How to Mount, Frame & Hang Stained Glass

Stained glass adds beauty and elegance to any room. Whether the piece is handmade or manufactured, it is best displayed in front of a light source. Stained glass isn't clear. Be careful to keep lines of sight open. For example, when mounting stained glass in a door, install a peep hole. There are several ways to mount and hang stained glass. To some extent, the method of mounting will depend on the piece's strength. A strong, sturdy piece can be hung almost anywhere.

Lay the stained glass panel on a work space.

Lay the rings on the workspace and slide them to the upper corners of the piece. If the piece is large, it may need three or four rings.

Solder the rings in place.

Allow the solder to completely cool before lifting the piece.

Tie fishing line or fine wire to the rings to hang the piece from picture hooks attached to the walls.

Measure the piece of stained glass.

Choose a frame with a back opening 1/4 in wider and taller than the measure of the piece.

Slip the stained glass into the back of the frame.

Tack three brads at the top and bottom into the frame to hold the piece in place.

Add three brads on either side to further secure the glass

Clean the window and the stained glass panel.

Measure the window or door.

Make the stained glass artwork 1/4 inch smaller than the measured opening.

Slide the stained glass piece into the opening. Tape the stained glass in place, or have an assistant hold the glass.

Tack brads every three inches all the way around the opening to hold the glass in place.


If you move, simply use a razor blade to cut the caulk and remove the brads to take the panel.


Use caution when working with a soldering iron.

Things You'll Need

  • Stained glass hanging rings
  • Soldering iron
  • Solder
  • Wooden frame
  • Brads
  • Tack hammer
  • Tape
  • Clear silicone caulk
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Based in Nashville, Shellie Braeuner has been writing articles since 1986 on topics including child rearing, entertainment, politics and home improvement. Her work has appeared in "The Tennessean" and "Borderlines" as well as a book from Simon & Schuster. Braeuner holds a Master of Education in developmental counseling from Vanderbilt University.