For this project, I've again chosen the patterns of Canadian stained glass artist Chantal Pare. Click here to see/purchase her "Backyard Birds" patterns. Here is one of the patterns, a Cardinal, before I modified the design.
With any stained glass window, you always have to consider the complexity of the design versus the size. This design was far too busy for a small window. I reduced the design from 58 pieces down to 28 while still maintaining the integrity of the subject. I removed the background, redesigned it into an oblong, and re-sized it to fit one of the 9 panels of the window.
Below is the design after I modified it, with the manila pattern underneath. The pattern has been marked with numbers and colors and is ready to be cut.
Here is the Cardinal in the jig with some of the glass cut, and a few of Chantal Pare's other bird patterns which I modified and custom-sized ... a Goldfinch, Nuthatch, Chickadee and Blue Jay. I will decide their final placement in the window panes later, based on the direction they are facing, their colors, and the overall esthetics.
Click here for Boehm Stained Glass Studio website.