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My Stained Glass Hobby

Updated on November 2, 2017
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I have been creating stained glass pieces for the last twenty or so years and it is a hobby that I truly enjoy.

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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.

Photo credits: All photos in this article are the property of the author Susan Zutautas. Please do not copy or borrow without first getting written permission.

A New Hobby Begins - Window Transoms

Transom in my living room
Transom in my living room

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

A hanging Lamp I made
A hanging Lamp I made

Do you like stained glass, do it as a hobby, or are you planning to start taking classes yourself?

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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
Entry Door Stained Glass Panel
Entry Door Stained Glass Panel

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 size

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A Parrot that I made for my Dad.My son Garth loves frogs.Various window hangings.One of the many butterflies I've made.Hubby is a Chevy fan.The first lamp I madeBeveled Snowman
A Parrot that I made for my Dad.
A Parrot that I made for my Dad.
My son Garth loves frogs.
My son Garth loves frogs.
Various window hangings.
Various window hangings.
One of the many butterflies I've made.
One of the many butterflies I've made.
Hubby is a Chevy fan.
Hubby is a Chevy fan.
The first lamp I made
The first lamp I made
Beveled Snowman
Beveled Snowman

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love doing stained glass, I find it so relaxing and rewarding. I've thought about selling pieces but I'd rather give the piece away to a relative or a friend that really likes it.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much Nancy.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Wonderful work Susan, and I hope to see more in the future. Thanks for sharing this beautiful craft.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Love stained glass, we had a house some time ago that had several stained glass windows, people were always stopping by and wanting to buy them. I never thought of making stained glass. Thanks :)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have stained glass hubs on my other account Mary that I'm sure you've seen. Thank you so much for your support and comments.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I'm so glad this hub came back around. Now in addition to being a great cook you show us you're an artist extrodinaire!

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting. (I left a comment halfway through since there was a section for that too.)

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      Gayle Dowell 3 years ago from Kansas

      I have loved stained glass ever since I saw my first rose window in a cathedral in Europe. I also love watercolor painting for its luminous quality like that of stained glass.

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      Stained glass is not one of my fancies but you have added a great new way of looking at it. Love the one with the pansies. Well done.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Donna Cook: Thank you so much!

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      Terrific lens and such beautiful pieces!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Ruthi: Thanks Ruthi!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Your sned glass door is magnificent, Susan! And I love the style of your first lamp. What a fabulous hobby!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Charito1962: It's a lot of fun, and thanks for stopping by.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I would love that lamp in my bedroom. Beautiful.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Interesting hobby you got there! Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @smine27: Thanks so much!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Carol Houle: I was nervous at first when I first took up the hobby but I had to try it. Never be afraid of failure. Just try it, you may surprise yourself :)

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      Carol Houle 3 years ago from Montreal

      Making objects of stained glass is an art I haven't tackled for fear of failure. I just love your door and lamp. Kudos!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @RoadMonkey: Thank you so much!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Zeross4: I hope too that you can start this hobby soon. I'm sure that you'd enjoy it.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      What beautiful pieces you have made!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Pinned! This is a really great article and super helpful! I really hope I can get into this soon!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @PaynesGrey: My son does too. Thanks!

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      PaynesGrey 3 years ago

      I love the frog. Thank you for the info!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh my goodness, I just love your creations! Especially the snowman, butterfly and daffodil. And the lamp! Wow. I would love to have a beautiful door such as yours. Thank you for sharing some of your work.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @delia-delia: Oh I bet they are just gorgeous! I'd love to be able to re-create some of the older pieces I've seen.

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Lovely stained glass items...I have many hanging in my windows...some I picked up in my travels in Europe

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Thamisgith: Thank you so much!

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      Thamisgith 3 years ago

      Your door is great. I envy your talent!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Diana Wenzel: Thanks so much!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on your Purple Star!

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      Bobo54321 4 years ago

      Grate lens !

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @MarathonRunning: Thank you!

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      Martina 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Very nice works! I especially like the front door piece too.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @mel-kav: Thank you!

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      Beautiful work! I love your stained glass front door. You are very talented.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @gottaloveit2: Thank you!

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      Wow! Your stained glass work is incredibly beautiful.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Michelllle: It's a great hobby!

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      Some day I would like to try to make something with stained glass.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @LiteraryMind: Thank you!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks so much!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Such beautiful pieces. I have always loved stained glass.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I love the work you do, especially the transom and your front door. It must be nice to create such beautiful things and then get to live with them.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Rhonda Lytle: I made it for my youngest son who has a frog collection.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This is an art form I would love to learn. You're frog is adorable!

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      Bercton1 4 years ago

      Talented work and great lens!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @sierradawn lm: Thank you!

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      Your pictures are so lovily!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks so much!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Debbi Craton: Thank you. My husband did a beautiful job make those. Now my only wish is to get him to paint them :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @favored: Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      you do beautiful work! i love your door but my favorite is the lamp you did! thank you so much for sharing.

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      Debbi Craton 4 years ago from Georgia

      Your work is so beautiful! I rented four rooms in a Victorian house while in college, and I loved it. Your designs blend in so well with your home. Love the shutters also. I had those in my apartment, and I still miss them.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I came back because my "like" didn't take. This time it did :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @favored: When I first started classes I was so nervous. After cutting a few pieces of glass the nervousness went away :)

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Stained glass is so beautiful. I admire those who can make it.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Elsie Hagley: Thanks so much. It's a fun hobby but it can get expensive :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Colin323: Thanks so much Colin!

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice article, I love stained glass, but have never thought of taking it up as a hobby.

      Thanks for sharing such a beautiful art with us.

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      Colin323 4 years ago

      Some lovely work here, Susan. A nice lens.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @julieannbrady: Your house sounds beautiful! It's a great hobby and hope you do take it up. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      I became involved heavily with stained glass in 2000 and started looking for pieces online. I found nearly all the pieces on eBay and outfitted the transom windows in our DeerCreek home. We found 3 antique square stained glass windows in St. Augustine which were repainted and hung in the 3 squarish transom windows in our master bedroom. Now, the only thing left to do is learn how to do these myself! Surely appreciate another lover of this art!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @DreyaB: Thanks!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks Susan!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Margaret Schindel: If only there were 48 hours in a day :) Thank you, so glad you liked it.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @mbgphoto: Thank you!

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I love stained glass and have been wanting to try my hand at it for a long time (so many artistic pursuits, so little time!). Your work is beautiful, Susan! Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a fabulous hobby! Love your projects - all of them!

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      They're so beautiful! I'd love to be able to do something like that, but I never have enough time to do anything like this! Very jealous. I love your front door panel.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      What a great hobby! These are really beautiful!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ColettaTeske: I have a shop set up in my basement where I do my stained glass now. Let me know if you ever do start classes, I'd love to know what you think about it.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @darkflowers: Thanks, glad you liked it!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      That's looking beautiful Susan! Great Lens!

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      ColettaTeske 4 years ago

      I love stained glass. I used to sit in church and just stare at all that beautiful glass. I thought about taking classes but I always moved around too much or I didn't have the space. Now that I'm settled and have a real art studio, I might just take up a new hobby. Thank you for the wonderful information. Your stained glass work is gorgeous.