux tiffany lamp created from thrift store lamp

The final touch is to go back over your black glue lines with a black sharpie pen to cover up any areas that got colored paint overlapped onto the black.

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Then I assembled the lamp. And there you go! A poor man’s Tiffany Lamp! Now I just have to find a place for it.

If you enjoyed this tutorial and the faux stained glass technique, please take a moment to check out my Faux Stained Glass Tutorial where I create a peacock stained glass picture out of an old frame and glass.

Or you might enjoy faux techniques, check out my Faux Textured Chair Rail tutorial. A great way to add style to a room on a tight budget.

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1 http://Suppsreviewed.com/ July 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm

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2 Sharon F. November 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Does the glue get squishy from the heat when burning the lamp?

3 Bernice November 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm

This is so great! I am a glass freak and this looks so easy! Great job!

4 Suzy Myers November 27, 2011 at 12:17 am

I would recommend clear glue over white glue simply because the white glue is much more opaque and will not give the stained glass look. You can find clear school glue at most craft stores and sometimes even at the grocery store.

Hope that helps.

suzy

5 Anonymous November 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm

hi, i was wondering if i can't find clear glue, is it still okay to use elmers white glue and change the color of that to something else instead? does it still work the same?

6 iram September 3, 2011 at 3:29 am

now that is brilliantly beautiful,superb,love it :)

7 Danee August 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I'm crafty and creative but you are crafty and creative AND imaginative

8 NIRA May 29, 2011 at 1:16 am

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9 eleonora May 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm

fANTASTICA BELLISSIMA,DOMANI AL MERCATINO DEL RICICLO CERCO LAMPADA DA 5 EURO E PROVO A FARLA.GRAZIE SEI BRAVISSIMA UN BACIO DALL'ITALIA.
ELEONORA.

10 Anonymous April 11, 2011 at 5:47 am

I had no idea you could color glue like that! We have a great project now for the upcoming weekend with the family. Thanks, I find your projects doable and very pretty. Another great project! Louella

11 Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma April 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Suzy-

Your ideas are truly unique. First the paper towels rolls, now this???

Wow.

Thanks for sharing at creative juice…

12 Christina @ The Tattered Tag April 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Wow!! Happy to see your creative idea linked up last week at my K.I.S.S. blog bash. Looking forward to seeing what great project you share this week, remember the link is open until tonight @ midnight {CST}.

Drop by The Tattered Tag

13 Bflowers April 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I followed your tutorial for the faux stained glass peacock picture to make a gift for my sister. She loves it! Check it out at http://www.blundersnblessings.blogspot.com/. I just decluttered my bedroom and was planning to get rid of the brassy touch lamp till I saw this post! Looks like I'll be keeping it for a future project! :o)

14 Sasha April 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Suzy – I LOVE this! Everything you make comes out great! And it's so much better than the original! Thanks for linking up to Creation Mondays @ ~The Life of Me~!

15 Rhinestone Beagle April 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Seriously? That's it? That is a;ll you need to make a lamp for the by gone days and make it spectacular, I cannot believe it. Way too cool! Thank you for linking to the beagle.

16 Krafty Kat April 3, 2011 at 1:44 am

Incredible transformation! I have seen so many of those brassy "touch" lamps in thrift shops and always passed them over- not anymore! Thanks for sharing this week!

17 Christina April 2, 2011 at 1:13 am

you're so tricky! It looks great :)

Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

18 Amanda April 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm

p.s. I have a button for you as well but I didn't see an email – if you would like you can email me at amandablogs(at)yahoo and I will get it sent to you!

19 Amanda April 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm

You are in the top 10 at Today's Top 20 for Blogger of the month! Congrats! Time to get your vote on! :) Good luck!

Amanda
http://www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

20 Connie the crafterbug April 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

This is so awesome. I found you at the Gluesticks linky party. I am a new follower.

21 Jill April 1, 2011 at 3:03 am

Fabulous! What a great transformation! I really need to try colouring glue and using it like this – so effective and simple!!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great weekend!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

22 Melissa March 31, 2011 at 3:10 am

That is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

Melissa
MyCraftieLife.Blogspot.com

23 flowerpot March 31, 2011 at 1:07 am

You are very talented!

24 Life in Rehab March 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm

You know, I knew this was you the minute I saw it. You're too freakin' talented I swear. Awesome, great tips. and how frugal!

25 AmieAnn March 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm

This is beautiful! Love the colors! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party! Can't wait to see what you come up with next week!

26 gail@myrepurposedlife.net March 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm

wow! I'm amazed! first of the technique, and at your artistry!
very cool!
gail
ps "catching" you this week!

27 Susan Being Snippy March 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm

wonderful! I did something similar many years ago on a "piano" window in my old house. I didn't want to move out because I enjoyed that window so very much — that lamp would be moveable and would make me happy!

28 shopannies March 30, 2011 at 2:40 am

very pretty

29 Maria March 30, 2011 at 12:40 am

That's absolutely gorgeous! It looks flawless! Really beautiful!

30 Suzy March 30, 2011 at 12:33 am

Hi Laura,

Once the glue has dried, it doesn't appear to be water soluble. I have other pieces that I've made using this technique years ago that I just wipe clean.

A suggestion, if you want to add a clear coat of acrylic spray as a protectant, it would seal it permanently.

suzy

31 Laura March 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I love the look! I do have one question, though: school glue is water-soluble, and lamps get dusty. I wonder if the dust would stick right into the glue, especially on humid days. How do you clean it?

32 Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} March 29, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Wow that is so cool! So happy I stumbled across this, it look simple enough for me to try! Thanks for sharing. :)

33 Tiffany March 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I love this idea!!

FYI – I'm a real Tiffany. No fake here! :D

34 Tattooed_Fish March 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm

This lamp is gorgeous!!! Makes me want to scour my second hand store for a similar lamp. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

35 My Little Cupcake March 29, 2011 at 2:11 am

Too cool!!!

36 Megan @ Cut the Craft! March 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm

This looks GREAT!

Megan
http://www.CutTheCraft.com

37 april@gingerbread girl March 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm

that is a dramatic transformation!!! Great job!

april

38 Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com March 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm

incredible. from an ugly duckling to a swan
come link it up with our DIY CRAFT TUTORIAL TUTORIAL PARTY. we love it!

39 Stacey March 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I adore this idea. I would love to spruce up my windows with some lovely faux stained glass. Can't wait to go hunt down the supplies.

40 Suzy March 28, 2011 at 11:45 am

Hi Bradford!

I work with one color at a time. The glue dries quickly.

I think metallic paint might look awesome! I would be interested in seeing what you come up with!

suzy

41 Bradford March 28, 2011 at 6:51 am

hey Suzy it's Bradford again…when you mix your glue and paint together do you just work with one color at a time before you mix a new color? I was also wondering if you think acrylic metallic paint would work as well or do you think it would be too opaque than ordinary acrylic paint? I envision a peacock done in metallics mixed with the glue….

42 Suzy March 28, 2011 at 3:37 am

Bradford,

A video adds 10 pounds and I certainly cannot spare that! Ha! Seriously, if I ever figure out how to do it, you may see one some day.
suzy

43 Bradford March 28, 2011 at 2:31 am

ok Suzy yet again I'm so jealous of your stained glass painting LOL…You REALLY NEED to video yourself doing these stained glass paintings and post them on youtube.com so we can all watch you do them from start to finish..your work is beautiful!

44 Sonja March 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm

wow! what a great idea, it looks great!

45 creativejewishmom/sara March 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm

wow, amazing job! I knew from the thumbnail photo that ths just has to be yours, and sure enough! You're truly a one of a kind crafter and I'm so happy to have you sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

46 Melissa March 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Oh wow that's a great idea! You did a beautiful job!

47 Suzy March 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I used Elmers clear school glue. It costs about $1.75 and it dries totally clear as opposed to white glue's opaque-ness. It gives a better stained glass effect and costs next to nothing compared to the commercial glass paints available.

suzy

48 Messy Face March 27, 2011 at 5:47 am

I love when we can make something look so rich on a poor man's budget.

What clear glue did you use? the only thing that comes to my mind is E6000. Why not just use the white glue?

49 Sybillinart March 26, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Very nice project; I would use window color (or other paint for glass); it's a bit more transparent than the acrylic paint. Your design is beautiful.

50 Marriah March 26, 2011 at 4:46 pm

that is beautiful. My mother loves this style. I will have to forward her this link. http://www.mylifeunzipped.blogspot.com

51 Jill @ Just dream, Jelly Bean! March 26, 2011 at 7:25 am

This is such a great idea! The design possibilities are endless…I'm going to feature this on my blog…thanks!

52 Tami March 26, 2011 at 4:11 am

VERY cool, Suzy. Thanks for the idea!

53 Tammy March 26, 2011 at 2:29 am

I totally wouldn't have seen the potential. Neat Idea!

54 Anonymous March 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm

The lamp is lovely! Great job! My friends USED to laugh at me because I haunt Thrift Stores – now they're all out there with me!! Love this Blog!!!

55 Lynda March 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm

OMG, next girls night out we have to go to the thrift store!!!!!!!! I WANT ONE NOW!!!!!

56 jbr March 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Amazing!

57 Lynne March 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Looks even better than I thought it would. You did a great job on that! So do I need to keep an eye out for it's twin so you have a pair?

58 chillin with Quillin March 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Turned out really nice!

59 Kathy in FW TX March 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm

ok – now we will never find a lamp like that at Goodwill thanks to you. Everyone will be buying them up! Great job.

60 Michelle@Somedaycrafts March 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm

You are totally amazing!

61 Norene March 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm

WOW!! It turned out prettier than I could imagine. I think it would look nice in your computer room.

62 Whimsy-ma-blog March 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Oh, I love your faux stained glass. I'm totaly going to try this. Soon.

63 CREATIVE MIND March 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm

unbelievably awesome..i have a similar lamp in my trash,i will get time someday & then i will follow your tutorial..thnxx so much for the nice tuto

64 ...julia... March 25, 2011 at 9:01 am

Ooo that's so fun! My grandparents had s lamp like thet next to their bed. They would get do mad when we would play with it….. Cause all the metal turned it on and off. Hehe. We would do it all the time!

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