Stained Glass

Some of my own patterns, free for personal use as long as proper credit is given and you aren't selling the design itself.

Turtle Shell
Cross Pattee with border (Symbol of the Knights Templar)
Circle Cutting Guide (Photoshop file with various circles and division lines)
Law Enforcement Flag (Done for a visual, a real pattern is quite unnecessary)
Purple Fret (SCA/Midrealm award as a suncatcher)


Learning Stained Glass
How not to build a box
SCA Class Documentation and Screensaver
Proportional Scaler

My Junior year of college saw me sitting one night at the internet, clicking Stumbleupon over and over, putting off much needed sleep. At one point I StumbleUpon'd a studio in Canada teaching stained glass, and four years later glass takes up more of my time than any other.

I took all my stained classes at Glasslink in Fort Wayne. They are awesome people and still my supplier of choice when my schedule allows a trip out there. A close second favorite is the Glass Pane. If you have any sense you will purchase supplies or study through a stained glass store or studio. This is an ancient craft and art, but small, and these small studios will never be huge businesses making their owner/artists rich beyond imagination. One time I bought glass from a major craft store (Hobby Lobby) and the glass was useless for anything but cutting up into mosaics. I knew better, but it was convenient in a pinch, and I now have several sq. ft. of waste.

If you live in a location where there are no public studios, and you can't find a private artist to teach you, there are some excellent resources to get started. Chantal Paré runs a string of websites for stained glass patterns and discussion. One, The Art of Stained Glass, is an incredible resource. Even if you've been working with glass for years you may learn something from the site (such as "linish" isn't a typo). Another is a great book I use as a reference regularly, How to Work in Stained Glass by Anita and Seymour Isenberg. Despite the title, the book covers lampworking and kilnworking as well as a large number of flat and structural/3D stained glass projects.

Building Better Boxes

I've begun making glass boxes with increasing success. The first time I underestimated the difficulty of making a square box...well, square. The second time the biggest issue was the hinge. Things to remember:

  • Use the right tool for the job. I initially tried a wooden fixture I made myself, but you have to get your materials and make sure they themselves are "true" otherwise they are useless. Mine weren't square. Then I tried a large cake pan (selected because of the material and its convenience) and discovered too late it also wasn't actually plumb. For the cost of one box's worth of wasted solder, foil, glass, and time, you can get a professionally made fixture. I use and recommend the Professional Boxer and the Octahex. I also suggest buying them from Anything In Stained Glass online if your local supplier doesn't carry them. "Wedgies" which are available at the same place also help. These are non-slip everything-resistant wedges that come in two sizes and qualities and can be use creatively for support.
  • Tack soldering is a pain using normal methods. If you haven't tried it, try tack soldering vertically, and don't make plans using your thumbs until they heal. If my numbers are right, 60/40 solder stays workable for six to nine seconds. The force of gravity is 9.8m/second and your box is only so many inches tall. Expect solder splattering everywhere, and keep the burn gel handy. I've begun mounting my Pro Boxer on two Wedgie Jr.'s, which takes a little bit of balancing. Then you can tack/solder normally.
  • Don't get too fancy with your side panels, or if you do plan on doing it in several rounds. I find that my little solder tacks can't support the weight of the glass when I'm trying to manipulate the project and add sides. For one project I did full soldering front and back on side panels that were themselves two pieces... then discovered that the raised solder bead prevented the panel from sitting flush against the fixture. If you are going to try this, fully solder your pieces but move quickly so there isn't a bead raised above the surface of the glass. Do your corners and then come back later and make the solder pretty.

CJ's Glass Patterns

  • Trillium Flower
  • Circle Guide [PSD] [TIF] - This circle cutting guide is intended for mosaics/table tops. It has layers for circles (12", 10", 8", 6", 4", 2", and 1") and division lines (thirds, quarters, fifths, sixths, eighths, tenths, twelfths, sixteenths, and twentieths) and, for kicks, a dartboard (a complete layer and the different rings in layers). The file is "set" for 1' diameter for easy enlarging. The PSD has the original guidelines in place as well.
  • Turtle Shell [PSD] [TIF] - Also a mosaic/table top pattern, and "set" for about 1'. A border is only partially drawn in, more as a reminder than anything else. River rocks or lake glass might be good there.


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A quickie project by Jennifer. Used with permission, I believe !


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but everyone else does, so why not. Also, when catapults are outlawed, only outlaws with have catapults.