It was my birthday recently and my boyfriend has got into a habit of buying me an ‘experience’ rather than ‘stuff’. This year, he arranged for me to go on a stained glass class, which I was very excited about because I LOVE stained glass, especially 1920’s-1940’s door and window panels (like the 1920’s one above that I bought for £18 in Southwold at a cute little antiques shop). My mum’s best friend, Jo, makes stained glass and I remember as a child seeing her creating and thinking it was all quite magical.
I went along to the class at Crafts Bee, which is a relatively new venture run by Karen. They teach lots of different crafts from stained glass to sewing and are based in South East London and Kent. I did the copper foil stained glass class, which is suitable for beginners and there were six of us in the class, so we got lots of individual attention.
I have never done any stained glass and I assumed that there would be no way of creating anything special by the end of the class, but I was wrong. In the six hours that I was there I was able to quickly learn the cutting glass technique, cut glass to complete a design and then learned how to copper foil and solder the design. By the end of the class I had made a beautiful panel that is now proudly hanging on my sitting room window.
This is how it happened…
I’m now thinking about buying some equipment so I can do it at home. I would really, really love to develop this craft and one day create a beautiful art deco style window panel.