ART OF STAINED GLASS
PATTERNS

Where to find patterns?
A Stained Glass Pattern is where every stained glass piece begins.

I already have a website that explains
HOW TO MAKE A STAINED GLASS PATTERN
<<< click here.

On this page, I explain how NOT to draw a pattern!

What's wrong with this pattern?


Let me count the ways:
  • The inner oval in the frame doesn't match the outer one, nor is it centered.
  • The frame is way to large for the subject (a flea).
  • The subject (a flea) is too small and full of tiny pieces. It will look like a lump of lead swimming in an Olympic pool. Maybe sinking to the bottom.
  • There is a lot of blank space filled by nonsensical lead limes.
  • The rays around the oval are irregular.
  • There is an hourglass piece that will crack in its narrow part sooner or later, possibly while soldering, if you manage to score and break it - or even do it with a saw.


Making your own patterns - examples
It is helpful to see how others make patterns, as well as what rules of thum they follow. TO this end, several pattern designs are illustrated from start to finish: