6 Artful Home Decorating Ideas Using Stained Glass Panels

Stained Glass Ceilings, fireplace screens, and Light Fixtures

A simple idea that adds much to a home space is the incorporation of stained glass panels as ceiling tiles or overlapping with light fixtures. This creates a colorful ambiance and acts like art pieces do, except the added charm of coming from above. Ceilings done this way make for excellent conversation pieces, and will match almost any style décor. Fireplace screens add a wonderful, warm ambiance to your surroundings

Stained Glass Table Tops and Furniture Designs

Many unique and stylish furniture designs use glass paneling to create Art Nuevo feels for the home. Tables topped in stained type glass give off wonderful reflected light that shines throughout the room. With the right lighting, furniture designed with stained type glass makes a dazzling ensemble that sets the mood in the wider angles of any living room or dining area.

Stained Glass Lamps and Chandeliers Art

Lamp shades made with stained type glass are the perfect synthesis of art and home furnishings. They can be set so their light casts in all directions and make a charming addition to the home entertainment space. In a more elaborate sense, it is possible to design stained glass chandeliers that hang from above, dangling light colorful displays cascading across the ceilings and dancing along the flooring of your household.

Stained Glass Flooring and Discothèque Décor

For those who want to take their décor to the next level, why not a party space for your indoor gatherings. Stained type glass flooring can be created, it is a little more expensive than traditional floor tiles, but can be done economically and will last for a longer amount of time. Some homes have taken this idea and created pseudo dance floor feels to entertain guests and visitors. Just as some stained type glass flooring or textures throughout a room, then compliment it with a lighted glitter ball hanging above and a booming stereo system, then you have the premium discothèque in your home.

Stained Glass Swimming Pool Designs

A more elaborate application of stained type glass paneling and tiles can be used in outdoor scenarios. A sweet look can be given to your pool areas, where stained glass can be inserted into the edging, walkways or in spaces for seating around swimming pools or your Jacuzzi. This is a colorful way to make a plain pool area artsy and fun in the daylight hours, although the accents of stained type glass under moonlight make it a romantic texture for the evening swim party. This is an idea that might cost a little more, but the results are amazing for an outdoor project to modernize your home in a stylish way.

Stained Glass windows and panels

A very simple way to add color and texture to your space is using Stained type Glass windows but if that is not an option, a more easy choice is a Stained Glass Panel to hang over your windows. Easily hung by a chain with a bit of hardware, and it transforms your surroundings!

Making Leaded Stained Glass Window Patterns

Vector clip art is an easy way to start making your own stained glass pattern. The vector format saves the image as lines which creates simple clip art images. These images are easy to edit and do not become jagged when enlarged. These free vector clip art images allow you to enlarge, color or combine images to create your pattern.

Make a new folder in your graphics program and name it “My glass pattern clip art objects” or whatever you will remember. Find the images you are interested in, “right click” on the image or follow the websites directions for downloading their images, and save them into this folder. Select which objects will work for this particular stained glass pattern or start a collection of clip art images for use now and in the future.

  • Clipart-design.com sells professional design packs while providing free download for 500+ vector clip art designs, ornaments, and icons from 35 of those professional packs. Download and import these directly into most graphic programs.
  • Clipart.magicpeople.org offers free vector clip art files free for commercial and personal use. Choose from holidays, wedding, valentine, anime, and more.
  • Digitalclipart.com provides vector clip art, free, for private use only. The free images are not for commercial use. Choose from the sport, mascot, animals, fantasy, tribal, tattoo, transportation, people, ornaments and objects.
  • Free-clip-art.com contains sports, food, religious, wedding, education, medical, holiday, music, transportation and borders vector clip art. These vector clip art images will download in a.zip format. Save the zip file by right clicking on the zipped file icon to open it and save it to the appropriate file on your computer.

There may be times when you see something in a photo that pulls together elements you want use to design a stained glass pattern. You can use photos for design elements or find a very simple photo to trace and use for a stained glass pattern.

  • Publicdomainphotos.com is a website where the photos are free to use for personal or commercial use, Public domain simply means that the photographer has released the copyright of the photo so others can use it for their projects. This website includes flowers, food, and landscape photographs totally over 5,000 photographs to look at for inspiration for a stained glass window pattern.
  • The nice detail about Imagebase.net is that you can search for objects. I found an up close and personal photograph of a key that can easily be traced and made into a stained glass pattern.
  • BurningWell.com is a repository of public domain photographs to be used for personal and commercial use. Texture is a great category on this website for grass, clouds, buildings, and ideas for the ground including rocks.
  • Freephotos and Fontplay offers over 10,000 photographs and font images that can be used for making a stained glass pattern.
  • Photorack.net is a collaboration of free stock photos to use in any creative manner you choose. Water and birds are a common theme in stained glass window art. This duck in the water photo is easy to trace and be made into individual stained glass pieces to form a leaded stained glass window.

Another way to get the image you want for your stained glass pattern is to scan it into your computer. Save all of the images into your folder you made for this pattern so everything you have found, downloaded, copied and scanned is together and ready for you to combine to design your pattern.

To draw your pattern begin by opening up the images you want to combine for your pattern into a photo editing program. Print the image in “grayscale”. Printing in “grayscale” makes the edges of the images more defined and easier to trace.

Tape one image at a time onto a window that has light coming through it and tape a blank sheet of paper over it. Trace the edges of the image shapes with a pencil. Remember, as you trace the shapes, you will be cutting each shape into glass pieces. Depending on your skill level for cutting stained glass the pieces should be made large while keeping the overall image recognizable. You may need to add additional lines so individual pieces can be cut.

Repeat for each image you want to combine for your stained glass pattern.
Scan each pencil drawing onto your computer and into a photo editing program and print out the images. Cut around each image. Use a large piece of white paper or tape several sheets of printing paper together so it is larger than your finished pattern will be. Tape each image into place. With a pencil add lines to connect each image making sure each individual piece can be cut into a stained glass piece.

Draw an outside bounding box the exact size you want your stained glass window to be. Connect each image to this box. Remember that all the lines do not have to be straight yet do not make them so curved that they can’t be cut into stained glass pieces.

Number each piece of your pattern. Decide which pieces are going to be what color and begin a color code.” Blk” for black, “Y” for yellow, “Gr” for green,” Gry” for gray, etc. Put the color code onto each piece alongside of the number.

On each piece put slash lines depicting which way the grain will go. This will be very important when using stained glass with streaks or textures. You will want to cut each piece of that colored stained glass in the same direction so your pattern flows.

Make three copies of your finished pattern. One will be placed on a flat surface and be used as the template, one will be cut into individual pieces and the third copy will be for stand-by in case you need to re-cut pieces or for reference.

Stained Glass – Basic Skills You Need To Make Stained Glass Art

Making stained glass crafts is a wonderful hobby for almost anyone. There’s just something magical about the unique beauty of these wonderful objects, but you don’t have to be a magician to create stained glass art. Anyone can do it!

Making beautiful stained glass objects requires very little initial investment, and even if you have only a basic skill level, the results of your efforts will amaze you.

Read the following overview of the skills needed, and I’m sure you’ll agree there’s no reason you can’t jump right in and make a success of your new hobby:

Cutting stained glass

Cutting is probably the most demanding skill you’ll need to develop. But don’t worry. Over the years, plenty of clever people have refined the glass cutting procedure to get it just right. Cutting is now safe, predictable, and easy.

If you follow standard glass-cutting procedure, use good equipment, and put safety first, you’ll find yourself easily cutting the shapes you need with very little waste or breakage.

Grinding pieces of stained glass until they’re just the right shape

Glass cutting is an inexact art. When you cut glass, you get the pieces close, but they’re never exactly the shape you need them to be to fit your design. And that’s where glass grinding comes in.

A good glass grinder resembles a miniature router table, and it makes it a snap to easily shape your rough-cut glass however you want. Any misshapen or jagged edges are easily ground away, and you’re left with a perfectly shaped piece that’s ready to take its place in the pattern.

Foiling the edges of the cut pieces of glass

As you probably know, solder doesn’t adhere to glass very well. In fact, if you tried to solder directly to glass, your creation would fall apart like a loose puzzle. That’s where foiling saves the day.

By wrapping copper foil around the cut edges of your pieces of stained glass, you give the solder something to stick to. Foil ties everything together so your stained glass creation becomes a single unit rather than a collection of separate pieces.

You can foil by hand, or use an inexpensive foiling tools to help you along. Either way, it’s an enjoyable task that’s almost impossible to get wrong.

Soldering stained glass

This is the one you’ve been waiting for, right? Soldering turns your glass pieces into a single, beautiful creation. And with the right equipment, it’s not as difficult as you might think.

Although clean, even soldering takes a bit of practice, even an absolute beginner can get the hang of it very quickly. And if you get some stray blobs of solder where they don’t really belong, there’s no reason to worry about it. After all, it adds character to your artwork. Anyway, you’ll almost always start soldering the back of your artwork first. So when it comes time to do the front, you’ll be up to speed and soldering like a pro!

With a good soldering station, you’ll always know if your soldering iron is heated up and ready to produce an even bead of solder.

Finishing and framing stained glass creations

Once your artwork is soldered to your satisfaction, there’s nothing left but to finish and frame your masterpiece. Finishing is an optional step that removes any imperfections in the solder joints, but lots of folks like to leave things unfinished for a more natural, hand-crafted look.

Framing is easy too, assuming your art is a standard size. If you made your artwork from a kit, it’s almost certain that you’ll easily find a frame to that fits. But if you’re the do it yourself type who designs his or her own stained glass, you’ll want to design it to fit a frame.