I highly recommend Glass Patterns Quarterly as a source of free patterns, tutorials, inspiration, and just plain good information regarding stained glass, hot glass, glass beads, etc.
I have read on other websites that this a magazine just for beginners, but do not be misled. While it is an excellent source of basic, yet attractive suncatcher patterns, and usually contains at least one beginner pattern with step-by-step photographed instructions, it also has more advanced patterns, and it is a source of inspiration regardless of experience level.
The Winter 2006 issue, for example, features Playing Hands, a pattern by artist Robert Oddy which requires glass plating. The description and well-photographed step-by-step instructions by the artist give a good introduction to this intriguing, more advanced technique.
The elegant and graceful Egrets panel, designed by Mark Waterbury, is another more advanced pattern that utilizes brass rods, and copper foil and copper wire overlay in construction.
For beginners to the lead came method there is a simple lead panel with materials list and step-by-step instructions with photographs.
The same issue also offers at least eight straightforward Celtic freeform suncatcher patterns and more than a dozen others requiring beginner to intermediate skills.
All of the patterns I have described are contained in a removable center section of the magazine.
As you can see, this quarterly publication has a great deal to offer and is absorbing reading. Even the ads are interesting, showcasing the latest supplies and tools available for stained glass.
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