Introduction to Leaded & Copper Foiled Glass Series
Monday and Thursday Evenings,
February 26, 29
March 4, (no class on the 7th), 11, 14, 18
6 - 8 p.m.
Materials fee: $25 payable to the instructor
Minimum 6 students, maxium 10.
In this introductory course you will learn how to design patterns, make patterns, cut glass, assemble the piece, solder, and finish. You'll learn the tricks needed to construct a window that will fit into the exact dimensions of an established opening. Students will complete two small projects, one leaded and one copper foiled, to have experience in the two most widely used techniques for creating stained glass. A third technique is used, but employs the use of a glass kiln and will not be introduced in this series.
During the first lesson students will begin a small, simple leaded glass sample project. Students will use our tools on the first evening and materials will be provided. In this project students will learn:
- how to calculate measurements to fit a project into a predefined space (an architectural opening or a frame)
- design principles
- the complete process of constructing a leaded stanined glass window.
The second project uses copper foil technique to construct a night light. Students will purchase their glass for this project. The night light fixture is provided by Scarab.
After completing the two projects students will have experienced both leading and copper foiling. At this point the students will have enough familiarity with the processes, tools, and materials to decide on a preference in construction method. At the end of the 6 sessions students will have two finished sample pieces, but students will probably be able to begin and may even complete a third project in class too, if a small, simple project is chosen.
- Some people may not finish the first two projects in time to begin their own project. Others work quickly and get through the projects quickly enough to begin, and even finish, the third project.
- The completion of this third project is dependent on the complexity and difficulty, and the ability of the student to employ the techniques taught. If the project isn't completed, we're available to continue helping you on an informal basis or in additional private lessons.
Students will have individualized help planning their design for their third project.
- We have an extensive library of pattern books availble for students to use.
- Patterns are available on the internet
- Students an design their own pieces. The instructor is available to advise on the difficulty/feasibility of their project plan, with advice on modifications to simplify construction challenges.
- Students can discuss their concept or provide a photo image and the instructor will draw the pattern.
Completion of our introductory series qualifies artists to attend our Tuesday morning glass open studio.
For more information please contact Maggie at MaggieBCourtis@gmail.com.
See our Art Blog for glass art information
Tools and Supplies
For the first session please bring the following:
- Safety glasses
- A soft bristled brush (the softer the bristles the better job it will do). Some people use a soft paintbrush, about 4-6" wide.
- Apron - optional
- Glass cutting mat - optional
If you don't use a glass cutting mat, we use newspaper as a padding under the glass to prevent breaking while cutting the glass. The brush is used to sweep small glass shards off the work surface which would contribute to the glass breaking instead of cutting as the artist desires.
Additional supplies may be needed in the final weeks for artistis who begin a third project. You will learn about these tools and use Scarab tools in the two introductory projects. A detailed list with places to shop is given in one of our blog articles.
We do not recommend buying cheap glass cutters at Hobby Lobby. Quality is particularly important for this important tool.
Bullseye stores give discounts based on quantity of product pruchased, up to 50% off.