Behrenberg Glass Co. supplies beautiful pieces of quality clear glass plates, paperweights, and blanks, that are perfect for decoupage and the decoupeur. Allow your imagination to take over. You can find interesting art in old storybooks, gift-wrapping paper, candy papers, one-ply napkins, greeting cards, magazines, or actual decoupage paper. If the paper of your choice is thin, there is a risk that the advertising on the opposite side will show through once the art has been dampened with glue or decoupage medium. You may want to copy your art work on a laser printer. This will also help the design ink not run.
Make sure the clear glass decoupage blank is clean and dry. Place your paper cutouts over the clear glass piece to be sure you have enough, and to give you an idea of how you want to arrange them.
If using white glue with water (three parts glue to one part water) in a small container. Alternatively, use decoupage medium as instructed on the label.
Let your paper cutout soak in water for a couple minutes. This will keep the paper from curling when the glue is applied.
Working with one paper cutout at a time, spread a thin coat of glue mixture onto the clear glass piece and then onto the back of the paper cutout, using a sponge paintbrush. Carefully place the paper cutout onto the glued surface, and gently press it flat with your hands. Work out any air bubbles or folds in the paper by smoothing your hand over the paper cutout, being careful not to tear the paper.
Continue adding glue mixture and paper cutouts until the entire glass piece is covered, overlapping the cutouts to create a pleasing appearance. Allow your piece of glass to dry completely before moving onto the next step.
Now you will cover the entire Behrenberg Glass Co. piece with several coats of the glue mixture or decoupage medium. Use a small bristle paintbrush for this step. Apply the first coat gently, being careful not to lift the edges of the cutouts as you brush. Let the project dry between coats and keep applying more coats until you get the overall look you want. Artwork on thin paper is preferable here, if you use a thick picture, you will have to build up quite a number of layers of glue mixture or decoupage medium before you can achieve a smooth shiny surface with no visible bumps. At least three coats are advised.
Add beads, feathers, ribbons, buttons, and trim with a hot glue gun, if desired. This works best on decorative items like Behrenberg Glass Co. clocks, ornaments and paperweights. Allow your piece of glass to dry completely before the next step.
Once your Behrenberg Glass Co. piece is completely dry, apply a coat (or two or three) of spray acrylic sealant to give it a shiny finish. After the sealant is completely dry, you will have the perfect piece to add to your collection.
Common problems and solutions:
Q. Why are there are shiny spots on my decoupage piece? A. Sometimes the shiny spots are places where the glue is too thick.
Q. Why is the ink on my image running? A. Try spraying the image with a clear acrylic. it may take 2 or 3 coats to seal the image to keep the ink from running.
Q. Why am I getting shiny spots and streaks between the paper and the glass? A. You need more glue between the paper and glass. Try to get an even layer between. Do not try to remove all the glue between the paper and glass.