Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Stained Glass Classes begin!

Our studio offered it's first stained glass class this week. The students are learning the Tiffany or copper foil stained glass method which generally has been thought to have been developed by Louis Tiffany although recently I have heard that there is a debate about who developed this method. Prior to the development of the Tiffany technique, stained glass windows were created by using the age old method which involved joining the pieces of glass with lead cane or strips of lead that have channels to hold the glass. In the Tiffany method the pieces of stained glass are are wrapped in a copper foil and then soldered together. This method allows the stained glass to be lighter in weight and also allows three-dimensional projects such as boxes and lamps, to be constructed.
The students in the class created a small suncatcher for their first project and will begin the construction of a panel next week. The class runs for 6 weeks and I look forward to seeing the final projects..... Robin

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