Stained Glass Looking Through My Window

Creating stained glass windows is an art that has been around for centuries and really started to flourish around the 10th or 11th century. There are churches and monasteries in Britain that were using stain glass windows in the seventh century.

My Front Door glass insert. This piece took the longest to make and is my favorite.
My Front Door glass insert. This piece took the longest to make and is my favorite. | Source

I myself have always loved the beauty of stained glass and decided after receiving a window hanging as a gift, to take a class to learn how to make a few pieces myself. At first I was all thumbs, but being determined to make a few creative pieces I persevered and after a few months of classes I achieved what I wanted making window transoms, a window insert for my front door, lamps, flowers, butterfly's gifts for people and more. 

Window Transom made from glass,beveled glass and lead cane. Made and designed by Susan Zutautas
Window Transom made from glass,beveled glass and lead cane. Made and designed by Susan Zutautas | Source

Stained Glass Classes

Making any piece of art can be very rewarding, fulfilling and gratifying. For anyone that would like to try their hand at stained glass I would recommend taking a class at your local college or find out if there is a private stained glass workshop that offers classes. Many stores that sell stained glass will have classes with qualified instructors.

What Tools Are Needed For Stained Glass

Once you know the basic techniques you can then set up a studio in your home with all the needed equipment. In my basement I have a workshop set up complete with all the tools needed to design and create stained glass art. Tools that you will need to set up your own shop include a glasscutter, grozing, breaking and running pliers, soldering iron with a ¼ and 3/8 inch interchangeable tip, and glass grinder. Ongoing supplies include lead solder, copper foil, flux, patina, and your glass. Safety glasses are a must when working with glass as shards and small pieces of glass can fly all over the place when cutting or grinding. All of these tools and supplies can be bought at a stained glass store or you can order them online at various web sites. Tutorials, free down-loadable patterns and many tips for designing and creating your own stained glass can be found online as well.

Other glass pieces I have made

My First Lamp
My First Lamp | Source
Lamp
Lamp | Source
Snowman made from a Kit  which was very easy to do.  Just had to foil and solder  the glass together.
Snowman made from a Kit which was very easy to do. Just had to foil and solder the glass together. | Source
One of the many flowers I have made
One of the many flowers I have made | Source

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Just Ask Susan 23 months ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you Tolovaj


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TolovajWordsmith 23 months ago from Ljubljana

You made some very lovely pieces. I bet you never run out of ideas for gifts for your friends!


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

jptanabe, The snowman was very easy to make :)


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jptanabe 2 years ago from Red Hook, NY

Beautiful! The snowman is so cute - and if it's from a kit maybe even I could make it!


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

GrammieOlivia, The colors are fun aren't they.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

janderson, I was just at your hub and I can't wait to try this.


GrammieOlivia 2 years ago

I love stained glass and have many pieces made by my favorite guy! I enjoy watching the sunlight play in the different colors in each piece.


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janderson99 2 years ago from Australia on Planet Water

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Rebecca, Thank you. I find stained glass a relaxing hobby.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a neat craft to have gotten into. Nice work!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi molometer, Thank you. When I took classes for stained glass I was surprised at how many people there were and once I began looking around at how many stores there were that supplied glass for creating the pieces I was quite happy as I thought that I would have a difficult time finding supplies.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Victoria, Thank you so much.

marellen, Thank you, this was one of my first hubs that I did :)

Frannie, I've always loved the stained glass windows in churches and determination to learn how to do this myself is what got me started. Thanks for your comments.


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molometer 5 years ago

Hi Susan and what a fab hub.

Your stained glass front door panel is lovely.

In the UK there are very few people left that can do this kind of work. Well done. Voted up UIB


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Frannie Dee 5 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

Your pieces are lovely. It must take patience to master this craft. But what a feeling of accomplishment when the piece is done. Very interesting.


marellen 5 years ago

I also love stained glass. Your work is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with us.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Voted up and all the way across the board--except funny--by the way!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I love stained glass and admire anyone who can do it. Love your pieces. How neat to have something like that in your front door. Great hub!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

tsmog, Thanks and yes Christy and I are related. I am married to her brother. She is the person that inspired me to start writing here at HubPages. Sister in laws but more like actual sisters :)


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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

Hey! Great hub article. An artist, a writer, a mom, and on and on. I like the door insert bunches. In a bit I will check out the community college website. I don't like my front door and maybe a change is needed - smile.

But, is there some Tom Foolery going on here. Your last name and Christy's is the same. I understand about real and imaginary numbers but right now I see 1 + 1 = sisters or coincidence?

You know what it really doesn't matter. You both have wonderful smiles.


Meghan 6 years ago

I love your stain glass pieces. The front door is my favourite!


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Just Ask Susan 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks so much Chhristy. Yes it is a lot of work and very time consuming but well worth it in the end.


Christy Zutautas 6 years ago

Your stain glass pieces are gorgeous, wow Sue, that's amazing! Sarah just made a flower as part of her art class and she loved doing it. That is a lot of hard work. :)

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