"Mermaid Hide and Seek" Unicorn Spit Faux Stained Glass Glass Bowl

Turn an unused clear glass vase or bowl into a stained glass undersea "Mermaid Hide and Seek" show piece with Unicorn Spit gel stain. This magical gel stain is
so versatile, the possibilities are endless!
Start with a clear glass bowl or round flower vase.
Clean with soap and water followed by a vinegar or
alcohol rinse. Once clean and dry, it is best to wear gloves
to avoid natural oils or finger prints on the glass.
Copy your design and place on the inside of the bowl.
Tape in place so your pattern doesn't shift. Begin out-
lining your stained glass pattern with liquid leading. (It
is best to do this looking straight down on the pattern.)
Continue outlining until all of your pattern is complete.
Be sure to "string" your leading onto the glass. Do not
try to paint it on or touch the glass with the bottle. If your
pattern is very complex, like this one, the leading will be too
thick from the bottle. So, use a brush, but "string" from the
brush to get thin lines. The brush can push and manipulate it.
Depending on how complex your pattern, this can take
quite some time. Be patient and take your time.
Once leading is complete, begin filling each area
with Unicorn Spit in the colors of your choice. It is
best to "drop" or "dab" the color in instead of trying to
"paint" it in. (As you may be able to tell, I did spray the
inside of the bowl with mirror spray so that the patterns
reflect back and the bowl will never look empty.)
Continue with other colors around the bowl until
all areas are completely filled in. This does not mean
that you cannot leave some areas without spit. You
can leave some areas clear for a true stained glass look.
Once you have all areas filled in, be sure that you let the spit
dry completely. (Also, be sure that there are no smears of
spit or leading in the clear areas, especially if leaving the
interior clear, or the smears will show through. Since both
the leading and Unicorn Spit are water based, you can
carefully clean with a damp Q-tip, or a clean, damp brush.)
As you can see, the Unicorn spit dries with a
dull finish. But, once you add the finish..........
Here is the "Purple Hill Majesty/Molly Red Pepper" Mermaid. The colors really shine! They are vibrant and distinctive! It is well worth this labor of love to see the finished product!
Here is the "Dragonsbelly" Mermaid.
The "Lemon Kiss/Phoenix Fire" Mermaid.
The "Blue Thunder" Mermaid. (Note that basic
Unicorn Spit colors can be mixed to create
different shades or just lightened with White
Ning to make pastels.
A closeup to show the brilliance of the colors after sprayed
with three coats of Miracal premium Spray Enamel Indoor/
Outdoor. When this is under light and turned, the
Unicorn Spit really shines.
These are the supplies that I used. As you can see, I
used a towel on my work station to wipe my very small
brushes as I worked. I should have used a small canvas!!!
These tiny little strokes would have made a great
background for a future work of art! Maybe next time.....
The finished stained glass bowl. Fill with sea shells,
sea glass, flowers, etc. Use your imagination and
have fun! Spit, spit and spit is the key to success!
Here are all the supplies that I used. As you can see, I used
a towel under my bowl to wipe my brush as I went along. I
could have as easily used a small canvas!! Perhaps next time...

Suggested materials:

  • Unicorn Spit: Blue THunder, Molly Red Pepper, Lemon Kiss, Phoenix Fire, Zia Teal, Navajo Jewel, Dragonsbelly, Purple Hill Majesty, Pixie Punk Pink, White Ning.  (www.unicornspit.com)
  • Gold Liquid Leading: Gallery Glass by Plaid  (Ordered from Plaid)
  • Sealer: Miracal Premium Spray Enamel  (Dollar General)
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Edalina.karr
    on Jan 3, 2017

    What other paints can you use that aren't so expensive?

    • Dee Brock
      on Jan 3, 2017

      Look at Hobby Lobby or Michael's for Glass Paint. I normally use Gallery Glass. It is not expensive and a little goes a long way. You can also go to Plaid.com and buy directly from the manufacturer. With glass paint, you can brush on your colors and get very translucent looks as well as opaque. Good luck!

  • Ann
    on Jan 4, 2017

    can I buy one of your mermaid vases?

    • Dee Brock
      on Jan 4, 2017

      Yes, you can. Please contact me at dsryan1517@yahoo.com. Thanks

  • Maribel Caraballo
    on Jan 16, 2017

    Can I use acycrilic paint?

    • Dee Brock
      on Jan 16, 2017

      Yes, you can. Also, glass paint and enamel paint. If you have trouble getting your paint to adhere to the glass, coat a thin layer of Mod Podge on your glass first. Gives it a little "tooth" for the paint to stick to. One last consideration is the type of paint you use will effect the look you get; opaque, transparent, etc.

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  • Jeannie Carle
    on Jan 17, 2017

    I admit I wasn't overly impressed - UNTIL I saw the mermaid! This is realllly pretty! She just pulls it all together :-)

    • Dee Brock
      on Jan 17, 2017

      It was all about the mermaids and their chameleon effect to hide in the sea shell garden. Glad you liked them.

  • Lucy Marie Bernier
    on Jan 18, 2017

    Your welcome! I had to back and look at it again... still just as beautiful as the first time I saw it! 👍👍👍

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