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Making a stained glass window or mirror is a unique and interesting project that you can use to add a personal touch to your room, or to a mirror. Whatever your style, your home decor will be bettered by the use of a painted stained glass design for which you will pay far less than the cost of the real thing professionally made. .Here are the required supplies and instructions for a painted window. The supplies can be found at any crafts stores or home improvement stores.

Painted Stained Glass Window

1. Plexiglas sheet

2. Pattern
3. Leading strips

4. Craft knife

5. leading

6. Glass paint( Ceramcoat also makes a glass paint) in colors of your choice

7. Toothpicks

8. Sealer for glass paint

9. double sided tape

Measure your window and have a sheet of Plexiglas cut to fit the size of it, minus about a half inch to allow for fitting.

You will paint on a sheet of Plexiglas then attach it to your window to get the look of stained glass without actually staining the glass itself so that it can be readily changed..

The Plexiglas is necessary because you need a flat surface or the paint will run as you are working.

It also makes removal easier if you want to change your painted window in the future. What we love now, tends to change in two or three years and we no longer have that same decorating style

Measure the window you want painted and record the length and width. Any home improvement store will cut the sheet of plexiglass that you purchase to fit what you would like to use.. Have the sheet cut 1/4 of an inch less than the measurements of the window. This will allow the painted sheet to be mounted without causing bending of the plexiglass..

Choose a design that complements your room decor. One place to look might be some wildlife coloring books or painting patterns for wood craft.

Craft stores sell kits that come with patterns which also will tell you what colors to use. You can, additionally, make your own design from one that you’ve drawn. Make the pattern larger by use of a computer printer to fit the sheet of plexiglass that fits your window.

Place the pattern underneath the Plexiglas and secure the paper with scotch tape so that it does not move as your draw and paint. You will be able of course to see your pattern though the transparent plexiglass.

Place the leading strips carefully onto the pattern outlines .

The leading strips ( which actually contain no real lead) are adhesive on the back once the paper is removed. Place those strips on the Plexiglass carefully following the lines of the pattern underneath. Press down on the strips to make sure they are securely adhered. Cut them with a craft knife to fit the lines of the pattern and to thin them down. Do not re-position the leading strips, and pull them off and replace them, as they will no longer adhere well to the pattern piece if you do. Seal all the joints in the leading strips, where they meet other strips, by using the liquid leading to join them. t
The liquid leading ( which also contains no real lead) comes in a squeeze bottle with a long nozzle like tip. If you snip off the end of it diagonally with sharp scissors you will have a smaller end hole that will help you to be more precise in your applications of the paint leading.

Squeeze a small amount of the leading over the joints of the leading strips. The joints are the places where the leading strips intersect. This will give the project the look of soldered joints in real stained glass. Let the liquid leading dry for 24 hours before proceeding with the project.

Paint your design, using the leading outlines as guides to the sections.

The glass paint also comes in plastic bottles with nozzles.

Again you will need to snip the end with scissors to form a small hole in the nozzle. Do not shake the bottle before painting or during the painting process. This paint does not require mixing and is thinner, so that stirring or shaking will create some air bubbles or froth that will make your project more difficult.

It is best to start painting in the center of the design and work your way out so you do not lay your arm in areas already painted.

Apply sealer to your project.

Apply the sealer to your painted project as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This will protect your painted window from fingerprints and changes in humidity. Let the project dry for 24 hours before hanging in the window.

Hang the Plexiglas sheet in the window.

Place the clear double-sided tape around the edges of your window. Mount the painted Plexiglas sheet onto the tape by pressing gently around the edges. After one week you can clean the painted window with a damp cloth.

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