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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Making Clings with Gallery Glass

Back to school time puts more emphasis on sports and Fall holidays. You will want to celebrate each and every one with Clings. Some can be made into a themed overall window design and others are great for just the occasional temporary holiday motif on the window. I love to decorate my kitchen window over the sink with the Clings of the season. It helps me to focus on upcoming events so that I can maximize my efforts toward that holiday in a timely manner. Don't make Clings larger than your hand because they will not store as well and have a tendency to fold up on themselves. It's better to divide a large image into several parts and place them next to each other if you are making a larger decoration. After you've become familiar with the technique, scroll to the bottom the post to see a whole year of designs.

Please feel free to print out designs and patterns. 1. Move curser to image you wish to print. 2. right click on the image and sdelect "open link to new window". 3. Click "File" and select "print preview" 4. Adjust size by selecting "shrink to fit" and find the percentage that will allow you to print the whole design. 5. "print"


I would like to expand on the category of Clings. Below is what I would call the "long form" instructions. If you are a beginner, you will benefit from these tips and techniques. 
How to make Clings - Gallery Glass Clings are easy and fun to mak. These are two simple steps to follow: First, lead the designs with Liquid Leading. Next, fill in the areas created by the lead borders with Gallery Glass paint.

Positioning Your Pattern - Choose a Cling design, draw your own design, or adapt one from another source such as a coloring book. Place the pattern under a GG Leading Blank with the smooth side up. Clings will not stick to the window, if made on the rough side of the Blank. Surface Alternative: Trace the designs for your project, cut them out, and tape them ontio a piece of cardboard that will fit into a food storage bag. Make the Clings on the outside of the bag. Peel off and use the bag for new designs.

Outlining the Cling Design with Liquid Leading - Before you begin, protect your work surface with white or light color poster board,
Note: Decide if your Cling is too detailed for a 1/8" bead of leading from the bottle. You may need to use a Tape Tip. Instructions to create this narrower bead are given in this blog under the Leading Tips Category.
1. Prepare the Leading bottle: You bottle probably already has a hole, so remove the tip and remove the protective seal. Hold the bottle upside down and tap it firmly on a hard surface to force leading into the tip.
2. Practice leading: Reap step 3, then practice that technique on notebook paper. When you feel comfortable with the technique, begin leading your project.
3. The grip: Hold the inverted bottle in "broom handle" fashion in a vertical position. Do not rest your elbow on the work surface; it will inhibit your movement.
4. Making a bead: Squeeze the bottle. As the leading begins to flow, "anchor" (or touch) the leading to the surface where you want to begin the line. Apply even pressure and a uniform cord of leading will form. Raise the tip of the nozzle above your work surface before moving forward. The "cord" of leading will drape down onto the pattern line as you squeeze the bottle, following your pattern as you move forward. When you get near the end of your pattern line, stop squeezing and lower the tip to your work and allow the bead to intersect with previous lines. By stopping pressure BEFORE the end of the desired line, a bump of extra leading at the end--is prevented.
5. Drying: The leaded project must dry for at least 8 hours before adding paint--longer if conditions are humid.
6. Correcting mistakes: After the leading is dry, use your fingernail to pull up any unwanted leading and snip off or trim it away with small scissors. Lay the leading line that remains back on the Blank and press firmly in place. Do not use a craft knife on the Leading Blank.

Carol's Tips for Leading
 Messy lines: Uniform lead lines are achieved by dispensing leading ABOVE the surface and by coordinating your pressure on the bottle with your forward movement. Practice on notebook paper until you have mastered this skill. I practice making lines and grapes until they look smooth and uniform.
Beginning Bumps: If your leading curls up around the bottle tip as you begin to squeeze, you are not "anchoring" the leading to the plastic soon enough or you need to wipe the tip with a paper towel before beginning the line.
Ending bumps: If tails or bumps occur at the end of a line of leading, stop squeezing sooner than you are--well before you reach the end of the line--and bring the tip down to allow the bead to end on the plastic or a a previously leaded line.

Painting the Cling with Gallery Glass Window Color (bottle in illustration is an older version of Window Color)
Note: Do not shake the bottles of paint unless they appear to have separated, because the paint will get thinner, making it difficult to apply to a vertical surface without running. However, it is fine to use on horizontal surfaces, regardless of the viscosity.

1. Remove the cap. Clean out any dried paint you see in the tip. You can push it to the side, easing it out of the bottle, remove the dried paint and replace the tip firmly into the bottle by snapping it into place.
2. Coloring: Begin adding paint into your leaded design by squeezing it around the perimeter of the leaded area, then fill in the center. (see photo)
Be sure to apply the paint up on the leading, using it as a bumper while  you are applying the paint. Failure to do so will leave light holes or a lighter "halo" next to the leading. The paint up on the leading will not show when the Cling is cured. Add a generous amount of paint up to the top of the leading, but do not add so much that it sticks up above the leading. If the colored area is too thin, the cured Cling may tear during removal from the plastic. Use a nutpick or a toothpick to evenly distribute the paint in the section. (See photo)
3. Combing: To minimize bubbles, "streak" back and forth in the paint to smooth the texture and pop the bubbles. Be careful when combing on plastic bags.

4. Tapping: After combing, more bubbles may be popped by "tapping". Hold the Leading Blank or piece of cardboard firmly in your non-painting hand and tap directly under the combed section with a pencil, the acorn end of the nutpick or the inverted bowl of a teaspoon. If using plastic bag covered cardboard, tap more firmly. (See photo)
5. Clean-up: If you spill paint on clothing or another surface, wash it off immediately using soap and water; do not allow it to dry before removing it.
6. Drying: Allow the project to dry for 24 to 48 hours on a dry, flat surface with good air circulation, such as the top of the refrigerator. Drying time may vary depending on the thickness of the paint and the humidity. All cloudy areas must turn transparent before proceeding.

Removing the Cling
After the Cling has cured, it can be removed from your project surface (Leading Blank or Plastic Bag). Like magic, the leaded and painted design will peel up as one piece. The Cling can now be placed on a clean window or mirror where it sill adhere-- without addition glue or adhesive--until you wish to peel it off.

Carol's Painting Tips
Size: When designing your own Clings, limit the size to approximately 5"x5" for maximum durability. 

Segmenting: Designs should be segmented so each color has a closed section. Add lines to your design where needed before the leading step. This step also adds to the look of real stained glass.

Holes: Small "light" holes in corners of painted sections can be eliminated by dabbing Liquid Leading over the hole. This method is less noticeable than re-coating the section with paint, or trying to patch just the gap with wet paint.

Changing a color: Change your mind, or someone put their finger in the wet paint? Wait until the Cling dries, remove the Cling from the Blank or plastic bag, and use small scissors to cut the paint as close as possible to the lead line and remove it. Place the Cling on project surface, press flat and apply more colors. Let the new color dry thoroughly.

Darkening a color: To intensify a color, you may apply more than one coat. Let each coat dry before applying the next.

Lightening a color: Paint may be lightened by mixing it with Crystal Clear before applying. Pour it into a foam cup and mix with a craft stick, then pour back into one of the bottles for application.

Cloudy look: All Gallery Glass paints have a milky appearance immediately after application, but they will be clearer whey dry. Some colors dry transparent (like Crystal Clear) and some dry translucent (like Snow White). Experience will show you which are more and less transparent.

Bubbles: Small air bubbles that are hidden under the surface during application can sometimes add to the realistic stained glass look. However. eliminate large bubbles for a more uniform coating either by using the tip of the bottle or a "pick" for popping. Be meticulous about Combing and Tapping. They are essential for a bubble free professional looking project.

Window Application, Removal & Storage
Window Application: Place the Cling on a clean window or mirror. Smooth the design from the center outward to avoid air bubbles. Note: Do not place Clings on moist windows that sweat in Winter.

Removal: To remove the Cling from a window, life the edge and pull gently. In cold weather, Clings may shatter if the glass is too cold. If it seems brittle or resists removal, warm it first with a hair dryer. In warm weather, the Cling can stretch during removal--wait until the glass is cool to remove it (like at night).

Reusing: If the Cling will not stick when reapplying, clean the back with a paper towel moistened with window cleaner before putting it on a completely clean window.

Storage: To store Clings, ideally place them on Leading blanks, press out any air bubbles and store in a plastic bag. Keep them cool and flat until ready to reapply. The bag is essential to keep the Clings flexible over time. Never store any Gallery Glass project in tissue paper, The paper fibers will adhere to the surface. However, paper fibers can sometimes be removed with a wet cloth and serious rubbing. Also, don't store in bubble wrap, the bubbles will leave bumps in the surface of the cling.

Now for the printable instructions that you may want to print out and lay beside you as you work. You can see the longer description of each step in the process printed above. 
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall can be Cheer-ful with Gallery Glass - 10" round

Falling leaves and tolling school bells bring to mind one thing--football. School sports are enjoyed by the young and the young at heart. And what better way to broadcast your team spirit than with a unique football suncatcher customized with your team's official colors. This design is easy to adapt because it suggests placement for the primary and secondary team colors. The team logo can also be added to the center section for the ultimate tribute. 
The 10" round blank is discontinued, but there are a number of other alternate surfaces. The party supply stores market a good selection of clear plastic plates. Look for the ones that are approx. 10" in diameter. You can shrink or enlarge the design to fit the surface. After your round project is dry, you can melt a hole in the top edge of the plastic plate so that it can be hung from a suction cup or insert a  12" piece of ribbon for hanging on a door knob or window sash lock button. This is a very inexpensive way for the kids to make customized gifts for friends, fellow team mates, coaches, fans, parents and teachers. IDEA! It might even make a good fund raiser. Be sure to research and respect all copyrights and propose the idea to the proper authorities at the school before you duplicate their logo. You can, however, do just the colors (as shown), even if duplication of the logos is prohibited.

Here are some personalized versions of the classic cheerleading panel. As you might guess, we live in Georgia. These are our local favorites. You can easily adapt them to your favorites, both by symbols and color choices.

Supplies: Primary Team Color, Secondary Team Color, 16001, Crystal Clear, 16002 Snow White, 16007 Cocoa Brown, 16851 Green Shimmer, 16216 10" Round Blank, 16076 Liquid Leading.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Window Book- Bring the Outdoors In

In the Summer, all minds turn to the warmer weather, flowers and birds. That's when most people discover an uncontrollable urge to get out in the garden and get their hands dirty. Gallery Glass can create that wonderful "outdoor" feeling at any time of year, as seen in this mock Gazebo effect created with just one repeating pattern. It is a surprisingly simple, but a very elegant design. You could add flowers to the pattern, but I liked it without any--the possibilities of color enhancement are therefore limitless. My main objective was to avoid the purchase of expensive window treatments. It would have been costly to cover 5 large windows, but I really needed privacy because the breakfast area faced a public road beyond the yard. You want to feel free to eat your morning meal in your bathrobe--once and a while.
The latticework borders at the top and bottom of each sash enhance the gazebo feeling of this octagonal room. The center areas can be left unpainted to expose an attractive view. The recommended technique is the vertical method of application. See the bottom of this post for details of the 3 techniques used in this book. You can follow instructions on the message board for printing out the instructions--or the pictures to use for a pattern.

Gazebo Repeating Pattern - Divide the width of the window in equal parts (like 3 or 4) and enlarge the pattern to that width. You don't want to have part of a pattern on the edge. These windows were very wide and I enlarged the pattern to 9.5 inches. When estimating Redi-Lead, measure the amount needed for one segment of pattern and multiply it by the number of times it will be repeated in all the windows. This dining area had 5 identical windows. You could also do this pattern on 1/8th inch plexiglas and use a glazing gun or push points to hold them in place. However, that would be a significant expense. Panels for 5 windows would cost about $200. So the simplicity of this design makes an excellent candidate for Vertical application technique that allows you to put it directly on the glass that is already in the window.
Gallery Glass Colors: 16002 Snow White, 16003 Cameo Ivory, 16081 Crystal Clear, 16076 Black Liquid Leading or Redi-Lead.

HELPFUL HINTS ON MOISTURE: Control the humidity as much as possible in your home after your painted windows have dried, initially. High humidity and rainy days can make Gallery Glass Window Color paints look cloudy (especially the Crystal Clear paint). Once the humidity drops, the cloudiness will go away. Air circulation and warmer air are conducive to clearer windows. Open bathroom doors after showers, use central heat and air rather than space heaters, and don't open your windows in humid weather. You can also use a hair dryer to clear a window--set the dryer on its lowest setting and, holding it 6 to 10" from the surface, move the air across the window until it the cloudiness clears.
Wait for a dry day to create a Window Color project. Rainy days and high humidity can cause problems. Even if your windows are dry to the touch, having too much moisture in the air can keep the paint from drying indefinitely, because moisture will get trapped under the paint. It will eventually clear after an extended period of dry weather, but it takes a lot longer since the moisture is trapped under cured paint.
The Victorian Swirl pattern was enlarged so the width fits the dimensions of these bedroom windows. An extra white border was added, top and bottom, to fill the remaining space. Use the vertical method. Gallery Glass colors: Crystal Clear, 8 oz. #16081, Clear Frost #16022, Gold Sparkle #16019, Denim Blue #16010, Snow White #16002. 
Classical Urns - These Classical Urns can be used as free-hanging window decorations or framed art. This bathroom window was created by taping the three designs together and framing them with lines drawn to create perspective and a trompe l'oeil garden effect. Using this photo as a guide, adjust the patterns to fit your window. Draw the perspective lines to the window corners. Gallery Glass Colors: Crystal Clear 8 oz. #16081, Snow White #16002, Cameo Ivory #16003, Sunny Yellow #16004, Orange Poppy #16005, Canyon Coral #16006, Cocoa Brown #16007, Kelly Green #16008, Emerald Green #16009, Amber #16020, Ivy Green #16024.

Cherubs Mirror can be created on clear glass OR on a mirror, as shown. Use horizontal application. Gallery Glass Colors: Crystal Clear #16001, Snow White #16002, Cameo Ivory #16003, Kelly Green #16008, Clear Frost #16022, Ivy Green #16024
Country Tulips - Cheerful yellow tulips accented with blue are a sunny accent. Use the complete tulip design on the top half of the window. Invert the design and use the mirror image for the bottom half. Use Vertical Application. Gallery Glass Colors: Crystal Clear #16001, Snow White #16002, Sunny Yellow #16004, Denim Blue #16010, Slate Blue #16013,Clear Frost #16022.

Grapes and Magnolias was created to fit this 36" door. It has a strongly classical feeling that enhances the traditional feeling of the foyer. It also provides privacy and light to an otherwise vulnerable space. Can you imagine the view visitors would get from the porch--without the Gallery Glass? Use Vertical Application. Gallery Glass Colors: Crystal Clear 8 oz. #16081, Cameo Ivory #16003, Cocoa Brown #16007, Kelly Green #16008, Amethyst #16014, Rose Quartz #16016, Magenta Royale #16017, Clear Frost #16022, Ivy Green #16024.

Fruit and Swag Border - This versatile Swag Border was done using the modular technique. The wide swags were used across the top of the window and the narrow swags were used on the sides. You can use floral motifs to tie them together, as well. Gallery Glass Colors:
Crystal Clear 8 oz. #16081, Snow White #16002, Canyon Coral 16006, Kelly Green #16008, Denim Blue #16010, Amethyst #16014,  Ruby Red #16015, Magenta Royale #16017, Amber #16020, Clear Frost #16022, Ivy Green #16024.

Fleur De Lis - The border design was repeated several times top and bottom. To create the diamonds, draw crossed diagonal lines to fill the remaining space on your windows. Use Vertical Method. Gallery Glass Colors: Cameo Ivory #16003, Gold Sparkle #16019, Clear Frost #1022, Crystal Clear, 8 oz. 16081.

Water Lilies - The Water Lily elements can be repeated or overlapped. A simple border finishes the window. Use the Modular Method. Gallery Glass Colors: Crystal Clear, 8 oz. #16081, Kelly Green #16008, Denim Blue #16010, Rose Quartz #16016, Berry Red #16023, Ivy Green #16024.

Classic French Door - The corners of this design can be adapted to fit almost any size pane. Remaining outer panes should be filled in with straight border sections. If your door has three or more panes in each row, fill the center ones with Crystal Clear Window Colors.

Close-ups of Individual Windows shown above for patterning purposes.




Monday, September 8, 2014

Put on your Game Face!

Now is the time of year when all young (and young at heart) minds turn to sports. Whether you follow them during the regular season, or not, it's hard to ignore them during the playoffs. So let's see what we can do to add to team spirit. These are my favorite sports designs because, by and large, sports equipment is not very colorful. So by adding the accessory, we get a chance to incorporate the team colors into the design.

Now you know that I'm going to put my own favorites in the sample, but feel free to edit color choices. These are very simple designs and really work well together in pairs, or as a set, so I'm giving you all 4 (sorry, hockey fans, we're too far South). You can mix and match. They also are unisex, so you can make them for girls, as well. Since there are no more ovals, purchase clear plastic plates at the Party Store and do them on the large size. Use a woodburning tool to make a hole and hang with ribbon.

Back to School with Gallery Glass - 10" round

Now that the kids are back in school, every one's mind turns to pencils, apples, school bells and CRAFTS. What better way to celebrate this much anticipated annual event than with a colorful Back to School Suncatcher that everyone will enjoy. 

The 10" round blank is officially discontinued, however it is currently still available through in a set of  5 pieces for less than $20. You can often get it on sale during one of the site-wide sales or Gallery Glass promotions. However, there are a number of alternative surfaces. The party stores market a good selection of clear plastic plates. Look for those that are approx. 10" in diameter. You can shrink or enlarge the design to fit the surface. After your round project is dry, you can melt a hole in the top edge of the plastic plate so that it can be hung from a suction cup or outfitted with a 12" piece of ribbon for hanging to a door knob or window sash lock button. This is a very inexpensive way for the kids to make gifts for friends and teachers.

Supplies needed: 16001 Crystal Clear, 16008 Kelly Green, 16015 Ruby Red, 16019 Gold Sparkle, 16425 Citrus Yellow, 16216 10" Round Blank, 16225 Gallery Glass Tool Set, 16076 Liquid Leading.