Remember when you daydreamed about making stained glass and filling your home with gorgeous colour and light?  When you were lost in your own creative world making beautiful glass gifts for someone special?

That was before the dreaded 'To Do' lists landed. IN came the lists and OUT went your precious creative spark, leaving you with a sense of loss.

I'm Milly Frances, stained glass artist, teacher and self-styled 'Creative Spark Champion'. I'm here to tell you that you CAN make time for your precious creativity. I can't magic away those 'To Do' lists but I CAN teach you stained glass in time-managed steps to fit in with your busy life.

Along with a range of proven online classes, I offer free videos and tutorials giving beginners and improvers the skills and creative confidence to make beautiful stained glass.

Now is the time to rekindle your Creative Spark. Let's make your daydreams come true.

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Tips, Tricks and Inspiration

Favourite Copper Foil Tutorials

Step-by-step Tiffany-style

By stained glass student Stacey Symington
Learning how to make stained glass is easier if you take one step at a time. These Copper Foil Tutorials guide you through each process starting at the beginning with designing tips and pattern ideas.
By the time you get to the final patina and polish tutorial, you'll be an expert too!

Improve your soldering

soldering stained glassWith video and close-up photos showing you how to achieve a smoother seam.

Patina and polish

stained glass patina instructionsThe final stage. Polish your stained glass panel until it sparkles! With information on which type of patina to use and how to stop that ugly white residue building up. Includes video.

Decorative soldering

decorative soldering for stained glassAdd a special 'something' to your gifts with this gorgeous decorative soldered edge. For more experienced learners looking for a challenge!

Cutting glass circles

cutting glass circlesWatch this video to learn how to cut a perfect circle using just a cutter and grozer/breaker pliers.

Best Tools and Materials

All the stained glass tools you need

Choosing stained glass tools is one of the real pleasures of stained glass. But what if you’re not sure which tools you actually need and which ones to buy?
Here’s where you’ll find reviews and recommendations to help you choose the best essential tools that will last for years to come.

THE best soldering iron

Hakko soldering iron

Find out about the top performing stained glass soldering iron here.

Stained glass kits

start up kit for stain glass

You might choose to buy a ready-made kit instead of selecting the tools individually. Make sure the high quality stained glass kit you choose contains everything you need.

Grinder reviews

wizling stained glass grinderCut down on waste and achieve precision fits with a stained glass grinder.  Discover which grinder comes out top for value and quality.

A look at glass cutters

glass cutter with grozer pliers and green glassEnjoy cutting stained glass and reduce breakage by choosing the best glass cutter.

Popular Stained Glass Tutorials

Step-by-step lead came

Milly Frances leaded stained glass windowThese making stained glass instructions focus on the wonderful time-honoured technique of leaded stained glass. If you want to make a larger panel with strong lines and surface texture, then these Lead Came Tutorials are for you.
This making technique is especially good for external panels that need to be waterproof.

Step-by-step glass painting

stained glass painting of green man

These instructions cover everything you need to know about stained glass paintingranging from different types of paint and how to choose the right one for you; step-by-step guides to painting techniques and advice on buying materials and suppliers.
There are clear and detailed instructions for those who have never done painting before, alongside more advanced tutorials for the more experienced.

Keeping safe

stained glass safety advice

Vital tips on keeping safe in your studio. Think of it like your house insurance - you might not ever use it the knowledge but just having it gives you a warm glow. And it leaves you free to create without worry. Keep safe!
*No wine was drunk, cigarettes smoked or chocolate eaten in the making of this photo.

What students REALLY think of Milly's teaching...

"Milly taught me I CAN do this. I feel very confident about the skills I've learned & am already starting a new piece."

Kathy Saulton

South Dakota, USA

"I'm learning so many tricks and tips I hadn't thought of before. Your course and videos are so great."

Cindy Miller

Colorado, USA

My 'Creative Spark'

Over 20 years ago I was missing a creative spark in my life and it was stained glass that helped me find it. I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it and had no clue as to how to make it. So I started simple and small, by making colourful angel sun catchers.
I didn't have lots of spare time and I didn't have a studio. Nor did I have mountains of expensive equipment. And yet I made stained glass art to be proud of. There's more about me here.

Now I want to share what I've learnt with you. No, not just share it, but guide you each step of the way, right from the beginning to the very end of each project. You can choose your level and be sure that you'll get the support you need along the way.
All the boring questions like 'what tools?',' how much shall I buy?', or 'is it safe?' will be taken care of.

And where does this leave you?

Free to start creating beautiful stained glass art for your home and gifts to make your family smile. Nothing beats giving a loved one something you've lovingly made.

So, are you ready to rediscover your Creative Spark?

Milly Frances working in stained glass studio

Milly Frances calm in stained glass studio

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