Beginners Stained Glass Class - Terrarium 3d Copper Foil Project
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!

Terrarium 3d Copper Foiling Stained glass class for up to 5 people

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 appprox 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!
Once comfortable with scoring and breaking the glass, we'll ask you to choose your project design.

Over the first two sessions 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!

The course cost of £145 inc VAT 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 5 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 (evenings are 6-45 - 9pm)

How to book your place - 3d Copper Foiling for Beginners and Beyond - Terrarium

If you're ready to book, choose the dates you prefer and use the PayPal buttons to make your booking. You can pay by card or PayPal. We can also take bookings in the studio or you can buy this class as an emailable gift voucher.
All bookings are subject to our class bookings Terms And Conditions.

If you have any questions or concerns get in touch and we'll do our best to help.
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We pride ourselves on creating a fun, stimulating and supportive environment for you to enjoy discovering new skills. 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.

With a maximum of 5 students you can be sure of plenty of attention and guidance throughout the class.

And remember - everything you make, you take home!

Watch Mike introduce this workshop! Still have questions? Contact us!

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What attendees have said about our classes:

"Excellent value for money, really enjoyable"

"Inspiring, creative and fun"

"Had an absolutely fabulous day!"

"Great day….extremely satisfied with terrific teachers who were tremendous. Thanks Guys!"

"A really interesting course, really well presented - so pleased with my piece!"