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.
I mix a lot of my own custom colors.
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.
More layers of paint.
After a week of drying and curing, I finish it with a clear topcoat.
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! 🙂