1st Step Achieved!
Thank you for buying our Celebration keepsake kit. Congratulations on taking another step towards wellness through creativity and art!
Below are detailed instructions on how to create a stained glass mosaic, plus a few of our thoughts on the other included projects.
We hope these activities are a fun, rewarding, and helpful step in your journey.
Before You Start
Set up your workspace for optimal comfort and focus:
🔺 Allow enough space to comfortably spread out the pieces and work on your project.
🔺 We recommend a non-carpeted floor and adding a protective barrier to your table/surface to protect it from glue, carbon copy paper, and scratches.
🔺 Be comfortable: lighting, music, and refreshments will set the mood and get you in a better headspace.
👉 Remove the stained glass pieces from the bag and spread them out. It’s easier to do a mosaic when you can see all the pieces.
👉 Position the Design
- Place the carbon copy paper shiny side-down on the canvas base.
- Choose one of the two pattern options for your project. Place the pattern on top of the carbon paper. You will be tracing over the pattern so place it well! Tape can be beneficial to holding pattern in place before tracing the image.
- Keeping the pattern and carbon paper still, slowly trace over the pattern with a pencil. Do not move or lift the carbon paper or pattern until you’re done tracing.
- Lift up the carbon paper and pattern. You should see the rough design on your canvas. You can use the pencil to darken or correct the lines on your base.
👉 Position glass pieces to fit the design.
The glass is hand-cut and so no two pieces alike. Take your time and be as neat as you want. The spacing between the pieces is your choice – you can fit them tightly together, like a jigsaw puzzle, or allow more room in between them for definition, especially if you are planning to grout your project.
👉 TIP: The more closely the pieces are fitted, the longer the project will take to complete.
👉 Glue the glass pieces to the canvas.
Once you are satisfied with the glass placement, begin gluing, starting in the center of the design and working outward. The tweezers will help you here.
- Lift up a piece of glass, place a small rounded dot of glue on the back side of the stained-glass piece, and then lay it back down on the design.
- Glue one piece after another until the project is complete.
👉 TIP: As a safety precaution, do not let the glass protrude beyond the edge of the project’s edge.
👉 Allow your project 24 hours to dry before touching, grouting, or doing the collage on the opposite side.
👉 Grout Option: Grouting means filling in the spaces between the glass with a paste (grout) that will harden and create the lines throughout your piece just like the grout between bathroom and kitchen tiles.
This optional step tends to be a little messy and may be done at a later time if desired.
👉 Grouting instructions & video can be found on our website at: www.TulsaStainedGlass.com/Grout. The video shows examples of grouted vs un-grouted projects so you may determine which look you prefer. There is important manufacturer information on this page.
The back side of the mosaic serves as the base for your photo collage. This makes your piece truly unique and personal!
There is no “right” way to do a collage, but here are a few ideas to consider for yours:
💡 Express an emotion, idea, or reflect a person or event that’s special to you.
💡 Words matter! If your collage is mostly photos, any text you add will stand out.
💡 Differences attract the eye. Help tell your story by contrasting light and dark, colors with neutrals, or small and large.
💡 Collages are a fun way to express your thoughts visually. Bright yellow can express joy, blues often denote sadness or calm, while sharp angles and jagged lines can look angry and frustrated.
Whatever you end up making, enjoy it because YOU made it! There is no perfection or judgment here. Congrats on completing it!
Idea 1: Roll up a message to a loved one past or present.
Idea 2: Put in a goal or deadline and note your reward. Then put in a new one as you accomplish each goal!
Idea 3: Write down what you’re thankful for, what you’ve achieved, or your wishes.
Idea 4: Tuck in a small memento like a dried flower or lock of hair.