In this introductory class you will learn how to use a torch to soften glass and shape it in the flame. A “Hot Head” torch is used for class work but larger torches will be demonstrated. You will make a number of glass beads to take home with you, including single round beads, swirl beads and dotted beads. Several techniques will be discussed and demonstrated and practiced by the students. Every student will leave with all the information needed to continue bead making. All equipment and glass is included. Class instruction includes:
Safe torch use
Fume ventilation requirements
Introduction to tools
How different makes of glass respond to heat
Importance of compatibility
Several design techniques
Please come prepared to work with fire:
If you have long hair, tie it back
Wear long sleeved cotton or natural fiber clothing
No shorts, low necklines or open toed shoes.
Artificial nails can be a problem.
A positive attitude and a big smile!
You will leave this class ready to go forward to work on your own with various personal projects of your own choice. Anyone that will want to expand their skills or feel they need help on a difficult project, can either drop in for an Open Workshop, stop into our shop and ask questions of any of our professional staff, or ask questions on our internet bulletin board at: http://www.glasscampus.com/forum