Introduction to stained glass for complete beginners (copper foil method)

Stained Glass (copper foil method) Suncatcher Iridescent glass - Poinsettia Flower


Learn how to make small stained glass decorations using the 'copper foil method' in this one day introductory workshop for complete beginners.

This workshop is designed for a maximum of 2 beginners only, so you will have plenty of individual help as well as easy access to tools and equipment.

You will be guided through the stages of creating small stained glass decorative items such as sun-catchers and Christmas decorations using the copper foiling method which includes learning the following:

* Using stained glass design patterns (choose from a small selection suitable for complete beginners - some will be Christmas-themed in October to December)
* Cutting glass
* Using the glass grinder to finish glass shapes and their edges
* Adding copper foil to the glass outline shapes
* Creating a solder join to attached the stained glass design shapes together
* Adding a solder bead to the surface of the copper foil joins
* Adding hanging rings or display fixings
* Patinas and their uses
* Finishing and polishing
* Health and Safety when working with stained glass techniques

The copper foiling technique, best known for its use in the Tiffany Studios in the late 1800's for their lamps, and especially useful for small pieces of glass and curved glass designs where the traditional lead came was too large to work effectively.

Suitable for both beginners in a maximum group of 2 (please enquire for groups of 3-4 booking together).

As there are very small numbers in this workshop, you will be able to learn and progress at your own pace during the day.

This is a busy day with lots to learn but it's very enjoyable and you will leave with a good foundation of skills as well as at least one stained glass design. If you are very adept or have some experience of soldering, you will be welcome to make more than one piece if time on the day allows.

Once you have attended the workshop for complete beginners with us (or a beginner workshop/course elsewhere), we have further workshops planned to improve your basic knowledge and to allow you to make more varied designs, including how to adapt your own ideas to create your own patterns.

Please note that although we are working with copper foil and not more traditional lead came to join the pieces of stained glass, the solder which we use contains lead.

You will be provided with safety equipment including eye protection, dust mask for glass grinding, gloves for lead solder work, disposable gloves for use with patinas, and (most importantly) plenty of ventilation. We politely request that Health and Safety advice is followed and safety equipment is used as instructed.

We would advise that this Workshop is unsuitable for attendance during pregnancy.

Manual dexterity is needed for creating stained glass - you will be offered as much help and support as you need during the day to be able to complete your stained glass creation.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All tuition, equipment and supplies to make at least one small stained glass lightcatcher or hanging decoration. If you have time to make another item in the workshop, the glass and supplies for this are included. Sizes are generally less than 10cm tall/wide for small items.

You will have a minimum of 6 patterns to choose from which will include some Christmas themed items during the months of October to December. At other times of the year, there will be some different beginner designs on offer to choose from, available according to the season and events during these months.

Please bring your own packed lunch (to be eaten away from your work table in designated 'clean' areas).

If you wear reading glasses, please remember to bring them!

Please also bring warm clothes, preferably layers, to allow plenty of ventilation during the workshop.

Please wear clothes suitable for crafting, preferably made from heavy cotton such as denim or heavy cotton 'lumberjack' shirts (or something similar which will protect you as you work with glass and solder).

Please wear sturdy footwear (no open-toed footwear please).

If you have a sturdy workshop apron such as used by woodworkers and metal workers, please feel free to bring this, along with any personalised safety equipment e.g prescription safety glasses or your own mask suitable for workshop use, especially dust and vapour masks.


Sally Evans at Craft Workshops


Craft Workshops c/o Grass Roots Garden & Aquatic Centre
Stalbridge Road

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


1 day (10:00am to 4:30pm)

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