Iron Man faux stained glass saves $4k


Check out how the light hits this piece of artwork. It’s a very convincing piece of stained glass… except it’s fake. [Sdtacoma] figured out a way to mimic stained glass using a single pane. The inspiration for the project came after seeing a real stained glass panel featuring Iron Man which was available on Etsy for $4500.

Due to popular demand [Sdtacoma] posted an album of the technique he used. Starting with some art found online he made it black and white, blew it up to size¬†(this thing’s about five feet tall) and used posterizer to print it out using multiple sheets of paper.

The frame and pane were found at a recycled building goods store. After cleaning it up he used the paper template to lay out the dividing lines between different colored sections using Liquid Lead. The product had dimension to it (kind of like puffy paint for fabrics) which looks like the lead tracks between panes of stained glass. Once dry the color was added using an eye dropper to apply glass paint.


  1. Cricri says:

    Not comics crazy here, but this looks fantastic!

    • Preamp says:


    • Rick Daniels says:

      No, it doesn’t. First off, he’s used shit supplies. “Liquid Lead” is just Acrylic, and he filled the pieces in with cheap transparent paint, Both of which love to peel off in the summer. and also, this is a blatant rip off of my design found here: I don’t consider Imitation to be flattery in this case because his technique is crap.
      I doubt this hack could design his own work, and his half ass attempt to “credit” me loses some of it’s sincerity when he spells my name wrong. Oh, and At least I made sure i linked to the original artist that I designed my pattern around:

      • pcf11 says:

        You should go see your bro Jack for some of his special butthurt fixing sauce.

      • Sick Daniel says:

        “This hack” made a work that looks better than yours for $4 k less. His only mistake was crediting you instead of the original Ironman cartoonist.

        • Dick Raniel says:

          I don’t think this “hack” looks better than the original at all, It’s a bastardization of the original design and the quality just looks poor. I”m sure you don’t understand anything about stained glass, and I don’t know if your white trash point of view is really legitimate anyway

    • Johnny5Alive says:

      Someone should mention how this amazing “Hack” “saved 4k” Is made with materials that are going to peel and fall off, fade, crack, and chip within a year. Any reasonable exposure to the sun is going to fade the colors considerably! I think this is a misleading title, It’s like saying someone saved 50k by making their own mercedes benz! This isn’t a “hack” This is some losers craft project.

  2. Nick Johnson says:

    This isn’t particularly novel – you can even buy stick on lead for these sorts of projects.

  3. Haku says:

    That’s rather good and because a single sheet of glass was used it begs the question – what would it look like if it were edge-lit?

  4. Jim McC says:

    Not a great imitation… Real stained glass must be made of pieces you can cut & snap off. The background here has too many incuts for that. If you look at the Etsy, that’s the purpose for the “artsy grid” behind Iron Man – if you look, the lines all touch the outermost curve of the suit for the area. This is so the squares of the background only had to have corners cut off, so no in-cuts.

    • Eirinn says:

      You didn’t click the source did you? HaD posted an unfinished pic. Here’s the finished one:

    • Brooks Moses says:

      On the other hand, a person could argue that if you’re going to use a technique you might as well use it to do things other techniques can’t do.

    • M4CGYV3R says:

      I don’t know what you mean by ‘in-cuts’, exactly, but you can cut glass into any shape you can draw.

      • Tony says:

        Well, yes and no. If you knew what an incut was, then you’d be more on the ‘No’ side.

        Imaging cutting the letter V. That sharp corner inside the letter is very hard to cut by hand, and even if cut using a ring saw (or waterjet etc) it’s a stress point that may break on its own later. Pieces like that are often made in two pieces.

        A similar situation exists for rings, these are usually made from 4 curves.

        Sharp corners, thin pieces, cut-outs etc are a pain and need to be avoided.

        That said, there doesn’t seem to be anything on that design that’d cause problems when cut out of glass.

  5. pcf11 says:

    Iron Man needs a bigger codpiece.

  6. Ren says:

    Iron Man on glass, something just seems so wrong!

  7. JMC says:

    At the primary school I went to, a lot of the windows had pictures on where they’d used a similar method to this, I thought this was pretty common to be honest. This is far cooler than rainbows and the alphabet though and I want it.

  8. A. Nonymous says:

    Did you guys even bother to read the article? He did not “figure out” how to do this. Faux stained glass using “liquid lead” has been around for ages. My mom has pieces she made back in the ’60s — and it wasn’t even a new concept back then! And anybody — anybody! — can do this; mom help me make several when I was eight or nine years old.

    That said, props to the fellow who made this; I’m a fan of the movies, and I would *totally* hang this in my workspace! :D

  9. soopergooman says:

    Dude this is totally RAD and wins the internet for today, next up The Dark Lord himself? Vader?

  10. I wonder how involved it would be to make a CNC printer for something like this (if it hasn’t been done yet)

  11. strider_mt2k says:

    I think someone should do Glass Man in iron now.

  12. Russquatch says:

    so pretty much this is just a trace job and paint by number … not stained glass. you get what you pay for is all I can say

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