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I wanted to experiment with using acrylic paint and regular glass to make "stained glass". I have worked with the stained glass and it's a lot of fun, and you can be very creative.  But recently, I have become more interested in recyling available materials, and making do with what I have.  Picture frame glass is plentiful at garage sales all the time, and is very affordable.  I have tons of acrylic paint collected and used thru the years, so why not combine the two and see what happens?  Hence this instructable. 
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Step 1: Obtain A Pattern (Or Design One)

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To demonstrate the effectiveness of my "faux stained glass", I chose the owl pattern.  This can be obtained from the website:http://www.glasscrafters.biz.  It's always possible to design and draw your own creation, as well. I make a minimum of two copies of each pattern...makes layout much easier, and is a necessary step in the procedure.

Step 2: Gather Materials and Tools

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Stained glass tools are necessary, and I already had those:  cutter, pliers, oil for the cutter, straightedge, etc.  I used regular paint brushes to paint the glass, so those were on hand, also.

Step 3: Cut Glass

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Using techniques I learned when doing the regular stained glass, I proceeded to cut out my pattern(s).

Step 4: Paint the Backs of the Glass Pieces

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Here, the glass is cleaned with isopropyl alcohol and dried thoroughly.  Being extremely clean, the paint adheres very well.  There are glass paints, and other prep materials, but I had these on hand, and bottom line is it works well.

Step 5: Place Glass Pieces on The Patterns

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This is just to make sure all pieces are completed, and the picture doesn't have any unpainted pieces.  If there are, it is easy to see and then correct the error.  Also, I check to see if there are any unpainted spots, scrapes, or areas that need to be touched up.

Step 6: Glue Pieces To Glass Plate

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I made this owl 8.5 x 11, so I needed to cut the plate to that size.  In the end, the project design will be two glass layers thick. I used a tacky glue for this step.  Once dry, believe me, the pieces are very hard to remove.
ea7fnj1 year ago
That's awesome!! How big is it? Which is the size?
Creativeman (author)  ea7fnj1 year ago
Thanks...see step 6.
I like it. Not what I expected from a "faux" technique. The brush strokes are much more noticable when it's back-lit, but without the light box it looks just like a mix of Kokomo colors. This technique could be really useful when I just *can't* find the right color (ahem, I never have the right PINK!). By integrating different types of acrylic paint (metallics, glow-in-the-dark, etc.) a lot of really cool effects could be obtained. Great 'ible!
I didn't think it would allow as much light as it did because of the opacity of the colors, I was surprised by the lightbox picture. Beautiful work. 
Creativeman (author)  boomowthathurt5 years ago
Thanks, boom. Cman
Very Pretty!
Creativeman (author)  Very Interesting5 years ago
Thank you!
Scarletti245 years ago
This looks so fun! 
Do you have any tips for someone that is just starting out with this kinda stuff? I've been looking for something new to do, and this looks like just the ticket! 
Creativeman (author)  Scarletti245 years ago
Thanks for your interest.  I learned by taking classes, reading books, and now, of course we have the internet...best advice: just start!  Good luck. Cman
chabias5 years ago
Nice 'Ible! Love the way your light box turned out. Well done.
Creativeman (author)  chabias5 years ago
Thanks chabias! Cman
This is very cool!  It's hard to tell it's not real stained glass.  Nice job!
Creativeman (author)  tbirdchick415 years ago
Thanks alot tbird! Cman
Ninzerbean5 years ago
This is one of your best ible's ever, I love it!
Creativeman (author)  Ninzerbean5 years ago
Thank you so much, NB! Good to hear from you, as always. Cman