Make a Steel Display Stand for Glass Art

Glass Arts, Metal Fabrication

Make a Steel Display Stand for Glass Art

Learn the basics of MIG (metal inert gas) welding and create a metal display stand to showcase your glass creations.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Tue, 3/5/2024 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  2. Tue, 3/12/2024 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  3. Tue, 3/26/2024 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Tue, 3/5/2024 - Tue, 3/26/2024

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Class, No Prerequisite

Metal Fabrication Studio

Fused Glass, Welding


Design and fabricate a metal stand to display creative glass art and become qualified to use open studio time to create similar pieces.

Glass display stands may take a variety of forms and can be made to display circular, rectilinear, or irregularly shaped pieces. Several examples with fabrication details will be available to help you visualize what can be accomplished. You should expect to use open studio time to complete your project.

Day 1 Activities

  • Discuss your design with instructors — its feasibility, practicalities, and steps to completion.
  • Be introduced to safety in the welding shop.
  • Learn the basics of MIG welding and required tools (drill press, 4 1/2” grinder, miter saw, Dremel, cut-off wheel, hand bender, and rod bender). MIG welding, a technique with broad applications, is the easiest kind of welding to learn.
  • Identify materials needed.
  • Practice bending and welding techniques, then begin work on the stand.

Day 2 Activities

  • Continue fabricating the stand.
  • Take turns using some of the shop tools.

Day 3 Activities

  • A Focused open studios for you to work on completing this project.


  • A $15 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers steel coupons and any scrap steel used as well as gas, and filler wire needed in class.
  • Bring a cardboard cutout of the glass you'd like to display and any design ideas you have. 

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Jodi Kelly

Jodi Kelly is a novice welder and loves to create ways to combine metal with glass and/or wood, preferably both.

Henry Sharpe

Henry is an amateur welder active in BARN’s welding shop and woodworking studio.

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