Stained Glass - Copper Foiling / Tiffany for Beginners

One of our beginners copper foiled stained glass designs, made by student Jen


Our one-day introduction to the foiling method of stained glass construction (sometimes called the Tiffany method) will give you a grounding in the fundamental techniques 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-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 ask you to choose your project design and the coloured glass you'll use.

When we're all ready for a break, we'll have lunch from the nearby cafe.

In the afternoon,you'll finish your project piece which you'll complete in time to take home!
We'll provide you with a choice of 5 pretty designs (similar to ones we sell for £50) and a selection of coloured glass to work with.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

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 piece to take home
Eligibility for our Project Day Programme
Class runs from10am to (approx) 6-30pm at our Northants studio near Towcester


Mike Caddy or Jenny Timms at Vitreus Art


Vitreus Art at Bell Plantation
Watling Street
NN12 6GX

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users


1 day (flexible times to suit)

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Gillian Rainer - - #33603

As a beginner to copper foiling I was amazed at the piece I made and took home. Mike is an excellent teacher and his demonstrations of the various techniques were easy to follow and he answered our quesitons as he went along. He was happy to re-cap a tecnique and encouraged you to beleive in yourself. The course was informative and fun with several paterns to choose from. Jenny also provided guidance and support through the day and the small group allowed plenty of interaction with them both. I had a great day learning a new craft . I recommend the course and will be booking another course with them soon.

Response from Vitreus Art:

Many thanks for your review Gilly, it was a pleasure teaching you.

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