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by  MaddyLane (Madeleine M Langlois)

MIY Eco-Friendly Garden Decor: Re-cycled & Re-vamped
“Upcycled plain picture frames with stained-glass look ”

Making something new utilizing old traditions and craftsmanship; a plain
picture frame is transformed into a colorful address plaque with a modern
artisan look. Back are the crafts of the past such as stained glass to metal
works, yet with a new twist. Hand-crafted with care, stripes are added to the
glass pane by applying self-adhesive lead strips. The spaces between each
lead strip are painted with brilliant Vitrail transparent, air-drying glass and
metal paint colors. Sleek and simple to achieve this original address sign
project is in total harmony with nature. Elegant black wood numbers are added
for the final touch. The result is a stylish personalized address plaque with a
colorful display that dances and reflects in the sunlight.

Vitrail paints are translucent solvent based colors, they simply air-dries to cure,
and once cure the colors are permanent. The Vitrail glass paints have been
around for more than 30 years. This truly is a tried and true glass paint product.
New special effect mediums where recently added to the line, they can be
mixed directly to any color to create a new finish, such as shimmer, matt or
crackle. Vitrail paints, create brilliant effects, they have excellent spreading and
blending properties, producing a bubble free smooth surface. They can be
used on glass, metal, ceramic, acetate, Plexiglas and metal surfaces. Once air-
dried and cured the colors will not fade in the sun they are UV and weather
resistant. They are ideal for outdoor home decorating projects and large
surface projects.
To begin, take the frame apart and remove the backing and the glass. The
backing will no longer be needed. Clean the glass surface using rubbing
alcohol and paper towel. Lightly sand the entire frame surface and remove dust
with a tack cloth.

Apply two coats of acrylic paint to the front, sides and at the back of the
wooden frame, letting it dry between each coat. Since this item will be exposed
outdoors, paint two or more coats.

Protect the wooden frame base with two to three coats of exterior varnish.
Apply one coat at a time and let dry for two hours between each coat.
Measure the width of the glass insert, and cut lead strips of the same length
using scissors. (I used nine in my design.) The lead strips come in a double
band type of strip. To create smaller width strips, just cut the double strips in
half or separate them with your fingers, split and pull then apart. Peel the paper
backing and apply to a glass surface, pressing it into place. To secure the
strips onto the glass base use the stick tool (burnishing tool) enclosed in the
lead strip packaging. Leave different width spacing between each strip. Once
secured into place you will see that the strips really look likes the leading used
on real cut stain glass.

Simply fill the spaces between the lead strips with assorted Vitrail colors. Use
one paintbrush for each different color (or clean your paintbrush before each
different color application). Dip the tip of a soft paintbrush in the Vitrail glass
paint color of your choice between the lead strips. Spread the paint using small
sideways strokes as opposed to using long paint strokes. Think of it as filling in
the area as opposed to painting. Start with the stripes at the top, and work your
way to the bottom. Apply one paint color at time going in one direction. Repeat
the use of each color at least twice.

Use a cotton swab with a little bit of rubbing alcohol or solvent to cleanup any
excess paint residue before it dries.

See tips below for cleaning of the paintbrushes. Let the paint colors dry to the
touch for a few hours, and let them cure for 48 hours before exposing them to
the outdoors.

Place the wooden numbers on the surface of the painted wooden frame and
affix them with silicone glue, and let them set. Apply glue around the inner
border of the frame, and place the painted glass centre over it to stick into
place, and let it set. Add the necessary hardware to your plaque to suit the style
and type of lamppost, and watch the stripes glow in the sun.

Since the Vitrail paint is solvent-based, paintbrushes should be thoroughly cleaned
immediately after use, with the Vitrail thinner by Pébéo, or mineral spirits and rinsed
with soapy water.
Vitrail paints can be mixed to create your own unique colors that coordinate with those
of your home.
Water-based Vitrail paints are available for kids. Cerne Relief Outliner also by Pébéo
can be applied directly from the tube with nozzle to create stained glass relief outlines.
Once dry fill in with using Vitrail colors. Objects decorated with Vitrail colors are
intended for decorative purposes only and should not be used for dishes or glassware.
Hands-on time: Under two hours.
Total time:
Add drying time of one
hour for each coat of acrylic paint,
two hours for the varnish, and two
hours for the glass paint to dry to the
touch and 48 hours for it to cure.
Skill: Easy.
Cost estimate: under $30.00 for the
materials, you will be able to utilize in
other creations as well.

Materials and tools:

8X10-inch unpainted flat-faced wood
picture frame, with a glass centre
insert (I utilized an old picture frame
that I was no longer using)


Tack cloth

Acrylic paint by Pébéo Deco

Soft paintbrushes in assorted sizes


Rubbing alcohol

Paper towels

Vitrail lead adhesive strips by Pébéo

A ruler and scissors

Pébéo Vitrail glass paint

Wooden numbers (painted numbers
are available in home decor stores,
unpainted numbers are also available
in craft and hardware stores)

Clear silicone glue, for exterior use

Two eye hooks and two S-shape
hooks or chains (optional)

(Materials for this project are
available at arts and crafts stores.)

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