AmeriGlas Stained Glass

Introduction to Stained Glass

Lily Window Pattern PT-205 People are very much in awe of stained glass.  However, making stained glass is really not very difficult.  Projects are sometimes assigned a 'degree of difficulty' - yet this has nothing to do with the beauty of  a finished project and little to do with the true difficulty.  The simplest designs are often the most elegant and the easiest to make.
  Over the years, we at AmeriGlas have found that anyone can learn to make stained glass.  You don't have to be an 'artist', as one might think.  Since stained glass is made from a pattern, it's as simple as following the lines.  And you don't have to be a master craftsman either.  The basic skills that everyone has developed from everyday life are easily transferred to making stained glass.

Oak Bookends Project

Hummingbird Casting Project
Imagine a picture which has lines drawn around the major objects - a rose, a tree, the sky, a bird, or the sun.  This picture is cut apart with a pair of scissors, so that each object is now independent - much like a jig saw puzzle.  Each piece or object is then cut from different stained glass which would most appropriately depict that object - maybe swirled green glass for a tree or wispy light blue glass for the sky.  When the glass pieces are assembled according to the original pattern, it results in a painting of  'glass'.
  One very major misconception by most people is that the size or really the number of pieces in a stained glass project makes it increasingly difficult - a stained glass panel with 10 pieces is easy and one with 100 is difficult.  Wrong!  Is it more difficult to walk 100 feet then it is to walk 10 feet?  No, it only takes a little more time.  A sprinter might run 100 feet in just a few seconds while a 100 year old grandmother might take hours - but the end result is the same.  The same is true for stained glass.  A larger project just has more pieces, but it isn't any harder to make each individual piece.  And it isn't hard to reassemble the large 'jig saw puzzle' since the pieces of the pattern were 'numbered' before it was cut apart!

Eagle design from Suncatchers and Stones book


Design from Mirrors and Frames book

Other Sections - Comming Soon

  A Brief Summary Stained Glass Selection  
  The Basis Tools Cutting the Glass  
  Deciding on a Project Preparation for Assembly  
  Selecting a Pattern Assembly of a project  
  Preparing the pattern In Conclusion  

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