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Old 05-10-2012, 04:30 AM
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New project, Please HELP

Not sure if this is the forum to post this request, but I don't know where to get answers, so here goes:
It all starts with an idea......

While remodeling our kitchen, I began researching various backsplash, aka splashback, products. Don't want anything to do with tiles or grout.

I thought it would be cool if I did a colorful 'back painting' on glass. I like the idea of glass 'cause I can get it in custom shapes, large pieces, and it's an easy cleanup material. The color would be placed on the backside of the glass against the wall, so I would not be touching the color at all after installation.

My question is, since I have never seen this done, what do I use for color? Paint, ink, etc? Is there special glass paint, ink? How do I apply it?

Do I need to prep the glass before I apply color?

Are there any video tutorials that show how to do 'Back Painting', and make an abstract design, or the illusion of texture, using paint or ink on glass?

If all goes well I may want to repeat the design on a glass dining room table top and glass cocktail table top. I'm probably going to need to get tempered glass, especially for the tables.

I would sincerely appreciate any advise or help on this new project, 'cause I haven't got the foggiest idea where to begin. Thanks
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:28 AM
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Re: New project, Please HELP

http://www.glasspainting.co.uk/ has some answers for you!

I'm sure there was someone on here who did glass painting, you could try a search.

Also google glass painting and have a wander around some of the sites, the above link is only one of gazillions!!

You do need to use proper glass paints for it to stick properly to the glass. Not sure about prep though.

Good luck with your project.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:32 AM
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Re: New project, Please HELP

There are paints to can be used on glass. Pebeo is one brand that has them. Pebeo Vitra can actually be baked on in your oven if the glass piece will fit in it. Once done it's permanent and you wouldn't need to have it face the wall. I use it to paint wine glasses and they become dishwasher safe. I know there are other products as well but I haven't used them.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:31 AM
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Re: New project, Please HELP

Nspire, you have chosen a difficult project if you intend to view your painting from the other side of the glass. The paint has to be thin enough to play with and see any changes from the glass side. My uncle did a great job doing a self portrait. It was nowhere as good as his canvas artworks. I am fairly sure he used oil paints, and I am sure you will need the glass to be in a dry environment (not humid) when applying the paint. Please keep us posted on how your project turns out, and the lessons learnt - I am very interested to learn from your experience.
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