What you'll need
Stained glass paint
'Painting' utinsel (not paint brush. more like chop stick or tooth pick)
razor (optional depending on frame)
hot glue & gun (optional used with frame)
sharpie (optional depending on design)
Step 1: Getting the Supplies
The Glass paint were all the gallery glass paint. (same brand as this https://www.amazon.com/Gallery-Glass-Window-17030-31-Colors/dp/B001BPXJME)
I bought mine from hobby lobby. I bought one bottle of 'lead' and one red bottle and one bottle of blue and one bottle of clear and on multi color strip. if you are doing a large pane I wouldn't recommend the multi strip. just cause I ran out of the colors I liked quickly. I'd go with the bottles especially if you have a set plan or image you are doing.
Overall I'm into the project for about 25.
Step 2: Prep the Glass
The key ingredient for this mother's day gift is the kiddos hand prints. I traced their hands using a sharpie. They had fun, but stole the marker and have me another project to do along the lines of repainting, so be mindful of your marker if your kids are off the drawing on the wall age.
Step 3: Laying Out the Lead
I traced the hands and free handed the rest. One could have just as easily drawn out everything with the sharpie to make sure they like the design before committing in paint, but I'm a risk taker.
Step 4: Add Color
First off, solid colors work well.
I like swirly stuff, but it's a little tricky. I tried to create swirly by adding the swirl colors first and then the main color. This was a bad strategy. reason being was that it was swirly on the top but on the under side of the glass it was just dots. You can see this in a few pics.
So keep in mind you can look at the back side of the glass to see what that side will look like.
So to get a good swirly look, lay down a full base color (Crystal clear works well for this). On the top put the colors you want to swirl.
When it comes to applying the paint I really like the bottles because they have convenient nozzles. To manipulate the paint I used disposable chop sticks and tooth picks.
The thicker you apply the paint the thicker it will appear and longer it will take to dry. you design will really dictate these aspects. I made thick lead and wanted a deep look so I laid it thick.
Step 5: Add Frame (Optional)
Voila. it's a beautiful faux stained glass piece with our children's hand prints memorized. Have a happy mother's day.