Course Description

From antiquity to Tiffany, people have loved stained glass for great color, beauty and its unique structural and symbolic importance. Learn how artists and hobbyists carry on this tradition in this course designed for beginner and experienced students. Beginners will learn to cut, foil, and lead solder, as well as learn about patina, pattern selection and transfer, and framing. Experienced students will get advice and guidance on projects of their choice. Instructor will teach the American Style of stained glass techniques. Completed projects include a sun catcher and a bird.

Course Outline

Session I

  • History of old world stained glass
  • History of American stained glass
  • Samples of American stained glass styles
  • Course and skills description
  • Materials list handout and usage description
  • Basic cuts demo and student participation

Session II

  • Pattern and glass handout for sun-catcher
  • Review of basic cuts
  • Cutting sun-catcher
  • Demonstration of grinder use
  • Grinding of sun-catcher
  • Foiling techniques demonstration
  • Foiling of sun-catcher

Session III

  • Catch up help (grind, fit, foil)
  • Soldering demonstration
  • Soldering of sun-catchers
  • Finishing with add-ons
  • Patina demonstration
  • Picking of patterns for stained glass windows
  • Pattern transfer demo

Session IV

  • Pattern work
  • Board assembly
  • Cutting of glass

Session V

  • Cut
  • Grind
  • Fold

Session VI

  • Review soldering
  • Assemble and solder project

Session VII

  • Finish soldering
  • Framing demonstration (lead, zinc, brass)
  • Frame projects in lead came
  • Patina and polish windows

Session VIII

  • Catch up help
  • Hints for future projects
  • Introduction to next level

Learner Outcomes

Students will:

  • Create stained glass pieces using the techniques learned in class
  • Explore lamp making, reinforcing large projects, box making and beveled glass work
  • Discover how to "paint" with glass
  • Understand the math and science needed to work with stained glass


Students will rent tools ($25) from instructor for the semester in first class.
Students purchase materials for classes; list provided in first class.





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