Stained Glass Woodland

A couple of weeks ago I went on a workshop organised by a friend from WI. Rachel Poole was running the class and I’ve been to a few of her days and she’s an excellent tutor. This time we were making stained glass decorations.

I’ve done stained glass twice before, both with Rachel; the first time was a nativity set, we were amazed that we managed to get the whole nativity made in one day, including cutting all the glass, applying the lead and soldering it all together…

Stained Glass Nativity

Last year we made Christmas decorations – holly, angels, trees etc, these were made by covering the edge of the glass with copper tape and then applying solder to the tape…

This time we were making a winter scene of trees and hills. Some of the trees were pre-cut just to save time, others we cut ourselves – it’s pretty scary cutting glass, you have to score it and then snap it – that’s the scary bit!! Once the shapes were cut we had to grind the edges both to smooth the outline and to ensure the copper tape had a surface it could stick to. You can see in the photo below that the clearer ‘cloud’ was still quite rough round the edge.

Stained glass workshop

It took quite a long time to stick all the copper tape on. The aim was to have most of the copper tape applied by lunch. Then after our sandwiches we had the scary bit of dipping each piece in acid and then covering it in solder – those soldering irons are VERY hot!

Stained glass workshop

Once everything was covered in solder we could arrange them and stick them together with blobs of solder, making sure each piece had enough soldered points to anchor it securely. I made twirly bits of wire to decorate the trees and make a star, all stuck on with a bit of solder. I must admit I got Rachel to solder the two rings on – that was just too close to the soldering iron!

Stained glass workshop

I’m really pleased with my winter scene. It’s already hanging in the conservatory, I think it can stay up all year as although it’s wintery, it’s not too Christmassy.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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13 Responses to Stained Glass Woodland

  1. Lisa at Greeenbow says:

    Oh yes, you want this beauty out all the time. Well done.

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  2. Gail says:

    These are wonderful! Great projects and you did a fantastic job.

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  3. Just lovely! I love the colors you used too. Beautiful!

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  4. nanacathy2 says:

    What a stunning piece of art.

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  5. Jane M says:

    Wow that is fabulous, such a lovely scene.

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    So much fun! I have always wanted to try stained glass, but have only seen classes that take weeks and are very expensive. A one day class would be a delight! Your winter scene is wonderful. 🙂

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  7. tialys says:

    I am envious. I’d love to have a go at this.

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  8. wybrow1966 says:

    Amazing – and I recognise one of those decorations. It will soon be time to hang it in my window again!

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  9. Lynda says:

    These are so beautiful! You have a real flare for this work. ❤

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  10. Wow, stunning projects! I loved seeing your process. Jenny xx

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