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Make fake stained glass with hot glue, plexiglass, and paint! Cheap, easy, and pretty.

Supply list:
Hot Glue Gun
Black Hot Glue
Glass Paints
Paper
Thick Marker
Tape
Plexiglass (you can use glass, but it is heavy!)
 
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Step 2: Make your design

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Draw your design on a sheet of paper with a fat marker. You want to use a fat marker because if you can't make the detail with a fat marker then you won't be able to make it with a thick stream of hot glue either.

Once the design is complete roll some tape and put it on the front of your design.

Step 3: Tape design and begin drawing with hot glue

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Tape your design to the back of your plexi glass. Begin to draw on the front of the glass with your black hot glue. The hot glue really likes sticking to the plexi glass so get comfy drawing with the hot glue on a test piece of paper first. You can scrape the hot glue off of the plexi glass, but it is a bit of work.

Step 4: Remove design

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Done tracing the design! I've removed the paper from the back. I also used a piece of glass for the eye. Using glass stones can get some really cool looks. I glued the glass on with clear hot glue then drew around it with black. That way it wouldn't shift around while I worked.

Step 5: Add color

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Bust out the paints and begin coloring!

Step 6: Let paint dry

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Voila, stained glass Charr head!

This picture has only a single layer of glass paint. It looks okay, but for better colors and less paint brush streaks do several layers of paint.
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I saw some really enchanting LOZ The Windwaker stained glass panels that I think you could buy somewhere. Maybe I could make my own poor person's version. I might also want to try doing a church-themed panel for one of my church-going friends. This might be a silly question, but could there ever be a problem with the glue melting in the sun or a hot garage? Very nice job, by the way.
goosezilla (author)  bathsheba_everdene11 months ago
Most glue melts between 250 and 380 farenheight. So plan your work around those temps. For most people those should be very flexible temperatures to work with. A hot roof in a Texas summer may not be suitable.
Ha ha! Thanks.
Erchan5 months ago

Really cool project. I like it too much. It's good for wall art too.

Madkins0075 years ago
If you search 'black hot glue', you'll find places like Direct Depot that saell it for about $10-15 for 10 sticks or so. Great instructable! Most 'paint stain glass' instructions make you buy 'liquid lead' or something similar for the lines- I like the hot glue option!
goosezilla (author)  Madkins00711 months ago
Try adding the word bulk to your search for cheaper results.
bearcat735 years ago
Just an FYI, you can buy glass paint and faux leading paint at any craft store and it is pretty cheap. It is made by Plaid and called "Gallery Glass". The faux lead is called "liquid leading" and is less than $5 a bottle. I did cabinet doors last year. It's a lot of fun!!
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Those are gorgeous!!!
cute glass print

Hi
I saw your cabinet doors done with glass paints.  I would like to know how you got the back ground effect.  It has a blurry background which looks very effective so how did you do that.  And a friend of mine had done glass painting and in the end all the coloured areas were not smooth but the paint had an effect like a honey comb.  do you know how to achieve that.

I like the Charr design :)
jakyo3 years ago
I love this idea ,and i am definitely going to try this *** thanks **** :-)
EoghanInAus3 years ago
I absolutely love it. I started doing projects with my daughter using this idea, she is always testing my copying skills and soon she will be doing these for herself. Well Done!!
michaelp6 years ago
This is a great idea. Another temporary "stained glass" treatment is to stretch clear plastic on a frame (PVC), draw on the pattern on the plastic, cut tissue paper to match the pattern, then using spray glue attach the tissue to the plastic. Go over the joint lines with a black marker and voila. When lit from behind they look pretty good. Great for large. lightweight, displays. The pictures actual sizes are 5 feet x 10 feet.
goosezilla (author)  michaelp6 years ago
Sounds fun! THough I think liquid lead or the hot glue technique here would still be better than the marker, they give that 3d leaded look and are completely opaque. Markers I've tried out still let light through, though maybe a paint marker would work?
I am an elementary art teacher and used the top domed portion of plastic 2-liter soda bottles upon which the kids designed Tiffany-inspired lampshades. As hot-glue guns are "out" with kids, for the "leading" I went to Home Depot and bought bronze color latex caulk. I pumped it into a Yorker-spout bottle and then diluted it a bit with some water for better flow. It was still dimensional. The spout bottle was easy for 8 year olds to squeeze and the bottle allowed for good detail. Even diluted some, the caulk clung extremely well to the plastic.
That's awesome
goosezilla (author)  jallen7326 years ago
Great idea! I wonder if you could mix some dark pigment powder into the caulk to darken/make other colors?
The bronze colored caulk was a deep (slightly metallic) burnt umber. I have seen the caulks available in silver, gold, black and other colors as well, and these were all available at Home Depot. Because they are latex I imagine a white or translucent (but not the silicone variety!) caulk could be tinted with artists' tube acrylics to be any color. I experimented with metallic powders, like those made by the Jacquard company. They weren't effective when mixed into the caulk, but were spectacular against the dark bronze color when lightly rubbed onto the dry caulk lines. No sealer was needed after to keep the metallic powder bound to the caulk. I omitted this from the kids' work as it was just another step for them to do, but it did look great.
goosezilla (author)  jallen7326 years ago
Thanks for the tips!
goosezilla (author)  michaelp6 years ago
Awesome! This technique reminds me of the paper lantern forms some people make. I think they use strips of bamboo for the frame and layer tissue across the open gaps for very strong and somewhat flexible structures.
Nice project, but I absolutely agree- What kind of paint?
ab730375 years ago
What kind of paints?
StoryAddict5 years ago
Very cool. This gives me some ideas for some doors to my wall-length media cabinet / bookcase. You said the black glue sticks are like $50 online for 5lbs. About how much glue do you think you used on this one project? I'm curious how cost-efficient buying a 5lb. supply is if making several of these.
goosezilla (author)  StoryAddict5 years ago
I went through about seven glue sticks for this project, which is on a 10x14 panel. You can measure your doors and estimate how many sticks you will need based on how much glue I used. I would guess that the project I posted is fairly dense detail wise. A 5lb box has 235 sticks of glue in it. Happy project making!
This is f***ing FABULOUS! How much would you say it cost you to make this piece?
goosezilla (author)  tonipmd5 years ago
The initial setup probably cost around 60 dollars for all the supplies, but that is enough to make tons of these. Individually it probably cost around 4-5 dollars to make. Less if you can just find some plexiglass! I bought a sheet from home depot.
That is freaking awesome!
dmodlin715 years ago
puffy paint such as this....

Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint
goosezilla (author)  dmodlin715 years ago
Puffy paint should work. Plus it has tons of colors. However I think that puffy paint is more expensive unless you can find a really good sale on it. Also when I use puffy paint I always get air bubbles at some point that make holes in my lines, which is one of the reasons I like the hot glue.
dmodlin715 years ago
What about that "puffy paint" that you can use on fabrics, etc. - I wonder if that would work for the 'lead', instead of the glue sticks? Unless it is too thin.... but it would certainly be cheaper. I love this idea! It would be fun to try this on an old window from a junk store - something with a nice frame and shape - paint/stain the frame, stain the glass... and hang it somewhere from hooks where the light would catch it.
jhorn515 years ago
What size are the glue sticks you use? I found some on eBay that are 7/16" in diameter and 10" long, 87 to a 5 lb. box, for around $36 with shipping.
goosezilla (author)  jhorn515 years ago
I'm not sure the diameter of the ones I have because the box doesn't say. They are 4in long and fit a regular glue gun. Whatever those take these fit into.
piper12345 years ago
; ) plexiglass will last much more than glass and avoid to get shards in your fingers and chips around if you cut wrong an expensive colored glass :O
kg15 years ago
Soooooo cool!
groovezilla5 years ago
good stuff. and i dig the name as well!
goosezilla (author)  groovezilla5 years ago
Thanks!
gannon6 years ago
Wonderfully easy--thanks for sharing!!!
goosezilla (author)  gannon5 years ago
You're welcome!
Great idea. Doing this on acrylic allows curved facades as well. Imagine a shower stall wall. You might be able to help out local churches replacing broken windows as well, because you won't have to cut out the old came (lead) to make the fix. Replacing broken leaded glass is REALLY expensive, and Really dangerous to the replacer.
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