Illuminated scene (Moderate work level)
Details - The combination of cut glass arranged to create a picture is one of the defining applications of stained glass. In this class students will utilize a provided patterns to trace, then cut glass of various colors and textures of their choosing. When cutting stained glass it is critical to know how grain and texture can affect how a finished piece of stained glass will look. Because of this, emphasis will focus on deciding what glass is best used and how application can give you different effects. Following a brief tutorial students will use their skills to cut, assemble, then solder the glass to complete a 11.5” X 8” pictorial scene. Decision will also cover larger windows including installation. No prerequisites are required but it is suggested that a beginner class be taken before this one.
Work Involved - (cutting, tracing, soldering, foiling edges, grinding, filing, framework)
Tools & Materials - (Lead came/U channel, copper foil, 60/40 lead solder, soldering irons, various color and styles of stained glass, latex gloves, diamond files, tracing sheets, pliers, glass cutters, T pins/flat nails, pin hammers, cutting oil, glass grinder, decorative chain, tinned wire, tinned jump rings, plastic water color brushes, small plastic paint cups, paper towels, flux, and patina)
Angles and Assembly (Moderate work level)
Details: Using stained glass in three dimensions is nothing new but pulling it off takes skill and planning. In this class students will be introduced to several methods in which stained glass can be arranged and soldered into three-dimensional forms. This class will also cover methods of glass cutting, soldering, and how to patina your lead lines. Students will choose their own glass and within set parameters, will determine the height and design of the piece according to confidence, design, and skill level. No previous classes are required though a beginner course is suggested.
Work Involved - (cutting, soldering, grinding, filing, framework)