A couple of months ago, I was poking around my favorite “junking place”. Along with a few other items, I bought two used light fixtures, old brass ones with the beveled “panes” connected together to form a ceiling fixture. See them stuck down in this old drawer? I paid a dollar for each one.
After hauling them home, I cleaned the fixtures and placed them on newspaper.
My stained glass expert friend, Muscadine Margaret, showed me how to use her soldering iron. It worked great for melting the foil between the metall strips that joined the brass sections.
Special attention to the corners had the best results. Wear gloves, y’all, ’cause that metal gets hot. When you have it all apart, just clean all the glass pieces well, and you’re ready to use them for projects.
I had an idea of making ornaments. After a trip to the craft supply store to get some etching compound and a few letters, I made a few ornaments with initials.
Position a letter on each glass section and give it a border with painter’s tape.
Spread glass surface with the etching compound.
After 15 minutes, I wiped off the etching compound with paper towels. I ran a sink full of soapy water and rinsed the glass pieces free of all the tape and remaining solution.
I love initials. After gluing a ribbon on the top of each glass, I have about ten more initialed gifts for Christmas. These would be great for hostess gifts, y’all.
With some of the remaining glass sections, I glued some words cut out from magazines onto the back of the glass with Mod Podge. I also painted an initial on some fabric and Mod Podged them onto the back side of the ornament. I liked it so much, I made more than one.
I can’t wait to put these on a tree to see the lights show off those beveled edges. Makes me want to get started decorating for Christmas right now, before Thanksgiving this year. Never have done that before. But I just might, y’all!