Working with crafts

We had lived in a lovely old  home in Ipswich, Mass. that had beautiful stained glass windows in the front door. I used to look at them and wondered how to create something like that. One day I noticed that our local High school was offering a Stained Glass course for adults in the evening. I signed up, fell in love with stained glass and about a year later I could create similar windows like those we had in our home.

I started small, working by myself, creating smaller window panels, all kinds of gift items and slowly grew. I was asked by the school to teach the same course I took the year before:) and then another school also invited me to teach at their school. I also started my own Beginner’s classes at my studio which was a large barn attached to our home. At that point I had to borrow some money to purchase supplies for my students because they were buying them somewhere else. I had about 30 students and every one spent at least $100.00 at that time, some much more. It was a good beginning that turned out to be a very successful business. My studio “Heidi’s Glashaus” ended up being one of the largest ones in New Hampshire:) believe me, I worked at it!

If this is something you would like to try, check with your local high school or at a stained glass studio. Working with stained glass is very creative. If you are not too good at drawing and designing there are many books you can get ideas from and copy their designs. The window in this picture was created to fit into a garden gate and belongs to a family in Connecticut.

There are many companies now that sell a full line of supplies and will ship them to you. If you live in New England, I recommend that you visit Whittemore Durgin company in Hanover, Mass. It is a very interesting place:) Another good company is Delphi Art company for a  full line of supplies.

One more thought: If you need some great pictures, I found a good place to get them! Try Iclipart and search over 7 million pictures!

If you have any question on this subject feel free to email me.

 

 

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