Gluing a pattern of stones or beads to a window.

I've been thinking of gluing stones or beads in a pattern on my side light window at the front door. I've only seen projects where the pattern is only meant to be seen from one side. Does anyone know what the 'backside' would look like? So for instance if I glued the stones on the inside, what would they look like if you were looking from outside.

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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 20, 2017
    Probably show where you placed the Glue,
    Could you not reproduce same design on both sides , mind you, if you did do this project you might find it very irritating when you want to clean the window????
    • Karleen Mathieson Karleen Mathieson on Aug 20, 2017
      Well, I hadn't really thought of the cleaning part but yes that could be very annoying. Maybe I'll have to rethink this project.
  • Sunny C Sunny C on Aug 20, 2017
    Hello Karleen; It would all depend on what you use.
    If you wish to do this, it might be worthwhile for you to purchase a thin sheet of glass, and to glue the items that you wish to use on the piece of glass.
    Hang it in a window and then decide how this will work for you.
    Another example is if you used stained glass.
    That could be seen from either side. It has a back side, but most people do not notice the difference.
    Also, be aware that lighting will affect the piece greatly!!
    I Personally have a stained glass window in one of my Bathrooms.
    The backside faces a hallway. When I light this room, I do not need a light on in the hall, due to the lighting that comes through, as it is exceedingly beautiful.
    I hope that this helps you!!! Take Care!

  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Aug 20, 2017
    Here, Karleen, is a good example of how beautiful it looks from the street side in spite of the fact that the sash is dividing the artwork in half:
    You can see that the stones have a flat appearance from the outside, as opposed to their soft roundness from the inside, however they still have their beautiful colors and at night with light on inside, I am sure they are reflecting outward into the dark the same beauty they reflect wtih the sun shining on them to the inside of the room :) Hope this helps. Thanks for asking Hometalk
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    • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Aug 21, 2017
      you're welcome :) that's why I tried to find the pictures taken from outside or at least the "other" side. I figured you might be worried about the glue ;) Have fun with it Karleen.
  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Aug 20, 2017
    Make sure you use glue that stands up to heat generated from sunlight or they may fall off!
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 20, 2017
    I would apply them to the outside of the window with a glue like Gorilla Glue outdoor glue that dries clear. The alternative would be making a panel of glass that you could hang inside like a suncatcher with them attached.
  • Karen Krysowaty Karen Krysowaty on Aug 20, 2017
    Have you heard of Gallery Glass? It is a paint for glass which has a ton of different colors to choose from and they have strips that look like the lead they use between colors for stain glass. The product is easy to use and you simply use water to clean. They also have patterns for you to use. I love it
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 21, 2017
    What were you hoping to achieve by adding ornament to the window,? Could you achieve the same effect by adding a window Cling, which is removeable?
  • Sunny C Sunny C on Aug 21, 2017
    Karleen; Yes. I believe that it would be a helpful option, to make a tester in this case.
    I hope that it turns out well for you!!! Have fun and Take Care!
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