Copper Foil “Tiffany” Method Masterclass
Cherished for its use in creating the famous Tiffany & Co. lamps. This method of stained glass creation has become the most popular throughout the United States.
Unlike the lead came method, the copper foil method offers the flexibility to create three-dimensional artwork such as lamps.
If you’re a beginner, this is the place to start! This masterclass is a great starting point for prospective hobbyists and exploring artists alike.
Held in multiple sessions, most students complete copper foil projects in 2 – 3 sessions, each about 4 hours. Students set the pace and have the freedom to move at the speed they feel comfortable.
10:00 am – 2:00 pm is typically reserved for our masterclass students when we hold classes. You can find all upcoming dates and times below or on our upcoming events page.
You can book online from one of the upcoming dates below, or for more dates by visiting our calendar.
When reserving your spot, you will be asked for your pattern choice. Having it ahead of time allows us to have the pattern printed and ready for you to begin templating on your first session.
If you have questions or don’t see a date that works send us an email or give us a call!
All tools, materials, and supplies needed for the project are provided but…bring. your. glasses, seriously. Bring your readers or prescription glasses, you will be glad you did.
You will learn to complete a panel in the design of your choice using the copper foil or the “Tiffany” method of stained glass creation.
It was patented by Sanford Bray on Sept 21, 1886, as “joining glass mosaics” this method soared in popularity throughout the early 1900s.
It gained notoriety with the help of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s incredible artwork and lamps showcasing what was possible in the medium.
Louis is the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany, the founder of Tiffany & Co., which still exists today. Because of this historical link, this method is commonly called the “Tiffany” method.
You will not learn how to cut glass with your first project.
We have learned through experience students have a much higher success rate when they can focus on mastering the medium before embarking on the journey of learning glass cutting.
Most students will take a glass cutting class after their first project and put it to use when completing their second project.
Masterclass projects vary in size. Most patterns on this page fall between 10″ – 17″ on the longest side.
Size can play somewhat of a role in difficulty. Often larger patterns are more complex because they contain more pieces. The number of pieces dramatically impacts the time it takes and the overall difficulty.
We do not suggest starting with custom patterns for your first project. Your first project will always be your worst project!
If you’ve already completed a project, working with us to create a custom pattern is a great way to expand your knowledge and experience the process of going from design inspiration to a stained glass pattern.
We charge a drawing fee to help cover the time and materials involved in sketching, refining, and printing the design.
The number of pieces, complexity and number of sessions to complete the project determine the price of a custom pattern class. If you’d like to stay within a specific budget, please let us know, and we can help to design with that in mind.
With an equivalent size and complexity, most custom patterns fall within the level 2 or 3 price range. Large and more complex projects will be more expensive and time-consuming.
To signup with a custom pattern, you can select the event and choose the option for a “custom pattern” send us an email, or give us a call with your ideas! We will reach out before class if we haven’t heard from you.
Masterclass prices are determined by the pattern you choose. The price is influenced by the number of pieces, the complexity, and the average number of sessions it takes to complete. You can find the prices by hovering over the pattern images below.
Class Design Choices
Students are not required to start at level 1. Higher-level projects are larger, more complex, and may need more than the typical 2 or 3 sessions to complete.