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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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.

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.

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.




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 discontinued, 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, 16020 Amber, 16076 Liquid Leading.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Beat the Summer Heat with Gallery Glass

Here are some whimsical summer designs to cool you down and provide quality time with the kids and grandchildren. Everybody loves food and what better way to be creative than with these cool ice cream shapes and junk food. Add a few fun in the sun activities, and you have a prescription for a sizzling summer. These projects are fun for the young at heart--of all ages. Use the colors of your choice. I apologize for the visual aspects of the images. I took these designs straight from my loose leaf pattern book and they are not the best, but you can print them out and make them on the round blank plastic plates that you can buy from party store or you can alter them slightly to fit 8"x10" glass from old picture frames. Have fun with them.