Glass provides a resting place for wine, evening wear for Cinderellas, and a more dramatic exit from 44th-floor windows for Bruce Willises. Shatter artistic inhibitions with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a soldered-charm class and a supply kit at Kachina Stained Glass in Mesa (a $61 value). Classes are held Saturdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Kachina Stained Glass, owned and operated by sisters Linda Cook and Bonnie Morgan, employs adroit instructors who impart their glass-grappling savvy to willing students. During the three-hour soldered-charm class (a $55 value), no more than 12 students learn to encase their favorite image in 1.5"x1.5" glass, wrap it in copper foil, teach it to speak French, and secure it with lead-free solder. Kachina's seasoned soldering buffs pass along the best of their tricks, teaching pupils to solder straight lines and to stop the soft metal from straying into a dark alley.
After trapping your foil-wrapped image betwixt glass squares and bevels, you'll learn the ins and outs of black and copper patina, as well as the dark art of piece finishing with polish to preserve spiffy shine. Before beginning, future soldering savants receive Kachina's required supply kit for use during the class. The kit includes a soldering iron, an eighth of a pound of lead-free solder, clamps, polish, and copper-foil tape (a $6 value), designed to enable crafters to construct their charms successfully.
Kachina Stained Glass
Founded by two sisters who hold a passion for glass-based art, Kachina Stained Glass offers handpicked tools by manufacturers such as Morton, Inland, and Glastar, and hands-on classes in home decor and jewelry making. Customers can peruse the store's gift showcase for inimitable presents, tote in damaged glasswork for repairs, or commission an artist to create an original design for a stained-glass window or a particularly unsafe car windshield.