Introduction to Flamework

Glass Bead Making 100

Not sure you want to take the intensive beginner's class? Then this class is for you. You will get a hands on experience of basic glass bead making with a minimal investment of time and expense. Students will use a single fuel torch called a Hot Head and make 3 to 4 round beads to take home with them*.

Course outline:

Safety basics

Torch basics

One color round bead

Two color round bead

Surface Designs: fit, enamel, dots and lines

Duration: 3 hours

Tuition: $95. includes materials and use of equipment during class.

We higly recommend purchasing the beginner kit so that you can contine with bead making at home.

Beginner kit: $100

Hot Head torch

bracket to hold torch propane bottle,

Didymium glass,

Mandrels - 1 dozen medium sized diameter

Spark Lighter

Double Ended Pick

Metal Pick on wood Handle

Free with purchase of this kit. Mandrels - 1 dozen .062" small diameter

Selection of Moretti Millifori Glass Chips

Pair of Ceramic Fiber pads for cooling your beads slowly

Sample of Goldstone

Sample of enamel powder

(Not included: propane or MAPP gas, glass rods, fire proof surface, bead cleaning tools)

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

Please note that beads made in this class will not be kiln annealed*.