How To Mark Your Stained-Glass Pattern on Your Glass

Stained glass patterns are very pretty and are always a source of conversations when viewed. Having stained glass walls or doors never fails to brighten up any room or home and in this article, you will be taught how to mark the patterns on your own. The materials are also listed as well as easy do it yourself steps that you can always share to your friends once you have tried it out on your own.

  • Deciding on your pattern. The first step you need to take is to decide what sort of pattern you want for your stained glass art. If it is something that you will get from the Internet, have it printed out before starting this project. One of the most commonly used sites is Paned Expressions where you can download and ask for free quotes for customized glass patterns.
  • Getting your glass piece. The next step depends on where you will be placing your stained glass pattern. Have your glass precut from the hardware and supplies store so that you do not need to cut it yourself. Lay the glass out in a flat surface, preferably on the floor cushioned by carton. Make sure your glass is free of dust and debris before you start marking it.
  • Marking your pattern onto the glass. Once you have your glass ready and your pattern printed out (preferably on regular paper), place a carbon paper under your pattern, with the carbon side facing the glass. You may need to do quadrants of your design if your design is too big or you might want to do it in phases. You do not need multiple pieces of the carbon paper unless your design is extensive since you can repeatedly use them as you trace your design. Next step would be to trace the outline of your design with a ballpoint pen (since it has a hard edge compared to other pens) that would effectively transfer the carbon from the carbon paper to your glass piece.

Check if the carbon is indeed transferring to your glass piece as you trace it along. The trace does not need to be perfect since you only need the outline of the design, anyway. Broken lines can be understood as a solid line when you do make your glass pattern. Another way of copying the design onto your glass is by having a large print out (in quadrants or tiles or one whole print out) underneath your glass piece, so that you can see through the glass onto your pattern. Then you can trace your pattern with a thin permanent marker over the design. Just make sure that the pattern and the glass is fully aligned during the entire duration of the tracing and marking so that you do not have skewed images.

Also, make sure to match the level of detail of your design to your experience level so that you will not feel like you are biting off more than you can chew. Good starting points are themes inspired by nature so that if there are any mistakes, it will not be as noticeable as compared to making a portrait of a person.


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