glass art





GETTING STARTED

It is widely recommended to those wishing to enter the stained glass craft to take practical classes. A good place to start is your local stained glass supply shop. Most offer classes by experienced hobbyists or professionals.

You may be given the choice of learning two different techniques separately. These techniques are the copper foil method, and the lead came method.

The lead came method is the oldest one, and best suited for architectural and cabinetry applications, as well as designs with geometric qualities and many straight lines or gentle curves. Construction is sturdier and more tolerant of mechanicall shock (in a door frame for instance) or thermal variations (contact with the outdoor). The lead lines tend to be wider, but are reliably straight and uniform. The familiar Victorian windows and Prairie style (Frank Lloyd Wright) are done with lead came, as are chrurch windows with their painted enhancements.

The copper foil method is favored for lamp shade construction and more amenable to organic designs with intricate shapes and lead of varying width.

Choose the method required for the specific projects you have in mind.

The most expensive aspect of the craft is not the equipment, which is both simple and durable. All that is needed is a motorized grinder, a glass cutter, a pair of special pliers, and a soldering iron. The glass is the main expense and can be quite costly when combined with a love of pink, and textured or patterned opalescent art glass. The price of metal varies considerably from year to year.



This lead came project is rich in geometrical elements. The free pattern is available HERE