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« on: February 24, 2008 01:04:23 PM »

I wanted something prettier and less likely to catch greasy dust than my old curtains in the kitchen.  My house is 107 years old and I think it generates it's own dust by the hour.

This is the window over the stove:



And over the sink:





When we move, I'm going to wind up taking them with me I think.

Well it all started when the lawn mower threw a rock through the window... Grin  I'd already done my bathroom glass (can be seen in another post here) so I had an idea of what to do.
I had DH cut me a replacement glass while I drew out my design on a clean grocery sack.  The center moon used  a roll of duct tape as a template, and the other moons are cream of mushroom soup can sized.  I used a ruler to lay out the grid lines around them and gathered leaves from the yard and traced them around the moon.  A few random stars and I was ready to go to the glass.

I set the clear glass on top of the paper pattern and traced it through using the Liquid Leading (Great Glass Brand paint from Michaels for most areas and an off-brand I can't recommend for the leaves.  It cracked as it dried) and allowed it to dry - not quite long enough because some of the lines shifted when I added color.  Then I poured the colors into the appropriate areas and allowed to dry throughly.  If you stand it up too soon the color will slump down over several hours so let it dry at least 24 hours.

Then my husband installed the new glass with the painted side to the storm window.  It is directly over the sink and subject to a lot of moisture (he'd already replaced the storm window glass so we weren't open to the elements the whole time) and Voila!  "Instant" stained glass window.

One hint, buy waaaay more paint than you think you'll need.  It takes a thick layer to get a nice even color as you can see in some of the color cells.  I will use more on the next one.
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2008 01:14:01 PM »

Beautiful.
I do faux stained glass as well. I use old windows that people are going to throw away so then you can take them with you when you leave, because they aren't attached to the house.
I have one hanging in my living room window and people think it is actually the window.

Great job. I especially love the moon phases.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2008 08:48:31 PM »

that looks nice Smiley  I had to do that on either side of my front door to keep nosey neighbors form peeking in...

I like your moons alot.. Smiley and oak leaves:)  maybe you could sneak some glow in the dark paint on the moons and let the sun charge them up.. heh.. then they will glow when the lights go out... hmm.. wonder if  glow acrylic would stick.. I think it would..
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2008 09:34:41 PM »

Beautiful Beautiful job.  I love the way the moon picture changes with the light!!!  Great great job. 
I too did faux for the simple reason of a too plain window in the entrance.  Then changed a curtain that I didn't really like for a small window.  Then went on to do the bathroom windows.
Love your windows! 
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2008 10:15:51 PM »

these are beautiful...would you mind sharing your process pretty please?  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2008 10:22:23 AM »

Well it all started when the lawn mower threw a rock through the window... Grin  I'd already done my bathroom glass (can be seen in another post here) so I had an idea of what to do.
I had DH cut me a replacement glass while I drew out my design on a clean grocery sack.  The center moon used  a roll of duct tape as a template, and the other moons are cream of mushroom soup can sized.  I used a ruler to lay out the grid lines around them and gathered leaves from the yard and traced them around the moon.  A few random stars and I was ready to go to the glass.

I set the clear glass on top of the paper pattern and traced it through using the Liquid Leading (Great Glass Brand paint from Michaels for most areas and an off-brand I can't recommend for the leaves.  It cracked as it dried) and allowed it to dry - not quite long enough because some of the lines shifted when I added color.  Then I poured the colors into the appropriate areas and allowed to dry throughly.  If you stand it up too soon the color will slump down over several hours so let it dry at least 24 hours.

Then my husband installed the new glass with the painted side to the storm window.  It is directly over the sink and subject to a lot of moisture (he'd already replaced the storm window glass so we weren't open to the elements the whole time) and Voila!  "Instant" stained glass window.

One hint, buy waaaay more paint than you think you'll need.  It takes a thick layer to get a nice even color as you can see in some of the color cells.  I will use more on the next one.
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2008 10:48:31 PM »

Thank you for the wonderful explaination.  Again wonderful job.  I sure hope you would take that window if you ever move...but then again, living in a 107 year old home. Wow!! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2008 05:26:30 AM »

a hint for those who rent and might lose security deposits and suchlike is to do the same thing you mention, only create your art on pieces of acetate. it works really well, can be stuck up with sticky dots and come down when the landlord comes to inspect. you can buy it in A4 sheets or on a roll.
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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2008 07:44:17 PM »

fantastic good! I've been avoiding putting curtains up in my kitchen and I have no idea what to do with the window...but thanks to you I now have a great idea!
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« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2011 02:10:44 AM »

Very cool and extremely crafty! Great job!
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« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2011 08:32:44 PM »

I love the geometric patterns! Thanks for the advice about getting extra paint!
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« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2011 03:43:47 PM »

These are AMAZING!! I've added this to my favorite projects. Fantastic job, very inspiring.
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« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2012 04:28:41 PM »

They are indeed beautiful! Might need to try something like that in my 5th wheel. I have a huge bunch of crystals off of an old chandler of my moms and I put them in the window of my bedroom, on a sunny day I wake to rainbows in my room. Nice way to wake up. But this would take care of the bottom where I need privacy.
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« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2012 08:34:25 PM »

That is soooo pretty! I want it so bad. But sadly I am banned from ever using window color ever again. For most of my stuff I left the black leading outline away, and my dad said, he couldn't get it off. LOL
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