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Blue Kite Stained Glass

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Book an Introductory course with Iain and get to know this fascinating craft, learn the techniques and skills, and create a small panel to take home with you.

  • making a stained glass panel

    Glass panel in preparation for soldering

  • stained glass templates

    Templates and tools in the studio

  • course vouchers make great gifts

    Course vouchers make great gifts

  • making a sample panel

    Glass panel ready for soldering

  • glass shelf

    Plenty of glass to choose from for your panel

Book a course

The courses have a maximum of three places - £100 each, or book all three places for yourself and two friends for £285 (£95 each). Four friends can be accommodated if you all get on well(!) for £360 (£90 each).

Deposit £20 per person.

Course Dates

Call Iain - 01672 563154
to book or for more info

If you would like to book a whole course for you and your friends but no whole courses are available, please get in touch, I may be able to lay on extra dates.

Course vouchers

You can buy a course as a gift and leave it to the recipient to choose their date and type of course. Dates for the new year will be added soon for both stained glass & copper foil days.

You will receive a gift certificate and instructions for booking of your course.

£100 per person per course

To book call 01672 563154
or use the contact form

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Intro Courses

leaded panel

Come to the home of Blue Kite Stained Glass near Pewsey in rural Wiltshire and learn how to make stained glass. In an Intro course you will learn the basic skills of the craft in a day (or two evenings).

Stained Glass or Copper Foiling courses are available. In both, by the end of the day you will have completed a simple 20cm square panel from a provided template, to take away with you. In the process you will learn glass-cutting, soldering, leading & cementing (or copper foiling) and finishing.

You will also learn something of the history behind these beautiful crafts, and some of the design principles - and with a maximum of three people to a course, you are guaranteed plenty of hands-on help.

All tools and materials are provided, just bring your enthusiasm (and a packed lunch for whole day courses). Hot or cold drinks and snacks are provided during the day. Closed shoes must be worn, and clothes you don’t mind getting messy, or an apron. Due to the use of lead, the course is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Stained glass? Copper foil??

leaded panel Christmas Stars

Can't decide which course? Don't know the difference? This might help you make the right choice:

Stained glass is the technique you see in many front doors, hallways, and churches, with lead strips forming the join between different pieces of glass. If you want eventually to make a front door panel or window, or just a nice small panel on the day that can hang inside a window, this is the course for you.

Copper Foiling (or Tiffany technique) is an alternative to leading which allows for more intricate designs, with finer joins between glass pieces. It also allows for varied 3d shapes such as lampshades. However it isn’t weatherproof, and hence isn’t used in front doors and exterior windows. If you'd eventually like to make more detailed smaller pieces, or maybe 3d objects, choose this course.

Reviews

“I had the best time, it was super fun to learn a new skill and the tuition was spot on, relaxed and supportive. I love my glass, I keep looking at it and am already thinking who I could get a course for, I think pretty much anyone would enjoy it!”

Gina

“I took part in a stained glass course with Iain last summer - what a fantastic experience! Iain is a great teacher - he broke down the stained glass making process into clear and easy to follow steps - from the initial design though to the glass cutting, soldering and finishing. As a fairly underconfident crafter, I found Iain to be very supportive and incredibly patient (I made quite a few mistakes along the way!). By the end of the workshop. I had produced something I was really proud of - a stained glass panel! Iain is a great teacher who is clearly passionate about his craft and its history. I would strongly recommend his workshop to others.”

Kathryn

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