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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Faux Stained Glass

Santa Karl Marx, haha!

This was a project my junior and high school classes started right before the Christmas holidays. Most didn't get a chance to finish- I underestimated how long this project would take- but a few finished so I'll show those. You can tie this lesson into any unit on Medieval art where students learn the history and technique of stained glass.

I've seen a few 'faux' stained glass lessons like this online (here's one example) and have always wanted to try it and finally got around to it. Some projects use acetate, others used plastic wrap. I didn't have acetate and tried plastic wrap and didn't like it so I used plastic sheet protectors (much cheaper than acetate!!) instead which worked great.

Students had to design their own stained glass image- it could be Christmas or Winter themed or anything they wanted, really. They drew it on regular photocopy paper then slid it into a page protector. Then they traced over all the pencil lines with a black Sharpie (for the lead lines) then coloured in the image with coloured permanent markers. Areas left blank will show the silver aluminum foil in the background. Once that's all finished, you cut away just the top sheet.


Cut a piece of thin card (we use old cereal boxes) the same size as your plastic sheet (about 8 x 10").
Rip off a sheet of aluminum foil slightly larger than the card and crumple it up then flatten it out. Wrap it around the card and tape it on the back.


As you see below, you'll have an aluminum foil covered cardboard with your image on plastic.


Staple the plastic on top of the foil. The staples actually really doesn't show which is nice.


These were really difficult to photograph with such a reflective nature! 
The photos don't do these justice- they are so sparkly and shimmery with the aluminum foil!


You can also tape around the border with coloured mini duck tape or electrical tape.



a detail of Santa Marx

3 comments:

Anuradha Premkumar said...

beautiful creations...

Amy Hussey said...

lovely! Thanks for sharing.

Miss said...

Thanks Anuradha and Amy :)

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