Stained Glass 3d Copper Foiling at Vitreus Art

Make your own stained glass hummingbird on this one-day course


Learn the basics of foiling stained glass and make a lovely 3d project - hummingbird, spinner, butterfly, candleholder or succulents.

"The course and surroundings were very inspiring " - Margaret

This special workshop is a one-day introduction to the foiling method of 3-dimensional stained glass construction - going beyond making a panel or suncatcher!

You'll gain a grounding in the essential techniques of foiling with plenty of hands-on experience with the tools we use, and lots of tips, tricks and a little history of modern stained glass.

One of the more recent developments in stained glass is the use of copper foil as a way to join pieces of coloured glass together in forms that are not flat - and that' what makes these projects achievable, and in less time than you might think necessary!

One-day 3d Copper Foiling Stained glass class for up to 4 people - make a main project like a hummingbird, spinner or butterfly, curved candleholder or two succulents in just one day.

Two-day course (contact us to arrange) - make a main project like a kaleidoscope (two-day project for most students), or a hummingbird, spinner, butterfly plus a succulent or two, depending on time available on the second day, or two main one-day projects, subject to completing the first project on the first day.

This course goes far beyond basic copper foil stained glass (sometimes called the Tiffany method) by introducing the concept of creating pieces with multiple surfaces - like the projects shown here. The kaleidoscope project is a full two-day project (contact us to arrange), while the spinners, hummingbirds and butterflies can be completed in one day by most students.

Hummingbird - usually takes one day
Butterfly - usually takes one day
Spinner - usually takes one day
Succulents - students usually complete 2 in one day
Candleholder usually takes one day
Kaleidoscope - usually takes two days

Course Structure - 3d Copper Foiling (Tiffany) Stained Glass:
We start out by looking at the basic processes and tools we'll be using:

Considering the requirements of 3d projects as distinct from simpler 2d pieces.
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;
Ensuring the sides will all fit together properly!
How to use a jig to hold the pieces together while soldering - essential for 3d designs!
Soldering using a high-power soldering iron and fluxes;

We'll take you through a demonstration of how we score and break glass and then you'll then practise cutting and breaking glass!
Once comfortable with scoring and breaking the glass, we'll ask you to choose your project design and the coloured glass you'll use.

You'll cut all the glass for your project and then grind the pieces to fit accurately. When we're all ready for a break, we'll have lunch from the nearby Bell Cafe.

All the pieces will then be foiled and soldered together into sub-assemblies, and then we'll share the special techniques we've perfected to join the sides together and complete your project!

We'll provide you with a choice of designs like the ones shown here and a selection of coloured glass to work with.

The course cost of £165 (one-day) per person includes:
All materials, choice of starter designs and glass;
Use of tools and protective gear;
Refreshments during the day and lunch from the Bell Cafe;
Maximum class size 4 people;
Info pack to keep with information on getting started, where to buy glass and tools, plus reminders on techniques - emailed as PDF;
Your projects to take home;
Eligibility for our Project Day Programme;
Class runs from10am to (approx) 6-30pm at our Northants studio near Towcester.

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 materials and protective gear
Use of pro-quality tools
Lunch and refreshments
Info pack to keep with helpful hints and list of resources


Mike Caddy or Jenny Timms at Vitreus Art


Vitreus Art at Bell Plantation
Watling Street
NN12 6GX

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users


1 day (10:00am to 6:30pm)

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