Introduction: DIY Stained Glass Window
Have you ever wanted to make a stained glass window? To peer through its beautiful symmetry into the scenery outside? Well, maybe this isn't made of glass, but this is a safe, easy, educational, and fun way to make a stained glass window.
Step 1: Making Your Design
This is the most creative and mathematical part of making your stained glass window. Making your design! When you make it, make sure to write down each step you take, as you will need to recreate it later. If you don't know what to make, try getting a design from the internet. Once you are happy with your design, we can move on to the next step.
Step 2: Transferring to Black Card
There are numerous materials that will work well for the purpose of your "lead filled" areas of the stained glass window, so be creative! What I used was black card, which is simple to cut and looks nice. Draw your design using the steps you wrote down in making it as a guide on black card (or whatever other material you chose!) and take your time. It is hard to erase if you make a mistake.
NOTE: If you want your stained glass window to have a back and a front, instead of having glued paper on the back, do this with 2 of your material. (This is optional)
Step 3: Getting Ready to Cut
Before we start cutting, we need to know where we will cut, as the window will look ugly if we just cut random areas, so shade in all the areas you will cut. Make sure there are some areas that go uncut, or else your window will fall apart and it will be boring (like mine did).
Step 4: Cutting!
When you are cutting, make sure there is an adult nearby and you have a cutting board (a clipboard will do too!), then use an exact-o knife to cut out all the shapes you shaded in last step. Go slowly because you could hurt yourself or mess up the design if you don't take your time to do this.
Step 5: Putting on the Glassine
Glassine is a thin paper that easily tears but is safe from paper cuts. Colored glassine is used to make this stained glass window, and glassine acts like two normal colors do when put together. For example, the whole stained glass window is actually yellow, the sides just have pink added to make them orange. The way to add the glassine is by cutting or tearing it and then gluing it onto your stained glass window. If you remember from step 2, you can have a back layer for your stained glass window. This just makes the back look nicer and does not affect the final product in any way other than that. For the people that did do that though, just glue the back portion on.
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