Decoupage was my first love and after attending a crash glass class using a 2-part epoxy … it got me thinking … why go to all the trouble of working with toxic adhesives when you can do pretty much the same thing using Weldbond.
Always amazed at how the items magically appear … most of the time anyway.
While you can use watered down Elmer’s white glue for Decoupage … you need a stronger adhesive – in this case – to guarantee that the glass and tile with survive grouting.
After painting the trivet and letting it completely dry, I laid out the design so the quote showed through the glass properly and glued the papers directly onto the trivet. Don’t get carried away with the glue. Just brush on enough glue to attach the images. Let it dry and brush on a few more layers of glue, letting it dry each time.
When the papers were dry and perfectly sealed from layers of glue … I glued the tile border first, applying Weldbond to each tile piece and applied the glass by smearing Weldbond onto the back of each glass piece so it wouldn’t puddle and refuse to dry clear.
Once the piece is glued and completely dry, grout it to finish off the piece.
A great non-toxic glass collage and decoupage project, that anyone can do!
Beautiful results with less mess than other epoxy crash glass methods.
I found this 10-panel vintage window in Orange, California. It survived the drive back to the Midwest – on top of the truck – and measures 5′ x 2′ feet. The window has a sturdy frame and the glass is in great shape plus … it has really cool hinges that I’ll leave as is. Considering how long this took to create I may have to keep this piece and find a place for it in the cabin. It’s a favorite!
Cleaned the entire window with vinegar & water and let it dry. Started to cut the glass pieces and create the design. Made the decision to not glue it down during the design.
Next time … I’m going to trust myself and glue the glass as I’m laying out the design.