Learning how to make stained glass is easier if broken down into bite-sized pieces. The Copper Foil Tutorials below guide you through each process, one at a time, in a logical sequence.
They start right at the beginning with some creative designing tips and pattern ideas. By the time you get to the final patina and polish tutorial, you'll be an expert too!
I've selected the best videos I can find on the web to make learning how to make stained glass easy for you.
If you need to learn just one of the processes, you can do that too by dipping in and out of the tutorials as you please.
See how to measure an opening accurately. Skip this stage if you are not making stained glass to fit into a window or door.
|2. Designing or Finding a Pattern Follow these 5 design steps to create your own unique stained glass designs. Or simply find a pattern here to get you started.|
|3. Cutting Pattern Pieces Make perfect templates from your pattern by following this simple making tutorial. With helpful information on pattern cutting shears.|
|4. How to Cut Glass Tutorial Drawings, photos and a video make cutting easy for you. Money-saving tips showing how to cut stained glass without waste.|
|4a. 5 Easy Ways To Cut Glass, giving you the skills to cut any shape you want. Includes expert advice on when best to use each method, and a troubleshooting section.|
|5. Copper Foil Tutorial Learn tips and secrets to help you wrap foil and burnish to perfection. Includes information on all the different types and widths of foil. With video.|
|6. Stained Glass Soldering Solder your piece together neatly by following this simple making tutorial. Packed with annotated photos and helpful video.|
|7a. Soldering Edges Learn how to finish off the outside of your suncatcher professionally with a rounded soldered edge. Suitable for those making suncatchers or small hanging panels. Includes one of the most inspiring videos on the web!|
|8a. Fixing Hooks to Suncatchers A simple tutorial showing how to add hooks to your stained glasswork. Includes making your own hooks from recycled wire.|
|7b. Zinc Framing Tutorial Strengthen your larger hanging panel or stained glass window with a neat zinc frame. Shows how to cut mitered corners and solder the seams to the edge. With useful video.|
|8b. Adding Hooks To Zinc Frame Learn how to attach discreet hooks to the corners of your panel. Includes making and tinning the hooks. Packed with unique photos.|
|9. Patina And Polish Tutorial The final stage. Polishing your lead came panel until it sparkles! With information on which type of patina to use and how to stop that ugly white residue building up. Includes video.|
Here's an added bonus. A brand new tutorial showing how to cut glass circles. And that's without an expensive circle cutter :)
And another bonus. Are you confused about which shapes you can and can't cut? Bamboozled by how to split designs into 'cuttable' pieces? Then go to my cutting stained glass shapes page, which has three slide shows to help you.
A word of warning, making stained glass can be dangerous!
You’ll get used to the alarming skull and crossbones image that adorns the packaging of all you buy…
But it’s there for a reason, and while I can tell you about each process, I can’t be there to ensure your safety, and can take no responsibility for any accidents you may have.
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