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Painted Faux Stained Glass Project: Cardinal and Magnolia

By Jan Easters Cumber

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Dealing with Intersecting Lines When Leading
Painted faux stained glass

Be careful not to leave blobs of Liquid Lead where the lines intersect.

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As you approach another line or intersecting line on the design, leap over it and continue. Stopping and starting at each intersecting line tends to create a blob of Liquid Lead. As you come to the end of a line, stop squeezing the bottle to stop the flow of lead.

Use a piece paper towel to wipe the tip of the bottle after each completed line or section; this will help eliminate lead from drying at the tip. Allow the finished piece to dry for eight to 12 hours. You may find it takes a little practice to get uniform lines, but don't worry as after the Liquid Lead has dried you can cut away any unwanted blobs or uneven lead lines using a craft knife.

Making a Tape Tip for Liquid Lead
If you find the tip of the Liquid Lead bottle isn’t producing the line you want, use some tape to make a new one. First, cut off the tip of spout about 1/8”from the tip top. Cut 3” strip of 3/4” wide transparent tape, stick one edge of the tape straight up along the center of the tip, then rotate the bottle, pressing the tape to the bottle spout as you go. (Secure the first turn of the tape all the way to the end of the tip for a leak proof seal.)

As you turn the bottle, the tape will form a cone. The tape will reverse direction as the tip is formed; just continue to rotate the bottle and allow the tape to wind back down the bottle tip. When you’re done, trim the tape tip with scissors about 1/16” at a time until you get the desired flow and size of leading.

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