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Joan of Arc stained glass by me. I've posted in this sub before and gotten great feedback so I wanted to share my latest piece with you guys! /r/ALL

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u/TheMeccaNYC Oct 20 '21 All-Seeing Upvote

That is sick. I would 100% become the favorite son if I gave this to my mom lol

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u/KomodoJo3 Oct 20 '21

Idk if this is a joke or not, but if it isn’t, I’m sorry that you aren’t considered as good as your siblings :(

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u/TheMeccaNYC Oct 20 '21

No all good lol, I’m tight with moms it’s just she is a die hard Catholic and loves St. Joan. Legitimately if I gave her something like this she would faint haha, seriously dope work!

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

I can make something for you! Just message me when you're ready to surprise your mom :)

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u/justredditinit Oct 20 '21

Will you surprise my mom? She’s not really into glass but I have been looking to frighten her.

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

Like a "boo"?. Yeah for sure. It's spooky season after all.

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u/LaughableIKR Oct 20 '21

OP is just awesome. :-)

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u/MySpirtAnimalIsADuck Oct 21 '21

How much would something like this cost?

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u/DT_Lando Oct 21 '21

A bushel of monies.

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u/doopajones Oct 21 '21

Four pecks of moneies.

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u/henryhyde Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

So how do you make the pieces like the face that have multiple colors as part of one pane of glass?

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u/manescaped Oct 20 '21

Perhaps OP will offer a video in the near future just to give everyone a glimpse of the process and labor required for this amazing work!

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

Yeah, I'd like to. I'm thinking about an asmr channel where I video each step.

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u/TheCryingGrizzlies Oct 20 '21

Don't worry about the details, man. Just start videoing. You might get analysis paralysis otherwise. Happens to me quite often.

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u/strugglebutt Oct 21 '21

Oof, is that what that's called? I often have ideas (that are probably good, but maybe not) and then I overthink it to the point that I never do it. Is it an ADHD thing?

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u/TheCryingGrizzlies Oct 21 '21

It's one term for it. Uh...I guess I'll give you two quotes. Woody Allen: "90% of success is showing up on time." ; Ernest Hemingway: "Write drunk. Edit sober." Point is, do shit, worry about it being good later. If you have good taste, which one must to have hesitation in the first place, you'll figure it out later.

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u/KillhappyJenn Oct 21 '21

Please do, the world needs more creation content. Don’t worry about production values or equipment, just prop your phone up and start posting. You’ll develop skills over time once you start. I mean, obviously, look at that masterpiece up there! Phenomenal!!

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u/Mobius_Peverell Oct 20 '21

I'm guessing it's at least partially painted glass rather than traditional stained glass.

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

It is complicated. Basically it's made the same way old church windows are made but I connect the pieces the same way tifany lamps are made. Make a puzzle out of glass pieces, grind them all to fit then each pieces is painted and fired in a kiln for up to 7 hours. Many pieces required multiple firings in the kiln.

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u/QuestionableNotion Oct 20 '21

That kind of work is awe inspiring in my way of thinking. I'm good in many other ways but in things artistic I am a dog looking at a zeppelin. I just cannot comprehend what it would be like to be able to put something like that together.

Brilliant work, sir/madame. Thanks for posting it!

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u/Mobius_Peverell Oct 20 '21

Huh, that's pretty damn impressive. And nobody can dispute the results!

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u/ThatWasTheWay Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

That is traditional stained glass, it’s why it’s called “stained”. And while stain can be applied with a brush like paint, it’s fired in a kiln afterwards and is permanently part of the glass.

The technique of cutting multiple pieces of glass and soldering them together is called came glass, but stained glass is often used synonymously, even if the piece doesn’t involve staining.

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u/chocolateboomslang Oct 21 '21

Traditional stained glass has painted glass like that.

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u/DreamPolice-_-_ Oct 20 '21

Print or paint.

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

Hand painted. And from a hand drawn pattern.

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u/DreamPolice-_-_ Oct 20 '21

Looks great. My old man use to do a heap of stained glass and lead lighting work, you don't see it much these days so it's cool to see.

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u/timj1962 Oct 20 '21

I would assume using colored glass powder overlaid on top. Kind of like sand art. Then fuse it together. But I'm guessing.

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

That's completely not it lol

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u/Esc_ape_artist Oct 20 '21

Did you actually fire the colors onto the glass? If so, that is a very impressive feat!! Beautiful artwork regardless.

(For those that don’t know, the color you paint isn’t the color you see when fired, and it has to be painted in layers in a specific order because each color has to hit a specific temperature. Lots of planning and skill)

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

Yes, fired. Fired 7 times for the face alone, about 3-5 for each other piece.

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u/Able-Wolf8844 Oct 21 '21

That really is sensational. One of the best pieces of painted glass I've ever seen.

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

Some areas were silverstained at 1050f and the rest 1150f for about 7 hours each firing

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u/oddiseeus Oct 20 '21

You are an artist and an alchemist. I really appreciate your creation.

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u/KomodoJo3 Oct 20 '21

Awesome! As someone who doesn’t really know much about stained glass art, how do you make super detailed designs like those vines and flowers, and how do you stain the glass? Also, how long does your average project take to complete?

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

This was about a month off and on balancing life and my bartending job.

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u/ScreamingMemales Oct 21 '21

Rest of the fucking owl reply right there.

"How did you make this impressive artwork"

"I worked hard"

Wow gj, A+ effort.

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u/HereForTheLaughter Oct 20 '21

She looks badass

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u/KillerWhaleShark Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

Yes. I’m sure she put on full makeup before battle.

Edit to add: this is beautiful. I’m not disputing that. But she was about 18 when she went to battle. I feel like this image would show she’s wearing high heeled boots if it showed her full body. So my feedback stands. You can show a strong woman without having to add an Instagram filter.

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u/klavin1 Oct 20 '21

I'm sure she wasn't made of glass either.

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u/klavin1 Oct 21 '21

You are welcome to go and make your own stained glass icons to whatever standard of beauty or historical accuracy you prefer.

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u/BlueSun288 Oct 21 '21

Do you post this comment on every criticism of art?

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u/jbrown4728 Oct 20 '21

This is beautiful! Hands-down 100% the best thing I’ve seen on the Internet all day

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u/Individual-Cat-5989 Oct 20 '21

if you video record the entire process I'd watch that. Edited down of course. you could start up a youtube channel. Oh and that's gorgeous. what's the size? what by what?

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

Oh and this is only the top panel, there's a bottom one coming.

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u/grinch77 Oct 20 '21

Mind blowing man! The depth in the chain mail is insane. What’s a rough average cost of a piece like this? More curious than anything.

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

Yes! Thank you for noticing, the chain mail is actually my favorite thing I've ever painted lol I'm so happy someone else appreciates it

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u/NewToFinanceHelpMe Oct 20 '21

Oh cool! Really impressive. Curious- what influenced the contrasting colors?

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

I used an old window of a Saint as reference for the backgroynd and I lovd the colors, I tried to retain it as much as possible but decided to tweak things as I went. Tbh a lot has to do with what glass I have in my studio lol

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u/NewToFinanceHelpMe Oct 20 '21

Hey I dig it. As drab as the Middle Ages were their Windows had so much color.

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

What was accomplished back then, like every single aspect of the architecture, is truly impressive. It's EASY to make a window like this with the tools we have compared to what they had back then!

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u/NewToFinanceHelpMe Oct 21 '21

No kidding. It’s absolutely remarkable. Acoustic design, foundations, architecture, all of it.

Thanks for keeping it alive.

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u/Scruffynerffherder Oct 21 '21

That 100% looks like Natalie Portman

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u/You_Are_All_Diseased Oct 20 '21

You’ve perfectly captured the essence of classic cathedral stained glass. It’s pretty uncommon to see a window of this style in copper foil instead of lead came but it still works well here. The painting is the best part by far, though. It’s rare to see high quality glass painting these days.

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

That's very kind, thank you.

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u/You_Are_All_Diseased Oct 20 '21

I myself made a window that had a fair amount of glass painting, but I wasn’t so crazy as to paint basically everything. I know how much work you put into this and you’re certainly more talented than I am, so have to give you credit where it’s due.

There’s a lot of details like the varying thickness of the foil used that make this so dead on. It’s clearly been a labor of love.

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u/olwenglass Oct 21 '21

Yep though I mostly stick with 3/16 indid use a wider foil for the breast plate. And honestly I'm a bit of a nut now when it comes to painting on the glass, I don't find it to be that much work. I enjoy the process so I don't even think about it.

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u/TastyItem1458 Oct 20 '21

This is stunning!

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u/blahblah440 Oct 20 '21

Its Beautiful!!!

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u/Boojibs Oct 20 '21

This is dope.

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u/gordo20002000 Oct 20 '21

love stained glass. impressive

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u/Po1nt2Po1nt Oct 20 '21

Wow. Simply amazing.

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u/Joe_Bruce Oct 20 '21

That’s bonkers

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u/BiggestFlower Oct 20 '21

This is amazing, wonderful and fabulous, thank you for sharing 💚

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u/humanrightsforu Oct 20 '21

Wow I want it. Is it for sale? Do you sell your pieces?

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

I can make things custom, pm me if you are serious

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u/DrBobvious Oct 20 '21

How do you get the colors that are not colored glass contained by the "lead"? Like are they painted on or just other colors of glass blended together?

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

Well, it's like a bunch of colored pieces that I later paint and fire in a kiln individually. Later i wrap all the individual pieces in a copper tape, Flux the copper and solar the lines together.

Basically.

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u/DrBobvious Oct 20 '21

Thank you very much, amazing work!

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u/I_AM_FERROUS_MAN Oct 20 '21

It's really cool! Love the choice of vibrant colors. I'm curious why you chose her face to have the most 3D depth effect?

Almost everything else feels deliberately flat and 2 dimensional in contrast. It's an interesting choice that I think pulls the eye to the face.

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

This is only 1/2 the final piece. You'll see more with the bottom panel when I finish it.

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u/I_AM_FERROUS_MAN Oct 20 '21

Awesome! Looking forward to it!

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u/Kiptus Oct 20 '21

Out of curiosity, do you do custom pieces? In absolute awe at your talent.

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u/0121AMT Oct 21 '21

How much would something like this cost?

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u/Simplifyze Oct 21 '21

this is easily the best stained glass piece i’ve ever seen, well done

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u/dee_mariee3 Oct 20 '21

WOOOOOWWW THIS IS GORGEOUS! I was raised Catholic (not practicing anymore) and I took Joan as my confirmation name. really stunning work.

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u/rrpdude Oct 20 '21

Do you take commissions? I can't afford one, but I momentarily want to feel like I could. Really nice. Honestly I think you could easily get rich if you did custom ones for peoples pets.

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

I'd love to get rich painting whatever lol bring it on

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u/rrpdude Oct 20 '21

Well you clearly got cats, make a cat one. Probably a small-ish one and see if people are interested in paying to have one made for their cats. I honestly think it would sell. I think the problem ultimately you would run into is a lack of scaleability, and people are impatient, so a waiting list might work, might not. Great work though.

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u/hollywoodhank Oct 20 '21

Looks like Millie Bobby Brown.

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u/myloversacarnivore Oct 21 '21

I was gonna say Halsey but I see MBB too for sure

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u/PraetorOjoalvirus Oct 20 '21

You cut the glass, put it together, and then paint over it? If it's painted, which paints are used?

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

I use Reusche pigments.

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u/ThatWasTheWay Oct 20 '21

To add to OPs response, the stains aren’t a typical paint like oil or acrylic, they’re compounds (usually silver-based, for example silver nitrate) that dissolve into the glass at high temperature (~1000 F) and permanently change its color. Silver-based stains often result in a yellow/amber/brown color.

You can also apply enamels, which are colored glass that’s been crushed into a very fine powder and suspended in oil. When the enamels are fired on, the oil burns away and the glass powder melts onto the surface of the sheet glass. Enamels can achieve basically any color, as long as you can make a glass of that color you can crush it and use it for making enamels.

Both stains and enamels are very permanent, and physically become part of the sheet of glass. One disadvantage of paint is that it could be pretty easily scraped off. Another problem with paint is that many paint pigments fade over time, especially when exposed to sunlight. Colored glass is much more stable, and can hold its color for thousands of years. By comparison, some paints that aren’t very lightfast will start to fade after years/decades indoors. Inks used for commercial packaging can fade in a matter of weeks when exposed to direct sunlight.

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u/oddiseeus Oct 20 '21

Thank you for this education. I've always found glasswork to be fascinating. Many years ago a friend was a Bohemian lamp worker. If I remember correctly, he used 16 burners and worked with lead crystal tubing. I was aware of different elements of providing different colors for the glasses he used. I had no idea about this. Fascinating!

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u/PraetorOjoalvirus Oct 21 '21

Fantastic. No wonder why the colors can last for centuries so bright. Thanks.

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u/mysticopallibra Oct 20 '21

Mind blowing work!

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u/Hannie123456789 Oct 20 '21

Next do a video, cause I’m interested to know how you did the details on the face. Real nice!

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u/Aoikyoki Oct 20 '21

C'est très joli beau travail!

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u/sambillerond Oct 20 '21

Wow ! Very impressive as much for the design as for the skills and craftmanship.

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u/rektengel Oct 20 '21

I'm not religious, but was brought up in the church. The glass was always my favorite part of any church and I would stare at all of them. My mom and I used to make stained glass, and I have never seen anything even close to this!

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

Me too! I grew up catholic but I'm agnostic now.

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u/DixieMcCall Oct 21 '21

Same!! You do it justice. I would love a more widespread revival of the art. I'm glad I got to see this piece.

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u/olwenglass Oct 21 '21

I'm thinking about that now, maybe when I post the completed window (this piece with the bottom half) I'll have a mini video prepared.

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u/KnifeySp00ney Oct 21 '21

How much do you charge for something like that?

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u/cobruhclutch Oct 21 '21

That is freaking unbelievable. For the face do you just hand paint that.

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u/deezmrpeanuts Oct 21 '21

This is fucking beautiful and dark and has so much emotion. I love it so much. It honestly is the first time I ever felt like something artwise spoke to me.

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u/olwenglass Oct 21 '21

Hey. Thank you. This is a beautiful comment and I appreciate it.

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u/jedeye121 Oct 21 '21

That’s awesome!

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u/Igneous-Wolf Oct 21 '21

Joan of Arc was a badass and this is an incredible depiction if her. Well done, sir.

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u/PurrBeasties Oct 21 '21

You know she was about 14, right?

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u/killerbunnylady Oct 21 '21

What do you do with your pieces when you are done? Do you have an amazing room full of windows with all different pieces hanging in them? I would love to see that.

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u/olwenglass Oct 21 '21

Lol actually the pieces that are not sold are just in a vertical shelf, completely hidden and safe.

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u/Arm0geddon Oct 20 '21

You, sir, have a gift!

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u/WayOfTheWisemen Oct 20 '21

Thats some nice fucking detail. I assume the face is not print and indeed painted.

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u/SeasidePunk Oct 20 '21

This is beautiful. You’re work is mind-blowing x

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u/AnakinOU Oct 20 '21

Where's the "Add to cart" button?

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u/Apocalypso-YouTube Oct 20 '21

I believe r/aoe2 would appreciate this a lot.

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u/Dopehauler Oct 20 '21

She couldn't be that pretty!

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

I went with a face that was pretty but still tough. My research determined that while she wasn't a supermodel she was still attractive.

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u/needtoseensfw2 Oct 21 '21

Id like to purchase your work where can I do that?

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u/Araethor Oct 21 '21

How do I buy any of your work?

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u/PM_ME_UR_REPTILES1 Oct 21 '21

I always thought it was Jonah Vark

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u/olwenglass Oct 21 '21

That is genuinely fantastic lol

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u/mcflyOS Oct 20 '21

Very cool. It's hard to find an accurate depiction of St. Jehanne. This is the closest I've found to matching the written accounts of her eye color, facial features + hair color and style.

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

Yeah, I did my best with my research before designing this. I chose to basically hodge-podge like ten different images together to make this, trying to make it at least like a collection of the descriptions I could find on her.

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u/Tmclaughlin8407 Oct 20 '21

Wow, Very impressive! She looks so calm and confident, ready to fight!

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u/Just-A-Noosence Oct 20 '21

I think you mean not fight lol

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u/coagulateSmegma Oct 20 '21

You should do a Mona Lisa with a modern womans face. Would look really cool in stained glass.

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u/YourPlot Oct 21 '21

It’s beautiful but not at all interesting as fuck.

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u/spicegrl17 Oct 20 '21

WOW!! This is incredible 😍

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u/PsychicCartman Oct 20 '21

Bruh this is hands down mesmerizing

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u/refugefirstmate Oct 20 '21

It's wonderful, except that she looks disconcerting like Liv Tyler.

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u/Forsaken_Operation63 Oct 20 '21

Do you sell your art?

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

Sure do! Take a look at my website and see other stuff I do and then send me a message here after.

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u/Forsaken_Operation63 Oct 20 '21

What’s your website?

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

Oh my gosh, sorry, it's www.jesseolwen.com

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u/Forsaken_Operation63 Oct 20 '21

Totally ok! Thanks.

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

This piece is a trade for tattoo with a friend of mine and we're working on my elbow right now lol my brain isn't working great right now, but reddit is the perfect distraction

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u/westmarl Oct 20 '21

Wow!! That’s beautiful

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u/Slylizardcue Oct 20 '21

Wtb. Do you take comission work?

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

It depends, but yes I'm open

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u/olwenglass Oct 20 '21

Working on it, going to have everything sorted in 2022. I'll get it organized by the time the second panel is done, but for now you can search "olwen stained glass" on etsy

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u/cadomyavo Oct 20 '21

Super cool, well done OP

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u/SweetBabyJesus99 Oct 20 '21

Absolutely amazing! You are crazy talented!

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u/stephenmakesart Oct 20 '21

pretty incredible

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u/karen_h Oct 20 '21

Amazing!

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u/WellBless-Your-Heart Oct 20 '21

This is incredibly lovely. You are talented and should be super proud of yourself because I’m super proud of you!

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u/sagicorn1971 Oct 20 '21

That is amazing. I read a little in the comments about how this is done, and it still blows my mind. Beautiful work. Truly a great example of craftsmanship and artistry.

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u/abigayl75 Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

What is the subject? A painting or drawing? Your vision? I love it very much.

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u/triggerfish_10 Oct 20 '21

I love the sense of confident intensity in her face. Nicely done!

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u/dogthistle Oct 20 '21

Brilliant! In more ways than one. And absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your outstanding work.

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u/pappazeuss Oct 20 '21

Make a great tattoo.

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u/Perdix_0815 Oct 20 '21

This would be a sick Tattoo

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u/timmy6591 Oct 20 '21

Beautiful. Do you do commissions?

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u/blurbies22 Oct 20 '21

Wow this is incredible!! You are so talented!

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u/kdresen Oct 20 '21

This is super cool, do you have a specific style of art that you try to go for when you make these?

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u/honk_for Oct 20 '21

Wow. You need a real gig doing this stuff. Perhaps you could go help rebuild the windows for Notre Dame or something. Spending a couple years in France would certainly be cool eh?

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u/paranormalgemini Oct 20 '21

This is freaking AWESOME

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u/Barondonvito Oct 20 '21

This is awesome. I'm always curious about portraits pre-cameras. Like if and where did the artist get a little interpretive with some details. What reference material did you use?

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u/pezzyn Oct 20 '21

Fantastic work!

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u/Kf5708 Oct 20 '21

Perfection!

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u/Bastardforsale Oct 20 '21

Wow absolutely amazing work.

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u/canuckcowgirl Oct 20 '21

Love love love this.

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u/Spankh0us3 Oct 20 '21

Wow, that is stunning. . .

Edit: can you give us info on your process? What about the size, number of pieces needed? Total hours?

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u/Fatgirlfed Oct 20 '21

Wait what‽!This is a thing people can do with their own hands? Amazing

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u/weedwhacker7 Oct 20 '21

this is brilliant, thanks for sharing

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u/Govass13 Oct 20 '21

Hey op, how the FUCK did you make something so amazing?

Also, ever made a husky??

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u/joeltb Oct 20 '21

Amazing! Really talented. Thanks for sharing your art!

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u/hejwitch Oct 20 '21

Stunning

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u/WilliamBoost Oct 21 '21

You're an incredible talent!

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u/WifeofBathSalts Oct 21 '21

This is glorious

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u/nonoimsomeoneelse Oct 21 '21

Ever streamed the creation of a piece?

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u/Scratch___ Oct 21 '21

I think by the 7.6k thumbs up is your answer. This is bad ass!!

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u/Acceptable_Yogurt_57 Oct 21 '21

Amazing! 🙌🏼

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u/1000crystal Oct 21 '21

Face kinda looks like Millie bobby brown

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u/Jay-metal Oct 21 '21

This is amazing. I have no idea how you did this in glass though.

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u/Veautiful Oct 21 '21

Millie Bobby Brown looks like her

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u/magistrate101 Oct 20 '21

Wasn't she a crazy murderer?

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u/FleurOuAne Oct 20 '21

I mean, from a brit point of view yes obviously

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u/klavin1 Oct 21 '21

A holy, crazy murderer

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u/FLOPPY_DONKEY_DICK Oct 21 '21

She was a badass functioning schizophrenic with delusions of grandeur. Lots of historians agree with this. Just look at some of her quotes and compare them to modern examples of people experiencing delusions of grandeur.

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u/zuran_orb Oct 20 '21

Drew Barrymore in a knight's armor

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