Beginners Stained Glass Classes
Learn the basics of stained glass in just one day!

"A really well planned and researched class, a great learning experience!" - Cate

Our one-day introduction to the foiling or leading methods of stained glass construction will give you a grounding in the essential techniques, plenty of hands-on experience with the pro-grade tools we use, and lots of tips, tricks and insight into the world of glass art!

We pride ourselves on creating a fun, stimulating and supportive environment for you to enjoy discovering new skills. Our one day classes are suitable for anyone over 16, although we do advise that anyone with a medical condition that limits their hand strength or control contact us before booking to discuss.
With a maximum of 5 students and two tutors you can be sure of plenty of attention and guidance throughout the class.
And remember - everything you make, you take home!

One-day copper foiling stained glass beginners class for up to 5 people

We start out by looking at the basic processes and tools we'll be using:

  • Scoring and breaking glass, using oil-cutter, grozing pliers and cut runner
  • Preparing the glass for soldering using the grinder, copper foil and crimping tool
  • Soldering using a high-power soldering iron and fluxes

We'll take you through a demonstration of how we score and break glass, grind it in prepararation for assembly, apply the copper foil, and then solder the panel on both sides.

You'll then practise cutting and breaking glass!
Once comfortable with scoring and breaking the glass, we'll give you a mini project to finish - giving you exposure to all the techniques and tools you'll need for your afternoon project.

When we're all ready for a break, we'll have lunch and a bit of fresh air!

In the afternoon, we'll get you started on a project piece which you'll finish in time to take home!
We'll provide you with a choice of 6 pretty designs (similar to ones we sell for £40 - £50) and a selection of coloured glass to work with.

The course cost includes:

  • All materials, choice of starter designs and glass
  • Use of tools and protective gear
  • Refreshments during the day and lunch at the nearvy Tea Rooms
  • 2 tutors, maximum class size 5 people
  • Info pack to keep with information on getting started, where to buy glass and tools, plus reminders on techniques
  • All your pieces to take home

If you're ready to check dates and venues, click here to return to the main Classes page.
If you'd like more information, please contact us.

One-day leading beginners stained glass class for up to 5 people

As with our one-day foiling beginners class, we'll introduce you to all the key techniques and tools used in the traditiional method of constructing stained glass - using lead cames.
As this class demands more strength in hands and wrists, we recommend the foiling beginners class to those with limited strength or control.

We start out by demonstrating how we score and break glass, and explain the process of constructing a panel using the leading method. At each stage we'll discuss the tools and techniques being used and point out common difficulties.

First you'll practise scoring and breaking glass.
Then you'll move on to grinding the cut glass ready for assembly.
We'll then guide you in building up the panel, cutting and shaping the lead came sections on a purpose-made layout board.
At temperatures up to 370 Deg.C you'll solder your piece together.

This will take us up to lunchtime, and a break for some fresh air!

In the afternoon, you'll work on a project piece which you'll finish in time to take home!
We'll provide you with a choice of designs (similar to ones we sell for £75) and a wide selection of coloured glass to work with.

The course cost includes:

  • All materials, choice of starter designs and glass
  • Use of tools and protective gear
  • Refreshments during the day and lunch at the nearby Tea Rooms
  • 2 tutors, maximum class size 5 people
  • Info pack to keep with information on getting started, where to buy glass and tools, plus reminders on techniques
  • All your pieces to take home

How to book your place

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If you'd like more information, please contact us.

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A beginners atained glass class led by Jenny TimmsJenny offering tips on soldering at a beginners class

Art deco style piece being made on a beginners class An 'Art Deco-style' piece - one of our regular beginners designs

A finished piece of stained glass made by a beginner A finished piece, ready to take home

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What attendees have said about our classes:

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