Making stained-glass


Melinda Looney Ho

This colorful butterfly is an example of a stain glass project for beginners, which might take 5-7 weeks to complete. Students learn to select the glass, cut it, foil it, and solder the pieces together. The process is relatively simple when guided by a teacher and the right equipment is available.

Melinda Looney Ho, Staff Writer

The Tiffany Art Institute revolutionized this beautiful craft during the beginning of the 1900’s.  Stained glass, which were originally found primarily in church windows, became a colorful part of doors, lamps, mirror frames, and boxes in people’s homes.

“Stained glass is unusual among the arts because of its direct relationship with light. When light passes through colored glass, different values, textures, and densities combine to form an extraordinary palette,” stained-glass instructor Lisa Maywood who has a studio in California said.

Stained glass is still an art form many people enjoy today. The average person can create anything from simple Christmas ornaments to complex window projects if set up with the right tools and some instruction.

“Although it does require a special set of tools and equipment, once you have access to these, you’ll find that the process of turning your designs into gorgeous stained glass pieces is really quite simple,” instructor scoochmaroo on Instructables website said.

A few places in Cincinnati offer stained art classes such as Lynda’s Artistic Haven in Loveland. Classes range from $24 for 2-2.5 hour class to make an angel or dragonfly to $95 for a five-week long class to make a window pane glass.  The $24 class is “great for birthday parties or group of friends.” Lynda Gilcher said on her website.