Stained Glass Suncatcher – Davia Brown

Hi!  My name is Davia and I am 11 years old.  I have been working with stained glass for around 2 years.  This year, I couldn’t do the stained glass camp, so we set up a stained glass area in our garage.  I wanted to do this piece because it reminded me of the SCA.  This piece reminds me of the SCA because there are usually knights and fighting at SCA events.  This piece is still in progress, the pieces are all cut.  After I’m finished foiling the pieces of glass, I will solder them together.  My parents say that I’m not allowed to use lead the way it would have been done originally.

The first picture (left) is my current progress. The second photo (middle) is the uncut pieces of stained glass that I used for the piece. The third photo (right) I was going for this king of look from this piece of stained glass from around 600 AD.

These are the steps:

  1. Decide and design the picture
  2. Pick out your glass
  3. Score and cut out your glass pieces
  4. Grind your glass pieces so that they fit together better
  5. Clean the glass
  6. Foil the glass
  7. Solder the glass together to create your final piece
  8. Stage your glass and enjoy what you’ve made!

21 thoughts on “Stained Glass Suncatcher – Davia Brown

  1. This is a wonderful work. I also really like your write up and details. Thank you for sharing this 🙂

  2. Lovely work! I really liked the step-by-step instructions as well as your inspiration for the project. Thank you for sharing your artistry.

    1. This is just absolutely stunning. Your choices of glass are fantastic and I can only imagine how beautiful it will look when the sun shines through it.

      Thank you for sharing your art anf your process with us.

  3. I completely agree about not using lead!
    This was so cool to read, thank you so much for sharing it. This is going to be stunning!

  4. This is terrific inspiration! (parents can be such a bummer, right?) Keep going!

  5. Absolutely beautiful work! I used to do stained glass in high school and this makes me want to go back to it!

    I can’t wait to see what you do next.

  6. Davia-THIS LOOKS SO GREAT! Your directions are clear, the art is fantastic, and you are right, lead can be dangerous. But what a way to continue your art! I am so glad you entered!!

  7. This is awesome. Nice job Davia. You documentation is great. Nice presentation.

  8. I am looking forward to seeing the finished project, you show some wonderful skill. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  9. Brilliant work! I especially like that you stated your knowledge that it would have used lead, but that copper was a smarter choice.

  10. This is going to be a great piece. Thank you for sharing your process and your progress!

  11. Lovely work! There are so many things you can do with stained glass, I’m looking forward to seeing your progress.

  12. Thank you for laying out your process so clearly. Your piece looks so wonderful fit together, well done on your design and especially the cutting and grinding of the glass!

  13. I’ve always thought stained glass looked really cool but was afraid to try it – so I really applaud you for taking on this craft! A knight is a really cool idea, and I love that that reminds you of the SCA. Well done!

  14. I love your design, and I really appreciate seeing the unfinished piece at different stages, both with and without the foil, as well as reading about your process and inspiration. I think the solder is a great alternative to lead — good idea; it’s definitely safer. This is going to be so fantastic as a sun-catcher when it’s done! I’m really impressed…keep up the great work!

  15. This is awesome!! I agree about the lead! I also love that you listed the steps involved!
    I look forward to seeing your completed piece with the sun shining through it!

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