Beginner Stained Glass

Beginner Stained Glass Project





     Beginner Project


The Beginner I Stained Glass class meets once a week (2 1/2 hour sessions)  for six weeks. The cost of the class is $59 plus basic tools and  supplies. A  suggested list of tools and supplies is below. All tools and  supplies can be  bought at our store at very competitive prices. Some  supplies are  optional, and you will not be required to purchase  everything at once.  You can expect to pay approximately $200-$225  over the first three  weeks of the six week session.

All students will be required to wear protective eye shields and closed toed shoes while in class. Protective eye shields will be for sale if you need them. These safety precautions are requisite to taking any stained glass instructions from Designer Glass Works or any of our instructors. Safety is paramount and will be stressed in class. Neither Designer Glass Works, Connie Johnson nor other instructors are responsible for any injury. No one under the age of 15 will be allowed to take this class.

A good glass cutter is an absolute necessity. The first session we will learn to score and break glass. You will get a chance to use all the different styles of cutters. Then you will be able to make an informed choice on a cutter.

Your class fee includes glass and pattern for the first project. The first three weeks will be spent learning basic skills such as pattern selection, glass selection, cutting patterns, scoring and breaking glass, grinding glass, foiling glass and of course, soldering your piece together.

During the last three weeks you will use these skills in making a piece of stained glass of your own choosing. You will get to select your own pattern (30 pieces maximum) and choose your own glass. By the end of the six weeks, you will be able to take home a finished piece of stained glass, possibly two pieces. After the first three weeks, everyone works at their own pace. Focus will be placed on the skills, rather than being pressured to finish a whole piece.

Don’t be afraid of stained glass, anyone can do it. You don’t have to be an artist to be able to do stained glass. There are plenty of books and patterns available on the market that are full of designs you can use. You can do it with just a little time and patience from the skills you’ll learn in this class. Please bring a notebook for taking notes each week and safety glass if you have them.


Basic Tools and Supplies
These tools are required for beginning stained glass:
MOST of these items are available for purchase at Designer Glass Works (spread out over the first 3 weeks)

Eye shields/goggles
Soldering iron
Soldering iron stand
Rheostat (Temperature control for soldering iron)
Morton work surface
Glass Cutter (we will choose glass cutter the first night of class)
Cutting oil
Grozing/breaking pliers
Running pliers
Pattern shears for foil
7/32 silver backed foil
Rubber cement
Metal push pins
Water proof black and silver markers
Flat fid
Polishing compound
50/50 Canfield solder
Flux (Denver)
Xacto knife
Masking tape (1/2″ – 1″)
Deoxidizing wire brush
#0000 steel wool
Cotton balls
Old toothbrush
Tool tote box
1 piece of sheet rock with taped edges (slightly larger than your project)
Table brush