Instructor: Bonnie Proudfoot
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Dates: Feb. 4
(Inclement weather make-up day Feb. 5)
For adults and teens age 16 and older.
This engaging 4-hour class will introduce techniques of making glass beads with a torch. Often called lampworking or flameworking, this practice dates back to ancient Egyptians. This class is for complete beginners or for those who have already taken basic flamework but want to enhance their skills. By the end of this comprehensive class, you will learn how to set up a torch, how to melt glass rods into beads, and how to decorate the beads using various techniques. The class will end with a quick discussion about creating jewelry such as necklaces, earrings and bracelets. After this class, you will have the skills and knowledge to continue your flameworking independently. Participants will complete as many beads as they are able to create. All materials will be provided.
Note: Melting glass requires high temperatures, and students will be required to wear protective glasses (these are lightweight, easy to see through, and remove the intensity of the flare from the flame). Long pants and closed shoes are suggested.