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Stained Glass d20 for RPG fans

I love these stained glass versions of a d20 (20-sided dice) used by gamers for table top role playing games.

Pattern Enlargement and Reduction

I’ve had a couple of requests for help in reducing or enlarging the stained glass patterns available on this site, so I offer this post. I originally wrote this as a comment in response to a posted question. Obviously I don’t know all of the programs that are in use out there, but I hope this helps answer any questions. -Gwynne

The manner of enlarging print size depends upon the program you are using to view and print.

If you are using the Glass Eye 2000 go to Modify – Resize All – and make sure the “Maintain Proportions” box is selected and set either the height (or width) you want. The Glass Eye software will automatically set the proper width (or height) to maintain the proportions. This allows you to set the exact size.

If you have Microsoft Publisher you can import the .jpg (or just copy and paste it) into a blank page and change the size by selecting the picture and enlarging or reducing from the corners. This maintains the proportions. I’m not that familiar with Publisher, so I don’t know how to set the exact size here.

You can probably do the same thing with Adobe Acrobat if you have their Professional version or a version that allows you to create .pdf documents.

If you have Microsoft Word you can place the .jpg in a blank Word document. Save the .jpg to your computer, then go to Insert – Picture – From file- and find the saved .jpg and insert it (or copy and paste it.) Then double click the picture and bring up the Format Picture box. Go to the tab marked “Size” and make sure the “Lock Aspect Ratio” and “Relative to Original Picture Size” boxes are selected, then reset either the Height or Width and click OK. Word will automatically maintain the correct proportions. This allows you to set the exact size.

Another option would be to print out the picture and take it to a photocopy store and ask them to blow it up or reduce it for you to the exact size you want. However, that should not be necessary if you have one of the above programs.

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The Bodybuilder Stained Glass Pattern

Here is a stained glass pattern of handsome bodybuilder Stan McQuay.

I suggest that you paint the pupils black. You can also use paint or foil overlays for the nostril openings, the eyebrows, and eyes, rather than cutting small pieces.

Glass suggestions are with the pattern.

The Bodybuilder stained glass pattern is available in a black & white jpg, color jpg, and in the Glass Eye 2000 format.

Sunbather Stained Glass Pattern

Here is a stained glass pattern of a beautiful lady soaking up the summer sun.

I used a picture of a woman reclining as the basis for this pattern. The original picture showed her leaning back with her hand on the ground. Her hair was not as long as I made it.

One of the reasons I lengthened her hair, (aside from liking longer hair,) was that I was just not satisfied with the way her hand looked when I made the pattern. I did not want to make too many small pieces in order to make her hand; her hand was not the focus of this pattern, and I thought too much detail there might detract from the design. It would also be more difficult to make. So, I used her hair to cover up her hand.

I like the sense of golden summer sunshine in this piece. I hope you like it, too. If you make this piece, or any of my patterns, please send me a photo, and I will post it here and on my Flickr page.

The Sunbather stained glass pattern is available in a color jpg, a black & white jpg, and the GlassEye 2000 format.

Preservation of Historic Stained Glass

I came across a blog entry on Hewn & Hammered that led me to a very interesting article by the U.S. National Park Service about historic stained glass: specifically stained glass in old homes and how to date it, photograph it, clean, preserve, and repair it.

Stained Glass History and Rose Windows

There used to be a company in Oregon called the Rose Window Company that made sets of various styles of rose window frames for artists and hobbyists to use to make rose windows. While searching for information on the Rose Window Company I came across Mezalick Design Studio.

Red Rose Stained Glass Pattern

In recognition of the favorite flower for the month of June here is a rose stained glass pattern, displayed in shades of red.

The Stained Glass Tradition

Here is an interesting article on stained glass. You can find additional links to articles and sites about the history of stained glass and stained glass museums here on our website. -Gwynne

Stained glass reached the state of the art in the early 11th century. Many Gothic structures used such windows and even today they impose themselves with their beauty and their ingenuity.

In those times men set up a glass factory wherever nature allowed one to be built, namely near a silica deposit. Silica is the main and most important ingredient in glass making.

To obtain colored panes, people used the help of chemistry. While still liquid, an amount of metallic oxide was mixed in the melting pot. This gave the material its color. Man knew colored glass from ancient times and so the Romans, the Egyptians and the Greeks were renowned glass artisans.

During the 5th and 6th century, the technique we know today as stained glass began to show its face. Early creations can be admired today in museums. At first, they combined thin pieces of alabaster inside a wooden frame; this gave a similar effect. Later on, Asian manufacturers used pieces of colored glass to create what we know today as stained glass.

For more detail, artists use painting techniques that enhance the overall design and complete difficult to fill areas.

One interesting thing about these marvelous windows is that the only role they play is to douse the light and to make it difficult to see what happens inside the structure. The themes used in these masterpieces are religious (inspired from bible), symbolic, or inspired from literature and myths. Some of them display scenes from the life of Jesus Christ and other religious figures. These are present everywhere on the windows of medieval churches.

Creating state of the art stained glass panes involves a lot of artistic genius and a lot of experience. Artistic skill and engineering skill are a must for designing the theme and the structure of such an artwork.

Nowadays, in the 21st century, this technique is used in combination with modern forms of art. A revival of the Gothic style took place after WWII. Many monuments lost their windows during the war. Great German artists like Ervin Bossanyi, Ludwig Schaffrath, Johannes Shreiter, and Douglas Strachan took the matter in their own hands and struggled to make and old art form a contemporary one.

Nowadays there are not many places where to study the traditional ways of stained glass making. Despite this fact, stained glass is frequently used for home accessories and interior design elements. Whether it is a lamp or a window, a piece of stained glass will always add a finishing touch to your home.

Keith Londrie II is the Webmaster of Stained-glass-info.info, a website that specializes in providing information on stained Glass that you can research on the internet. (This site no longer exists, hence we’ve removed the link. )