24th October 2020

Adhesive Lead Suncatcher.

Adhesive Lead Suncatcher.
Adhesive Lead Suncatcher.

Well making suncatchers is pretty staple for many glass painters but here’s opne which is a little different, an adhesive lead suncatcher. Hopefully you will agree that the adhesive lead gives it a good “stained glass” look.

As normal you can use this technique but change the design and colours to suit your own requirements. It’s best to keep the design quite lathe and simple, at least until you have tried the technique a couple of time. Our design is a section from one of our window/ door. patterns.

I’ve tried my best to describe the project down below but I would obviously recommend watching the video which makes it much clearer.

Adhesive Lead Suncatcher.



Adhesive Lead Suncatcher.
Adhesive Lead Suncatcher. To download just click to open full sized and then right click and save.

Materials and Equipment.

  • 3mm Adhesive Lead (colour is up to you).
  • Boning Toll (Don’t worry if you don’t have one. A piece of hard plastic will do just as well.
  • Sheet of Glass / Perspex / Plexiglas /Ex-thick film.
  • Glass Paints (colours to suit).
  • Your Design.
  • Scissors.
  • Paint Brush.
  • Craft knife.
  • Cotton / Fishing line / Chain (if you want to build in a hanger).

Adhesive Lead Suncatcher.
Adhesive Lead Suncatcher.

Adhesive Lead Suncatcher. Method.

  • Ensure your sheet of glass / perspex etc is clean.
  • Blu tack your design underneath your sheet.
  • Spend a little time working out in which order you will add the lead.  A much as possible you want any “ends” to be under other lead lines. If you do that right you should end up with somewhere around 0 – 2 uncovered ends.
  • Add the adhesive lead following the design. In doing so ensure it is well pressed down especially where to pieces of lead meet / cross. This has to be really tight so your paint doesn’t seep underneath.
  • I didn’t add the lead to the bottom or top at this stage. I will do that towards the end as in my design it isn’t necessary for the painting. You design may mean it should be done now.
  • Paint your item using normal flood fill techniques. Paint one colour at a time leaving each to go tacky dry before you start the next.
  • Leave over night to give the paint time to dry properly.
  • I melted to small holes in the top of the piece (Obviously you won’t be able to do this if you are working on glass. In that case you should build in hangers like we used in our make your own roundle project.) and then used these to make a hanger with our cotton / fishing line.
  • Finally I but a double row of lead at the top and the bottom. This was wrapped around for extra strength and to move the “lose ends” to the back. (The reason I didn’t do this earlier was because it wouldn’t lay flat with the lead round the back).


This is a great project and there are endless options for the design. We hope your enjoy making it.

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