Beginners Stained Glass Class - Make a Mirror



Learn the basics of stained glass and make a lovely mirror in just one day! "An excellent course - I had lots of fun " - Kate Suitable for: complete beginners; those who've done leaded or foiled stained glass (new skills!) This introduction to the leading method of stained glass construction will give you a good grounding in the essential skills. You'll get lots of hands-on experience with the tools we use, plus tips, tricks and a little history about this form of stained glass and you'll make a mirror to be proud of! Our one day classes are suitable for anyone over 18, 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. Making stained glass mirrors requires some specialist techniques, making this class suitable for those who've tried stained glass before, as well as for beginners. One-day stained glass mirror beginners class for up to 5 people: After a short health & safety discussion, we'll start by showing you how to score and break glass. Within about 20 minutes you'll be cutting glass yourself. Once comfortable with scoring and breaking the glass, we'll introduce you to the basic techniques and tools you'll need for your mirror project. You'll then choose the shape of your mirror (round or square) and begin cutting the coloured glass you'll make it with. When we're all ready for a break, we'll have lunch from the nearby Cafe. In the afternoon, you'll assemble the cut pieces of glass into your mirror using lead cames! You'll finish your mirror by soldering wire to hang your mirror by and then applying felt baize to the back of the mirror if time allows. You may also like to use a chemical patina on your mirror, for a more traditional look. This class differs from our original beginners classes in several ways, making this class of interest to those who've already done some stained glass. You'll learn about working with mirror glass, especially how to avoid damaging the silvered surfaces; you'll also learn how to construct a piece with glasses of different thicknesses and about finishing with a lead came edge. Our one day classes are suitable for anyone over 18, although we do advise that anyone with a medical condition that limits their hand strength or control, or their ability to stand for periods of time contact us before booking to discuss. Due to the use of lead this workshop is not suitable for expectant mothers.

What's included in the price?

The course cost includes: - All materials, choice of starter designs, mirror tile and coloured glass - Use of tools and protective gear - Refreshments during the day and lunch from the Bell Cafe - Maximum class size 5 people - Info pack to keep with information on getting started, where to buy glass and tools, and reminders on techniques - Your mirror to take home and enjoy! - Eligibility for our Project Day Programme - Class runs from 10am to (approx) 6-30pm at our Northants studio near Towcester


1 day

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Limited mobility
  • Father's Day
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Mother's Day
  • Intermediate level
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Sadly not - due to the nature of the materials our classes are for adults only.

With all one-day and longer stained glass classes we include an info pack with details of the tools you've used and suppliers plus reminders of techniques used. This isn't included in half-day classes.
We'll be delighted to help you decided what's needed.

For fusing classes we're happy to advise on tools, materials and kilns on request.

Materials are included in all beginners classes - fusing and stained glass.
Please bring reading glasses if you use them, and sturdy fully enclosed shoes (no sandals).
Aprons, googles and gloves are provided where needed.

Because you will be using lead and solder containing lead on stained glass classes.
Lead is known to pose a higher risk to babies than to adults.

We welcome participating friends or partners.
Sadly there isn't room at most classes for non-participating friends or partners.

Of course!
Fused glass will need to be collected after firing - we will contact you when ready.

This depends on which class you're planning to book.
For stained glass classes - it will be difficult to complete the class if you have severe arthritis or similar.

For fused glass classes - we suggest you choose a class which doesn't involve glass cutting - feel free to contact us to discuss.

If the class you're planning to book is described as 'for beginners' then yes!
Some of our classes are for improvers - these are described as such in the listing.

We have GF and Vegan biscuits in stock normally.
We will bring in non-dairy milk if advised in advance.

Lunches, where included, are provided by the Bell Cafe nearby which caters for intolerances, vegetarians and vegans.

Yes - plenty!

Yes, with level access via a ramp and accessible toilet.


Vitreus Art at Bell Plantation, Watling Street, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6GX