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Master the Art of Stained Glass


 How to Make Stained Glass Windows
or other Stained Glass Artworks
with Complete Control Over the Medium

If you want to watch a video about this set of DVDs on YouTube and
read comments by people who have purchased this set of DVDs, click
here.
(The video is composed of actual clips from the DVDs)

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Testimonial:

I LOVEthe DVD’s!  I can’t get anything else done for watching them….I am almost finished with #1 and cannot wait to get to the next disc.  As you speak, I think of questions and then in the next breath, you answer them…..it seems we think a lot alike.  Thank you so much for putting all your time and effort into this set.                      

Sincerely,
Angela D.
New London, MO

stained glass class on dvd

OK... you're here because you want to learn stained glass. Maybe you've had a stained glass class or maybe even several stained glass classes, but now you don't know where to go next. If you're like most people, there are hardly any options near you that can teach you the advanced stained glass techniques that you long to know.

OR... maybe you're a total beginner, looking for your first stained glass class. But you're wary because you've heard that many local stained glass classes are as focused on selling you your tools and supplies as they are on giving you masterful instruction in the design and the crafting of stained glass and beveled glass artworks.

That's where I come in...

I've spent seven years (not 24/7, of course) producing a set of DVDs that encompass all that I have learned about making stained glass and beveled glass. I am almost completely self-taught, so the methods I teach on these DVDs are the end product of all the trial and error challenges that I have faced as a full time stained glass artist for over 35 years. I present the material in a way that both the beginner and the advanced stained glass artisan can learn from it. I teach the physical processes from start to finish, including how to rectify mistakes that occur along the way. I talk about how to evaluate why mistakes occur and how to develop techniques that will reduce the number and frequency of mistakes. In short, these instructional DVDs are a resource that one can view again and again, and learn something new each time. And most importantly, I present the one aspect that I feel is irreplaceable... the attitude of striving for perfection that underlies everything I do in my studio and everything that I have learned, and without which few people will truly master the art and craft of stained glass.

Am I a "master" of this craft? Although I am much more humble in person, this web page is my sales pitch for getting you to buy this video set, so I will unapologetically state that I think I have, indeed, mastered the art of stained glass. I hope that looking at my online gallery will give you the same impression. It may also help to convince you if you know that my techniques are so precise that I almost never build my panels on a full sized template of the design. I use paper patterns, but I make only one full-size design and I cut that up into individual pattern pieces. The actual leading (or copper foiling) is done on my work table alone, not on a pattern, and my panels come out just the size and shape they should be. If that's hard to believe, go here to see that it's true. In this set of DVDs, I am teaching the attitude and the techniques that have allowed me to achieve this degree of precision.

(I do teach leading without paper patterns, too, for the times when that method is appropriate.)


Master the Art of Stained Glass
$220.00
- Including Shipping in the continental United States! -
$240.00
- Including Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, or Canada -
$255.00
- Including Shipping to Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, Etc. -


Ok... let's talk about the price. Two hundred and twenty dollars sounds like a lot, doesn't it? You were probably hoping all this would go for less than half that amount. Right?

But before you decide not to buy my DVDs, stop and think about what you'd be getting for what you'd be paying...

The typical stained glass class at a local stained glass studio goes for about $150. And what do you get for that? Usually, you get 8 to 12 weeks of once a week meetings for 2 to 3 hours. In that time, the instructor tries to help all of the class members to complete one or two projects. The teacher may also spend a significant amount of the class time cutting larger sheets of glass into smaller ones that students can handle, weighing out lead and solder for purchase, and ringing up the purchases of both tools and supplies for each and every student in the class. The teacher also spends time going around the class and helping each individual student. That all sounds great, but it's not time spent TEACHING YOU!

I know all of this because I used to teach for a number of different local studios. It was very frustrating for me because I longed to TEACH, but was forced to handle all of these other matters. And since the studio's primary goal was to make money - not only on the fee for the class, but also on the sales to students of the tools and supplies - the studio owners made sure I understood that those parts were as important as the teaching itself.

Read the letter below from a student frustrated with her local class, then I'll come back to finish the discussion of price...

Testimonial:
Dear Mark
I just wanted to let you know that I received my set of the DVDs. So far I have been able to watch the first two and have throughly enjoyed the information. It is comforting to know that someone else has employed the same methods that I have had the instinct to try on my own. I dropped my last community education class out of frustration. I was rushing a project to complete the class and therefore made several mistakes. My teacher did not understand why as a beginner I would be so worried about near perfect cuts. She was teaching the rest of the class ways to fill ugly large gaps in copper foil so they could complete their projects. So it is a comfort to be able to refer to your set to get the right answers.

Christine L.
Aliso Viejo, CA

So back to pricing...

When I taught for these other studios, I doubt that I ever got to teach for more than 45 minutes if it was a 2-hour class, and 75 minutes if it was a 3-hour class. That means that in 8 to 12 weeks I was able to teach for as little as 6 hours, and no more than 12 to 15 hours even in the best of situations. And people would readily pay $150 for this much instruction, never realizing how little instruction they were getting for their money.

Now let's talk about the other Videos and Books and DVDs that teach stained glass. I don't want to talk specifically about the efforts of anyone else to teach you stained glass, but I would invite you to follow up on the other options you can find on the Internet - as I have done - and DO THE MATH! You will find that when you calculate the cost per hour of teaching, there is no better deal than this one!

These two reasons - the lack of good instruction at local stained glass studios and the disappointing focus and cost of materials available online - are EXACTLY why I decided to undertake the arduous project of producing these DVDs. There is an incredible gap to fill... beginning students looking for quality instruction and intermediate to advanced students looking for anything that will help them to move beyond what they've already learned. These are what made all of the effort I've put into making this set worthwhile.

And back to the cost... do the math and you will realize that more than 40 hours of instruction by an artisan who has won awards for his design AND his technique in a format that you can watch over and over again until you have gotten every nuance of learning out of it.... all of that is a BARGAIN at $220.00.

Debating Whether to Buy These DVDs or Take a Class Near You?

A face to face class gives people an interactive experience, and some people like that part a lot. If the social aspects of getting out and meeting new people are part of the learning experience you're looking for, then a class may be right for you.
People who gravitate toward taking a class like the ease of getting all of their starting tools from one source, the studio offering the class, as well as their ongoing supplies of glass and lead and solder, etc.

Other people don't require this social aspect and would be just as happy learning on their own.  These people won't mind searching for local and online places to buy tools and supplies, and they will eventually find out where they can buy at wholesale prices, saving a lot compared to students who go on buying from their teachers. For these self-starting learners,
I cover buying tools and supplies in the first chapters of the first dvd... also constructing a suitable place to work. While you are waiting for your DVD set to arrive, try to locate someplace online that will sell to you and/or someplace(s) local to you (one retail and one wholesale, if possible) that will sell to you. You may need to acquire state and local tax licenses and/or fulfill minimum purchase amounts in order to establish an account at a wholesale supplier.

Although I think my dvd set is the best investment of $220 that a person could make in learning stained glass, it is not everything that a true student of stained glass will eventually want to know. So, I always encourage communicating with other artisans of this craft as well.  Even if you buy this set and learn stained glass from me, you will eventually want interactions later on with other local or online stained glass people. This can be achieved by finding a guild or association near you, starting a meetup for like-minded people, chatting online at linkedin, yahoo-groups, google groups or other stained glass chat pages. Eventually, you will also (I hope) want to learn some special technique (like fancy soldering or working with mirrored glass), something that is not congruent with my artistic style and so not a part of my knowledge set (therefore, not on the DVDs).

What you will get from me is the ability to control the medium with precision. What you will do with it, only time will tell.


To help you decide whether to purchase these DVDs, here are the actual menus for all 8 DVDs:
DVD 1
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DVD2
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DVD 3
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DVD 4
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DVD 5
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DVD 6
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Note: the next two DVDs have a bunch of chapters on bevels. I do not make bevels, so I do not teach how to grind and polish bevels. These chapters are devoted to using custom-made or ready-made bevels - both geometric shapes and "clusters" - in leaded panels. These chapters also devote a lot of time to building leaded panels on top of a full size cartoon, rather than by using individual patterns, which is often the right method when using bevels.

DVD 7
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DVD 8
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testimonial:

Hi, Mark -- Last weekend I started a small piece of glass to try out some of the techniques you've demonstrated in the CDs -- specifically, using a paper pattern glued to the glass (I've been trying to cut corners by tracing the pattern pieces onto the glass), cutting the paper pattern with sharp scissors rather than pattern shears (this is a foiled piece), and the rotation in breaking glass.
I feel very successful! I was able to cut the glass much more accurately than in the past, and had very little grinding to do. AND, I wasted very little glass by summoning the courage to put the pattern pieces closer together.
The rotation for breaking the glass (not yet second nature, but I see how it will become that) yielded much sharper points and makes the breaking much easier. Oh, and I used tapping the glass successfully to remove glass on deep inside curves, thus also preserving the points.
So, there you have it. "The proof of the pudding is in the eating."

Savannah L.

- in the interest of full disclosure -
NOTE #1: I may have "mastered" the art of stained glass, but I was an amateur videographer when I shot these videos. While the lessons contained in these DVDs are very high in educational content, they are very low in formality. Unlike most of the other stained glass classes available in a video format, my "classes" in stained glass are ad-libbed by me as I work. They are not fully scripted, nor are they shot on a soundstage. You're basically sitting with me in my garage-studio while I'm working and teaching about what I'm doing. All I have edited out are the boring, in-between parts, with the goal of packing everything I could teach into the final set. If you need to purchase professionally produced program material, you might want to shop elsewhere. But, if you can handle the informality and lack of perfection inherent in a production by an amateur videographer, then you will not be disappointed with this purchase.
NOTE #2: I was told that these DVDs will work in Canada and the United States, but that different "zones" may make them unuseable in other places around the world. Please make sure that your DVD player will support DVDs meant for marketing in America before you make a purchase, as I will not be responsible for purchases that do not work correctly outside of the US and Canada.

(So far, I have shipped sets to England, Ireland, Norway,
China, Greece, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany,
Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, South Africa,
and Malta with no apparent problems.)

any questions? email me here

Testimonial:

Mark -- I received the DVDs in the mail on Thursday, and began watching them yesterday. I'm VERY pleased. This is what I have been looking for -- something I can really sink my teeth into. I appreciate the "informality" -- I prefer to think of it as authenticity -- and your "thinking out loud" as you progress through the stages. I'm resisting the temptation to watch the DVDs from end to end this weekend, as I do have other things to do, but it's hard.
Well done!
Sheri G.


Ready to make your purchase? Excellent!
There are two ways to purchase these DVDs...

1. Personal Checks or Money Orders
(USDollars only please)

This is the SLOWER method because I will not ship your DVDs until your check has been fully processed by my bank. If this is the method for you, send a check made out to "Mark Stine" to:
Mark Stine
2900 S. Kearney St.
Denver CO 80222

Be sure to include a FULL MAILING ADDRESS, an EMAIL ADDRESS, and a PHONE NUMBER. I will need all of this information in case I need to contact you about your payment or shipping information. I will send you a confirmation email once I have received your payment and another email once your purchase has been shipped.

And remember to pay the proper amount to cover shipping.

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OH NO... Not more testimonials!

Mark-
I'm on the third DVD of your set and they are well worth the money and the wait.  They are as informative as I had hoped they would be.  I am learning so much in the way of saving time while being precise.  I am a perfectionist and it was costing much in time to create as I was taught.  I'm relearning through your DVD's and getting rid of a lot of bad habits learned in stained glass classes.  Thank you so much.  This has helped me so much.
 
Terri B.
Mount Shasta, CA

Hi Mark. Just letting you know that I've received your dvd box set and after watching the first 3 I'm very happy with the way you've put it together - informative and detailed. I've learn[ed] more from watching these 3 than any class i've taken. Well worth it and thanks, Andy.

Andy K.
Galway, Ireland

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