How To Make Fake Stained Glass

Stained glass started to thrive in the 10th and 11th centuries. Today they are still largely incorporated in homes. You can also have them in your own home without breaking the budget.

Are you looking to have your own stained glass? Are you worried about the budget? Are you decent with painting? If the answer is yes to all three, this project can be just for you.

  • Choose the location. You can choose to place it on your window or a separate piece of glass. Determine the size of the stained glass art. Choose a large enough space to hold the design.
  • Choose a design. Choose a design that has few lines. Make an intricate design simpler by tracing over the design placing a few partitions inside. If you are not good in drawing, ask a friend to do it for you. Make as few lines to separate each “pane” of your fake stained glass. You can also get ideas of stained glass designs online. Make sure your design fits the space you want it to be placed.
  • Materials. You need acrylic paint for this project. You need black paint for the outline of the design. You also need the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) of paint. Last thing you need is an art paint brush (round brush is good) and a sandwich bag. Optional tools are a white colored paint, water spray bottle and an extra brush.
  • Methodology. Tape your pattern on the opposite side of the glass. You can also draw the design directly on the glass with a whiteboard marker. Draw on the opposite side the glass of the design you want. You can practice with on a sheet of clear plastic if you’ve never used acrylic before. Mix your paints on a clear container to see how the light passes through it. For a light finish, brush lightly and go hard for a more textured finish. You can use the textured strokes for darker colors so that the light can still pass through. The more textured strokes you make, the more that the light passes through. Paint the insides of the panes first. Paint all the parts with the same color before moving on to the next color. Allow the paint to dry first before moving to the next color. This doesn’t take long since you’re using acrylic paint. To replicate the black lines or the solder, put the black paint on the sandwich bag and zip. Cut a small piece of one of the corners of the bag. You’ll use it like a pastry bag. The process is like putting frosting on a cake. Trace the outlines and divisions of the stained glass with black paint. This creates texture similar to the solder of a real stained glass. Allow to dry.

You now have a stained window. You can have it as a permanent fixture or as easily remove it by washing to scrub it off. You can also use it as a film prop. This is a very satisfying project to make and is not as daunting as it may sound. You can practice with easier designs and move on to make your own stain glass masterpiece.


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