Stained glass is an and art and craft form that utilizes, transform and defines light, and as such has had the power to enrapture and delight people for centuries. The range of glass colours and textures possible with today's technology allow even the most inexperience crafter to turn a simple project into a stunning piece of art. Whether you are new to the craft, or are already creating stained-glass masterpieces, this book is an indispensable course for all abilities. Practical techniques shown in detail include how to cut glass, leading and soldering, using copper foil, setting up a studio, kiln firing glass, glazing, glass painting, jewellery making and wiring, plus much more. Step-by-step projects for all abilities vary from those a beginner can readily accomplish, to those that will provide more advances techniques for the more experienced, and for the beginner when their confidence has grown with this book. From window hangings to boxes, mosaics to jewellery, dishware to wind chimes, the stunning projects often also include other materials including mirror, shells and a host of widely available embellishments.
As well as the step-by-step projects, the book includes a gallery of the author's own work, as well as the work of others - a mix of subjects and styles that can't fail to fascinate the inspire. This is a book that not only teaches the art of stained glass in easy-to-follow projects, but introduces the reader to it history and story as told by a someone who's life in immersed in it.