Aimed at total glass newbies, instructions on making an 8"x10" framed stained glass portrait from a photograph of your subject. Please read the supply list and the entire instructable before beginning. From start to finish you need about 3 days: one day for gluing the glass to the frame and letting it dry, one day for gluing the glass to the glass and letting it dry, and one day to let the grout dry so you can seal it.
SUPPLIES: (see instructable for details, cost is in USD, ESTIMATED)
flat surface (hope you already have one)
glass ($20-$60 depending on your design)
ruler (if you don't have a suitable one, usually around $10, add a couple bucks if you need to buy the cork separately)
glass cutter ($1-$40)
cutter oil (about $3)
glass nippers ($25)
running pliers (about $10)
breaker/grozer pliers (about $8)
plastic bowl and spoon ($2?)
paper towels ($4-$8)
newspaper/plastic sheeting ($1)
masking tape ($2)
adhesive bandages (for when you cut yourself with the glass) ($3)
grout sealant ($5)
hanger for frame ($1)
bamboo skewers ($2?)
Total cost $107-$236 depending on what you already have and how you budget.
If you do not live near a craft store or specialty stained glass store, www.delphiglass.com is a very reputable and well-stocked store to order most if not all of these supplies from.
Step 1: Find your frame
You have to have something to do your mosaic on, right? So the first step is to find a frame you like. For your first one, let's go with an 8"x10". Preferably wooden and not painted, and if it has any paint or fancy gilding it would be best if it has a protective coating of some kind. At some point you are going to be grouting and using glues, so it's best if the frame is sort of simple and easy to repair if something were to get scratched or scuffed. Hopefully your frame comes with glass, but if it does not, don't worry, the next step will cover getting that fixed.