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Stained Glass Panels

I am interested in the history of stained glass, and I have learned how to make some unique projects. I have sold several unique pieces.

Aphrodite's Valentine Beveled Glass Panel

This stained glass panel has black lines surrounding each glass piece. That is due to the black patina which makes the colors stand out.

This stained glass panel has black lines surrounding each glass piece. That is due to the black patina which makes the colors stand out.

Stained Glass Panels

Stained glass panels have grown in popularity over the past few years. They are usually made a bit differently than the heavy leaded glass frames. There are gorgeous art glass panels found in gift shops, in stained glass shops and in numerous places on line. Color coordinate the outside of a home with a hanging a large piece in a window is very attractive, or coordinate style and color with the inside décor depending on the decorting style and personal taste.

I have written about my personal experience with a stained glass home based business, which I did for several years, but it is on hold for right now. I plan to return to creating and working with stained glass as it is so rewarding, and it feels wonderful to create something of beauty.

DIY Stained Glass with Copper Foil Tutorial

How a Panel is Assembled

This is a quick overview of how a stained glass panel is assembled. If you are making a glass panel, you first choose a design; then choose your glass pieces that will work for that design.

  • You must carefully consider colors and textures.
  • Next, fit the pattern to your glass. You carefully cut your glass and grind the edges smooth, being careful to stay within the pattern markings.
  • The next step is adding copper foil to all the edges. It comes in copper, silver and black and you choose the one to match use a patina if you so choose on the finished piece so everything matches. It has a sticky back and is copper, silver or black color on the outside. Smooth the foil carefully around all the edges; then start assembling your pieces on a work board. Hold the pieces tightly together with stick pins.
  • The next step is to solder your seams, and it is a technique that takes practice to achieve a professional look. You have to decide on a way to frame the outside edges which can be done with zinc.
  • You also can patina the solder to a black or copper color as your solder is silver. You may want to add a wood frame in addition to the metal frame. Last, you polish the finished piece.

Stained Glass Flower


Glass Used in Stained Glass Panels

When you view panels you will note many different types of glass used now that was not available some years ago. There are several new manufacturers of glass. Cathedral glass which is clear and comes in basically every color is the older, more common variety, but still beautiful.

There is glass of various textures, opaque glass, and glass with a multitude of colors running through one piece. Beveled glass pieces are used quite often in many stained glass panels, and there is baroque glass which has a specific design that must be cut and matched perfectly for a good looking product. These are just a few of your many choices

A Little Known Glass Cutting Secret

Lean to Make Beautiful Stained Glass Panels

Now, the widespread availability of colored glass, glass cutting and shaping tools makes it easy for even novice artists to create something beautiful. Many people use jewels, shells, filigrees, and many other things to make their glass unique. Professional stained glass artists can look to new trends in modern art and the use of unexpected materials, like mirrors, to drive innovations in the stained glass of the future.

Making stained glass panels is a wonderful hobby and with numerous classes in most areas and easy accessibility to the required tools, it is not too hard to get started.

Stained Glass Fish


In Conclusion

With stained glass classes so readily available you can learn to make beautiful glass art. It does take spending some money for tools and the glass to get started. It also takes patience to make stained glass panels, but you will be thrilled with the end products. It is a wonderful way to create art it a diffewrent way.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 13, 2011:

R Talloni, No, I don't think anything compares with stained glasses I just love it. Thank you so much for your comment.

RTalloni on June 13, 2011:

Thanks for sharing some stunning examples of stained glass work. This is an art form I've tried replicating with cloth and paint, but nothing really compares, does it? :)

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Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 12, 2010:

motdog. I don't need help with ideas for stained glass because I am presently not able to continue my work. Hopefully will resume in the future. Thanks for your comment.

mottdog on November 12, 2010:

These are very nice Pamela. If you need some more ideas I would suggest this page below.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 05, 2010:

Shed Plans, Thank you for your comment.

Shed Plans on October 04, 2010:

Your blog is nice.Thank you for valuable idea.Here is information about home decor.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 24, 2010:

Doodlebird, Thank you for your comments,

Doodlebird on April 23, 2010:

I love your work - I used to do stained glass many years ago. I still have all the stuff and several large sheets of glass...but no time. Maybe some day...

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 23, 2010:

Habee, Thank you for your comment. Good luck on finishing up that family room.

Holle Abee from Georgia on April 23, 2010:

I want one in my family room that we haven't finished yet!!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 11, 2010:

Thank you so much for your comment. Glad to meet another stained glass lover.

Amelia Griggs from U.S. on March 11, 2010:


I always loved stained glass and have various stained glass lamps. I really enjoyed reading your hub and commend you for the beautiful work you do!

Thanks for taking an interest in my hubs and being a follower.

Have a great day!


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 25, 2010:

Thank you for your comment and I'll check out that website.

dianekeaton on February 25, 2010:

It is quite informative post

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 24, 2010:

Janny, The small shards of glass can be a problem. You'd have to be very careful if you did want to try it. Thanks for your comment

JannyC on February 24, 2010:

So pretty I love stained glass. Not sure I could do it myself though. I got 5 year old and a cat. Lol I can see glass shattered everywhere!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 23, 2010:

Nancy, Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed my series on stained glass.

nancy_30 from Georgia on February 23, 2010:

Thank you for this very informative hub. I've learned a lot about stained glass panels from it.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 23, 2010:

Patriot, Good point! Thanks for stopping by.

partisan patriot on February 23, 2010:


Some of those models in your last hub would have looked better behind these panels!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 23, 2010:

BPOP, Thank you for your comment as always.

breakfastpop on February 23, 2010:


These are truly magnificent. Bravo!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 23, 2010:

Tom, Thanks so much for your kind comment.

Tom Whitworth from Moundsville, WV on February 23, 2010:


You should make a fortune on these stained glass masterpieces. I think their way out of my budget. I do enjoy looking at them.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 23, 2010:

Hello, Thank you for your comments.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on February 23, 2010:

You are lucky to have the ability to create such beautiful things. Thank you for showing them on you hub.

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