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]

17 thoughts on “St. Optimus of Prime

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

    1. Given the mentions of “assignment” and “teacher”, shipping it off to have someone else do it would probably not have been the right move…

        1. Hey guys, this is my project and it was for fun, there was no school or “assignment” and the teacher was a guy at a local studio teaching the basics of cutting, leading, soldering and puttying. 80-100 hours was an overestimate, having thought about it a little more carefully, it was closer to 60-70, with 10-15 of those being the class time and the time it took to learn Illustrator and draw out the design.

          Glad you guys like it! =)

  2. 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.

    1. Thanks! The grey/brown glass was a bit of a surprise for me too, but I like that each variety of glass has its own character like that. For example, the green Matrix of Leadership glass is iridized, so it looks totally different when front-lit compared to back-lit.

  3. 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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