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New to the Craft of Stained Glass?

Why not consider taking a class?

Classes are available in your area at most junior colleges and, better yet, from the professionals themselves.  Just look up your local stained glass dealer in your Yellow Pages under the heading "Glass - Stained & Leaded".  They're nice folks, they love what they do, and they'll help you develop a hobby you'll love too!

Give them a call and see why this craft is one of today's leading hobbies!  It's not hard .... it just takes time and a willingness to build something that will last for generations.

After all, they didn't build the cathedrals of Europe in a month!

Need suggestions on what to buy to get started?

Go to section N of our online catalog for items specifically recommended for people new to this craft.  Our tool kits are great buys and include quality tools at great savings. For a listing of basic or advanced tools, click the picture of the tool kits in the online catalog to get a complete listing of the tools in those kits -- the same tools we recommend for beginners wanting to learn this craft.  The Basic Tool Kit has the tools you need to get started in this craft; the Deluxe Tool Kit has all the tools you will want.

If you want to "go it alone", that is, learning the craft on your own, Section N of our online catalog also shows our recommendations for "how to" books and videos. Most people who already do other crafts (sewing, painting, needlework, etc.) can learn this craft from books.  Give it a try .... and then still consider taking a class later to get answers and practical tips from the professionals.

Glass cutting skills merely require good hand-eye coordination.  Soldering skills merely take practice to master the timing needed for smooth soldering joints.  Over the years, we've taught thousands to do stained glass and were always surprised how, without exception, surgeons were able to cut glass immediately as if they were doing it for years.  When we asked one doctor why he was so good at it, he replied "It's just hand-eye coordination.  That's how I make my living." This craft is not hard to do, but it does take time and patience. For this reason, we've found that women tend to master it faster, perhaps because they tend to be more patient as compared to many men who seem to think they should be able to master everything instantly. If you don't have patience, nor believe in precision, this craft will help you to appreciate & develop both!

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