Creative art activities have always been a popular pastime, especially projects where you can customize small details to suit your life, the way that you can when you make your own stained glass. When you think of this product it's probably in some church window, but these items are great in small pieces that hang in your home to catch light and cast a lovely rainbow glow on whatever room they occupy. They also are great in the garden, or hanging outside of your home with a set of wind chimes. This particular project is a little more in depth than other artistic endeavors you may take on, but it's well worth the effort.
Before you begin to make your own stained glass you have to decide on an appropriate pattern. This can be almost any shape or object, but it must be kept relatively simple at first. It's true that detailed projects of this type make for gorgeous displays, but you don't want to get in over your head on your first try and wind up wishing that you'd chosen something a little more simple to get the hang of the process first. Butterflies, stars, hearts, and other easy outlines are great starter shapes for adults and children.
One of the great things about this project is that when you make your own stained glass you can choose a specific type of glass or mix and match different styles to make a truly unique piece. Think about things like transparency, texture, thickness, and color before making a purchase. Remember that this is a product designed for this artistic activity, so don't just pick it up at the local hardware store, a craft or art shop is a better choice.
Once you've purchased the surface on which you'll work you need to sketch out the shape you've chosen. To do this you can use a stencil, but if you have steady hands and are good at drawing then feel free to do it free hand. After this you'll need to score and cut the individual shapes out that make up the larger image you've chosen. Remember that when you make your own stained glass it is ultimately many small pieces coming together to make a pretty picture. Scoring is followed by painting, which is then followed by cutting, and you should try to be as precise as possible, otherwise it may chip and ruin the outlines you've created.
Finally when you make your own stained glass you have to use foil and soldering equipment to get that beautiful metallic tone in between the pieces of glass. Not only does this act as a bonding agent to hold your creation together, but it's part of what gives it the required distinct look. The foil separates each individual piece in a more distinct way, making each color pop.
You can find other make your own stained glass products on the market in premade shapes, sometimes in plastic rather than glass. Some come with toll paints, others use special markers to turn this craft into a children's activity. Take a look around your local art store to see what's available before you get started.