Painted Stained Glass Tutorial

 If you are as addicted to Pinterest as I am you have probably seen the picture with the sea glass colored candlesticks!  I instantly fell in love with them and knew I had to make them. Unfortunately,  this image did not link back to a tutorial to give the details.
I decided I would play around with it and write a more comprehensive tutorial for this.  Mine ended up more like stained glass than sea glass but they look cool too!

Materials:
clean glass jar/candlestick/vase
Elmer’s school glue
food coloring
paint brush
clear spray paint

1.  Start by making sure whatever glass you are using is clean and dry.  I used old salsa and sauce jars because I love decorating with them.

Is is just me or does this look like a melted snowman?

2  Mix 2 tablespoons of glue with approximately 12 drops of food coloring.  For this one I did 6 red drops and 6 blue drop to get purple.  Make sure the color of your glue mixture is dark.  Pale pastels come out almost clear once the glue dries on glass.



3.  Once mixed paint the outside of the glass.  I put 2 coats of glue on my jars to give it a darker color. Don’t worry about trying to make each coat of glue even.  You will get a cool marble like color effect when it is not even. Let the jar sit to dry for approximately 15 minutes.   After they have dried spray paint them with clear coat to seal in the glue so it does not peal off.

Tada!  You have faux stained glass!

They look really cool when in direct sunlight!  I think next time I make them I am going to add some wire to around the top of the jar to make it a hanging candle holder.

As always if you have any questions please feel free to ask and/or send me pics of your finished project.  I would love to see what you came up with.

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