Readers Stained Glass Designs

Original 3-D Designs

Gail Koebke
Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

I’ve taken the liberty to send you a couple pictures of my latest accomplishments.
The Christmas tree is the 5th item I’ve made, it stands about 7″ tall.  I twisted wire to make the star, and I added star shaped beads for ornaments.
The lamp is the 6th item I’ve made.  Each panel of the lamp shade is 14″ across the bottom, and is on a 14″ tall base. I soldered ball chain to the bottom edge for decoration.
And, I designed both of them.  Admittedly I took ideas from things I’ve seen on the internet, but I did draw and make my own patterns.
Feel free to offer any constructive criticism; I want to know about any mistakes I make.
As always, I am inspired by your work, and I gain so much from the “how to” instructions that you offer.
Hope things are great across the pond.  Thanks for your wonderful website!

Milly’s Reply:

Thank you Gail for taking the time to send your lovely work. Well done for designing them yourself, and so early on in your stained glass journey, wow!

You could think about the glass you use for the tree for the next one you do. Perhaps not so dark and more textured so that it adds interest when you look through it?
Great work, thanks for sharing.

Designs made with Software

Designs done with software

Designs done with software  by Larry Stout

Designs done with software Software-aided design

These designs are drawn with Glass Eye Professions software. Glass examples shown the various lites can be changed at will any number of times in the design image, lines altered, etc.

Milly’s reply:
Wow, I’ve often wondered about stained glass software – whether it would be worth exploring to help with designing – and I think this answers my question. Have you tried any others, or just this one Larry? Is it easy to get a grip on it, or does it take so long that it makes it less than worthwhile time-wise?


Colorful Transom Window

by Lee

Glass Transom Window

Glass Transom Window

Glass Transom Window Close Up Detail

This transom window is by Lee, one of my students, and was a little bit tricky to make due to the antique glass that she used. Those are the streaky bits in the middle and a couple on the edges. When I say ‘antique glass’, I mean handmade rather than hundreds of years old, and because of this it is irregular in thickness, sometimes up to 4mm and down to 2mm.

Lee’s use of colour is interesting and cleverly done, with warm colours balanced perfectly with the cooler blues.

Leaving the areas of clear glass – this is antique stain glass too – both lets in light and links it in with the rest of the door (her next project maybe?!) I’m looking forward to that…

Wallace’s Hobbies

by Roxie

wallaces hobbies stained glass art work

We had a half circle window in our home that I did not want to cover with the traditional fan window covering but it let in too much light for my husband’s tv. I had taken some classes from a local glass store and I had created several small projects, but nothing of this size. It is copper foil, reinforced with braided zinc. There are several varieties of art glass and some painting involved to opaque the dog (Wallace) in the center. I hope you enjoy.

Milly’s reply:
I love it! I take it your dog likes chasing birds?! This is a very complex piece of glass art work beautifully executed and thoughtfully made. I especially like the way you’ve chosen the glass to mirror the subject – the flying birds for example.

It shows a sense of humour and would be very welcoming for visitors I think. Well done for having a go at such a large piece – I hope your husband likes it!


Wall Art Ideas

by Lindsay

Glass Mirror Fish

Glass Mirror Fish

Glass Mirror Fish Fish Glass Wall Art Shoal of Fish

These images are by Lindsay, one of my students who wanted to have a glass wall feature, but didn’t want a big light box construction behind it. Using the mirror is a really good idea, as it reflects the glass colours and adds space to the room. The design is great, it really gives a sense of the movement of a shoal of fish in the sea. This was also helped by the antique (handmade) glass that Lindsay used. Glue was used to stick the fish on, but if you’re going to have a go at this, make sure that all the edges are ground and safe beforehand.

Wall Art With A Difference

by Paula

Abstract glass designs

Abstract glass designs

Abstract glass designs Abstract glass patterns Glass wall art Glass ceiling

I found this on the web and wanted to share it with you. It really is the most amazing place, where the glass wall art IS the wall! The love and care that’s gone into designing these abstract patterns, and putting it all together to create a whole environment of arts and crafts loveliness – is amazing.

The images are a little small to see exactly how they’ve been made, but it looks like applique, using coloured glass sheets. I can’t see clearly enough to see if there’s any lead came in there or not.

I wonder what it’s like to live somewhere like that?…I’m imagining waking up to a stained glass ceiling… Has anybody been who can tell us more?

The name of the place is Eliphante, and it was built by Mike and Leda Kahn on 3 acres in Cornville, AZ over the course of almost 30 years. I found these photos using this link (cut and paste into your browser for more photos):
Apparently you can arrange for visits.

5 thoughts on “Readers Stained Glass Designs”

  1. So glad I saw Lindsay’s fish again. I want to do an abstract for my dining room wall. Designs have been playing in my mind but I never thought of back dropping it with mirror. That will be perfect for my small space that is open to living room and kitchen. I will have questions on the making and hanging for sure. Wow, it is like it has finally come together. Wish I could start it today. Thank you Lindsay and Milly.

    • Good idea to use mirror for a small space Lynn. Often if we wait, rather than rushing in, the answer comes to us and makes for a far better end result. I look forward to seeing it evolve.
      Thanks Lindsey 🙂

  2. I love reading your emails and seeing all the beautiful work our glass friends have created. I just recently done my first mosaic and enjoyed it. Thank you for what you do for all of us! 😃🦋🙌🏻


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