McBride - Stained Glass - Russellville, AR, USA

Melodie McBride

Russellville, AR, USA


Stained Glass


Thanks for visiting! My next project will be a saxophone since I love jazz music . Unfortunately, I am STILL figuring out how to draw it to my satisfaction. I just love Dave Koz and Mindi Abair's music and love to listen to it play when I cut glass. Gives me a thrill when Mindi sings, "It just happens that way" when I am just about ready to cut a piece. After all, when a piece snaps in my fingers, for better or worse, it does just "happen that way"!


Hillbilly Kalaidescope

These are just for fun and came out pretty. I am recycling all my glass tidbits. I have kept them for years and have been pondering how to use them and not throw them away. If it is small enough to use, I will keep it. I'm glad I did. They will now go from expendable to useful. Since Glass cuts glass, I have put a resin polish inside a tea light cup so it wont scratch and shatter the container. When dry, I put the glass inside and sealed the top. The glass pieces tumble just fine.

Antique Car

Here is a car I made several years ago from extra pieces I had from other projects. I never throw any glass away since I can always find a new purpose. A doctor who enjoys cars has it in his office. It is just a curious cartoon isn't it?


This butterfly is 2 ft X 2 ft. approximately and it kept me really planning how to cut the glass. (This is not plexi-glass). It was challenging to even remotely try to make both sides match. I can say it was my most difficult piece. The dots are also white glass. Originally, I planned to have more but getting them stuck onto the panel is challenging. However, I am pleased with my "less is more" result. Now I can say, "Remember the Dome" (like "Remember the Alamo"). It was finished on the last night of the series just to make a fashion statement.


After I had been practicing the leaded glass method for sometime, I took a new class to learn the tiffany foil method and this was my first project. I wanted to practice curvatures and resized this pattern from a book I purchased. I still love the flower but the curvature at greater than 90 degrees proved too much for me and fishered one petal. I still keep it for my memoir and learning experience and still treasure it for the design and colors I chose.

Arkansas Fan Razorback Pig

Well, I might not be the biggest football fan on the stand, but I can show the team that I can still have spirit. Perhaps, I can at least capture some of the glow. I have now mounted this pig on an oak base that illuminates his majesty from a light in the back. I still feel he has the running charge at his command.

Texas Bluebonnets

I did this for my mother. She is born and raised in Texas and I knew the Texas Bluebonnets would be perfect in her window. The Texas star had to be perfectly placed exactly in the center along with bluebonnets on some specially ordered handtowels. It suits her blue and white kitchen and adds a dash of modern art.

Mr. Rabbit

Here is Mr. Rabbit. I wanted something for Easter one year and after searching the internet and books and what sources I could find, I just wasn't happy with a glass presentation. To me, my rabbit sits in my kitchen year around and I never feel alone when I am cooking. He has hopped over to my moms house a while and now he is back to visit. Where he goes next will certainly be a mystery.

New Tissues

This is my own design for ladies. I always find tissue boxes in an office necessary but always in the way. The same goes for my night stand. I always wanted a tissue box that was elegant and didn't take up too much space but was exactly where you wanted it and needed it. This is it! And it is first published here. I gave one to my sister and one to my mother and one to my best friend who had another original pattern with purple to match her bedroom. I still haven't made my own yet! Silly me.

Church of Simple Life

This is my first 3D creation. I love orange and feel it is a warm lively color. Some say orange makes you hungry, maybe a hunger for a warm lively life. I gave it lovely little stained glass windows. The windows are specially thick glass from Houston, TX and it has little squares which give added stained glass dimension.

Bird of Paradise

This was my best piece until I finished the butterfly and was made this summer. I used the texture and swirls of the 2 types of glass to portray the bird's landing energy from flight. It was challenging to get the body to come alive and somehow, the glass gave it really nice form. I'm not sure I could duplicate this since glass swirls are all unique.

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