My mum has come to stay, so today I took her over to Cinderford where we did a stained glass workshop run by Jo Snowden. Here are some of the amazing pieces of work she has done.
She runs a mix of whole day sessions and evening classes which you can check out here. It was just me and my mum, which meant we got loads of help whenever we needed it.
We started by choosing our designs, which looked quite boring on paper, but as soon as jo showed us photos of ones that people had made, or examples that she had in her workshop you could immediately see how they came to life with the different coloured glass. I ended up choosing a sunset and my mum picked a flower design.
We started by cutting one paper copy of the design to fit the frame, and then used channel scissors to cut the other copy into smaller pieces that we would use as templates for cutting the glass pieces.
Jo showed us different techniques for cutting the glass and then we had a little practice.
Then we got going with our chosen colours.
We used the grinder to smooth any rough edges or grind them down if we’d not cut accurately along the line.
I managed to get all my pieces cut before we stopped for lunch.
After lunch we stuck copper foil round the edges of every piece, which was actually a very relaxing part of the process. I loved how they looked with the copper edging, and think its a bit of a shame that that all gets covered over with solder.
We used lead for the frame
and gradually soldered all the pieces together on the front,
before turning it over and finishing it all off on the back.
Finally we added wire hooks to the corners on the back so that it will be easy to hang somewhere.
This is mine
This is my mum’s
I’m really pleased with how mine turned out and I really enjoyed the whole process. Scoring and breaking the glass was almost magical, melting the solder was fun, and the copper foil was relaxing. It was also really fun rummaging through boxes of glass to find the colours and textures we thought would work best in our designs.
Thank you Jo for a lovely day, and for helping me to create a piece that I will treasure.