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Craft a Glass Light Catcher

The Old Auction House

No booking fee
Cancel up to 48 hours beforehand

Regular price $165.00

Create your very own two-dimensional copper foil light catcher! Combining beautiful coloured and textured glass with the crisp silver outlines creates beautiful pieces that catch and reflect light all over your home!

Where: Kyneton, Daylesford-Macedon


The plan

Copper foiling was popularised through the creation of Tiffany Lamps starting in 1890’s, since then it has been adapted to create a large variety of homewares from the same basic principles. In this one day workshop you will create your own light catcher from start to finish using one of our designs as a guide.

First you will learn about the different types of window glass; transparent, opaque, textured or clear, not to mention the huge range of colours! You will learn to transfer your pattern onto different types of glass, before cutting it out and refining the shapes using our glass tools including the grinder. Once you have laid out your design we will teach you to apply copper foil to each of your glass pieces before the real fun begins! You will then be guided to tack solder your piece together and then cover your piece in a solder coating before learning how to finish your piece with patinas if you wish! You will also be able to add an additional dimension to your piece by using bevels that will ensure that your light catcher will spread a rainbow around any room if you desire.

A delicious lunch will be provided created from all local organic produce and we are able to cater for any dietary requirements you may have. We also provide you with a divine afternoon treat and tea and coffee facilities are available throughout the course.

Health and Safety Warning: Please be aware that this workshop will place participants in contact with a small amount of lead in the soldering process, participants who are pregnant or have other medical concerns are recommended to seek medical advice.

Leadlight By Ettore's studio is fully accessible for mobility aids and wheelchairs, if you require our modified wheelchair workbench please notify us upon booking.

This is a beginners workshop, no experience with glass or soldering necessary. Suitable for Ages 16+.

The fruits of your labour

  • A copper foiled glass light catcher - that you made yourself!
  • A delicious organic lunch from local produce.
  • A fantastic day out in regional Victoria.

The kit required

The workshop costs include all materials required and all tools will be provided in the studio for use by participants.

What to wear: All participants must wear closed-toed shoes, and long hair must be tied back. Loose flowing clothing is not recommended in the studio and participants are reminded that while aprons are provided it is recommended to wear clothing they do not mind getting dirty.

Leadlight By Ettore has been teaching Glass Arts in the Macedon Ranges for over 40 years. Specialising in many forms of glass arts the studio produces fused glass, copper-foiled and mosaic pieces as well as repairs and commissions of leadlight panels.

The studio is a multi-generational business with both Ettore and his daughter Rhain who together run term classes for 70+ adult students a week as well as weekend workshops and school holiday programs around their leadlight panel repairs and commissions.

The studio moved from their home studio in Woodend April 2017 to their new (larger) space in Studio 1, The Old Auction House, Kyneton. The current studio is fully heated and air-conditioned as well as being accessible.