Confession: I’ve used Gallery Glass before. Once upon a time, about 15 years ago, our first home was in an old section of the city and our dining room window was thisclose to our neighbors- we could see right into their house, and vice versa. Back in the day, I made faux stained glass windows so that we could have a modicum of privacy. But then I donated all my Gallery Glass to an art therapy program and conveniently forgot all about it until recently, when I saw lovely exmples at CHA. High time to revisit Gallery Glass.
So the basic premise is this: you create lines with Liquid Leading or a product called Redi-Lead, and then fill in the shapes or designs you create using the various Window Color paints. Gallery Glass Liquid Leading andWindow Color the come in a squeeze bottle for easy application. All the products are completely lead-free and are non-toxic- safe enough for kids to use!
First I tried the Redi-Lead to make a design on some glass ornament blanks I bought in an after-Christmas clearance. The Redi-Lead is a solid, adhesive-backed strip that you can use in to make the designs. The website describes Redi-Lead like this:
Redi-Lead, a set of pre-formed press on strips, allows you to instantly add leading to your surfaces without having to wait for it to dry. Redi-Lead comes in thick and thin strips and circle shapes.
I pressed some Redi-Lead onto my clean surface, and follow the design on the package. I found you can cut Redi-Lead with an X-acto blade to make detailed cuts.
Then I applied some of the Window Color. Just an FYI, Window Color is the consistency of white glue, and like white glue, it goes on opaque but dries clear. I was excited to see that some colors of Window Color have glitter in them- you know I’m a sucker for sparkle!
Now, you’ll want to be careful- if you see any bubbles, you can poke them and pop them with a pin. Otherwise it will show up when it’s dry. Here’s how that piece looks dry and held up to the light:
For my next example, I used the Liquid Leading on a little plastic box. Liquid Leading comes in black, gold, and silver- and I used silver for this project. I’m sorry that I didn’t take pictures of all the steps- but I got so excited playing that I kinda forgot! Anyway, I free-handed my design in Liquid Leading, then let it dry overnight. In the morning, I added my Window Color (click here to see all the colors in the line) AND some micro-beads I had on hand.
As you can see, this project turned out super-cute. I love the fact that you can use Gallery Glass on plastics, too! I can imagine all kinds of ways to use Gallery Glass to upcycle/recycle things (like this trinket box) that might otherwise go in the bin.
Another way you can use Gallery Glass is to make designs on a plastic surface called a Leading Blank ….then peel them off when they are dried and use them where ever you want.(It’s like making your own window clings.)Â When I used it back in the day, I’d made fancy Fleur-de-Lis designs and then applied them to the window, then filled it in with a clear Window Color to give the appearance of antique glass. But you can also make small designs, like these hearts, and then peel them off and attach them to objects for a quick embellishment!
So now for a few more examples. Here’s another ornament I made with the Redi-Lead:
And here’s a piece that my friend made for me about 13 years ago using Gallery Glass, Liquid Leading in black, and micro beads (artwork by Jennifer Schwartz Wright.)
Now, I do have to say something about the longevity of these pieces. The companion to the one above was in storage in my basement for about 3 years, and the color/leading remains a little fluid and/or sticky. The frame next to it left an impression in the piece that I think is permanent. So, kinda like Mod Podge, you need to be aware that it might remain a little tacky and/or take on impressions.
Not that that should dissuade you from using Gallery Glass. For the price of $10.00 USD worth of materials (the Window Color retails for $2, Redi-Lead for about $6 USD, and Liquid Leading for $5) you can make a faux stained glass window for 1/10 of the cost of a real stained glass window. Now that’s a bargain!
Bottom line is that Gallery Glass gets a thumbs-up from me. It’s widely available in stores and online, and you can even find folks like the CreativeGoddess who find ways of using Krafty Bloks and Gallery Glass together that look almost high-end!
Have you used Gallery Glass? Have an opinion to share? I want to hear all about it!
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