Our local art center was offering a class on stained glass window making, so my wife signed me up as an early birthday present. It’s one night a week for 8 weeks, so I thought I would document some of the process on my blog. The first week we learned about all the steps in the process, the tools involved and tried our hands at making different styles and shapes of cuts on scrap pieces of glass. Towards the end of the class we got to pick out a “cartoon” of a design we liked, and duplicate it with carbon paper onto a sheet of oak tag like paper. I originally considered trying to do a custom design, but thought I’d stick to one of the designs the teacher brought for my first attempt. This was the design I liked the most.
One of the things on the extensive list of supplies we needed to get in the first week was a board which we would be doing all the layout and assembly on. We could purchase one, but I took this as homework and just made one. It’s 1/2″ plywood with about a 3/4″ high right angle border. The lines I just added to hopefully reveal if my angles start going wonky.
The other thing I did was digitally recreate the design from the cartoon in Inkscape so I could quickly try out lots of combinations of colors to fill the panels. Eventually I settled on this design. Now I need to head to the local art glass studio to buy some glass ahead of the next class. Then I get to start cutting.