Stained Glass: How To Make Wire Ties Demo

WireStained Glass: Wire Tiess ties are thin pieces of wire that are attached to stained glass windows. These ties are warped around support bars that placed within the the frame the window will sit in. You will see this technique used for many larger panels of windows. This technique holds the window in place and prevents sagging over time. Below I give an overview on how these ties are created and applied to the windows.


Stained Glass: How To Make Wire Ties


TheEyesOfLight Podcast: Episode 1

Listen now to TheEyesOfLight’s first podcast.

Sometimes typing can take the life out of spontaneous thought. You get the chance to read and re-read what you wrote. Its easy to make edits and adjustments based off of what you think is best for the reader to hear. While there’s nothing wrong with that being spontaneous everyone once and while cant be all bad. For the first time I sat down and in front a computer screen and just talked. This is my first attempt to reach you through a podcast! I am excited to finally reach everyone on on a different level. Although this is my first trial run there is some interesting information you’ll be able to hear!

Listen Hear! –Episode 1

00:30 – Intro

1:12 – About Me

12:40 – Stained Glass Revolution

20:40: Disney’s Arribas Brother’s

22:51: Noah

25:50: Closing

Family Night Out

Noah’s “Family Night”

Show Links

Arribas Brothers:

Joseph Cavalieri:


Noah’s Disney Art:

Lead Safety: Prevention

Lead safety is a concern among most people. Lead is present in paint, makeups, food, water and more. Through inhalation or ingestion lead can be harmful, and in some cases, deadly to our bodies. The old saying “the best offense is a good defense” really comes into play here. Lead is undetectable unless a lead test is performed. Symptoms won’t appear until damage to the body has already taken place. Stained glass craftsmen are around lead 5 to 7 days a week. Prevention is a necessity to protect their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

The infographic below is an original layout that gives a brief overview of why lead is dangerous and some quick tips to reduce any exposure to lead. It also provides some outside links where more detailed information about lead exposure and prevention can be found.

You don’t need to be a stained glass craftsman to find these tips helpful. In any case where lead exposure is present these tips can help you reduce your exposure of lead.

To view the full presentation and workable links click here.

Lead Saftey- Prevention

Stained Glass Social Media Content: Lead Exposure

Safety is important in any job. The craft of stained glass is no exception to that. I wanted to create an original content image that would spread the word about the ease of inhalation of lead dust and the importance of using a respirator. Lead has the potential to damage your body if proper steps aren’t implemented to keep you safe.

Keep an eye out in a future post for some tips you can use to minimize your exposure to lead.

Lead exposure

Stained Glass Social Media Content: Louis Comfort Tiffany

Here is the next original content image I created to help share the craftsmanship of stained glass.

The followings is based off the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Tiffany and his entire staff were true artisans that created decorative works of art in ways that have never been done before. Through their years of experimentation they created styles and techniques that are still very relevant in the glass arts today. Charles Decay points out the beauty the artists created and its relevance to the world. As a stained glass craftsman, this statement speaks true to how I feel.

Louis Comfort Tiffany
Various Tiffany Works

Stained Glass: A Basic Painting Technique Demo

Recently I was at work quickly painting a few diamonds for a friend of the studio. He had a window given to him by a customer that had a few damaged pieces. These diamonds required a basic matte to “dirty” them up a little so they will blend with the existing pieces of the window.

While I was painting I figured this would be a good chance to show you a little bit more about the process that goes into painting on glass. The following demonstration  gives a step-by-step overview of this process. Please click the link below to learn more!

Stained Glass: A Basic Painting Technique

Stained Glass: A Basic Painting Technique

Stained Glass Social Media Content: Harry Goodhue

The past few day I have been playing around with creating original content as a quick way to represent artists and information about the stained glass craft. Nothing fancy, but I wanted to provide some images that give off quick information that people can take notice of as they browses over the internet and social media.

The following picture represents Harry Wright Goodhue. At age 16 he designed the window you see below. Simply put: Unbelievable. This window represents talent in its purest form.

Harry Goodhue's First Window Design
Harry Goodhue’s First Window Design

The Chair Of Saint Peter: Thoughts

For this section there’s no real facts or figures here.  This is just me and what I interpreted from taking the time to appreciate Giovanni’s work of art on my own.

What interested me most about Giovanni work wasn’t the window, or the sculptures, or the chair, but how they all worked together.  Giovanni was an architect and sculpture at heart.  The craftsmanship throughout the sculptures around the chair and window are stunning.  He also understood the power of  light and how its relationship with stained glass could provide beauty to the viewer unobtainable in other mediums.


Giovanni’s work shows that all aspects of your design are important.   Where the artwork is, what colors flow throughout and surround the piece, where light comes from and the dramatic effects it can provide.  These are just a few issues taken in consideration when creating a masterpiece like The Chair Of Saint Peter.

I feel so many designers fail to take into account their complete surroundings. While there are designers that truly consider everything when designing, some others think more in terms of dollar and cents then creating a true work of art.  I truly feel as a designer, an artist, and a craftsman, the more information you have at you disposal regarding your work the better you can make it.  What happened to having passion for what you do; what you create?  I think this concept can flow into anyone’s everyday life.  In life so many of us perform our daily routine and only go as far as what we feel were compensated for.  The phrase “working for the weekend” comes to mind.  What about “working for the week?”  Why can’t we really push to go that extra mile, whether it be submitting a solid, neatly organized earnings report, or installing a newly built intricate stained glass window.  Where is that drive for perfection, for clarity, for consistency?

On a personal level people tend to wonder if the level of detail they commit to is worth it in their own lives.  We have all been there.  Something like this probably has gone through your mind at one point or another, “Well I’ve put this enormous amount of effort in for so long but I bet I can get away with….”  Over time people loose faith.  They wonder if committing to all aspects of what they do in their lives are worth the stress, time and money.  Sadly its so much easier to take the road most traveled.

Through Giovanni’s commitment to harnessing his skills with sculptures, his ability to create as an artist, and using his knowledge as an architect to bring it all together really spoke to me.  While it speaks to me outside of the normal artistic interpretation, that I feel, is what is so wonderful.  Art is subjective.  There is no right or wrong answer.

The immersion of art; the idea of fully committing to all aspects of what you do and how your product is presented, in regular every day life and through art, is a concept that is very close to my heart.  Viewing Giovanni’s artwork provided and immersive experience for me.  Immersion is not something that is easily obtainable and no issues can be overlooked. Since this issue is so important to art, and even everyday life, I want to take a closer look into the commitment of immersion in the near future.  There is one company that I feel does this better than any other.   As the blog grows I will be discussing Disney and how they relate to this idea.  An Idea they have executed so well over the years and how recently these qualities seem to have started to fade.

A strong understanding of immersion and what it takes to achieve it will bring any person, any designer, a stronger reputation and more success.

Disney Stained Glass

Taking a break from the historical side of stained glass, I thought I’d share with you some of my other passions in life.

Disney is something that I have been a huge fan of since I was little. The movies, the parks, the merchandise, if it had that Disney “magic” I was always interested. What I love about Disney is all the little extras they provide. Weather its special moments in the park, finding hidden mickeys, or just a good moral value family movie to cleanse the pallet in the action packed world we live in.

So I thought I’d post some images of Disney’s very owned stained glass pieces in the Disney Castle.  Enjoy!


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The Chair of Saint Peter: Stained Glass

In my last blog I gave an overview of Giovanni Bernini’s masterpiece, Cathedra Petri (The Chair of Saint Peter).  Today I wanted to take a closer look at the stained glass within the .

***Please Note: Currently I don’t have a way to head on down to Italy to view the window in person.  I have used various pictures across to the web to get the best read of the window I could.  Also, this is just on overview of the window.  While I mention some basic technical information I decided to keep it general so those of you unfamiliar with the stained glass design/building process wont be overwhelmed.  I hope to do some technical demonstration posts in the future.  But for today, were just going to relax and get the overall feel for what the work of art is. Here we go!

As I mentioned Bernini uses a dove at the center of the window as the representation of the holy spirit.  Upon closer inspection of the window the painting of the dove, as well as the rays that travel outward are fairly simple in design and execution.  It does seem that Bernini did work with some enamels (in addition to a lead based paint) to get the full effect of the white light illuminating from the Holy Spirit.  It is difficult to tell if he used a glass with an amber tint, if he used silver stained (a chemical based compound that stained the glass a golden yellow) or possibly a combination of the two.  Bernini wasn’t a stained glass artist.  While he understood the craft and could execute it effectively, he was not devoted to stained glass relative to other stained glass artists throughout history.  For some comparison you can find stained glass with beautifully complex painted figures from artists such as Albinas Elskus or Harry Clarke.

A window by Albinas Elskus

Simplicity runs throughout the window as the glazing ( the process in which the window is fabricated) is basic in its design.  Small similar colored glass is put together within lead came, soldered and weatherproofed using putty.  These panels were put into the oval shaped steel frame.  The heavy black lines you see are not lead but steel beams that divide the sections of the glass panels.  Those beams are all part of the overall steel frame.  The oval is intentional in its design as it gives the sense of constant motion spiraling around as we continue down our path towards reaching the holy spirit.  Bernini created a free moving stage through Cathedra Petri.  It gave a new feeling of life and was much less definitive than most works of art during this time.  Even though Bernini wasn’t a truly devoted stained glass artist, understanding the beauty of the art, he used this stained glass piece as the focal point of the entire cathedral.  Upon entering, this window that symbolizes the holy spirit demands your attention – the eye of God.  

A window by Harry Clarke
A window by Harry Clarke

Interestingly, looking at a close up of the window you can see errors in the stained glass panels themselves.  You will notice some lead lines that don’t follow the flow of the window.  These leads are most likely breaks that happened in the fabrication of the window, transportation to the cathedral or during the installation process.  Sometimes these errors may have a symbolism behind them but for these particular breaks I could not find any mention of this throughout my research.  The out of place lead lines you see are covering cracks in the glass not anticipated in the original design.  Due to the simplicity of the panel these errors are easy to spot when you are viewing a close up of the window.  While this doesn’t affect the beauty of what Bernini created, these errors are almost comforting to see.  It shows that even the most talented artists have errors within their work.  That only God is perfect.

Now that we have taken a closer look into the stained glass and we continue to move forward, I will go into detail on what this masterpiece means to me and how the lessons I’ve learned form it can be applied to our every day lives.