Saturday, September 16, 2023

Stained Glass Maple Leaves

Stained Glass Leaf by Jeanne Selep
Image 1: Green Stained Glass Maple Leaf

I have had a fascination and love of leaves spanning decades.  I collect and photograph leaves, scan them, print them, seek out the prettiest ones, and effectively play with them, especially in the fall.  These stained glass maple leaves I made continue that "love".   

Stained Glass Leaves by Jeanne Selep
Image 2: Stained Glass Maple Leaves

I intended both of these leaves to be autumn leaves.  The green one is just starting to turn colors, and the red, orange and yellow leaf is in it's full glory.  I prop them up in a window and enjoy the way changing light illuminates them.   

Autumn Stained Glass Maple Leaf by Jeanne Selep
Image 3: Autumn Stained Glass Maple Leaf

I worked with stained glass years ago, before my children were born, before children and space limitations and safety concerns influenced me to purse other hobbies.  Returning to stained glass wasn't something I planned on doing, but with free time during the pandemic I created these leaves.

Autumn Stained Glass Maple Leaves by Jeanne Selep
Image 4: Autumn Stained Glass Maple Leaves

My leaves are rough versions based on leaves created by my artist friend Bridget. During pandemic "studio time" with Bridget, I worked on stained glass for the first time in decades, using her tools and equipment, and glass.  I worked significantly with a grinder (!), newer cutters and copper foil. 

I guess by returning to stained glass I am turning over a new leaf... (snicker)  My execution and puns could be improved, but I like my leafing out results.  Enjoy!

"To be interested in the changing seasons

is a happier state of mind 

than to be hopelessly in love with spring."  Unknown



Click on the images to see them enlarged.  Leave a comment if you have the time, they brighten my day!

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Isabel said...

São uma maravilha!

Natalie said...

Beautiful stained glass maple leaves! Thank you for sharing them with us at #weekendcoffeeshare.

Leanne said...

Hi Jeanne - I've done some stained glass pieces and your leaves are beautiful - I can see why you'd need to use the grinder to get your edges to line up so perfectly. Definitely an achievement and I'm glad you could get back to doing something you love.

Jayne said...

These are just stunning! And I just love the colours you have chosen. You are super talented!
Thanks so much for joining in with #MMBC. Hope to see you again Jeanne. :)

Jennifer Wise said...

These are so beautiful. My mom loved stained glass, and these made me think of her. Very lovely! Visiting from the Dare to Share linkup.

Kristie from Love My Little Cottage said...

Good job for going back to something you haven't done in a while. I love the leaf that is just beginning to turn!If you get a chance, stop by my blog and enter this in the #HomeMattersParty!

Kim Carberry said...

Oh wow! They are so pretty. Great work!

Lillian "sognafaret" said...

Wow so amazing!

Natasha Mairs - Serenity You said...

Love these autumn leaves. so pretty xxx

MaryJo Materazo said...

These are lovely! I am always fascinated by stained glass. I love that you chose to do both color families. I would love it if you shared at the Home Imagined link party. Have a lovely day. XO- MaryJo

Laura @ Our Grand Lives said...

These are stunning works of art! Love the color combinations!

Kirstin said...

Wow. Those are beautiful. I love leaves too.

NCSue said...

These are striking! Well done!
Thank you for sharing at

Beth Watson said...

I’d love for you to join us over at the Creative Crafts Linky Party every Wednesday through Sunday
Followed and Pinned!
Creatively, Beth

Pisi Prkl said...

Those are plain great! I especially like the autumn one.

Christie's Mobile Home Diary said...

I love anything stained glass. These are so pretty, and you are very talented! I'm coming over from the Vintage Charm Party today.

Janet Alcorn said...

Those are gorgeous! I've always loved the way stained glass catches light.

CraftAtticResources said...

Your stained glass leaves are beautiful and what a great thing to have to bring out to decorate every year for fall.

Babajeza said...

Beautiful leaves. :-)

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Wow, your stained glass maple leaves are absolutely stunning! Love their random shapes which makes them even more special! So beautiful!

Sarah MumofThree World said...

They are really pretty. What a lovely hobby to have.
Popping over from My Sunday Snapshot.

RachelSwirl said...

Such stunning work - Thanks for taking part and linking up with #MySundaySnapshot.

Joanne said...

These are just stunning!

Betsy said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love these. I took stained glass course years ago and really liked it. Seeing these makes me want to dabble back into it. Gorgeous!

Beth Watson said...

We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creative Crafts Linky Party! Pinned and shared!
Creatively, Beth

Michelle said...

These leaves are gorgeous! I've never seen stained glass leaves before. Thanks for linking up.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Oh my goodness they are beautiful. You are very talented.

Cindy@CountyRoad407 said...

Thank you for sharing this on Farmhouse Friday. They are stunning. Hoping you'll post a DIY soon. Featuring it tomorrow. Hope you link up again. pinned

Sharon Wagner said...

I used to paint on glass. Those leaves are a delight! And they will never fade.