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. The class is small so you will have lots of individual attention.
Safety and studio set up
Properties of different types of glass
COE and annealing
Round,Disc, Tab, Barrel, Cone, and Bi-Cone
Dots and lines
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: 6 hours with one hour lunch break
Tuition includes all materials and equipment use.
Recommended reading: The Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking, Kimberley Adams, Lark Books, 2005