Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Stained Glass Vintage Window

I've been obsessed with stained glass ever since I was a kid.....I'd sit in church, bored out of my mind, and stare at the colorful windows for the entire hour wondering how they were put together, how they cut the glass, whether or not Jesus was as cold as I was in that dank church and how long before I could go home?!  As much as I would like to learn traditional stained glass techniques, I've always been more interested in faux stained glass projects like using Crystal Gloss Enamels or tissue paper decoupaged over glass.  When I ran across versions of the technique I'm sharing today, well, I had to try it.  The one thing I did change about it was that I added some resin to secure and coat the sharp edges of the glass pieces.  It worked perfectly.  Remember to recycle glass, grab old windows from construction sites and thrift stores and always Make Your Mark!  
Resting on my patio until I figure out where to permanently place it
  A little up-close shot
Resting on my banister
 Watch how I made it here
Old framed glass window
E-6000 Glue
Colorful glass floral marbles
E-6000 Glaze Coat (1 quart for a smaller window)
Small torch
Broken glass in different colors
1. 2. & 3.  Break colorful glass pieces in a paper bag or newspaper using a hammer
4. 5. & 6.  Arrange the broken pieces and glass marbles on your clean window in a pattern you like
7. 8. & 9.  Carefully glue each piece in place with E-6000 glue so that they don't shift
10. & 11.  Following the directions, mix the Glaze Coat and fill the window making sure to coat any sharp edges of the glass
12.  Using a small torch, pop the bubbles so that the resin is completely clear
*You can also use a long arm lighter



  1. Love this. How would I incorporate colored tissue or crepe paper into it?

    1. Not sure but I do love the way tissue paper looks on glass. It's beautiful!

  2. Replies
    1. Yes you can. I've tinted it before with this product: https://www.amazon.com/UVO-Pack-Color-Sampler-Tube/dp/B00MFUGEN0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484748787&sr=8-1&keywords=smooth-on+resin+tint

  3. I noticed you used the famowood glaze coat in the red box (craft resin). Is it OK to use the famowood glaze coat in the blue box? I'm not familiar with the product yet and I'm not sure of the difference btn the 2.

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  5. Can the epoxy resins craft and non craft be used interchangably?

  6. Making my ... so much fun ... ne t step tomorrow is the resin ... a bit nervous

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  8. I want to do this on my exterior kitchen door. Any suggestions how to use this technique and do I do it to the interior side of the window or the exterior side?

    1. Hm..I think that would be your preference. I'd probably do it on the inside of the door since you're inside most of the time. Also, you will have to remove your door for this technique and do it on a very flat, even surface. I would also make sure that your broken glass pieces are really flat and coated in resin so the surface (though a little bumpy) would be smooth. Depending on the depth of the frame around the glass, you could submerge the pieces completely, though you want to think about the hinge quality and how heavy your door might be after something like this. It's lots of glass and resin! Good luck and let me know how it goes.

  9. Beautiful work!
    Read many mixed reviews on the glaze coat used here, can other resins be used like art resin?

  10. This is absolutely beautiful!!!
    I love putting my own little touches on things as well, some turn out great and some not so much.
    You did a great job on this!!