Stained Glass Pet Portraits

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Recently, a friend commissioned a stained glass piece as a Christmas gift for his parents. A few years ago I made them an 8×11 inch panel in the likeness of their wire-haired dachshund. It was my first attempt at a custom piece and I was still new to creating my own patterns. So I created a simple side view that looked like their dog. Looking back, I felt it looked a bit more like just the breed rather than their exact dog.

So when his parents got a second dachshund, I got a chance to create a different portrait that was more in the likeness of their pup. Using a few personal photographs and references from the interwebs, I sketched out a partial profile. Wire-hair dachshunds have a lot of whisker-like tufts of fur, which required more glass pieces to really portray its likeness. After sketching, I made some minor edits in adobe photoshop and illustrator to finish the template.

Reference photo and finished piece.

Reference photo and finished piece.

To depict the sandy-colored dog, I selected glass with texture similar to hair or fur. I chose an array of light amber and brown colored streaky glass.

Stages from start to finish.

Stages from start to finish.

I had a lot fun with this one and welcome custom stained glass orders from anyone that wants a portrait for their own pet. Customers only pay once they approve of the pattern design. Prices are dependent on intricacy and size of piece. It takes about 1-2 weeks from start to completion for custom stained glass.

Finished piece hanging in window.

Finished piece hanging in window.

The photo below gives you an idea of how the combination of opaque and translucent glass would look with the piece is hanging in window at night. By using a lot of opaque streaky glass, the piece looks great in a sunlit window or in the evening.

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Merry ReXmas, everyone!

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The other day I wanted to make a simple gift for my boyfriend that represented this holiday season. I found a plain pint glass for $1 and decided to use my glass etching acid to transfer my custom-drawn design onto the glass. For the past 4 years, we have chosen a theme for our tree and this season was dinosaurs! So what better design than a christmas dinosaur. And so this is what I created:

Glass

Dino-mite! Watching Scrooged with Bill Murray in the background.

It was pretty easy and fun to do, so I think I will start offering custom designs on Etsy and am considering getting a electronic vinyl cutter to ease the whole process.