Beginning Glass Bead Making

Private Instruction

Learn all the basics to start making your own glass beads.

This class is for absolute beginners.  No previous experience required.  You will start from the very beginning with an overview given in a casual lecture at the beginning of class.  We then move on to learning the equipment and basic studio practices.  After the introduction, you will be working at your own torch station.  Each skill segment of class includes a brief introduction with visual aids, then a  torch demonstration by Julie, followed by student practice time. 

Safety and studio set up
Torch basics
Properties of different types of glass
COE and annealing

Basic shapes:
Round,Disc, Tab, Barrel, Cone, and Bi-Cone

Basic designs
Dots and lines
Color combinations

Cleaning and caring for your beads the day after the class: your beads will be kiln annealed overnight.  You will pick up your beads the day after class and receive a quick lesson on cleaning beads at the studio.

Duration: 5 hours

Tuition: $250

Tuition includes all materials and equipment use.

Recommended reading The Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking, Kimberley Adams, Lark Books, 2005