Intro: Layered Glass Art
One day when I went down to the parkade of my condo to throw out the trash, I found a pane of glass leaning against the side of the dumpster. Although it had a few chips along the sides it still looked pretty good, so I thought I would rescue it from a sad (shattered) fate at the dump.
I cut the glass into smaller pieces to make a dimensional glass painting (basically painting on layers of glass to create a three dimensional appearance.) The problem was that I don't have any artistic talents , I could neither draw nor paint well at all. So I decided on something abstract, an imitation of Piet Mondrian, since I could draw lines and squares (provided that I have a ruler, of course).
Although this did not really demonstrate the 3D effect you can get with layering glass, I think it still looks kind of nice in my living room.
Step 1: Material
- A pane of glass
- Glass paint or pens and a sharpie
- Glass cutter, ruler, board, cardboard or newspaper
- Saw (and mitre box)
- Masking tape
Step 2: Cutting the Glass
This was my first time cutting glass so I used this instructable as a guide.
- Draw a line with a ruler, where you plan to cut.
- Add oil to the wheel of the glass cutter (I just used mineral oil, sewing machine oil may be better.)
- Applying steady, even pressure on the glass cutter, score a line along the length of the glass. Use the ruler to make sure it goes straight, and only score once (don't go back and forth with the cutter.)
- Align the score line along the edge of a board (so that one side of the score line is higher than the other.)
- Cover glass with cardboard or newspaper (in case it shatters.)
- Apply gentle even pressure on both sides of the score line on the glass, it should break cleanly at the score line.
Step 3: Cutting the Wooden Stand
I used two 20cm long (1.8cm width and height) pieces of wood, when sawing the notches I taped them together to make sure each piece of wood was cut the same.
- Draw 11 marks, 3mm wide, 7mm apart. (The glass I had was 2mm thick, so it fit in the 3mm notches)
- Saw each notch 1cm in depth.
Step 4: Paint the Glass
- Resized the pattern to match the size of the glass panels.
- Lay the glass panel on the pattern, and with a ruler, draw the black lines with a Sharpie.
- For the coloured squares use masking tape to tape around the area that you will paint.
- Paint the squares (try to apply evenly and avoid bubbles).
- When it is dry, carefully peel off the tape and clean up the edges with a knife.
Place each panel of glass in the correct order into the notches on the wooden stand.
Step 5: Other Things I Tried
I had a few smaller pieces of glass left over, so I tried a few other things...