Here is the pattern that I designed for the brown trout stained glass fan lamp that I made for my husband.
The glass that I recommend is slightly different than what I used, mainly because I used what I already had, and I do not know exactly the manufacturer or particulars of that glass.
Have fun with this one. I’m sure, with a little creativity, you could turn it into brook trout, a cutthroat, or possibly a rainbow. I’ll be doing patterns for these, too, in time.
Click here to see a picture of the actual brown trout stained glass fan lamp I made. I’m really happy with it and so is my husband. I used a stick-on eye from his supply of fly tying materials. You can obtain the same from any good fly fishing shop. They also may work well on other projects besides fish.
If you finish the edge in lead came, (as I did,) the lead came will make the fan too wide to fit in the slot without modification. You can enlarge the slot with a Dremel or similar tool. That is what I did. I highly recommend a Dremel. It comes in handy for so many things.
About the design:
You may notice that this fish is posed in a straight line, not doing that little flippy tail thing that most designs use to depict their fish. Designers pose fish all curved up or flexed like that to indicate movement and action.
I asked my husband to describe the most realistic pose for a trout, and he told me that fish rarely do that flippy tail thing. If they do, it is right before they leap out of the water after a bug, or something, and, like all athletes, in the air they straighten out to reach their goal. Also, in the water they frequently seem to hang there, moving very little, and waiting for some interesting bit of food to come their way.
So, this is a calm fish, just waiting for a snack to float down stream.
The Brown Trout Fan Lamp pattern is available in black & white jpg, color jpg, and Glass Eye 2000 format.