Stained Glass Terrarium Using Copper Foil for Beginners



Learn the basics of foiling stained glass and make a charming glass terrarium. "Excellent, really interesting and a lovely piece of work to take home " - Jean 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! Terrariums continue to be popular as a fun indoor form of gardening that's as much about 'show' as it is about 'grow'! Your terrarium will be ready for planting by the end of the course. We'll even give you advice on how to plant it! 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 glass together in forms other than flat - and that's what makes these projects achievable, and in less time than you might think necessary! This course goes 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 terrarium shown here stands approx 27cm high. Course Structure - 3d Copper Foiling (Tiffany) Stained Glass - Terrarium. 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! At each stage we'll demonstrate the skills and tools required. To begin with you'll cut all the glass for your project and then grind the pieces to fit accurately. Then all the pieces will be foiled and soldered together in to sub-assemblies, and then we'll share the special techniques we've perfected to join the sides together and complete your project! At the end of the day we'll give you pointers on how to prepare your new terrarium for planting. 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 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 (on 1-day courses) - 1 tutor, 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 - Advice on filling and planting your terrarium - Eligibility for our Project Day Programme - Class runs 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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  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
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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