Faux stained glass DIY

Faux stained glass DIY

Faux stained glass DIYby Kate Ledum

resin supplies

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

Now that the base of the project has been completed, it’s time to pour resin!

The supplies for this project: Super Clear Resin, transluscent resin dyes from Castin’ Craft, Stampendeous Fragments, Pearl Ex, Resin Obsession stir sticks, dollar store glue spreaders, and nitrile gloves.

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

resin crafting tray

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.

resin crafting tray

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

tray with wax paper

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.

crafting resin

Super Clear is a 2:1 epoxy resin that cures very clear. It’s a thin viscosity resin which makes it ideal for molds or bezels as doming isn’t 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.

pouring two part resin together

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.

Time to color the resin

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

adding pearl ex powder to resin

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, it’s 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.

mixing pearl ex powder into resin

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

mixing powder and resin

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

mixing resin with pearl ex powder pigment

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

resin and pearl ex

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

adding colored resin to a stained glass template

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

spreading resin with a toothpick

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

adding resin and pearl ex to a template

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

ensure resin touches all edges of the paint for good coverage

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

adding blue dye to resin

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.

mixing pearl ex powder with blue resin

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

mixing pearl ex powder with blue resin

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

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turquoise pearl ex and resin

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

pouring blue resin as the sky

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

adding dye to resin

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

adding gold Pearl Ex to resin

You can add dry pigment to the wet before adding resin. I added Interference Gold to the yellow and orange dye.

gold colored resin

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

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

stampendous fragments

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

crushing fragments

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

fragments for coloring resin

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

adding fragments to resin

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.

adding fragment to create a sand appearance in resin

Mix the resin with the flakes.

faux stained glass project

The sand is poured like the other two areas.

spreading colored resin to create a stained glass effect

Use a toothpick to spread it to all areas.

beach theme resin project

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.

Thickened resin for making clouds

Mix Micropearl Pearl Ex with the thick resin.

dripping white resin to create clouds

Drip the thicker white pearl resin into the sky area.

pouring white resin for clouds

Drag a toothpick through the blops.

marbled resin

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

covering resin while curing

Time to let the resin cure

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

removing cured resin from wax paper

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.

trimming resin with scissors

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 as Ice resin.

faux stained glass diy

And our project is finished!

faux stained glass resin project

This is another sample with a lighter sky.

stained glass lookalike with resin

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

7 Comments

Rhonda J Hunter

When I first saw this, I thought the blue was water – where you were making the swirls, it looked like sun on waves. i’d love to try this but don’t know if my hands are steady enough. i like both the versions you made.

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Aimee T

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?

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Katherine Swift

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

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GDD

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

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Dawn Gaye

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!
Again, THANKS! 🙂

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Barb Krause

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.

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