Q: What is the difference
between lead and foil?
A: The copper foil method is for more intricate, delicate
designs and 3-dimensional projects such as Tiffany Lamps
and boxes. The lead came method is for when the design has
larger pieces of glass and more straight lines than curved
ones. Traditional designs, bevel clusters and bevel borders
are usually leaded, rather than foiled.
Q: Which method is easier
A: It's not so much which is easier to learn, but which
is easier to transition from, so we recommend starting out
with copper foil, then learning lead came.
Q: Is it difficult to learn?
A: Not at all, however, it does require time and patience
while you are learning. We have been teaching classes for
over 25 years so we have lots of experience to share with
Q: What will I make in
the Beginning Stained Glass class?
A: You will complete a small stained glass panel (approx.
9" X 14") or a "fan lamp" panel. Quite
a few different patterns are available for you to choose
from at the first class.
Q: I cannot draw a straight
line. How can I make a stained glass window?
A: No problem, you do not have to be an artist. There are
thousands of patterns from which to choose. However, if
you like to draw, we can teach you how to adapt existing
designs in our Intermediate Class, and how to take your
designing even further in our Advanced Design and Special
Q: What kind of tools and
supplies do I need?
A: That depends on the class you take. For the Beginning
Stained Glass Class, we have put together two stained glass
tool kits in basic and deluxe versions. We believe that
good tools facilitate your learning, but we also understand
budget restraints. You will receive your student discount
on tools, supplies, books and glass. For the other classes,
we discuss necessary supplies during the first session.
Q: What do we make in the
A: There are several types of classes offered. In the Dichroic
Pendants, you will make a few (as few as 4 or 5 to as many
as 9 or 10, depending on the sizes) cabochons which can
be used for jewelry, mosaics, or stained glass. In the Architectural
Tiles class you will make one tile, but see all the various
techniques available. In the 2-day Basic Fusing Class you
will make 2 pieces (approx 8-10"). In the Fused Jewelry
class you will make several pieces, for example, a set of
pendant & earrings, or several pins.
Q: What do we make in the Mosaic Class?
A: Two small panels about 8 x 10". One will be on glass,
using the direct method, and one on plywood using the indirect
Q: Do we need prior experience
for these classes?
A: For all the beginning classes, no. However, that being
said, if you have experience cutting glass you will have
an easier time in the mosaics and fusing classes. Beginning
Stained Glass is the perfect gateway into the world of art
glass since you will learn more than just basic techniques.
Q: What if I don't have any space to work at home?
A: You won't need that much space for any of these techniques.
So, setting up on the dining room table, for example, could
work on a temporary basis. If you decide to continue working
at home, you might want to find a corner of a spare room,
or a garage, to set up a work table. While you're enrolled
in a class, you are free to use our tables and a grinder
to work on your panel (but be sure to call ahead to make
sure there is space available). If you're not enrolled in
a class, we rent the same space for $5.00 per hour. You
will need to bring, or purchase, your own tools and supplies.
We don't have the facilities to rent torch space at this
time, but we do allow graduates of the fusing classes to
come in and run a firing in our kilns. (Price depends on
the kiln you rent)
Q: What about safety? Do I need to do anything special
to work at home?
A: We cover safety issues at the beginning of every class.
If any process needs extra equipment or special set up,
we can answer all your questions and give you suggestions
to avoid any hazards.
Q: Can you teach things that aren't on your class listing?
A: There are always new techniques coming out, and, quite
honestly, I don't always think of all the class ideas that
we could be teaching - so just ask! We usually have new
classes in some stage of development, so your interest may
be just the boost we need.
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two weeks before the first class meeting. You will
receive a refund of the amount paid, less a $15 service
charge per class.
withdraw from a class within one week of the first
class, 50% of the class tuition is forfeited.
The balance of the tuition will be either refunded
or credited toward future purchases.
the second class, no refunds, credits, or transfers
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