My Stained Glass Hobby
My Love of Stained Glass
When I was in elementary school in Montreal, we went on a field trip to visit Saint Joseph's Oratory. Remembering back, I was in complete awe of the beautiful stained glass windows. My first thought was how could anyone create such spectacular mastery.
Over the years whenever I would see stained glass in homes, or in stores and antique shops, I'd always stop and admire the pieces.
The hanging window piece you see here was a housewarming gift from a special friend that knew how much I loved stained glass.
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A New Hobby Begins - Window Transoms
One day on my travels I happened upon a stained glass store in Orillia, where I live. In the window was a sign saying stained glass classes offered. I went in an inquired about the cost, class times, and so forth. After talking to the owner of the shop I signed up for classes to begin the following week.
We live in a very old Victorian style home that was built sometime in the late 1800's - early 1900s. Two of windows in the living and dining room have transoms. When we first bought the house I envisioned stained glass in the transoms. Of course at the time I didn't think I'd be designing or making my own.
My husband has just made shutters for this window, and you can see the clamp in this picture. Once the shutters have been finished, and painted, the clamp will come off.
I didn't make the transoms for my first project, but they were the first big project that I completed.
This transom is made out of a beveled flower, and diamond shapes. Lead came strips were used to join all the glass pieces and bevels together.
Your Thoughts on Stained Glass
Do you like stained glass, do it as a hobby, or are you planning to start taking classes yourself?
People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.— Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Stained Glass Window Panel
My Front Door
My most treasured piece is this glass insert panel that I made for my front door. I searched through stained glass pattern books for weeks, trying to decide on what I wanted for my entrance door. The classes that I took ran for 3 hours once a week. This particular piece took me four months to complete.
I wanted something that would compliment my home, and colors to match both the inside and outside of the house. Colors in this piece include; pink for the flowers, green for the flower petals, brown for the branches, and a pink border.
The door itself originally held a thermal pain glass window. When I asked window experts about installing the glass panel inside the thermal pain, I was told that this couldn't be done as the window would gather moisture from warm and cold weather. My husband and I decided we'd try it anyway. The stained glass window was made and installed in 2003. It has been there ever since luckily with no problems at all.
Before I go I'd like to share a few more pieces of my stained glass with you. - Please click on the picture to see a larger sizeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Other Stained Glass Articles I've Written
- Making Stained glass Butterflies-Step by Step Instructions
Materials and tools needed to make a stained glass butterfly. Complete instructions with pictures.
- How to Create a Free Stained Glass Pattern
Creating stained glass patterns by using a ruler, paper, and a pencil.
- Stained Glass Tips and Tools For Beginners
If you'd like to start creating and making stained glass this article will show you what you need to begin.
© 2013 Susan Zutautas