Stained Glass Candle Holder…. well, sort of

In between batches of cookies and making dinner yesterday I decided to try to turn an old, plain glass candleholder I had into a stained glass one.

While it did end up looking nice when it was done, it didn’t turn out even close to what I wanted it to!  I guess the dollar store glass paint I bought doesn’t quite cut it for painting something that doesn’t lay flat while drying! Lesson learned.  At least it’s still pretty when lit lol!



So, I started off by just randomly applying the liquid leading onto the washed glass candle holder.  There is no rhyme or reason to the pattern, I just sort of winged it, then set it aside to dry.


When it was fully dried I started to apply the faux stained glass paint I used on a few other projects, Stained Glass Lotus Flower, Stained Glass Cat, Stained Glass Dragon, to name a few.

When I did the other stained glass projects I had little issue with the paint staying where I wanted it to.  There were a few places where I must have applied too much paint and it ran into the next space but nothing like this.

Once the paint was applied it just started to run down the sides of the candle holder.

I was feeling a bit defeated at this point, but decided to just go with the flow.  I just started applying “blobs” of the paint, starting at the top and letting it flow down the sides.  I expected it to be a sort of marbled effect with all the colours.  But…. all the colours sort of blended into one!


You will see in the next pictures that you can barely see any colour variation but in a way it kind of works with the gold leading and it still does look very beautiful when the candle is lit in it!

While it wasn’t what I set out to make, it is still presentable and I had fun making it!



In the coming weeks, I am hoping to revisit a craft I did with the kids when they were younger.  We “glued” pieces of coloured tissue paper to glass “rose” bowls and used a black paint to divide the colours to give the appearance of stained glass.  It made for a surprisingly pretty and much appreciated Grandparent’s gift that year!

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