Faux Stained Glass Wine Bottle Using Food Coloring

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I saw a few different methods of this and wanted to see which one was the best. This is usually done on flat glass surfaces, but I love to experiment with my wine bottles and boy am I glad I did because this is now one of my favorite pieces! So I've tested all the methods out and, in my opinion, found this one to have the best results. This is very easy but I'm not going to lie, it is VERY time-consuming as you have to wait for each section to dry before doing the next but the results are so rewarding and did I mention that it's way cheaper than buying glass paints!
This is the step by step video that has more detail such as, the products I used, the do's and don'ts and some extra ways you can display the bottle... or just keep scrolling to follow the step by step instructions I have written out. Let's get started!
faux stained glass wine bottle using food coloring
The first thing you'll need is an image, or you could freehand a design if you want. If you freehand a design, skip this step. If not, here is what you will need to do. Go to this link and download the Image.

Link To Free PDF Peacock Picture File: http://www.delphiglass.com/stained-glass-patterns/bird-patterns/free-peacock-bevel-panel-pattern-faces-right

You will need to make a copy of it. The copy MUST be a laser print copy. It CANNOT be from an inkjet copy. I got mine at my local FedEx. If you go somewhere to get the copy, they are most likely using a laser printer but just ask to make sure. I made 5 copies just in case I messed up. Cut the image out leaving about a half inch, to an inch border around it.
faux stained glass wine bottle using food coloring
Stick it down, print side down, onto the bottle. I used painters tape and made sure the tape didn't overlap any of the image. That is why you leave a boarder when cutting the image out.
faux stained glass wine bottle using food coloring
Using a brush and some acetone, (or nail polish remover with acetone in it) brush it over the image until you've covered the whole thing. Don't get it on the tape as it will unstick it.

Now take the back of a spoon and press down all over the image. When you are done, lift one side, if you see it's not fully transferred, place back down and repeat until it is. This transfer is very light so look closely.
faux stained glass wine bottle using food coloring
Take a sharpie and trace the whole peacock. I only traced the peacock. Now go over that with black fabric paint. You can use any paint that dries puffy. Let that fully dry.

Place something under the bottle so that it doesn't move. I use an old egg container, flipped upside down, and it works great for this!

Using a cotton swab, dipped in rubbing alcohol, remove all the old sharpie marks.

faux stained glass wine bottle using food coloring
using the sharpie again... freehand a double border around the peacock, fill that in with triangles and then draw triangles, squares, and rectangles all around until the bottle is completely covered.

After that, trace over that, in sections, with the black fabric paint. I say in sections because you will need to let it dry before turning the bottle to finish tracing everything.

Let this completely dry.
faux stained glass wine bottle using food coloring
Take some Mod Podge Brilliant Gloss and food coloring and make the color mixers. I used pastel blue, blue, teal, green, red, yellow and purple. I used 6 drops for each color.
faux stained glass wine bottle using food coloring
Take a brush and apply the colors in section. Let them dry and continue this until the bottle is covered.
faux stained glass wine bottle using food coloring
Make a custom cork to match by gluing both halves of a clear fillable ball together with E6000. Once that's dry, freehand the shapes, (squares, triangles & rectangles) with fabric paint, on half of it. Let it dry, turn it over and do the same thing. Let that dry. Now fill in with the color the same way you did the bottle.

Cut a cork to size and glue it to the finished ball. Use a strong glue if you will be taking the cork on and off.

faux stained glass wine bottle using food coloring
This is the finished look! It looks so good if set somewhere where the natural light hits it! It takes time but really that's it. You could also save time by buying glass paints and use that instead of mixing your own color. If you enjoyed that and want to see more of my DIYs, please come by and say hi to me on my YouTube channel. The link is below, where it says, To see more, under the materials. Thanks again for taking the time check out my DIY. Let me know what you thought of it!
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  • Judith
    on Apr 6, 2019

    How much ModPog please. I want to try this on flat glasa I lack one stain glass hanging in my quilting studio windows. Maybe I can find a SEWING machine!

    Thank you!!!

  • Debbie Sue Tucker
    on Apr 7, 2019

    Anybody know how I can save this project for a later time?

  • Conorozzo Deanna
    on Apr 7, 2019

    How much mod podge do you use with the 6 drops of food color, I'm very excited, I cant afford to do real stained glass and I love it thanks for this great idea

    • Brenda
      on Apr 12, 2019

      I used a tablespoon at a time for the modge podge and as far as the food coloring I just put it in there until I like the color

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