FAQs

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  • How do I get a pattern?

Find a pattern you like. Click 'add to cart'. Follow  the instructions in the shopping cart. Once payment is complete, you will receive an email with instructions about how to download the pattern from this website. The email will include a user name and password. Write them down and keep them in a safe place. You will need them to download your pattern PDF a second time, if necessary, and for future orders.

  • What do I get when I buy a pattern?

The pattern is a PDF file (Portable Document Format). The PDF includes: the pattern, tiled into 8.5" x 11" pages to be printed out and taped together; directions on how to this; a colour photograph of the completed project; a materials list; helpful hints and tips.

To open, view and print the pattern you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader you can download it for free at http://get.adobe.com/reader/. Many newer browsers have this functionality built right in.

  • How can I pay?

I use PayPal as my payment processor, so I accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Or, you can pay using your PayPal balance.

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  • Is your site secure?

Yes. You pay through PayPal, the world's premier electronic payment solution, not through this site. Sunlight Studio never even sees your credit card number; PayPal just tells me that you've paid so you can download your PDF. I get your money through PayPal later.

  • Do I have to have a PayPal account to buy?

No, you can pay with your credit card without a PayPal account.

  • What if I want to sell a suncatcher or panel I made from one of your patterns?

Basically the pattern belongs to me, the stained glass window belongs to you. If you want to sell your window that's your business. However, I expect you to build your window by hand, essentially by yourself. If you were to employ a group of people to mass-produce windows based on my designs, it would constitute a violation of my copyright.

  • When I see 'pattern is suitable for lead' in a description, what does it mean?

It’s fair to say that all patterns can be built with copper foil but not all patterns can be built with lead. Lead came is thicker and stiffer than copper foil and well thought-out designs take this into account. All of my patterns can be made with copper foil. Many are suitable for both copper foil and lead, and I've noted this in the pattern description.

  • Why do you have pictures of flowers on a web site about stained glass?

Because I love them both! This is how I think of flowers – rich hues, soft pastels, dewy sparkling texture, simple shapes, complex patterns, elegant structure and form. Sound like stained glass? Most of the flower photos used on this web site were taken in my backyard – a place of peace and inspiration.