Introduction to Flameworking: Making Glass Beads  

September 21& 22 (Saturday & Sunday), 10am-4pm

In this beginning workshop, students will learn how to make glass beads by melting a glass rod in a torch flame and simultaneously winding it onto a mandrel. After learning about studio set-up and safety we will view demonstrations to introduce you to the use of heat, gravity, centrifugal force to shape the molten glass. You will then use “soft” glass to build your own colorful beads. The class will alternate between demonstrations and plenty of work time with my assistance for you to learn and make you beads.

On the second day, you will first learn how to clean annealed beads and prepare new mandrels and then we will see demonstrations of decorative glass applications alternating with hands-on practice and experimentation to develop your torch skills. All tools and equipment will be provided. Your glass beads will be annealed in a kiln overnight for you to pick up later.

Handouts will be included.

Notes:

  • Wear only natural fiber clothing (cotton, wool, linen), closed-toed shoes, and socks. 
  • Bring a bag lunch.

Class size: 5 students (max)

Ages: 16 and up

Tuition: $260, Material pack: $30

Prerequisite: None

Instructor: Michal Ann Carley

To register for classes please go to our Registration Form. Already registered? Pay now through Paypal. Payment must be received 4 days prior to class to insure your placement.


Flameworking II: Developing Your Technique

4 Tuesdays, October 29-November 19, 6-9 pm

Students with some Flameworking experience will be introduced to techniques to decorate your beads. Making twisties, layering dot patterns, frit and enamel applications, and moving beyond the basic donut bead will be explored. The class will be structured with demonstration and practice time with a different technique introduced at each of the four class sessions. The glass will then be annealed in a kiln overnight after each class.

Handouts will be included.

Notes:

  • Wear only natural fiber clothing (cotton, wool, linen), closed-toed shoes, and socks. 
  • Bring a bag lunch.

Class size: 5 students (max)

Ages: 16 and up

Tuition: $260, Material pack: $30

Prerequisite: Some experience Flameworking. The knowledge of a safety precautions, studio etiquette, and how to successfully make a donut-shaped bead.

Instructor: Michal Ann Carley

To register for classes please go to our Registration Form. Already registered? Pay now through Paypal. Payment must be received 4 days prior to class to insure your placement.


Cancellation policy: If you need to cancel please call or text (812)345-2470. A refunds of credit for BCGC (good for classes, events, and our gallery) will be given if cancellation is received within 24 hours of the scheduled first class. A refund credit of 50% of class tuition will be issued if cancellation happens within 24 hours of the class. No refund will be issued if you are a no show.