This is a two-part introductory bead-making class that is great for beginners and as a refresher for those with some experience.
Lampwork (torchworking) describes the process of using a single flame (the lamp or torch) to make small glass objects. Our lamp is a propane and oxygen burning torch called a Minor Burner. Rods of glass are melted in the torch flame and wrapped around a steel rod called a mandrel. The rods are prepared with bead release, which allows the annealed and cooled beads to be removed for use in jewelry.
In this class you will learn:
Safety information- using the torch correctly and safely.
Winding the molten glass onto the mandrel and shaping it.
Simple decorating techniques: dots, combing, stringer pulling and application, manipulation of hot glass surfaces.
Mandrel preparation, cleaning the beads when finished.
Bring to Class:
Adjustable eyeglass lanyard- the kind you can buy for sunglasses. Does not need to be expensive. You will be wearing specially coated safety glasses, a lanyard will help hold them on your face.
Be sure to wear your glasses or contacts- this is visually demanding work.
Wear sleeves at least to your elbows, long pants and close toed shoes- tie back long hair.
*The class will meet for 2 days. If the registration is not open online for the dates you are interested in please call (850) 429-1222.
*The class will meet 6pm-8:30pm on the dates listed below.
Sept. 26 & 28
Oct. 17 & 19
Nov. 14 & 16