I love creating skull patterns so a Halloween Skull PDF is too much to resist. The colors of course are simple enough, orange and black which I have used here for the border and top hat. The skull is a white ring mottle glass, to give him a spooky look. Iridized crackle glass and iridized waterglass make up the cobwebs in the background. There are also a few glass globs thrown in for good effect. Once I had him drawn up I thought he’s going to need a name so that’s where Cobweb Eddy came from, suits him too. 136 pieces and four glass globs in this pattern if you are brave enough to tackle this bad boy in time for Halloween.
Halloween is now a modern-day global feast day. But it’s origins lie in Ireland in the Celtic feast of “Samhain” pronounced “Sow-in”. This was a celebration of the harvest, the end of summer and the start of the Celtic new year. It is still marked to this day with the Puca festival, three days of fire, feasting and music. Here is a link if you are brave enough to visit: https://www.pucafestival.com/
Stained Glass Pattern Information
Downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 17 inches x 17 inches, ( 440 mm x 440 mm ) across six pages. Instructions provided for enlarging the pattern to your required size when printing. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print this pattern free at https://get.adobe.com/reader/.
The pattern for this panel is now available to purchase as a PDF download in the pattern store
St Patricks Day today so I would like to introduce you to The Shamrocker. The initial idea here was to do a skull design with an Irish influence, hence the shamrock leaves on either side. I love making skulls, so for this bad boy, I wanted to give him a top hat that seemed to fit the design quite well. I made the hatband a creamy white and put the same colors into the border. The black and white reminded me of a pint of Guinness so my design was complete.
A Bit About The Construction
I use a Taurus 3 Ring Saw to cut out the skull pieces, it’s very useful for the eye sockets and around the teeth. There are 16 of these, all separately cut out. I start by cutting small rectangles and then shape and fit them using a grinder. It’s quite slow and tedious and to be honest, you feel a bit like a dentist when you are doing it, worth it though to give him a cheeky grin. The skull and the hatband are Uroboros Glass, the background is Youghiogheny Stipple. Shamrock leaves and the solid black is Bullseye Glass
Some background Of The Idea
I like to do a bit of research before I develop an idea. There is more influence now with visual images than there has ever been. Trying to come up with original work is the holy grail for me. So when I get an idea I put in a few searches and see what pops up. The “gentleman skull” seems to be the most popular description in the world of tattoos. He’s a man who likes to party and enjoy the journey of life while tipping his hat to the reaper.
The real beginning of this panel started with my acquisition of a Taurus 3 Ring Saw. This is an advanced shape cutting saw which uses a diamond-coated ring-shaped blade. All sorts of stained glass design possibilities now opened up for me. I had already experimented with a few skull designs before I had the idea for a Pirate Skull Pendant. The initial concept was for a skull and crossbones based on the legendary black flag. I abandoned this as it wouldn’t fit my pendant size which was 17″ in diameter. How was I going to make my skull look like a pirate without crossbones was my conundrum?
After a bit of research, I settled on the bandana, gold earring and tooth. As you can see from the picture these worked out very well. My next problem was what to do with the background instead of using crossbones. I needed something that was round and would have a nautical connection which is where the star came from. This was perfect as I was able to work in the black and white border as a frame, now my panel was complete.
I find a lot of my designs are like this, stained glass is pretty unforgiving as a medium so it needs to be perfect. This bad boy settled with his owner in The Azores, quite apt for a pirate.