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Beginning Beads 3 Day Course – May 22-Jun 5

Instructor Nan Charif
May 22, 29, & June 5, 2017
Three Monday Evenings
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Glass bead winding (Lampwork) is a worldly art form that traces back to approx. 3,000 BC. Use a propane/oxygen torch and rods of colored glass to create a variety of beads. This class will focus on using Effetre, a traditional Italian soft glass, used to create mandrel-wound beads.


Learn basic techniques such as: How to wind glass onto a stainless steel “Mandrel;” apply dots; pull stringers; create simple latticino cane; and various other decorations. Students will also explore techniques in heat control as well as how to properly manipulate the glass in order to avoid pointy bead holes. No prior experience necessary. 

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Session I: January 9, 16, 23 2017 / 3 Mondays / 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Session II: February 13, 20, 27 2017 / 3 Mondays / 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Session III: April 3, 10, 17, 2017 / 3 Mondays / 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Session IV: May 22, 29, June 5 2017 / 3 Mondays / 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (FULL)
There is a $15 material fee for this class; payable on the first day of class.
This class requires protective eye wear which will be provided by SGS. All students must wear close-toed shoes and cotton clothing is recommended.
After your first class you are welcome to sign up for practice time during our discounted open studio times on Thursdays from 12pm-4pm and Fridays from 5pm-9pm.

Class is subject to cancellation if minimum number of students is not met.