Stained Glass Classes Open for Booking

I’ve been getting quite a few emails lately from people wondering when stained glass classes will next be offered. I’m happy to announce that classes are now open to be booked for December 2014 – January 2015.

Classes are only open on select days, so check out the updated available dates and times on the classes page of this website. If you aren’t able to grab a time slot, don’t worry – gift certificates are also now available for future stained glass classes in 2015.

I look forward to creating some beautiful sparkling stained glass with you this holiday season!

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Stained Glass Classes 2015

Learn the craft of stained glass in 2015!

Stained glass classes at the GeekyGlass Studio are currently on hiatus this fall, and will open up for bookings again at the end of December, 2014. Classes will begin again January 2015. If you are interested in purchasing a gift certificate for classes, or have questions about classes in 2015, drop me a line at info@geekyglass.com.

Jodi Cook created a stunning blue wave panel as her very first stained glass artwork in her VIP Extended Classes

Jodi Cook created a stunning blue wave panel as her very first stained glass artwork in her VIP Extended Classes

 

Stained Glass Classes – Spring/Summer 2014

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Have you always wanted to learn how to create stained glass? Stained glass copper foil classes for Spring/Summer 2014 are now open for booking. Take a half-day beginner’s copper foil stained glass workshop by yourself, or save $25 and book with a friend! If you’d like to complete a larger stained glass panel, you can book an extended class package, which can be completed in 3-5 sessions. Class sizes are limited to 2 people. Be sure to book early to get the best time for you! Classes will not be available in the Fall, so make sure you take advantage of this (stained glass) window of opportunity to learn this great craft!  For more information, see the Classes page on this website.

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Stained Glass Summer Fun!

Stained Glass Summer Fun!

When was the last time you gave yourself permission to play? Now that summer is here, why not get a little playful with your stained glass? Take a look at this video challenge to add some levity to your stained glass art:

I’d love to hear about your creations! Feel free to post ideas below, or share images directly on the GeekyGlass Facebook Page.

Have fun!

 

 

Polishing with Finishing Compound

The final stage in  copper foil stained glass creation is to polish your work of stained glass art using finishing compound. Take a look at this video to see how to do this:

Polishing your solder seams is a great way to make it gleam, and to keep it protected for years. It’s definitely worth the effort…just make sure the piece is properly cleaned before you attempt this final step. You’ll be pleased with the results!

Lead vs Zinc Border Came

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Should you choose lead or zinc came to frame your copper foil stained glass project? Watch this video to learn about a few varieties of lead and zinc came, and which situations are best for each type of border.

Most lead and zinc came is sold in 6-foot lengths, and is available from your local stained glass supply store.

If you choose to use lead came you will need to stretch it in order to stiffen it for use, because it is so soft. You can do this by getting two pairs of pliers and getting a friend to stretch it with you, or you can purchase a lead came vise (pictured below) which clamps onto your workbench. Put one end of the lead came in the vise and pull on the other end using a pair of pliers. Be careful doing this, as lead is so soft it can break off in the pliers and send you flying across the room!

Zinc came does not need to be stretched.

Lead Came Vise

Lead Came Vise

Foiled Again! Choosing The Right Copper Foil For Your Stained Glass Project

There are so many types of copper foil out there to choose from! It can get a little overwhelming when you are first setting up a studio or starting out with your first stained glass project. So, how do you choose? Take a look at this video, which sheds some light on the mysteries of copper foil shopping for your stained glass art creation…

The main points to consider:

1. Copper Foil Tape Width (7/32″ is standard, 1/4″ is a good choice for thicker or heavily textured glass)

2. Copper Foil Tape Back Colour (Copper, Silver or Black – only important if you are using transluscent/cathedral glass. If you are using totally opaque glass, go for copper backed, which is cheaper and more flexible in application)

3. Decorative Edging (scalloped stuff is available, usually used for fancy edging/decorative soldering on the edges of glass jewelry, picture frames, etc. For regular glass panels, or interior glass lines, just get regular straight copper foil tape).

Happy Foiling!