Getting ready for work.
The first thing you need for work is, of course, the cabinet itself with a glass door. You will also need an alcohol solution or acetone for degreasing the surface, a pattern template and stained glass paints.
How to choose a template.
Various stencils are quite enough on the Internet to create stained glass. And if you can draw, then this is generally fine. The only condition that must be considered when choosing a drawing is the reality of its embodiment in a stained glass window. That is, the stencil should be both simple and have closed lines of the picture. Otherwise, stained glass paint spreads over the surface.
So let's get started.
The cabinet door is removed from the hinges. We lay it on a flat surface (for example, on two stools). Wipe the glass with an alcohol solution and dry. On the back wall we fix the selected pattern. I have this stencil of my own production. She drew, copied it on a photocopier and attached it with tape to the door. You can print one sheet, or several at once, so as not to re-stick later. Just make sure that the picture logically passes from one to another.
Draw the outline of the picture.
Standard stained glass ink sets offer a black outline. I do not like it. A picture with a bronze or gold outline looks much more beautiful. Therefore, I have it just like that. We outline with bronze paint all the lines of the figure so that there is not a single millimeter left anywhere. As mentioned above, it is extremely important for the preservation of liquid stained glass paints in the boundaries of the picture. After an hour and a half, the circuit will dry, and we will continue to work. If you plan to paint two doors with a stained-glass window, now is the time to glue the patterns onto another surface.
A riot of colors.
When the outline dries, we can paint over the drawing with paints. It is more convenient to use colors not all at once, but in order. For example, in a flower stencil, you can first fill the leaves with green, then red with flower petals, etc. It will take 12 to 20 hours to dry the drawing. This is influenced by the humidity in your home and the thickness of the layer of paint applied to the glass.
The very finishing touch to our work will add a special matte coating for glass surfaces, which is sold in hardware stores. It should be applied to the back of the door in 2-3 layers, and each dries for no more than 10 minutes. That's all. Now your door will not only decorate the interior of the house, but also relieve the contents of the cabinet from prying eyes.
That’s how I got the doors of the old cabinet (compare: with and without coating). Try it and you!