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Stained Glass Patterns

Updated on February 15, 2019
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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.

My Front Door Panel

My entrance door
My entrance door

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.

Photo Source: Bevel Window Designs featured below.

Book I Used For My Front Door

Bevel Window Designs - 100 Stained Glass Patterns
Bevel Window Designs - 100 Stained Glass Patterns

In this book, you will find step-by-step instructions including layouts and borders. 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.

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 photocopier and when she showed me how to enlarge the picture, I felt a bit silly as I'd used photocopiers so many times to enlarge office documents.

Frog Pattern from Spectrum
Frog Pattern from Spectrum

Spectrum Glass

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.

Chevy Sign
Chevy Sign

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 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.

Part 2

Creating Stained Glass Art

What method or methods do you use when it comes to stained glass design?

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    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @sierradawn lm: Thank you so much!

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      sierradawn lm 

      5 years ago

      Big congratulations on your purple star! This is a beautiful lens! I adore stained glass but have never made any pieces myself. Your front door panel and chevy emblem are gorgeous!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @tonyleather: Thank you!

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      5 years ago

      Very interesting post! Thanks!

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Yes I have several articles on different pieces I've made. If you'd like to contact me I would gladly send you the links to where you can see them.

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      5 years ago

      Very good ,thank You!

      Do you have details on how you made your work of art?

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Elsie Hagley: Thanks everyone for all the lovely comments. I really do appreciate them.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      I enjoyed this article and I do like looking at this art, but it's not my thing.

      I admire what you have done, you are a special person being able to do this.

      Thanks for sharing your expertise.

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      5 years ago

      Stained glass is so beautiful! My mom is the family expert on stained glass. Thankfully, she blesses me with her creations as gifts!

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      nightbear lm 

      5 years ago

      Very very nice, I enjoyed learning more about this art form.

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      Anja Toetenel 

      5 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      I admire you for being so crafty, wow Susan! The patterns look very cool. Great Lens!

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      5 years ago

      Beautiful! I don't think I have the patience to make a stained glass anything but I do love looking at those gorgeous designs.

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I love stained glass but have never created my own.

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      5 years ago

      This looks difficult to do, but your stained glass work is gorgeous!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I've always loved stained glass and admire those who can create it. Lovely lens, thanks for sharing.


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