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Basics of Stained Glass with Huentelglas

April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Learn the basics of how make a stained-glass suncatcher in this half-day workshop. Make either a Pear, Mushroom, Chick, or Heart.

This class will cover:

  • Overview of stained glass
  • Brief history of stained glass
  • Glass textures / styles, manufacturers
  • Pattern making
  • Good design elements
  • Pattern Shears – how they work
  • Scoring (how to cut) glass
  • Overview of glass cutters (i.e. oil fed, pencil type, pistol cutter)
  • Tools used to work with glass (i.e. grozer pliers, running pliers, etc.)
  • Basics of scoring glass
  • Scoring glass to a pattern
  • Grinding glass
  • Overview of grinders
  • Grinder bits, grinder cookies
  • Copper foiling-stained glass
  • Basics of copper foiling stained glass pieces
  • Basics of soldering
  • Overview of fluxes, different types of solder
  • Soldering stained glass
  • Finishing a stained-glass piece for hanging
  • Adding a jump ring
  • Re-enforcing stained glass
  • Applying a finishing compound

This class is great for getting an overview of stained glass, to help determine whether this is a hobby you would be interested in pursuing. You will also receive a list of resources / basic supplies, if you were to pursue the hobby on your own.

Minimum age: 14 years old, with parental signature.

All participants will be required to wear eye protection, and closed-toe shoes. 

About the Instructor: Jill Huentelman

“My name is Jill Huentelman and I am an entrepreneur and stained glass artist.  

Over twenty years ago, I founded a company Lernia Training Solutions, an education company catered to the corporate world. I successfully grew that business (if you want to read about my journey in the business world, check out Lernia), but after 18 years, I found myself wanting more.

I had always loved stained glass as a hobby, and when I had idle hands, I came back to glass. I took a stained glass class 10 years ago, and bought some supplies but didn’t have the time to really pursue it. 5 years ago, I carved out some garage space and made sun catchers. I watched YouTube videos, DVDs (remember those?) and read Stained Glass for Dummies. I kept learning and making mistakes. But that’s how we learn, right?

In 2016, I rented a room above an art gallery (Gallery 222 in Malvern, PA) and finally had the room to explore my creative side. It’s my she-shed, and even has a comfy couch.

For me, stained glass is all about connection. Connecting with a memory.  A loved one.  Family.  We sell a lot of ornaments during the holidays, which I love – they are given as gifts, or personalized with a family members name on them.   Stained glass is about remembering and loving others.

Since glass looks different with light, it’s also about remembering that there is a whole universe out there, and we only see things through our lens of the moment. Glass is spiritual for me, and I’m on a journey to bring stained glass out of the confines of a church. I think it’s good to remember that we are just an ant on a speck of a planet — there is more to life than just what we see. 

When creating stained glass art, I really try to picture someone placing that art on their window, or in their homes.  If person is not happy with their purchase, I have a 100% money back guarantee, no questions.

Stained glass is so subjective — what speaks to me may not speak to you in the same way. That is why we rarely do commissions. If you have an idea of what you want, and dimensions, but then allow us to create something for you – we definitely can help you out.  But, if you have a definite idea of what you want, glass colors and all, there are many other stained glass houses that can help you out.”


April 20
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Sycamore and Stone Farm 1251 Conestoga Road, Chester Springs PA 19425
1251 Conestoga Road
Chester Springs, PA 19518 United States
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