Round Magnolia Tutorial

Round Magnolia Tutorial


Round Magnolia in a stand, 16 inch round stained glass magnolia panel in window stand, pink flowers on a turquoise background.
16″ Diameter Round Magnolia in a Stand

Round Magnolia Tutorial Introduction


Pictured above is a 16″ diameter Round Magnolia panel placed in a stand on a windowsill. The glass used in this panel is Wissmach which gives the subject a very flat oriental look. In this post, I will go through the various stages of the construction of this pattern. For this, I will use the same pattern but 12″ diameter and Youghiogheny Glass. This will produce a much different effect.

Step 1

Round Magnolia step 1 cutting out the five lilac flowers in 12" round template.
In the first step above I have cut out the five flowers. I don’t always do this but every panel is different and so I change my approach. For this piece I am sure of the flowers, the tricky bit will be the background glass.

Step 2

Round Magnolia step 2 cutting the green background glass to fit the circular edge.
After making my glass selection I cut the outer edge first, then grind to ensure a nice neat fit.

Step 3

Round Magnolia step 3 fitting the outer edge background piece.
I then make my other cuts and fit the piece around the flowers. A ring saw can be a very useful tool here.

Step 4

Round Magnolia Tutorial step 4 more green background glass added, branches and leaves cut.
Some more background added now plus all the branches and leaves. I can see the picture starting to emerge.

Step 5

Round Magnolia Tutorial step 5 lower green background glass added

The lower background now complete, I have used a darker shade for these pieces.

Step 6

Round Magnolia Tutorial step 6 all pieces cut and on the lightbox.
With all the pieces now cut I have placed the panel on a lightbox to check on progress. I am happy enough so far but would also like to see it with daylight coming through.

Step 7

 Magnolia Tutorial step 7 panel all cut with daylight shining through
I have fixed my template to a sheet of clear glass and placed it up against a window. You can see the difference in how the light affects the panel it’s so much sharper with the daylight. Time for foiling and soldering.

Step 8

 Magnolia Panel step 8 completed and hanging by a chain in a window.
Here is the finished panel hanging in a window. You can see now the difference that glass selection makes to a finished panel. Also how you can create a different feel and look using the same pattern.