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How To Create Stained Glass Designs

How To Create Stained Glass Designs

Learn how to create exquisite stained glass designs yourself and how to make use of them through this video.

Hello, my name's Kevin Shenton. I'm the UK manager of Marabu Creative. We've managed to put together a range of videos showing all aspects of fabric, textile painting along with glass painting and porcelain painting.

Alright, we're going to go on now and create our own stained glass design. In this application, I'm going to use Marabu's self-adhesive lead. It comes in two different sizes or rolls and these, as it says, are a little bit like our plastic film, is a self-adhesive background.

It comes on a roll like so and these are available from good retailers. I'll pass it over to Chrissie because Chrissie's the expert so we could use designs. The lead is traditional lead.

Taking you back of the history, the stained glass window of your local church, what they did there was normally using traditional lead and cutting pieces of glass and piecing it together with a V section on the self-adhesive lead. I'm going to have to assist Chrissie because she's got these nice long decorated nails and it's difficult to get it started. Alright, here we go, little twist of the lead, here's a little tip for you and away we should go.

The downside of this product is the self-adhesive backing is only 6 mm wide so it's very narrow to work with. Right, we're now going on to create the design and Chrissie's now going to make a small framework and on this, she's actually going to go on and enclose a picture of her child but as you see here, the release paper from the lead peels off as you actually stick it down and the lead is pliable enough to be able to be adaptable to glass to virtually any surface. This pattern she's generating, she'll actually use a square box pattern which we'll then go on and decorate.

But again, you're seeing with the left hand, Chrissie's peeling off the release paper which is on the self-adhesive lead. The back of the lead is a permanent exterior grade self-adhesive and so it's permanent when used outside so you could feel quite comfortable to go on and work out the exterior. And then you see there, we've got a gentle outline which is perfect now to go on and decorate.

We will actually put an image when completed inside this but we'll decorate, we'll go on now to decorate the outline of this product now. Right, we're going to go on and decorate the design that Chrissie developed earlier and on this occasion, we're going to use Marabu's GlasArt paint. Now, this is what we call a more professional glass paint and this is a solvent based.

Now with this, again if you're working with children, then this obviously will mark their clothes instantly but obviously works in a very similar way to our Decorglas but work in, again, freehand. Paint flows very easily but there is a toxicity to this product because it is solvent based. What we're going to show you now, to make it a little easier, is a little bit black and blue peter effect.

This is something that Chrissie completed earlier. She did a similar design to what she's carrying on and painting now but what she actually did is use the colours available within the kit and decorate the outline. This involves basically again starting with the exterior all the same colours in one occasion.

She then cleans it out using turps or white spirit, same brush, and then continues with the other colours. What we'll then go on to use is actually put a picture within this and you've got a perfect economical picture frame. These are for about 4 for a pound on most art shops.

This is, we're using a 7 by 5 and using Marabu's lead and not only get inexpensive gifts but also perfect craft projects to produce in your own time.