Stained Glass Panels

Tiffany Starburst Glass Panel

Stained Glass Panels

Stained glass panels have grown in popularity over the past few years. They are usually made a bit differently than the heavy leaded glass frames. There are gorgeous art glass panels found in gift shops, in stained glass shops and in numerous places on line. Color coordinate the outside of a home with a hanging a large piece in a window is very attractive, or coordinate style and color with the inside décor depending on the decorting style and personal taste.

This is my third hub about the history of stained glass up to the present day. I also wrote about my personal experience with a stained glass home based business which I did for several years, but it is on hold for right now. I plan to return to creating and working with stained glass as it is so rewarding, and it feels wonderful to create something of beauty.

Humming Bird Fuchsia

Humming Bird Fuchsia Vertical Stained Glass Panel. Note the black lines.  That is from black patina which makes the colors stand out.
Humming Bird Fuchsia Vertical Stained Glass Panel. Note the black lines. That is from black patina which makes the colors stand out.

How a Panel is Assembled

This is a quick overview of how a stained glass panel is assembled. If you are making a glass panel, you first choose a design; then choose your glass pieces that will work for that design. You must carefully consider colors and textures. Next, fit the pattern to your glass. You carefully cut your glass and grind the edges smooth, being careful to stay within the pattern markings.

The next step is adding copper foil to all the edges. It comes in copper, silver and black and you choose the one to match use a patina if you so choose on the finished piece so everything matches. It has a sticky back and is copper, silver or black color on the outside. Smooth the foil carefully around all the edges; then start assembling your pieces on a work board. Hold the pieces tightly together with stick pins.

The next step is to solder your seams, and it is a technique that takes practice to achieve a professional look. You have to decide on a way to frame the outside edges which can be done with zinc. You also can patina the solder to a black or copper color as your solder is silver. You may want to add a wood frame in addition to the metal frame. Last, you polish the finished piece.

Jeweled Art Noveau Floral Panel

Glass Used in Stained Glass Panels

When you view panels you will note many different types of glass used now that was not available some years ago. There are several new manufacturers of glass. Cathedral glass which is clear and comes in basically every color is the older, more common variety, but still beautiful. There is glass of various textures, opaque glass, and glass with a multitude of colors running through one piece. Beveled glass pieces are used quite often in many stained glass panels, and there is baroque glass which has a specific design that must be cut and matched perfectly for a good looking product. These are just a few of your many choices

Aphrodite's Valentine Beveled Glass Panel

Tree of Life

Tiffany Style Stained Glass Panel Tree of Life
Tiffany Style Stained Glass Panel Tree of Life

Anyone with a Desire Can Make Stained Glass

Now, the widespread availability of colored glass, glass cutting and shaping tools makes it easy for even novice artists to create something beautiful.  Many people use jewels, shells, filigrees, and many other things to make their glass unique. Professional stained glass artists can look to new trends in modern art and the use of unexpected materials, like mirrors, to drive innovations in the stained glass of the future.

Making stained glass panels is a wonderful hobby and with numerous classes in most areas and easy accessibility to the required tools, it is not too hard to get started.

Meyda Tiffany Mountain Laural Panel

Mission Style Craftsman Vertical Panel

Mission Style Craftsman Vertical Stained Glass Panel
Mission Style Craftsman Vertical Stained Glass Panel

Tiffany Style Yaquine Head Lighthouse

Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Lighthouse

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

You are lucky to have the ability to create such beautiful things. Thank you for showing them on you hub.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Hello, Thank you for your comments.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pamela,

You should make a fortune on these stained glass masterpieces. I think their way out of my budget. I do enjoy looking at them.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Tom, Thanks so much for your kind comment.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Pamela,

These are truly magnificent. Bravo!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

BPOP, Thank you for your comment as always.


partisan patriot 6 years ago

Pamela

Some of those models in your last hub would have looked better behind these panels!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Patriot, Good point! Thanks for stopping by.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Thank you for this very informative hub. I've learned a lot about stained glass panels from it.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Nancy, Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed my series on stained glass.


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JannyC 6 years ago

So pretty I love stained glass. Not sure I could do it myself though. I got 5 year old and a cat. Lol I can see glass shattered everywhere!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Janny, The small shards of glass can be a problem. You'd have to be very careful if you did want to try it. Thanks for your comment


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you for your comment and I'll check out that website.


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easylearningweb 6 years ago

Pamela,

I always loved stained glass and have various stained glass lamps. I really enjoyed reading your hub and commend you for the beautiful work you do!

Thanks for taking an interest in my hubs and being a follower.

Have a great day!

:-)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you so much for your comment. Glad to meet another stained glass lover.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I want one in my family room that we haven't finished yet!!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Habee, Thank you for your comment. Good luck on finishing up that family room.


Doodlebird 6 years ago

I love your work - I used to do stained glass many years ago. I still have all the stuff and several large sheets of glass...but no time. Maybe some day...


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Doodlebird, Thank you for your comments,


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Shed Plans, Thank you for your comment.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

motdog. I don't need help with ideas for stained glass because I am presently not able to continue my work. Hopefully will resume in the future. Thanks for your comment.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for sharing some stunning examples of stained glass work. This is an art form I've tried replicating with cloth and paint, but nothing really compares, does it? :)


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

R Talloni, No, I don't think anything compares with stained glasses I just love it. Thank you so much for your comment.

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