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Art Deco Stained Glass DIY

January 4, 2016
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Art Deco Stained Glass DIY
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Art Deco is making a comeback in home décor design lately. This simple and beautiful craft idea is inspired by the art deco style, with a little gold metallic glam added. I started with an unfinished tryptic wood frame that I found at my local Michael’s store. Instead of adding pictures to the frames, I decided to add my own “stained glass” art without cutting one piece of glass!

Items needed:

  • Dazzling Metallics 2oz - Splendid Gold
  • Glass Stains 1oz - Black Leading
  • Glass Stains 1oz - Clear
  • Glass Stains 1oz - Red
  • Glass Stains 1oz - Yellow
  • Unfinished Wood Frames
  • Art Deco Template
  • Toothpicks
  • Q-Tips

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Art Deco is making a comeback in home décor design lately. This simple and beautiful craft idea is inspired by the art deco style, with a little gold metallic glam added. I started with an unfinished tryptic wood frame that I found at my local Michael’s store. Instead of adding pictures to the frames, I decided to add my own “stained glass” art without cutting one piece of glass!

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First, I created this art deco design to use as a template for my three frames. I made them to size of my 3” x 3” frames. 

First I removed the glass and wood pieces from the center of each frame. Then I painted the wood frames with my gold metallic paint.

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While my painted frames were drying, it was time to create my stained glass design. I love that you can create a beautiful stained glass look without cutting any glass by using DecoArt glass stains! I placed my template underneath my pieces of glass and taped them down with painters tape to secure. Then I used the black leading glass stain outliner to trace over my design. Make sure you do this on a flat surface and that it can dry for 6-8 hours before adding the glass stain color. 

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After it was dry, it was time to add color. I used the red, clear and yellow glass stain colors and filled in the areas between the black leading lines. Be careful not to fill the areas too full with color or they may bleed over into the other areas. 

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This part is crucial to let dry in a flat surface. I used toothpicks to pop any bubbles as the stain starts to set and Q-tips to clean up any overflow spots. 

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Then the colored stain needs to dry completely for another 6-8 hours. It is amazing how much it looks like real stained glass!

After everything was dry, I assembled all the pieces back together, omitting the wood backer that would normally be there when used as a picture frame. I wanted to the light to shine through my new glass stained design

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I love how it turned out! Get inspired by the art deco style and create your own stained glass masterpiece.

 Happy Crafting!

Be sure to visit Club Chica Circle  for more projects and to learn more about Pauline Molinari.

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