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Stained glass

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Intro to Stained Glass

$92

with Betty Firth

Calendar Oct 4, 2021 at 3 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Mondays, October 4 and 11, 2021
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuition: $72  Materials: $20

Thanks to a generous grant from Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, half the seats in this class will be offered at no charge to area youth (16-22). If this describes you, please call the Ely Folk School to inquire about a potential seat. 

The beautiful translucent colors of stained glass catch the sunlight and the attention of anyone passing by. Have you ever wondered if you could make something beautiful like that? In this class you’ll learn about stained glass techniques: how to cut glass pattern pieces easily and well; how to use the copper foiling to wrap each piece; how to solder your pieces together; and how to add a patina and clean up the finished piece. All that’s left for you to do is to show off your handiwork.

This is a two-day class, which, depending on your speed of working, will give you time to complete one or more pieces in colors of your choice. Your first project will be simpler than the piece pictured above to give you time to complete it. You can choose a pattern or create your own. You can use the week in between to practice these new skills if you wish.

All the tools, supplies, and safety glasses will be provided.

About the Instructor: Betty Firth has often felt like a magpie, attracted to shiny, beautiful things. She loves an abundance of colors and surrounds herself with as much color as possible whenever she can. She has particularly enjoyed working with color in pottery, fabric collages, weaving, beading, and watercolor, as well as stained glass.

Betty has taught in many venues from first grade in public schools to all ages in a variety of topics, including writing, acupressure, and many arts and crafts. She loves when students "get it," mastering skills with practice, and realizing they have the ability to be creative and make beautiful and interesting things with their own hands.

Full Course

Stained Glass: Next Steps

$184

with Betty Firth

Calendar Oct 25, 2021 at 2 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Mondays, October 25, November 1, 8, 15 2021
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuition: $144  Materials: $40

This class has four sessions over four weeks.

Thanks to a generous grant from Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, half the seats in this class will be offered at no charge to area youth (16-22). If this describes you, please call the Ely Folk School to inquire about a potential seat.

The age-old craft of stained glass continues to fascinate and delight us today. This class is open to students who have taken the Intro to Stained Glass class or have had previous experience working with stained glass. You can choose projects from design options or bring your own design and learn how to turn it into a pattern that will work. You will have an opportunity to practice and improve basic skills and learn techniques to improve your glass cutting, copper foiling, soldering, and assembling. Basic techniques of using lead or zinc came with your designs will be introduced. Came is the channel used to form the framework for your piece. Instruction will be individualized based on students’ experience and skills.

The materials fee will cover one piece approximately 12” x 12” or two smaller pieces. Additional glass and materials are available for purchase for more or larger pieces.

About the instructor: Betty Firth loves an abundance of colors and light and surrounds herself with as much of each whenever she can. Stained glass combines the beauty of both with unending, delightful possibilities. Betty has also indulged her love of color and craft working with pottery, fabric collages, weaving, beading, and watercolor painting.

Betty has taught many subjects to students from six years old to 90 and always enjoys the opportunity to open up new worlds to students.





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