Stained glass windows look cool. To observe them, you can go to old churches. You will surely observe beautiful windows there. Or you can simply go to a home improvement store near your place. There check out various designs, patterns and styles of stained glass windows. Mosaic design is a pretty popular design used to make such glass windows. Many glass windows which are stained have a design which is created inside a circle. Also, religious symbols are quite commonly seen on stained windows. Some stained windows are so huge, that a full scene is stained on them by the artist. Stained windows are attractive home fixtures.
The real process of staining windows can be quite tedious. Hence, there are professionals who do staining for windows. Also, special materials are required for staining windows. The process of making stained glass window goes like this. During the manufacturing procedure of the glass, the glass gets colored by the addition of metallic salts. This colored glass gets added to the window glass.
The small pieces of glass are arranged in a specific desired pattern, and it is made to stick to the window glass with the help of lead and a rigid frame. Sounds like quite a difficult process, doesn't it? However, you don't have to be bothered about this. With some creativity and basic household stuff you can make your own stained glass window with tissue. Yep, it looks almost like the real one. So, let's get started.
Tips on Making a Stained Glass Window with Tissue Papers
Things You Need
- School Glue
- Various Tissue Paper Sheets
- Paper Cutter
- Brush (to apply glue)
- Black Sketch pen
Making School Glue
You can buy school glue at a stationery store or make a small batch of it for the project at home. To make school glue follow these steps. Don't go with any exact proportions of material when making the glue, but do try to make a medium-sized batch. Say about two cups. For this take white flour and water and whisk them together till you get a smooth nice paste. Let the mix boil for say 10-15 minute. The paste should be of medium consistency, neither too drippy nor too thick. Add some petroleum jelly to the paste to make it more sticky.
Staining the Window with Tissue
To stain the window first decide on a pattern or a design. Mosaic is the simplest of all, as you can hide your mistakes easily in it. So, on the glass window draw a design. Say of big flowers with a stem and few leaves. If you want in a corner you can add a small sun with tiny rays too. Draw the design with the sketch pen. This is a rough design. Now, brush on the school glue on the circle completely.
Then inside the design start sticking small bits of colored tissue paper. Different tissues for the flower, green tissue for leaves, yellow for sun, etc. Let the window dry completely. Again apply a layer of school glue. Then on the borders of the drawing apply black bits of tissue paper. Finally let it dry and again apply another coat of school glue. Voila! Beautiful stained glass window art is ready!
These were some useful tips and techniques that will help to create stained window glass art with tissues. You can make beautiful and varied design and patterns on various glass items by following the above tips. This will help you make great looking stained glass stuff, like stained glass vases, votive, frames, glasses, etc. that you can gift to others. So, what are you waiting for? Collect all the things you need, and get started on the project.