I had so much fun creating this lighted glass block for a friend who composes music.
For the background window beach scene, I used a sheet of stationary cut to size. Organza ribbons frame the stationary to create a window effect.
I found the bench, chair, table, book, pencil, and light in the miniature supply area and the instrument and musical notes in the paper crafting area of Hobby Lobby.
1) Assemble prior to inserting into the glass block
- I used two colors of organza ribbon to make the cushions and pillows for the bench and chair. I cut to size, folded, glued, and stuffed the ribbon with cotton. These were attached with glue to the bench back and seat and to the chair set.
- For the lamp shade, I applied glue to the miniature lamp top and pressed folded ribbon to form the puffy shade. Hold the ribbon in place until the glue sets.
- For the desk, I glued the legs of two short benches together. Once the table has dried, glue the book, pencil, and musical notes onto the desk.
- The area rug under the desk is cut from a piece of wallpaper.
2) Assembling the block
- Glue or use foil duct tape to adhere the miniature lights to the outside or top of the glass block.
- Apply glue to the window scene print and carefully position on the inside of the back glass.
- For the curtains, cut ribbon to size and apply glue to top of the ribbon. Insert the first piece of curtain to the left top side of the window scene print. Hold in place until glue adheres. Do the same for the right side of the curtain.
- For the ruffled window valance, cut ribbon two to three times the width of the window scene print. Make a little fold in the ribbon and apply a dab of hot glue. Using a pencil or plastic knife, press on the fold until the glue cools. Repeat the process to form a ruffled valance.
- Once the ruffled window valance is made, apply glue to the top back of the valance, and carefully insert into the glass block at the top of the window scene and curtains. Hold in place until the glue sets.
- Apply a little glue to the back of the area rug. Carefully insert the rug into the glass block and hold in place until the glue sets.
- Apply glue to the instrument at the areas that it will touch the bench. Hold in place until the glue dries.
- Apply glue to the left side of the bench as this area will be glue to the side of the glass block. Apply glue to each leg on the bench. Carefully insert and position the bench into the block. Hold in place until the glue sets.
- Apply glue to the bottom of the lamp. Position the lamp inside the block and hold in place until the glue sets.
- For the desk, apply glue to the bottom of the desk. Insert the desk inside the block and hold in place until the glue sets.
- Apply glue to the legs of the chair. Position the chair inside the block and hold in place until the glue sets.
- As I decide to use a right side opening for the glass block seal, I glued light blue paper and organza ribbon to the area of the plastic seal cap. This created another window on the right side of the block behind the chair.
- Do not seal the glass block for a day or two. You want to make certain the glue has completely dried and will not cause condensation on the glass. Before sealing the block, gently rock the glass block back and forth to see if any object needs re-gluing.
- Once glue has dried and no further work on the inside of the block is needed, Insert the plastic seal cover for the block.
- Apply glue to the outside edges of the block (one side at a time) and adhere wide ribbon to the outside of the glass block.
- Glue a large bow to the top.
- For an extra touch, glue a musical button onto the back or under the top bow.
- Please read all manufacturer’s recommendations and warnings for battery lights, electrical lights, and glues that you use.
- If you hand is not small enough to fit into the glass block, you will need long tweezers or other type of tool.