St. Optimus of Prime


We’re pretty sure they’re not canonizing alien robots, but this Optimus Prime stained glass sure looks good enough for a place at the local cathedral. It is [Kobachi's] very first glass project, but we’d say he’s got a bright future ahead of him. Especially since it’s about ten times more complex than the assignment called for.

The design is based on artwork by [NinjaInkArt] called Optimus Noveau. It is included in the album linked above and shows Optimus with the matrix of leadership behind his head. This of course doubles as the halo you would find around the head of a saint in religious artwork. [Kobachi] started by simplifying the design into rough outlines and colors. He then split those outlines to make for easier cuts and then got down to business assembling the pane. It uses 121 different pieces and took him 80-100 hours to complete the work. We can’t wait to see the landscape follow-up showing Optimus as a semi truck.

If you’re not handy with colored glass you could try making this with colored circuit boards instead.

[via Reddit]


  1. asheets says:

    Very impressive. I haven’t done stained glass in years — I never was any good at breaking curved cuts without having to nibble.

  2. aztraph says:

    what does he transform into?

  3. qwerty says:

    Hopefully next one will be Saint Ignucius (aka RMS).

  4. Hirudinea says:

    I’ll be buggered, that’s amazing! (Sorry, whenever I see stained glass I think of buggery, I have no idea why. :) )

  5. bbgun says:

    I soooo want one of these. Awesome use of the matrix though, didn’t even notice it wasn’t a halo until I read the article.

    Maybe this could be a future project:

  6. Hack Man says:

    80 – 100 hours? Should have shipped it off and waterjet it.

  7. M4CGYV3R says:

    I think I must now cover my windows with this sort of stuff.

    I think I’m going to start with Tachikomas praying to Motoko, and work my way to Thundercats.

  8. MS3FGX says:

    Looks great, though strange that the grey pieces (exhaust on back, cannon) look brown in the light.

  9. andar_b says:

    Beautiful work. I’ve always wanted to do a few nice ones for Cynagua or the West Kingdom, but the chatelaine would probably hate me.

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