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Photo Transfer on Stained Glass Tutorial

Transfer any photo onto a glass surface.
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Transfer any image onto a piece of glass to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake. Images transferred onto glass can be used for ornaments or as decorative wall hangings. Once you master the technique of transferring images to glass, let your creativity lead you.

Trim the image so that it is slightly larger than how you will want it to look in the finished product. Clean your glass with denatured alcohol to remove all residues.

Lay out newspaper to protect the table. Lay the image face up on the newspaper.

Dip a paintbrush into the transfer medium. You can find a brand you like at the craft store. Fill the brush with enough paint to avoid brush strokes. Apply the transfer medium to your picture in thin, even strokes. Let the medium dry.

Apply a second and third coat of the medium to your image. Let each coat dry before applying the next. Multiple thin coats will produce the best results.

Heat a tacking iron to 250° F. Lay the image face down on the glass. Iron the back of the image until the whole image has been thoroughly heated. The time will vary based on the size of your image. Let the glass cool for five to ten minutes.

Fill a bucket with warm water. Choose a bucket big enough to hold the entire piece of glass. Submerge the glass in the bucket and soak for five minutes. Remove the paper backing on the image with your fingers. The image will be transferred to the glass. Let the glass dry.

Trim around the edges of the image with a sharp blade, being careful not to cut the glass.

Things You'll Need:

  • Denatured alcohol
  • Rags
  • Stained glass
  • Transfer medium
  • Paintbrush
  • Tacking iron
  • Scissors
  • Bucket
  • Warm water
  • Sharp blade
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