Custom Stained Glass Designs - All Photographs


This page shows all the custom stained glass design photographs and associated descriptions. Use the links below to jump to the desired area.

Smaller items shown on this page can be shipped internationally using the First-Class Package International Service of the USPS. Send me an email if you have an international request.


Custom American Flag Hanging

American Flag American Flag in Window The image on the left is of a 13" by 19" American Flag hanging with a bevel border. The panel is set into an American Walnut frame. The actual dimensions of the flag portion are 8" by 13".

The image on the right shows the same panel resting on the upper part of one of our windows. The panel is sized so that it easily fits as a hanging in front of regular window. It can also be hung in an interior space or against a wall.

The blue field, or UNION, is a fused glass segment with 50 "stars". The stars are 1/4" white squares that are positioned diagonally on a glass blank and then fired to create a single glass segment. The temperature of the firing is such that the stars are a little raised of the blue surface. This adds to their visibility and yield a 3-dimension feel to them.

The image below shows the Union as it comes from my kiln. It is 4.25" by 5.5".

The blue field is Spectrum Cobalt Blue Cathedral firing glass (136-SF) and the stars are Spectrum White Opal firing glass (200-SF). The red strips are Spectrum Cherry Red Cathedral (151) and the white strips are Spectrum regular White Opal (200). The flag region is constructed using the copper foil method so that the smaller parts show better. The copper foiled flag is then mated with a clear rectangular bevel border using lead came and soldered to an outer zinc came frame. Finally, the panel is set into an American Walnut frame with a satin finish polyurethane finish applied.

All my hanging panels come with hooks and hanging chain included.

The framing is available in Red Oak, Natural finish Cherry, American Walnut, and Mahogany. Other exotic woods are available as special order items.

Flag Blue Field with Stars

A number of years ago I made a large American Flag window hanging. Its construction, especially the blue field with 50 stars, was very time consuming and I never made another. It is still on my site as a no longer active page. This link will take you to that deprecated page, but it will only link back to my current Custom Designs page. From there you can easily return to this page under that section.
Custom Apples and American Flag Hanging.

Thus with my current ability to fuse glass, I am able to achieve a design which can accurately depict our flag with a reasonable amount of effort.

There are many border treatments besides the simple rectangular bevels possible.

Different sizes are possible within the limit of my kiln. I can fire a blue field at twice the size used for this panel. This would yield a flag twice as large. This would yield a flag portion of 16" by 26".

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Custom Fused Glass - Pendant Cross Designs

Fused Glass Pendant Cross

The fused glass pendant crosses shown on the left are 2" in height, 1.5" wide and weigh 0.5 oz.

They can be made in a wide range of opal colors. A few of the possible colors are shown on the left.

The small top hook is sized to allow a thin jewelry chain to pass through. They could also be hung on some cord or thin ribbons. You supply your own hanging material. I also make all colors in a form without a hanging hook. I call these pocket crosses. Pocket crosses are $1 less than the pendant form.

The hook is made from Kanthal A-1 17 gauge wire. Kanthal is the overall brand for Sandvik's heating technology products and services. It is also the trademark for a family of iron-chromium-aluminum (FeCrAl) alloys used in a wide range of resistance and high-temperature applications. Kanthal A-1 wire has no nickel content. It is ideal for fused glass work where the glass forming is usually done at a temperature of about 1400 °F. Kanthal A-1 is rated to 2550 °F. I buy in bulk from a Canadian supplier.

Suction cups for hanging a pendant cross on a window or an interior smooth surface are available for an addition cost of 25 cents each. One of the photos below show a sample.

The opal colors shown in the photo on the left, using the Spectrum Company sheet glass names, are as follows:

I also make crosses in Birthstone colors and a multi-colored cross in the colors of the Autism Puzzle. These are shown below.

The photos below show close-up images of some of the cross colors and hanging options for the pendant ones.

Fused Glass Autism Pendant Fused Glass Blue Pendant Cross Fused Glass Blue Pendant on hook Birthstone Crosses

Sample Color, Ordering and Shipping Information

To see sample color images of the glasses use the following link -- Fused Cross Information Sheet. It assumes you have the Adobe Reader available.

For Order and pricing information use the following link -- Fused Cross Order Sheet. It assumes you have the Adobe Reader available.

Packing and shipping within the continental US is $2.50 for the first cross and $0.50 for each additional cross. They are shipped USPS.

Items on this page can be shipped internationally using the First-Class Package International Service of the USPS. For International Shipping please contact me for the shipping cost.

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Custom Stained Glass - Arts and Crafts and Art Deco Designs.


Arts and Crafts Custom Stained Glass Hanging - The Rising and Setting Sun.

Arts and Crafts Custom Stained Glass Hanging - The Rising and Setting Sun The photograph on the left shows a window hanging approximately 20" wide by 23" high. It is an adaptation of a sketch by Alex Spatz in his book "Prairie Designs for Stained Glass Windows II" which contains many drawings inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The color selections, final size, and detail shapes are my own. My title for the panel Rising and Setting Sun says it all. Art Deco Custom Stained Glass - Moon Transom

The design uses seven different glasses, four textures, and two sizes of lead came. The clear glasses, which dominate the total surface area, are Spectrum Clear Waterglass ® and a special clear rough rolled. The clear textures are difficult to see in the photograph. The larger clear pieces are Waterglass while most of the smaller pieces are rough rolled. The rising sun is Spectrum Yellow Waterglass ® while the setting sun is Spectrum Medium Amber Rough Rolled. The two sun images dominate the visual area. The colored pattern areas are made from German New Antique (GNA) light green and light blue glass and a little Spectrum Pale Amber Cathedral.

I've also used this pattern to construct transoms, with either the rising or setting sun used. For a transom set each gets one of each sun. The photo on the right shows another variation of my "Suns" panels. This is a Moon transom. The moon is made from Spectrum Firelight Opal®. This deeply textured white opal glass yield a light red visual effect at the top curved portions of the surface dimples. I assume it is due to some internal light refraction related to the variation in glass thickness and shape. Spectrum selected an appropriate name, Firelight, to describe this unique glass effect.

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Art Deco Transom

Art Deco Custom Stained Glass - Transom The photograph shows a transom for a single width doorway. It is 28" wide and 14" high. The white glass is Spectrum clear translucent (307S) while the small yellow segments are Spectrum semi-translucent yellow opal. All the clear glass segments are Spectrum Clear Waterglass ®. The lead came used is two different sizes, most is flat 1/4" with some flat 3/8". The golden tone of the clear glass is due to the fall background viewed through this window.

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Art Deco Sidelight Set

Art Deco - Sidelight Set Art Deco - Sidelight Closeup The photograph shows a sidelight set that is an adaptation of a sketch by Alex Spatz in one of his Prairie Designs books. Each panel is 13" wide and 32" high. The glass used are: Spectrum Clear Baroque ®, Teal and Light Amber Spectrum Waterglass® for the one color areas, and Ruby Red / Amber and Sky Blue / Deep Steel Spectrum Waterglass® for the two color regions. The two-tone blue segments are dark in the full set image. The close-up of the top of one panel shown on the right gives a better view of these beautiful two-tone Spectrum Waterglass® segments.

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Art Deco Custom Stained Glass Cabinet Doors

Art Deco Custom Stained Glass - Cabinet Doors Art Deco Custom Stained Glass - Cabinet Doors detail The photograph shows a set of custom stained glass cabinet doors where the plain glass was replaced by an Art Deco custom stained glass design. A set of doors is shown on the left and the detail of the upper portion of one door is shown on the right. The doors are approximately 30" high and 12" wide.

The design uses four different glasses. The outer clear glass is Spectrum Clear Waterglass ® while the inner clear glass is Spectrum clear rough rolled. The central area is Spectrum Colonial Blue Translucent Opal glass. The two other colored regions are Spectrum Steel Blue Translucent Opal glass.

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Custom Stained Glass - Bevel Designs.


There are many bevel clusters and art glass colors. This page just shows a few of the possible arrangements. If you have an interest please send me an email describing what you might want in a large window hanging.
There is a link at the bottom of this page with my email address.


Pineapple Bevel Design

Custom Pineapple Bevel Hanging Custom Pineapple Hanging in Frame On the left is shown a window hanging that is approximately 13" wide and 18" high. The center bevel cluster is a colored bevel cluster by the MIKA Company. It depicts a pineapple in light brown and light green colors. The Pineapple cluster is surrounded by Glue Chip textured glass and then a 1.5" wide border of Spectrum Cobalt Blue WaterGlass®.

The same panel is shown on the right set into an American Cherry hardwood frame. With the wood frame the size increases to 15" wide and 20" high.

I stock American Walnut, American Cherry, Red Oak and Mahogany hardwoods for framing. Other exotic wood species are available for special order if desired.

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4-Piece Star Bevel Custom Design

Blue Bevel Hanging Blue Bevel Hanging Corner Detail On the left is shown a window hanging that is approximately 15" wide and 18" high. The center bevel cluster is a four piece star. This is surrounded by a clear textured glue chip glass from the Duncan Company called Tsunami glass. While it is no longer manufactured, I still have a large supply on hand of this beautiful texture. Surrounding the clear textured glass is a border of bevels. The corner bevels are inner quarter circle pieces. This yields a rectangular shape with curved corners. Finally the bevels are surrounded with a 1.5" colored glass border. In the image shown, the border glass is Spectrum Sky Blue / Deep Steel WaterGlass ®.

On the right is a photo showing the lower right corner detail of this panel. It shows the beautiful texture of the Tsunami glass and some of the color variation effect for the two color WaterGlass border.

Green Bevel Hanging On the left is shown the same style panel with a Spectrum Sea Green WaterGlass ® border and the 4 piece bevel cluster being frosted bevels. A frosted bevel has the flat top of the bevel having a texture like frosted glass. The bevel still has the slanted edge so such bevels produce the color prism effect associated with all beveled glass.

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Other Large Bevel Custom Design

Custom Stained Glass Bevel Window Hanging Blue Bevel WIndow Cover There are many large bevel clusters. Here I just show two samples of custom bevel cluster window hangings. In general then have a large complex central bevel cluster, some clear textured glass surrounding the bevels, and one or two borders. Borders can be constructed from rectangular bevels or colored art glass, usually a Spectrum WaterGlass ® color for its beauty.

Panels can be set into hardwood frames or left with just the zinc came outer perimeter, as shown in the 4-Piece Star panels above. I use zinc perimeter came for all larger panels for strength.

On the left is a large 11 piece cluster surrounded by textured Glue Chip glass. There is then a border of 1.5" rectangular bevel border and finally a 1.5" border of Spectrum Medium Blue WaterGlass®. The piece is set in an oak frame. The image edge is too dark to see the actual wood color.

On the right is another double border window cover. The exposed glass is a 20" square. The panel is set into a wood frame to mate with the lower part of a double hung window. The outer border is Medium Blue Spectrum WaterGlass ® and the clear textured glass is Tsunami.

Framing for all panels is available in Red Oak, Natural finish Cherry, American Walnut, and Mahogany. The panels can also be left with just the zinc perimeter came and hanging hooks soldered to the zinc.

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Custom Bevel Window Hanging Designs with Stained Glass Trim

Stained Glass Large Bevel hanging design with dark blue borderdesign Stained Glass Large Bevel hanging design with light blue border These designs are extensions of the smaller bevel hangings I've been making for years. The layout is nine columns of bevels plus a color border to yield a 16" width. The height is approximately 24". I try to arrange the different length bevels to make rising or falling patterns from the two smaller size bevels.

The hanging on the left has a dark blue border, Spectrum Waterglass ® Cobalt Blue 136W, while the one on the right has a light blue border, Spectrum Waterglass ® Light Blue 132W. Each hanging has a Cobalt Blue 35mm jewel attached to a 1.5" square bevel to add some visual contrast to the bevel space.

There are many layout possibilities and the border color is only limited by the available stained glass colors. My personal taste is to have a medium to dark color so that the border trim clearly defines the bevel space.

This design uses a zinc outer frame and lead interior came. The came around the colored border is thicker then that around the bevels. No cement is used so that the maximum bevel area is revealed. Two solid brass hooks are soldered to the zinc frame. Panels of this size with so many bevels weight 7 lbs. So I include some sturdy hanging chain and hooks appropriate for wood window trim. All my panels are waxed and signed.

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Custom Stained Glass Mirror Wall Hangings

Below are shown three different style mirrors. They all have borders made from opal glass. This allows the color of the border to be seen when displayed against a wall.

Custom Stained Glass Bevel Mirror Wall Hanging This custom stained glass mirror wall hanging made from Mika's mirrored bevel cluster Rising Sun II, a border of Spectrum Colonial Blue Semi Translucent Opalescent glass, and an Oak frame with a natural finish.

The dimensions of this beautiful custom stained glass living room piece are 18" by 32". The border trim is available in a wide range of stained glass colors to coordinate with your home decoration needs. The hardwood frame is available in Red Oak, Natural finish Cherry, American Walnut, and Mahogany.

Custom Stained Glass Small Wall Mirror Custom Stained Glass Red Border Wall Mirror The mirror on the left is a small 8" by 12" mirror with a border made from blue opal with iridescent white opal in the corners.

The mirror on the right is larger, at 12" by 18". It has a deep red opal border with some white iridized segments to add visual interest.

The border region can be made from any of the many colors and color mixtures available in opal glass and thus coordinate perfectly with your interior color scheme.

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Celtic and Scottish Stained Glass Window Designs


Celtic Knot Information Document

To see a PDF fact sheet (450 Kb) for some of my Celtic Knot designs, including current costs, use the following link -- Celtic Knot Panel Information. It assumes you have the Adobe Reader available.


Celtic Two Hearts Transom

Stained Glass Celtic Heart Transom Here is a Celtic Knot transom. The design shown uses two facing heart knots. The hearts knot clusters are from Warner-Crivellaro. The panel is 36" wide and 12" high.

The inner glass segments, within the bevels of the knot, are light green GNA glass to help define the bevels. The rest of the glass is Spectrum Clear Baroque ®, with it striking swirl lines. The outer border is composed of clear rectangular bevels. This panel has a zinc frame painted black to match wrought iron decor in the client's setting.

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Celtic Two Hearts Large Panel

Celtic Heart Large Panel Celtic Heart Large Panel Build The image on the left shows a variation of my Celtic Two Heart Knot transom installed in a client's home. The panel, made in two sections for shipping, is approximately 24" wide and 48" high.

The inner glass segments, within the bevels of the knot, are light green Spectrum Artique® glass to help define the bevels. The rest of the glass is Spectrum Clear WaterGlass®. The panel's border is rectangular bevels of various lengths and 1.5" wide. The panel is inserted into an interior opening between a dressing room and a bedroom.

Spectrum WaterGlass® was used to yield a little more privacy over the Spectrum Clear Baroque®.

The image on the right shows the panel during construction. The central horizontal lead line, between the tips of the two hearts, can be seen as slightly thicker. This is the point where the two sections are joined together during installation.

This panel illustrates one of the many possible variations for one of my designs.

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Celtic Knots

Stained Glass Celtic Knot hanging design The large Celtic Knot window hanging shown below has a zinc outer came edge. The outer border is Spectrum Emerald Green Waterglass ®. The inner border is made from 1.5" rectangular bevels. A light green GNA glass surrounds the central 25-piece bevel Celtic Knot on both the inside and outside. The bevel cluster and internal GNA glass is done with foil, to hide less of the bevel surfaces. The rest of the panel uses lead came.

As shown, this window hanging is 22" by 22". A perfect Celtic present for that special person, perhaps you!

The Celtic Knot bevel cluster is from Warner-Crivellaro, one of my glass suppliers.

A hanging of this size could be put into a hardwood frame if desired. I make my own framing and stock oak, cherry, walnut and mahogany. Other wood species are available as special order.

Stained Glass Celtic Knot in Red I have used the same cluster in an octagonal panel. The photo on the right shows the cluster set into a 20" octagonal panel. The outer border is Spectrum Ruby Red / Amber Waterglass ®, the small glass pieces that are surrounded by the bevel elements are Spectrum Light Amber Artique ®, and the eight glass elements between the border and the cluster are Spectrum Clear Baroque ®.

The outer zinc came is painted.

With the red and amber glass the panel takes on a more traditional Scottish feel, in my opinion.

Other Celtic Knots, Trefoils and Hearts, available from Warner-Crivellaro or Delphi Glass, make beautiful pieces. I show four below as samples. The large Trefoil on the left is 14" by 14", the small Trefoil as well as the Trefoil within a Circle in the center are 10" by 10" and the Heart panel on the right is 12" by 16".

Stained Glass Celtic Trefoil Knot - large design Stained Glass Celtic Trefoil Knot - small design

Stained Glass Celtic Trefoil and Circle Knot Stained Glass Celtic Heart Knot design

Celtic Heart Knot This panel has a standard Celtic Heart Knot intertwined with an Infinity Knot and a double border of WaterGlass®.

The knot segments are Spectrum Cathedral Emerald Green glass. The panel has a double border of Spectrum Cobalt Blue WaterGlass® and then Spectrum Emerald Green WaterGlass®. The interior glass within the knot segments and from the knot segments to the blue border is Spectrum Clear Artique® glass. The fine surface texture of the Artique® glass is a little overstated in this image.

The panel is set into an American Cherry hardwood frame that appears dark in the photo on the left. The additional small photo shows a more natural view of the cherry wood in a corner of the frame. Frame corner

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Celtic Cross

Stained Glass Celtic Cross hanging design This Celtic Cross window hanging is show with just the zinc outer came edge. The outer border is Spectrum Emerald Green Waterglass ®. A variety of clear textured glass can be used to surround the central 8-piece bevel Celtic Cross. As shown this window hanging is 10" by 10". The four bevel cross arms are clear glass while the four circular bevel segments are a light green glass. The bevels and textured glass in the lower part of the hanging show their character better in this photo. Another perfect Celtic present.

The Celtic Cross bevel cluster is also from Warner-Crivellaro, one of my glass suppliers.

For a hanging of this size I would usually not put it into a hardwood frame. However, a thin wood frame, about 3/4" wide, would be possible if desired.

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Celtic Family Name

Stained Glass Celtic Family Name hanging design Your family name set in frosted glass. The shamrocks are optional. An alternative to shamrocks are Celtic crosses. This stained glass design can be made as a window hanging or supplied with a hardwood stand for use on a mantel or table. Letters are in Emerald Green glass and the shamrocks are green bevel clusters. The outer edge is zinc came. The size of this stained glass hanging depends on the letters in the name.

The McGinn hanging above is 21" long and 10" high.

Stained Glass Family Name design with base To the left is another name panel with the optional wood frame and stand. The Mac Laren hanging is 20" long on a 22" base. The frame and base are red oak with Minwax ® Golden Oak stain and Clear Satin Wipe-On Poly polyurethane finish.

Custom Stained Glass - Family Name with bevels A third family name panel below has an outer bevel border with inside corner bevels for a little extra effect. It is 9.5" high and 19" wide with the 6-letter name. The letters are Spectrum Medium Green Waterglass ® surrounded by Spectrum Clear Waterglass ®. The upper case B is 3" high. The letters could be done in any color.

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Celtic Knot and Monogram

Stained Glass Celtic Knot and Monogram hanging design When the last name is long or a smaller hanging is desired a solution is a Monogram design with a Celtic knot included.

The knot shown on the right is sometimes called a trinity knot and is from Warner-Crivellaro

The inner glass segments of the knot are light green GNA glass. The Monogram letter as well as the border are Emerald Green Waterglass ® from Spectrum Glass. The bevel cluster and the monogram are surrounded with frosted glass.

This panel is 13" wide and 19" high.

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Celtic House Name

Stained Glass Celtic Knot Family Name house design A house name sign with a Celtic touch. The design is an adaptation of a Celtic Knot design I saw in a church window in St. Louis, MO.

The stained glass used are: Spectrum Clear Waterglass ®, the weave design and letters are Spectrum Emerald Green Artique ® glass, and accent border is Spectrum Cathedral Medium Amber rough rolled glass. The green weave lines enclose four 1.5" square bevels.

The size of this family name house sign is 22" by 28". The size is determined by your family name. In this piece the came is brass but it can also be done using lead came. An oak frame supports the piece and is connected to a porch post, on the left of the photograph.

I've only taken the house sign down once, when a hurricane was planning a visit to our area in North Carolina.

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Scottish Thistle

Stained Glass Scottish Thistle design A Scottish Thistle window panel that incorporates Celtic crosses in the corners and a thistle design in the center. The design is by Wally Turnbull, a neighbor and friend, for whom I made the first two window hangings as bathroom window covers.

The stained glass colors and textures are: Spectrum Purple Waterglass ® for the flower head, Spectrum Sea /Olive Green Waterglass ® for the flower stem and leaves, double glue chip for the thin long clear regions, and Tsunami clear textured glass, by Duncan Glass, for the larger clear regions. The centers of the Celtic Crosses are 35mm clear jewels.

The Tsunami textured glass, by Duncan Glass, in no longer available from the manufacturer as on early 2007. There are a number of similar clear textures that can be used.

This window insert is 20" by 20" including an white oak frame.

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Custom Stained Glass Circle-In-Square Design by George ™

Custom Stained Glass Circle-In-Square Design for a Kitchen Window A "Circle-In-Square Design by George" ™ for the upper half of a double hung kitchen window. The dimensions are 15.5" high and 31" long.

This custom stained glass design offers an easily scaled basic pattern. Each Circle-In-Square is 6" by 6" and is composed of five pieces of glass. With different colored glasses and the 6" by 6" unit dimension many sizes and color arrangements can be accommodated. With a border trim added, as shown here, any size can be accommodated.

This custom stained glass design can be used for a window hanging or a full window insert.

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Custom Stained Glass - Colleges of the Triangle Gifts.

Duke


Custom College Name Hanging - Duke The photograph on the left shows a window hanging approximately 13" wide by 10" high. The blue letters are Spectrum Dark Blue or Cobalt Blue Waterglass ®. In the sample shown the clear glass surrounding the letters is Spectrum Rough Rolled.

The cherry frame shows up much too dark in this photo. The small insert photo on the right shows a corner of a natural cherry frame. I usually surround the Duke letters with bevels and set the panel into a handmade American Cherry frame. I can fabricate frames from other premium hardwoods like Walnut, Mahogany, Maple, etc. to meet the most discriminating needs.

Custom Cherry Frame As of 6/2008 the Duke panel is $125 plus packing and shipping if needed. This cost includes a frame made from Oak, which I will stain to your taste, Cherry, Walnut, Mahogany or Maple. All woods are given a protective finish of three coats of satin polyurethane.

With appropriate lead-time it could be picked up at my Durham Studio for no shipping cost but I would need to add NC sales 6.75% tax. Packing and shipping, to the 48 states, would be in the $15 to $30 range depending on distance from the Triangle.

North Carolina - Chapel Hill


Custom College Name Hanging - UNC The photograph shows a U N C panel. Both the letters and the border are Spectrum Sky Blue glass. The panel is 13.5" by 9.5 " in size. In the sample shown the clear glass is Spectrum Rough Rolled and the blue is Spectrum Sky Blue glass. The letters are Spectrum Waterglass ® texture with the border is Rough Rolled texture. Other textures are available but it has to be the sky blue color. This panel is set in a zinc came outer frame and comes with hanging hooks and chain.

As of 6/2008 this panel is $99 plus packing and shipping if needed. With appropriate lead-time it could be picked up at my Durham Studio for no shipping cost but I then add the NC sales 6.75% tax. Packing and shipping, to the 48 states, would be in the $15 to $30 range depending on distance from the Triangle.

North Carolina State


Custom College Name Hanging - NCS The photograph shows a N C S panel. Both the letters and the border are Spectrum Cherry Red glass. The panel is 13#34; by 9.5 " in size. In the sample shown the texture of the red glass is rough rolled. Other textures are available but it has to be the cherry red color. This panel is set in a zinc came outer frame and comes with hanging hooks and chain.

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Fleur-De-Lie Designs

Fleur-De-Lis window hanging Fleur-De-Lis window inserts Over the years I have made many stained glass panels using bevel clusters in the shape of a Fleur-de-lis. Some of the images shown here are on other pages on this site. However, this page brings together all images using the Fleur-de-lis cluster into one place on my site.

On the left is a 14" by 17" window hanging. The glass used in Spectrum Light Amber Artique® surrounding the bevel cluster and a border of Spectrum Medium Amber Rough Rolled glass. The panel is set into an American Cherry frame with a natural finish. The frame appears very dark in this image.

On the right are two sizes of small inserts for older style wood windows. Each Fleur-de-lis is surrounded by Spectrum Clear Artique® glass. The perimeter material is a narrow zinc U came. This is sized to be completely under the window putty that holds the panes in place.


The Fleur-de-lis layout has been one of my most popular transom designs as well. The images below show a number of transom layouts using different borders and glass colors surrounding the central Fleur-de-lis bevel cluster and the accent side star bevels. For details related to transom panels please see the page devoted to transoms that can be accessed from Custom Glass Designs page.

The bevel cluster that depicts the Fleur-de-lis comes in two sizes. When surrounded with the lead came the larger size is approximately 9" high while the smaller one is 6.5" high. The two sizes allow for a transom Fleur-de-lis layout to fit into height openings as small as 7".

Fleur-De-Lis transom green border Fleur-De-Lis transom clear glass

Fleur-De-Lis transom sky blue glass Fleur-De-Lis transom green glass

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Custom Stained Glass - Gold Star Banner Hanging and Free Build Plan.

Custom Stained Glass Design - Gold Star Banner Panel Dating back to the WWI timeframe a Blue Star pendent or banner was used as a sign of a family member in active military service while a Gold Star banner was reserved for a member who died in active service. The Gold Star was to be sewn over the Blue Star with a little of the blue still showing. The Department of Defense (DOD) eventually set the design and proportions of the pendent. I've tried to follow the DOD standards as best I can within the limitations of creating a stained glass panel from specifications originally intended for a banner hand sewn from fabric. The advantage of a stained glass panel is that the colors in the glass should last unchanged for many generations. In my opinion a stained glass panel in the approximate dimensions of 8.25" wide and 15.75" high render the correct proportions, according to the DOD standards, and yield a window hanging that will fit almost any space. This is the size of the photo shown on the right.

Custom Stained Glass Design - Gold Star Detail A photo of the just the star area in the panel, with the lead came painted blue, is shown on the left.

My panels are constructed with a zinc outer perimeter, for strength, and traditional lead came for the interior lines. I clean, wax and polish all my handmade panels. Hanging hooks are attached to the zinc frame. The glass source, colors and texture used are as follows:

The numbers following the glass descriptions above are the Spectrum Corporation product numbers ®.

Having made such a panel in 2008, I became aware of how meaningful it is to the family. I think this is especially true since a stained glass panel can become a family item passed on for many generations representing the sacrifice made by the family for our country.

I have created a document that describes how I build a gold star stained glass panel. The file is fairly larger, 6 Megs. Use the following link to the document -- Gold Star Panel Building Information. My hope is that other stained glass artists or hobbyists will find this document useful if they have an opportunity to help families. I would also welcome feedback on the document.

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Custom Light Boxes - Outer Banks Lighthouse series and others.

Opal panels when back lighted can be truly beautiful. When no window is available or when you desire the panel to be viewed at night then a light box may be the answer. Since I also do woodworking I construct my own light boxes to the size of the panel desired from a variety of hardwoods. While other sizes are possible, the photographs show opal panels 16" wide and 24" high. The light box is 20" wide by 28" high by 3 1/4" in depth. Four T5 micro fluorescent fixtures supply the interior light. The vertical sides have 14 Watt 22" units while the top and bottom have 8 Watt 12" units. This yields a well light space without and "hot" spots. The lights are available in 2 wire polarized or 3 wire grounded, for commercial use.


Custom Stained Glass - Hatteras Light Station Light Box Custom Stained Glass - Light Box detail The photo on the left shows one of a set of 6 boxes that feature the Lighthouses of the Outer Banks, technically called Light Stations by the USCG. This panel shows the most famous Outer Banks Lighthouse, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The photo was taken with the interior light off. Try as I could I couldn't get a good image with the lights on. My camera, at least in my hands, couldn't capture the beauty and depth of the multi-layer opal glasses. When I got one section looking as the human eye sees it, some other area was either over or under exposed.

The photo on the right shows the upper right corner of the light box. It shows the attached hanging hooks as well as some the detail of the box's construction. This light box is made from red oak box. It is stained with MinWax "Golden Oak" stain and protected with three coats of MinWax clear satin Wipe-On ® polyurethane.

The Outer Banks Lighthouse series includes the following, going from South to North along the Outer Banks stations in North Carolina and Virginia:

To view images of all my Outer Banks Lighthouse series use this link.

I also have a second series, with a religious theme, that includes the following, not in their light boxes yet:


Custom Stained Glas - Peace Dove Light Box Custom Stained Glas - Praying Hands Light Box

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Custom Stained Glass - Sea Scenes with fish and dolphins

One of the types of more elaborate scenes I have had numerous requests for are seascapes. Sea scenes usually involve more complex individual glass segments as well as more pieces per unit area. Thus the cost, per square foot, is often 1.5 to 2 times my more geometric layouts.

Custom Stained Glass - Sea Scene one fish two fish The panels shown on the right cover the lower area of a side by side set of standard double hung windows. The space covered is approximately 2 foot high by 4 foot wide. The scene is tropical fish, sea weeds, and some coral. The individual elements are taken from "Tropical Waters - Sea Life Patterns for Stained Glass" by Leslie Gibbs. The arrangement is mine.

The design and colors were selected to match the client's bathroom tiles. The water is done in four shades of Spectrum Blue Waterglass ®, the sea weeds in two shades of Spectrum Green Waterglass ®, and the coral is a pink opal glass.

The fish depicted are French Angelfish and Spotfin Butterfly fish.

Custom Stained Glass - Sea Scene dolphins at sun set Custom Stained Glass - Sea Scene under water fish The panels shown left and right depict an above and below water scene. The left panel, above the water, is installed above the right panel, the below water scene. The panel set is installed in oak framing not shown in these photographs.

The panels cover a fixed window 4 foot high by 2 foot wide area, a size too large for me to ship as a single panel, from the East to the West Coast. The solution is a two panel design in oak frames with a horizontal frame "joiner" between them.

The upper panel follows a photo, supplied by the client, of dolphins playing at sun set. They are playful mammals! Perhaps they appreciate my depiction of them saying Good Night to our setting sun. The dolphin images are bevel clusters from Warner-Crivellaro ®, one of my suppliers. The blues used in the sky are Sky Blue and Pale Blue Spectrum Rough Rolled, to yield privacy, along with Pink Opal clouds and a Ruby Red Cathedral sun. The dolphins are surrounded by Light Blue Waterglass ®.

The lower panel, below the sea surface, contains three bevel fish and elements similar to the sea elements in the panel set above. The bevel fish, from Warner-Crivellaro ®, depict a Tiger fish and small angel fish. The water is Medium Blue and Cobalt Blue Spectrum Waterglass ® while the sea weeds are Spectrum Moss Green and Olive Green / Sea Green Waterglass ®. The coral is a pink Bulls Eye glass with a surface texture that resembles coral.

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Custom Stained Glass Window and Door Transoms


Celtic Two Hearts Transom


Stained Glass Celtic Heart Transom Here is a Celtic Knot transom. The design shown uses two facing heart knots. The hearts knot clusters are from Warner-Crivellaro. The panel is 36" wide and 12" high.

The inner glass segments, within the bevels of the knot, are light green GNA glass to help define the bevels. The rest of the glass is Spectrum Clear Baroque ®, with it striking swirl lines. The outer border is composed of clear rectangular bevels. This panel has a zinc frame painted black to match wrought iron decor in the client's setting.

Custom Stained Glass - Celtic Knotin Blue This layout can also be fabricated using blue stained glass, as shown in the second image. In the photo the border is Spectrum Cobalt Blue WaterGlass ®, the small blue segments within the Celtic Knots is Spectrum Light Blue Artique ®, and the clear glass is Spectrum Clear Baroque ®. The photo shows two panels, approximately 15" high by 36" long. The color image has a Royal Scottish feel.

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Clear Glass and Bevels Transom Design


Clear Glass Transom The image on the left shows part of a set of transoms constructed in clear glass. The form is similar from the shortest unit, just 20" wide, to the longest one at 31". All units have the same height of 15". The particular sizes were for the specific needs of my client.

The simple lines and clear glass yield an elegant layout while the use of Spectrum Clear Baroque adds the special visual appear characteristic of this glass.

The layout is such that it can be constructed within a wide range of sizes. As shown this layout could be used in any space that is at least 12" high and 20" wide.

The center of each uses a similar 7 piece cluster with a 3" circular bevel at the center. The central bevel cluster is approximately 16" in width. The widest unit had room for star bevels on either side.

The design details are:

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Cobalt Wine Bottle Bottom Transom Design

Cobalt Blue Wine Bottle Transom A custom interior soffit panel, a transom like panel positioned horizontally in an opening facing down, featured in the May 30, 2014 edition of "The Wall Street Journal" in the article "A Fine Home For Wine". This was a special item designed to the specifications of the client.

While this was a unique client request I have made many other large panels using wine bottle bottoms. So if such unique design style is of interest send me an email using the link at the bottom of this page. I would note that there are many artists that use wine bottles and wine bottle parts to make art objects in glass and fused glass. However, use of just the bottle bottom encircled with lead came and integrated into a larger piece, as shown in the two construction images, is a specialty I've refined.

Cobalt Blue Wine Bottle Transom - Construction Cobalt Blue Wine Bottle Transom reinforcement

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Some traditional Transom design layouts

Custom Stained Glass - Two Section Interior Door Transom A custom stained glass interior door transom made from Spectrum Clear Baroque ® glass with a center four piece fleur-de-lis bevel cluster, side 2" star bevels, and a border of 1.5" rectangular bevels. This arrangement can be made in many sizes. I have also used this design for exterior transoms.

Due to UPS and FedEx Ground shipping limitations single panels can be constructed up to about 36" in length, the length of standard single door interior openings. Larger sizes like those over double doors and French doors can be made by using overlapping sections as shown in the photograph.

The transom shown is constructed from two sections for a total length of 54" and a height of 12". In the photograph, the top section is the right side while the bottom section is the left side. The overlap came line is thinner then the edge zinc came.

Custom Stained Glass - Transom in Blue and Frosted Glass The transom shown on the right uses frosted glass, three 3" bevels with frosted tops, and a Spectrum Cobalt Blue Waterglass ® trim. The effect, especially with the curved end pieces, has a Victorian feel.

Custom Stained Glass - Transom with pineapples The third image shows a 12" by 48" unit that uses star bevels and two Pineapple bevel clusters. The clear glass is Spectrum WaterGlass®. The border is 1.5" rectangular bevels.

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A Transom with your name (or house number)

Custom Stained Glass - Transom with letters The panel on the left is a family name panel 9.5" high and 19" wide. However, the height dimension is well within many of the transoms I have made. By using some star bevels on either side of the name, this design would work well in a transom layout.

The letters are Spectrum Medium Green Waterglass ® surrounded by Spectrum Clear Waterglass ®. The upper case B is 3" high. The outer bevel border uses inside corner bevels for a little extra effect. The letters could be done in any color.

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Fleur-de-lis Transoms

Custom Stained Glass - A Transom in Blue Custom Stained Glass- Transom Sizes Custom Stained Glass - A Transom in Green A transom doesn't have to be just clear glass and bevels, if you want color just inquire.

The photograph on the right top shows a transom, approximately 12" by 32", done in Spectrum Sky Blue Waterglass ® in the central area with an outer border of clear rectangular bevels. The star bevels are also clear glass.

The photograph on the right bottom shows a transom, approximately 11.5" by 32", done in Spectrum Waterglass ® greens: the outer border is Hunter Green and the inner glass is Sea Green. The bevels shown are pale green. Note: The central fleur-de-lis bevel cluster is no longer available in green but is available in clear. The star bevels are available in green.

Transoms can be constructed in many lengths, as all my work is custom one piece at a time creations. The photo on the left shows three Fleur-de-lis units using Spectrum Clear Baroque ® in 24", 26", and 30" lengths. All are 12" high. The units have the same form achieved by selecting different bevel lengths for the border regions. Thus each has the same number of bevels along the border segments.

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Art Deco Transom

Art Deco Custom Stained Glass - Transom Art Deco Custom Stained Glass - Moon Transom The photograph on the left shows a transom for a single width doorway. It is 28" wide and 14" high. The white glass is Spectrum clear translucent (307S) while the small yellow segments are Spectrum semi-translucent yellow opal. All the clear glass segments are Spectrum Clear Waterglass ®. The lead came used is two different sizes, most is flat 1/4" with some flat 3/8".

The golden tone of the clear glass is due to the fall background viewed through this window.

The photo on the right shows a variation of my "Rising Suns" panels. This is a Moon transom. The moon is made from Spectrum Firelight Opal®. See my page on Arts and Crafts designs for images of the "Rising and Setting" sun panels.

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Southern Magnolia Transom

Custom Stained Glass - Southern Magnolia Transom I now live in the South, in North Carolina. So for all in the South and those that just like southern flowers here is a transom where the main design feature is a large Southern Magnolia. The glass surrounding the flower is Spectrum Clear Rough Rolled. The Border is a Spectrum Wispy Ivory Opal. The flower is made from Spectrum White Opal with a Solid Yellow Opal center. The leaves are a two toned green Spectrum Waterglass ®.

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Turn of the Century Size Transoms (the 1900's one)

Custom Stained Glass - Squares Transom Custom Stained Glass - House Bevel Transom Here are two transoms with dimensions commonly seen in 1900's homes. Each is 20" high and 32" wide.

The unit on the right uses large bevels called double house in the center, half double house on the sides, plus 3" square and half square bevels to fill out the top and bottom.

The unit on the left uses a 4 piece bevel cluster, some 3" square and half square bevels, a rectangular bevel border along with some Spectrum amber opal glass.

Other layouts are possible using house, half house, square and half square bevels as shown below. While house bevels only come in one width and two heights, if they are combined with squares and half squares a range of sizes are possible. If a border is added then almost any size can be accommodated.

Below are three layouts.
The first is 30" wide and 13.5" high using house bevels and square and half square bevels.
The second is 30" wide and 0.5" high using house and half house bevels.
The third is 30.75" wide and 14.75" high and has a top and bottom border made from 1" rectangular bevels.

Custom Stained Glass - House Bevel Transom One Custom Stained Glass - House Bevel Transom Two Custom Stained Glass - House Bevel Transom Three

If you are interested in additional information about sizes and layouts that can be constructed with House Bevels use the following link
House Bevel Transom Designs by George McGinn. It assumes you have the Adobe Reader available.

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Custom Stained Glass Transom Installation Information


Introduction

About the most common question asked related to transoms installation is "Will I need to remove my current transom?" The answer is no! For a current window, under about 30 year old, or for one you are currently planning to install the standard commercial units are double pane insulated glass. The stained glass panels I construct are installed as inserts over the interior side. The existing double pane window is not altered or even touched.

The only time I have constructed transom panels that are directly exposed to the outside is for replacements for older homes, usually pre-1900, that want or need to keep their original look for historical restoration reasons.

If you are having a new transom window installed and think you may want a custom stained glass panel make sure you order a transom that is just clear glass with NO interior lattice work. I have constructed stained glass panels for windows with such lattice work but it limits the design options since I need to position came to line up with the lattice lines.

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Details and some Pictures

Custom Stained Glass Transom Trim Most transom windows will have some amount of window trim space as well as some amount of sill space. The photo on the right shows what I mean by "sill" and "trim" areas via the marked arrows. Some transom areas will have no trim area, that is to say the exposed glass will extend out to the sill. This arrangement can be easily handled although about 1/2" of the exposed glass will be covered by the outside metal trim of the stained glass panel. The recommended sill depth is about one inch. If your area has less sill depth please let me know.

The photo also shows that for this case there is a small inner recess of the actual glass surface and the trim area. I would usually recommend mounting the stained glass panel on the outer sill leaning against the white trim area marked in the photo.

Custom Stained Glass Transom Molding The second photo on the right shown common oak quarter round molding surrounding the inside perimeter of the stained glass panel to hold it in place. Only this molding is attached to the existing window sill. The stained glass panel sits on the sill. I supply small polyurethane bumpers that are placed on either side of the outer frame of the stained glass panel. These keep the panel from direct contact with the existing trim and the molding. So the panel will not rattle yet is held in place with a soft but firm fit. I supply a detailed installation document for use by you or your contractor.


Sample Installation Document

To see sample guidelines for interior transom installation use the following link -- Transom Installation Guidelines. It assumes you have the Adobe Reader available.

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Custom Stained Glass Door Inserts

Trying to repair or remodel an existing door can be a challenge. The sizes and shapes of door inserts are endless. This is when my ability to fit a custom design to your door's unique size is indispensable. Below are samples of some door remodeling efforts. The individual panels are approximately 7" by 12".

On the left is shown an insert using Spectrum Clear Baroque glass around a four-piece bevel cluster. The photo was taken with a light source behind the panel to simulate the nighttime appearance of the panel when interior lights are on.

In the center is a set of door inserts made from rectangular bevels. The panels are 12" high and 7 1/8"wide.

On the right is a photo of one of these panels taken at night. The photo is from the outside looking in to a lighted room.

Custom Stained Glass - Bevel Cluster Door Inserts Custom Stained Glass - Bevel Door Inserts Custom Stained Glass - Bevel Door Insert at night

Custom Larger Door Insert Door inserts can be larger then the samples shown above. On the left is a panel, almost like a small transom, that is installed into a custom door made many years ago by the client's father. It uses 10" rectangular bevels, clear textured glass, and six small opal squares in red, blue, and white.

Due to ground shipping limitations it is difficult to ship large door inserts, those exceeding about 5 square foot in size. However, if you have a need, send an email and I will discuss the options available.

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Custom Stained Glass Design - Wine Bottle Bottom Hanging

Custom Wine Bottle Bottoms hanging The photograph shows a custom stained glass Wine Bottle Bottom hanging. The layout shown uses 7 bottle bottoms. Some have punts, the bump on the bottle's bottom. The colors of the bottle bottoms can vary. The current price is $75 plus shipping (2/2011).

The color range includes shades of blue, green, amber and clear. Most come with or without punts. The spaces around the circular bottle bottoms are left open. This seven bottle circular design is a 10" diameter circle.

This original hanging is on display at Chatham Hill Winery, a local North Carolina winery. They supply me with empty bottles from their wine tasting room. You can visit their web site by use the following link: Chatham Hill Winery

Larger designs are possible. Just send me an email with your size requirements.

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Custom Stained Glass Design - Wine Bottle Art Pieces

Custom Wine Bottle Art The photograph shows a 1.75 liter Wine Bottle converted into a lighted art piece. The lighting is provided by a 6 foot LED clear white rope light that is powered by standard 120 volt AC. The bottle used is clear glass. For a 750 ml bottle I use a 3 foot LED rope light

The power cord can be one of three options that are reflected in the price range.

It is possible for you to supply me with your own favorite bottle. In that case I would suggest send two as occasionally, when drilling the hole in the bottle back, a bottle will crack. The bottles should be normal wine bottles for the price range quoted. Sparkling wines bottles, due to the bottle thickness, would require a price quote.

I use FedEx Ground for all my shipping needs. In general the packing, shipping and insurance charge would be in the range of $10 (East Coast) to $20 (West Coast) for one art bottle. Multiple bottles, up to 4 total, would ship at $2 more per bottle. So if you might want a few, perhaps for gifts, there is a real cost savings for multiple art bottle orders.

Custom Wine Bottle Art Cord The LED light strip enters the bottom of the bottle as shown in this photo. The rope light end is positioned into a loose fit into the neck of the bottle. The base hole is a little oversized so that there is air flow within the bottle to minimize heat buildup. A bottle will become warm to the touch but not hot. LED rope lights usually list a use range of 20,000 to 50,000 hours. Such LED strips are not repairable but can be replaced if they fail.

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