Victorian alphabet stencil (3-1/2"), Large glass block, Stencil-upper case letters (3-1/2" tall), Large red tassel, Dressmaker pins (with ball ends), Pencil, Foam plate or palette, Foam core, Craft knife, Cutting board, Fishing line, Sewing needle, Needle nose pliers/wire clippers, Super glue, Clear tape
Front side of the glass block-
Get the Pattern
1. Clean the glass inside and out and allow to dry completely.
2. Perform work in a very well ventilated area!
3. Arrange block so that the opening is at the top. Using the Victorian Alphabet stencil, position the “J”, “O”, and “Y” onto the front of the glass block. Stencil one letter at a time using Liquid Leaf Classic Gold. Allow to dry, apply second coat to make the letter solid and opaque. Allow each letter to dry completely before stenciling another to avoid smearing. • Hint: work the second coat quickly, the oil base Liquid Leaf will remoisten as you pounce the second coat over the dried first coat, if you work it too long then it will remoisten and you will not attain a solid second coat appearance. • On glass, any bleed under the stencil can be cleaned using a flat razor blade.
4. Using the Silver Liquid Leaf and the point of a pencil all around the edges of each letter. Allow to dry completely. • Hint: Shake the bottle of Liquid Leaf and use the lid to dip pencil into the paint film that stays in the lid. As you work the project you will need to recap the jar and repeat shaking the Liquid Leaf to get a fresh application of silver paint onto the pencil lead. Keep a piece of scrap paper next to the lid of paint to blot the end of the pencil at times to check the size of the dot.
Back side of the glass block-
5. Turn the block over onto a soft cloth to prevent scratching the paint on the front. Repeat steps 1-3 above with the following changes to complete the back: • Use upper case alphabet stencil. • Position the letters backwards to be read from the front of the block. • Use the Silver Liquid Leaf to stencil the letters and the Classic Gold Liquid Leaf to paint the dots.
6. Allow to dry over night. Instructions for hanging JOY on the inside of the block.
7. Paint a piece of the foam core with two coats of Wicker White.
8. Using the either stencil, trace the letters onto J, O, and Y the painted foam core with a pencil.
9. Use a craft knife to cut along the outlines of the letters but leave them in the larger piece of foam core. This will give you a flat smooth surface to create the plaid design on the surface of the letters.
10. Use the pencil to draw a loose slope of lines, first vertical then horizontal. This does not need to be perfect just a feeling of plaid.
11. Using the Napthol Crimson, paint unevenly this red color vertically along some of the lines you have drawn, allow to dry. Then paint a few of the lines horizontally. Allow to dry.
12. Using the Evergreen and paint along different lines than the red, in both directions. Refer to the photo for color placement. • Hint: less is more when paint the plaid line affect. If your paint is too solid then it will not give you the appearance of “plaid”.
13. Lift the pre-cut letters (JOY) from the plaid painted foam core, while the paint is still wet. If any of the get stuck then carefully use the craft knife to loosen them.
14. Use wire clippers to cut dress maker pins to 1/8” from the ball. Stick into sides of letters, spacing them approximately the same distance as the “dots” created on the glass around the letters. Refer to the photo for placement.
15. Paint the sides and back of the plaid painted letters with Liquid Leaf Gold.
16. Thread sewing needle with 20” of fishing line. Use the needle to pierce the top of the “J” letter, pierce toward the left side of the top of the letter “J” so when you hold the letter up with the fishing line it will hang straight. Repeat with a 20” length on the top edge of the letter “O” and 2 20” lengths on the top right and left of letter “Y”. • Hint: I used the stencil Mylar to re-check my “O” to see where the stencil said the top tip was placed.
17. Use needle to punch 4 holes in the clear plastic lid. • 1- along the front edge about ½” in from the left side. • 2 - in the center • 3- at the back edge in from the side about 2” • 4 - at the back edge in from the side about 1/8” 2”
18. Referring to picture for heights, use needle to pull lines from letters through the holes and hold with tape. When placement is correct, put a drop of Super Glue on each hold. Let dry. Do not cut the extra line away until the glue is dried and set.
19. The tassel should be placed at the left side of the cube block with either a thread or a thin wire strung through the plastic lid to hold the tassel.