A lot of people want to know more about how I create my suncatchers, since they’re not stained glass. If you’re one of those people, you’ve come to the right place. Each suncatcher is individually handpainted onto a laser cut piece of clear acrylic. Here’s a few photos of the whole process…

First I draw a mock-up on my iPad.

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I mix a lot of my own custom colors.

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I print out a template, and trace it onto the acrylic in a thick, black, matte paint called Liquid Leading. This step takes patience and a steady hand. My decade of cake decorating was great practice for this! It is very similar.

Check out this quick video – watch 30 minutes of outlining in 30 seconds!

Then I begin the layers of paint.

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More layers of paint.

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After a week of drying and curing, I finish it with a clear topcoat.

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I add some chains for hanging. The small suncatchers get a chain of acrylic crystal prisms, and the larger ones get two stainless steel chains.

They all get fancy little hooks for hanging, and they’re done!  🙂