Stained glass wall art can make a stunning addition to any bedroom decor!
I’ve always had a fascination with stained glass and longed to own a piece. But the time and expertise that goes into creating these beautiful works of art unfortunately priced it right out of my budget when I young. After purchasing my first house, I was house rich but cash poor!
After discovering a beginner’s stained glass course at my local community centre, I jumped at the chance to learn the art. Several years later I continued taking courses at a stained glass studio. When I moved to a new neighbourhood, I dabbled with glass mosaic:
I hung this one in my spare bedroom.
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Once I had the itch, I also tried fused glass…
Stained Glass VW
After dating Hubs for about 6 months, I felt compelled to create something extra special out of glass for his birthday. I was at the point in my learning where I was starting to experiment with mixed media. Techniques like 3D, fusing, sandblasting and leading are fun challenges!
Since Hubs spent years restoring his cherished ’66 VW bug, the theme for this piece is Volkswagen. If you’re a VW fan too, check out this needle felted beetle and upcycled kitchen cabinets. After searching the net for inspiration, this clipart that got the wheels turning – pun intended :).
For the stoplight, I cut pieces from yellow art glass and melt the wing pieces in the kiln to soften the edges. For the centre, I sandblast lines (filing them in with a permanent marker) then glue on faceted glass gems for the red, amber and green signals.
When I find some incredible glass that looks like chrome, I use it for the bumpers on the VW bug. That piece is cut, stacked and fused together in one piece, then glued in place.
A VW art piece isn’t complete without the VW logo. Sandblasing the logo onto a round piece of bevelled glass does the trick.
Just off-centre, I use a piece of grey mirror backed glass (similar to the one I use on our powder room makeover), sandblasting VW ’66 – the year of Hubs’ car. I then drill a hole through the glass with a special water-cooled glass grinder and insert a clock mechanism. While glass art is beautiful, you might as well have form and function!
The final touches are to fuse glass keys and a VW fob for a keychain. Then add a ‘road’ for the VW to drive on by sandblasting stripes in the centre of black glass.
Ultimately, it turns out to be so much work. Despite my best efforts I completely miss the deadline for Hubs’ birthday! So I scramble to get it done for Christmas a few months later and surprise him at his parent’s house on Christmas morning.
He loved it! Even more, I guess he loved me too because two months later we were engaged. I thought the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach, but apparently one-of-a-kind glass clocks work too 🙂
VW Stained Glass Wall Art
Once we were married, the VW stained glass clock went right onto one of the walls in our master bedroom.
It provides a nice splash of colour about this metal pie safe upcycle.
Here’s a closeup of the piece on the wall:
Stained glass is one of my favourite creative outlets so if you’re looking to take up a new and exciting hobby, I highly recommend it. You can probably find a community course or stained glass studio right in your own city (if you happen to live in the Toronto area, I highly recommend ‘Glasstronomy Studios‘. They have incredible workshops ranging from beginner to advanced and you can even commission a piece if you’re not inclined to learn stained glass for yourself :).
Check out these Glass Mini Blocks to see the result of the most recent course I took!
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