How to Make A Stained Glass Display Stand

Make Your Own DIY Stained Glass Display Stand

This ingenious idea was shared by Janusz Niedzielski who designed and made this lovely stained glass rose stand. He has very generously written a detailed plan AND instructions for making this stained glass display stand. He has also shared his work-in-progress photos and rose pattern (see below). You can design anything you want using this idea to display your stained glass. Giraffes, here we come πŸ™‚

Prepare and Make Your Stained Glass Design Ready To Be Mounted

Draw up your rose pattern and make it in stained glass using the copper foil technique as you normally do. This is the pattern Janusz has kindly shared but you can of course use any one of your own to suit.

Tool & Supplies Needed To Make The Stained Glass Display Base

You may have lots of this already. The following are all from Amazon (paid, thanks for any purchases!) but your local hardware store might have something similar.

  1. Copper tube 5 mm OD (around 1 yard – 90 cm long)
  2. Threaded pipe M10 (around 1 1/2” – 38 mm long)
  3. Nuts M10 10mm – (2 pcs)
  4. Hacksaw (with a blade for metal cutting)
  5. Ceramic drill bit M10 (only 10mm is required)
  6. Furniture pads (4 pcs)
  7. Ceramic tile 6” x 6” to 8” x 8” (15 cm x 15 cm to 20 cm x 20 cm)
  8. Your regular tools: pliers, drilling machine, soldering iron, solder, flux.

How To Make The Display Stand

  • Using the Hacksaw split the end of Copper tube 5 mm OD on the length of around ½” (1.2 cm). With your pliers create a β€œsaddle” for the rose to be secured.

  • To the other end of the copper tube solder the Threaded pipe M10. Fill up the void between the M10 pipe and M5 tube with scrap copper wire and solder around on both ends of M10 pipe.
  • Solder the rose and leaves to the β€œstalk” and finish as usual.

  • In the centre of the ceramic tile drill a hole with your drilling machine and the Diamond drill bit M10 using low rotational speed. Protect the tile with a masking tape in the place of drilling. It is recommended to use water for drilling in ceramic or glass material. Put the ceramic tile in a tray filled with water. Alternatively stick a Plasticine (or similar) ring to the tile and such created pool fill with water.

  • Install the rose on the ceramic tile using the Nuts M10. On the bottom of the ceramic tile stick the Furniture pads or similar.

  • Enjoy your design.

Display Stand Sectional Drawing

An engineer by trade, Janusz says that a drawing will tell more than a hundred words, so he has kindly prepared one of those for us, too. How amazing is THAT?! He has also offered to answer any questions you might have, so fire away in the Comments below and he’ll get back to you. Give him a bit of time!

What a treat this is. Thanks to Janusz you now have the instructions to build a very robust stained glass display stand. Feel free to email me any finished projects so I can post them on this page.

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14 thoughts on “How to Make A Stained Glass Display Stand”

    • It’s brilliant isn’t it Sarah? I’m looking forward to ‘variations on a theme’ that will undoubtedly appear. Email me with yours if you have any at any point πŸ™‚

  1. Milly, thanks for posting this. Janusz Niedzielski, thanks for sharing the great idea for a stand, as well as your beautiful rose pattern. This stand lends itself very well for all kinds of stained glass pieces.

    • I know, can’t wait to see what people come up with! I’m expecting a flood of photos in a few weeks… hopefully yours will be among them!

  2. From one engineer to another, great drawing and plans. No doubt I will incorporate some ideas here into my next venture.

  3. Thanks to Janusz for sharing this idea ! The application has many possibilities. I was just thinking that this idea could be used as a base for a box lamp shade. Instead of the traditional wooden bases one could use an 8×8 tile with a 6″ square box lamp set on top of it. The wiring for the lamp would go through the hole from the bottom of the tile through the threaded pipe mounted to the tile as Janusz has described using 2 nuts on the threaded pipe to secure it to the tile.The bulb base is screwed to the threaded pipe. Then the lamp wire goes through the mounted pipe and is wired to the bulb socket. Set the stained glass box shade over the bulb…and turn on the light. best to have an in line switch to turn these lamps on and off. The threaded pipe and nuts are specific for the bulb socket otherwise the process is the same. Also the threaded pipe for bulb bases comes in different lengths so you could have the bulb near the bottom or higher up to the middle of the shade. Thanks Janusz for a great tutorial!!

    • Sharon that’s a great twist on this tutorial and something that will inspire readers I’m sure. Thanks for taking the time to describe it in such detail. If you give this a try, don’t forget to email me the result so I can add it here. Good luck πŸ™‚

    • Soldered on. Any animal or small child is going to be a potential hazard, as with all glass. You could add the leaves higher, or miss them out altogether. Or add a few more leaves so that they don’t just have one side joining to the stem – that’ll make them more robust.


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