Martin McAssey Glass
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Stained glass course Information

Information on the stained glass course content, starter projects and individual projects.
Overview

Martin runs courses throughout the year; all courses are run with a maximum of twelve students ensuring that each student receives individual attention. Each student has use of a workbench with all the tools and equipment they will need while taking part in the course. All materials for the first two projects such as glass, lead and solder are provided by Martin (please note that students will have to purchase their own materials for individual projects).






Course content

Introduction to Tiffany Stained Glass

Project One: Tiffany stained glass window hanging

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For your first project you will make a Tiffany stained glass window hanging, you will have the choice of a number of different patterns to choose from (see examples above). Each window hanging measures 17cm x 17cm or 20cm x 12cm approximately.

What will I learn?

You will learn all the basic skills needed to make a Tiffany stained glass window hanging such as:
  • Scoring and breaking glass to fit a pattern.
  • Selecting suitable glass.
  • Grinding glass.
  • How to apply copper foil tape to glass.
  • Soldering (tacking / tinning and beading).
  • Attaching support rings.
  • Applying patinas.
  • Finishing.
Introduction to Traditional Lead Work

Project Two: Traditional stained glass window hanging

 
For your second project you will make a traditional lead stained glass window hanging, you will again have the choice of a number of different patterns to choose from (see examples above). Each window hanging measures 17cm x 17cm or 20cm x 12cm approximately.

What will I learn?

You will learn all the basic skills needed to make a traditional lead stained glass window hanging such as:
  • Scoring and breaking glass to fit a pattern.
  • Selecting suitable glass.
  • Glass grinding.
  • Lead cutting.
  • Soldering.
  • Attaching support rings.
  • Cementing.
  • Finishing.
Individual Project

Once you have completed your Tiffany and traditional lead window hangings you can then move on to your own individual projects. Martin will work with you to select / plan and source materials for your individual piece, (please note that you will have to purchase the materials for your individual project).

Most projects can be made the only constraint you have is time; it usually takes a student about twelve hours to do the first two projects. This means that each student usually as about twelve hours in class to complete their individual project. Martin will help you plan out your project to ensure that it is finished in the time you have available.

When are courses run?

Courses are run three times a year:
  • January – March
  • April – July
  • September – December
Courses are available throughout the year and are available Monday - Friday (daytime and evenings) and run for ten, eleven or twelve weeks.

If you are interested in attending a course, please contact Martin by phone or email using the contact section of Martin’s website. If you would like to join the email mailing list for future courses and workshops, please contact Martin.

Please note:
  • It is recommended that you bring reading glasses for close work.
  • It is recommended that you wear sensible shoes (no open toed shoes) when attending the workshop.
  • It is also recommended that you wear old clothes.
  • This course involves working with lead, for safety reasons Martin recommends that pregnant women do not attend.