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Stained Glass Patterns
Patterns For Creating Beautiful Art
Pattern books for creating beautiful stained glass windows, lamps, sun-catchers, and more are available to purchase anywhere you go to buy your glass supplies or a shop where classes are offered. Amazon has a wide variety of design books that you can purchase online.
Designing your own patterns can be fun and quite rewarding. There are software packages that you can purchase to install on your computer, or you can create your own with a few simple tools.
Various websites will often offer free patterns to download.
Subscribing to Stained Glass News offers new and upcoming products and pattern books. You can also obtain a free copy of these from your glass supplier.
Bevel Window Designs - Design drawings with color photographs
This is the book that I used for my Front Door Panel.
In this book you will find step-by-step instructions including layouts and boarders. You will also find how to trace and measure, using a grid system, and how to mechanically enlarge the patterns. There are 4 framing and installation methods included.
My Front Door Panel
The first time I saw a book with patterns I thought to myself, how the heck am I going to make something with this picture when it needs to be a lot bigger? My teacher Nancy had a photo copier and when she showed me how to enlarge the picture, I felt a bit silly as I'd used photo copiers so many times to enlarge office documents.
Photo Source: Susan Zutautas
For patterns and more
One of my favorite websites to go to when I'm looking for free to download patterns, tips, or advice is Spectrum Glass.
Sign up with your name and email address and explore all the projects you can make. You can purchase glass, tools, see completed projects, and download Score, their magazine for stained glass.
My son Garth loves frogs. I've made special glass pieces for each of my three sons, and used the pattern you see on the right for Garth's Mr. Ribbit.
Photo Source: Spectrum Glass. Used with permission. The artist for this pattern is Mary Courtney.
Design Your Own Patterns
My husband has always been a Chevy guy. If it's not a Chevy forget it. For his birthday one year I wanted to make him a stained glass piece that he could display in his garage.
After searching high and low for a pattern, and not being able to find one, I decided to draw my own. The center is the Chevy symbol and I used glass mirror to make it unique.
The only tools I needed was graph paper, a pencil, and a ruler.
Photo Source: Susan Zutautas
Software for Patterns
Software for Dragonfly - Part 1 & 2
If you're thinking about purchasing a program for designing your own stained glass patterns here are two videos to show you what the programs are like.
Introduction to Glass Eye 2000, the premier software for stained glass design.