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Suncatchers: Crafts Using Stained Glass Cobbles
How to Make a Stained Glass Suncatcher for your Window
A simple yet awesome glass craft that utilizes "green" materials to make an easy to do wreath that can be used as an ornament or sun-catcher. This is a really cool craft project that takes just a few materials and just a little time to complete. Crafting with Stained Glass Cobbles is really gratifying not only does the beautiful cathedral stained glass make the finished piece stunning the glass itself is a truly green product made here in the USA from recycled bottles and plate glass. Each little cobble has had its edges softly rounded taking the "ouch" out of having to cut and grind it yourself. Following is the complete set of instructions in an easy to follow photo tutorial. Enjoy!
Suncatcher Material List
2.5 ounce package of Mixed Blues Stained Glass Cobbles
2.5 ounce package of Mixed Green Stained Glass Cobbles
Mixed Assortment of Blue and Green Glass Beads
1-length of 1/2" wide ribbon 30" long (for hanging the wreath)
1-length of 1/2" wide ribbon 12" long for bow
Clear Glass Adhesive (I use E6000)
Clear Acrylic for doughnut base
wood skewer or toothpick
NOTE: The wreath only need 2.5 ounces of Cobbles to complete. The wreath design shown has blues and greens so two packages were needed to achieve the chosen color scheme. Double your ribbon and you will be able to craft two wreaths.
An Illustrated Guide to Crafting a Stained Glass Wreath - Click on the picture to view stepsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Where To Buy Stained Glass Cobbles?
Amazon has all of the colors and sizes available in three package quantities, 2.5 oz, 8 oz, and 16 oz. Shipping is free on Cobble orders of $25 or more and they are shipped to arrive at your door within 3 to 4 business days. The company has been manufacturing colored sheet glass for the stained glass and architectural industries for over 30 years. A top notch business! And "green" too! All of their glass is made from recycled bottles and windows. They were the first US company to do so starting way back in the 1970's.
Which Glass Beads To Use?
I have a bead addiction, there are so many awesome beads on the market that I have started to collect a few on just about every trip to the craft store. The beads that I particularly love to add to my glass mosaics are (of course) made of transparent glass. They add such wonderful depth to the projects. I seem to always use a mix of small E-beads along with a few in larger ones, usually no bigger than 1/4", unless they are so amazing that I have to use them. I selected a couple of bead choices from Amazon that would work really well. Hmmm, I think I need to get a few more too!
Styrene blanks are great all-purpose surfaces for Gallery Glass designing. Each package contains two 8" X 10" styrene blanks.