For beginners or intermediate students.
For beginners: This class presents the fundamental techniques for working with stained glass using the copper foil method. A historical perspective of stained glass use and the architectural displays will be presented. Class demonstrations and instruction include materials, tools, and safety as well as the cutting, assembling, and soldering of glass items. Projects may include sun catchers, ornaments, small simple hanging panels to something more complex. All projects are student choice. Technical instructions for cutting the glass, assembling and soldering the glass using the copper foil method, safety tips, pattern making, selecting glass, cutting techniques, information on various tools (cutters, grinders, smoothing stones, band saw, etc) and other illuminating topics are included. Students will construct and finish 1 or more projects in glorious color!!
All required tools will be available for your use during class. Scrap glass shall also be available. Sheets of glass maybe purchased in class or locally at Hobby Lobby. Only supply required for class – solder. A basic tool kit ( soldering iron and stand, waffle board, glass
cutter for $50 ) will be available for those who would like to work on projects at home and continue creating magnificent pieces in glass.
Students should be able to understand and know the following:
Appreciation of the Glass Masters
History of Stained Glass Crafting
Types of Stained Glass and Glass Making Procedures
Glass Breaking and Breaking Tools
Techniques for Successful Stained Glass: Copper Foil Method
What is the Lead Came Method
For intermediate to advanced students: “Embellishing and Creative Framing Your Stained Glass”
Add unique elements to your stained glass piece to add another dimension using copper sheets, shells, glass eyes, and nuggets … the possibilities are as endless as your creative eye. We will cover where to find and how to utilize unique framing.