Creating a stained glass project

My first paid commission was to replicate a painting in stained glass. Obviously paint and glass are two different mediums, but the reproduction was close.
The is the original painting painted by the buyer's sister.  
This is the stained glass design. 

The glass chosen for the project.

Pattern piece against glass.

Cut out piece.

Adding copper foil.  The solder adheres to the foil. 

Foiled piece

Laying pieces out on the pattern.  Using tape to prevent shifting. 

Horseshoe nails also prevent shifting. 

The interim phase where it doesn't look good at all. 

More pieces. 

Adding the background.

All the pieces laid out in the jig to hold them tight. 

Partially soldered, the silver solder covering up the copper foil. 

The back side completely soldered. 

Black patina applied to the silver solder. 

Completed piece without back lighting.

Completed piece back lit. 

Completed piece in sunlight. 

Bear stained glass with faux bear claws

Bear in the sun

Bear against the wall with beads and "bear claws"
The "bear claws" are made of carved wood and polyester fur.

Source image


In daylight


Not as pleased with this one.  It doesn't really capture his essence.
The (fuzzy) photo inspiration


In daylight\

My sweet pretty girl.  I miss her very much.
Source image


In daylight

I had Marlie himself for inspiration, but this was the source image. 
Photo source

Rainbow Swan stained glass panel

Rainbow Swan - in sun light - 22.5" x 30.5" original design
Water detail - showing the glue chip glass used
Face detail 
Wing detail showing texture variations in the glass

Tree Frog stained glass panel

This one was a gift for a reptile/amphibian loving friend.

With sunlight behind it

In light

Against a wall

Squirrel Girl stained glass panel

25" x 22.5" original design based on an original photograph

Paw detail

Leaf detail with glue-chip glass

face detail

flower detail

photo inspiration