Faux stained glass DIY

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This article is the second in a two-part series.  Read the first partHow to use relief outliner paint.

The supplies for this project:Super Clear Resintransluscent resin dyes from Castin Craft, Stampendeous Fragments,Pearl ExResin Obsession stir sticks, dollar store glue spreaders, andnitrile gloves.

I cover my whole work area with wax paper to protect my work surface.

For small castings, such as this project, it can be helpful to have a small tray to be able to move the project easily. For my tray, I used recycled packaging and recycled card board from a paper pad for rigidity.

I slipped the card board into the packaging between the plastic layers.

Since resin does not stick to wax paper, I always line my tray with wax paper to reduce the chance my tray will get ruined with stray resin.

I remove the wax paper with outliner from the plastic sheet and tape it down on the tray.

Super Clear is a 2:1 epoxy resin that cures very clear. Its a thin viscosity resin which makes it ideal for molds or bezels as doming isnt the final objective.

I always use 2 cups to measure the resin parts. For this project, I poured 4 drams of part A and 2 drams of part B.

I pour part B into part A and stir slowly to mix the parts.

Resin Obsession stir sticks are perfect for mixing resin. The sticks are rigid with a wide paddle and perfectly flat.

The first colour on this project is the flesh tone. For this I usedPink Gold Pearl Ex.

Using one of the dollar store glue spreaders, I measure out a small amount of Pearl Ex, about the size of a pea. The dollar store spreaders are not ideal for mixing resin because the paddle is flexible and the handle has sticky-outy bits. But, its good for transferring powder pigment. A dry stir stick can also be used.

TIP: Using different types of sticks for measuring and mixing reduces the chance of putting a resin wet stick in a dry pigment container.

Using a new stir stick, add a small amount of resin to the pigment.

Stir the pigment into the resin. Stir slowly to avoid adding bubbles.

Add more resin to the coloured resin until it is the designed colour and amount.

A small amount of Pearl Ex in clear resin is translucent when poured thinly.

Drip a small amount of resin into a skin area and spread it carefully to the edges.

To get into the small areas, a toothpick can be used. Try not to scratch the wax paper.

With the project on a small tray, its easy to turn it to get to all areas of the image without hovering your hand over wet resin.

The resin needs to touch all edges of the Outliner for the colour area. The resin will bond to the Outliner where it touches.

The sky is started with a drop or two of liquid blue transparent resin dye. Mix the blue dye with a small amount of resin.

To the resin and dye, I add in a small amount ofPearl Ex Interference Blue.

Blue dye, Interference Blue, and resin has an intense slightly pearled colour.

Add a small amount ofTurquoise Pearl Exand more resin to lighten the colour. Just as with the Pink Gold, add more resin until it is the desired colour and amount.

In the larger sky area, a stir stick can be used to spread the resin. An even coat over the area is needed.

The sand starts with a drop of both yellow and orange transparent dye.

You can add dry pigment to the wet before adding resin. I addedInterference Goldto the yellow and orange dye.

As with the other colours, stir with a small amount of resin then add more resin until its the colour and amount you want.

To add texture to the sand, I wanted to use Stampendeous Fragments.

The fragments are pretty large so I put a small amount of them in a coffee filter.

I crushed them with the back of a paint brush to make them smaller.

The crushed fragments are smaller and will add a nice texture appearance.

Pour the crushed fragments into the sand coloured resin. I use a Pearl Ex bottle to prop up the stir stick because the stick is heavier than the resin in the cup. This helps to keep it from tipping.

The sand is poured like the other two areas.

Use a toothpick to spread it to all areas.

The big areas are done and it could be left to cure like this. But Since the resin has started to cure and get a bit thicker, it can be used for marbling and marbling can be used to add clouds.

MixMicropearl Pearl Exwith the thick resin.

Drip the thicker white pearl resin into the sky area.

The blue and white marble to be a sky with thin clouds.

Cover the project while its curing to avoid unwanted bits, like cat hair, from becoming a part of your project.

When the project is cured to the point where it can be demolded, the wax paper can be peeled off. Super Clear cures to demolding in 6+ hours. Other resins may take at least 12 hours. You can let it cure longer before peeling off the wax paper, it will just be stiffer. If the project is a bit floppy when you first take the wax paper off, let it continue to cure on a flat surface.

When the project is fully cured, you can trim any rough edges of the Outliner with a scissors.

If you have any gaps or want to make the project thicker, once it is cured you can do an over pour of resin as you would for any other canvas. Once it is fully cured, you can even do a doming layer with a different epoxy resin such asIce resin.

This is another sample with a lighter sky.

So what do you think of my faux stained glass DIY?  What would you like to make?

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When I first saw this, I thought the blue was water where you were making the swirls, it looked like sun on waves. id love to try this but dont know if my hands are steady enough. i like both the versions you made.

What a great idea! Just wondering how this would fare in an outdoor setting? Would the pigments be prone to fading and/or UV damage? Is there a different resin that would suit outdoor use better? Or would sandwiching it between clear resin pours on either side help protect the artwork?

You could add resins to both side, but with outside use, it will yellow faster.

Stunning! Absolutely stunning! You are a true magician! Thank you for sharing with all of us!

I love this project thank you! I happen to have some Pebeo outliners from my silk painting days so I will be giving this a go very soon!

Thanks for putting this out so far before Christmas. I have ideas! I am a newbie to resin so forgive the possibly beginner question, but how would you add a hanging loop to this. Thanks for an awesome concept.

I would probably use one of our glue on bails to hang the project.

Just loving this site, fabulous ideas. I am attempting to make resin pendants with the outline. My outline is gold and some shapes I traced, some I made up. Am going to colour the resin as I dont particularity want it too transparent. If they work I will put them on your site.

That sounds great Michelle. Cant wait to see them!

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