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The earliest known beads date back approximately 40,000 years. Beads are generally formed using lampworking techniques and mandrels, a stainless steel rod on which the beads are constructed. Classes include all glass, supplies, and tools.

Beginning Bead Making
     A great adult and teen workshop for beginning glass bead makers! Students in this class will learn the basic technique of forming beads using a minor burner tabletop torch. Studio safety, glass compatibility, annealing, bead shaping and basic bead decorating will be covered in this class. Class includes open torch time to be creative with instructor on site for questions.  Make it a party and bring your friends for this exciting class right here in Kalamazoo!
Prerequisite: Age 12 & up, no experience necessary.


Classes Offered

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Note: If you are interested in a class that won't work with your schedule or is full, most classes can be scheduled at your convenience.

Beginning Bead Making

4 WEEKS

$140 members
$180 non-members

A great class for beginning and continuing bead makers! Students will learn the basic technique of forming beads on a mandrel using a minor burner tabletop torch. You will use soft glass, Moretti, to build these colorful glass pieces. Studio safety, glass compatibility, annealing, bead shaping, and basic bead decorating will be covered in this class as you learn to use heat and gravity to shape molten glass. Demonstrations will alternate with working time.

Instructor: Sue Bombardt

  • Mondays, November 3 - 24, 6:30 - 9 PM (BMJ1431)

Prerequisite: Age 16 and up, no experience necessary.
Maximum: 6 students

 
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One-Day Beginning Bead Making Workshop

1 DAY

$110 for Members
$150 for Non-members

Quick learner? Join us for this one-day crash course in bead making. A great workshop for beginning and continuing bead makers! Students will learn the basic technique of forming beads on a mandrel using a minor burner tabletop torch. You will use soft glass, Moretti, to build these colorful glass pieces. Studio safety, glass compatibility, annealing, bead shaping, and basic bead decorating will be covered in this class as you learn to use heat and gravity to shape molten glass. Demonstrations will alternate with working time.

Instructor: Laurie Donnette

  • Saturday, November 1, 10 AM - 5 PM (BMJ1433)
  • Saturday, December 6, 10 AM - 5 PM (BMJ1434)
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10 AM - 5 PM (BMJ1501)

Prerequisite: Age 14 and up, no experience necessary.
Maximum: 6 students

 
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Continuing Bead Making

3 WEEKS

$130 for Members
$170 for Non-members

This continuing bead making workshop will offer instruction with more flexibility in what you want to learn and you’ll have time to work on techniques of your choice. Practice stringers, twisties, stripes, dots, shaping, sculpting, off-mandrel pieces, etc. If desired, incorporating beads into a finished product will be discussed.  If you have fancy (or new) kinds of glass or tools and don’t know how to use them, bring them along.

Instructor: Sue Bombardt

  • Thursdays, November 6 - 20, 6 - 9 PM (BMJ1435)

Prerequisite: Age 16 and up, Beginning Bead Making or Equivalent.
Maximum: 6 students

 
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Bead Dazzling Gifts—Spread the Joy!

1 DAY

$130 for Members
$160 for Non-members

Want to make your holiday gifts this year? Here’s a unique way to spread the joy. This one-day crash course in bead making is a great workshop for beginning and continuing bead makers. Learn the basic technique of forming beads on a mandrel. You will be working with soft glass, Moretti, to create multiple beads. You will be able to choose 2 beadable gifts from a selection of wine stoppers, spoons, bead bars or spreaders and we’ll share the resources to order more! Demonstrations will alternate with working time.

Instructor: Laurie Donnette

  • Saturday, November 22, 10 AM - 5 PM (BMJ1436)

Prerequisite: Age 14 and up, no experience necessary

Maximum: 6 students

 
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Fall Foliage Splendor

1 DAY

$110 for Members
$150 for Non-members

This is a great class for learning the beginning techniques of sculpted beads. We will be making leaves, acorns, and pumpkins! Practice layering transparent colors, heat control, making stringers, and using multi-color frits.

Instructor: Laurie Donnette

  • Saturday, September 27, 10 AM - 5 PM (BMJ1437)

Prerequisite: Age 14 and up, Beginning Bead Making or equivalent

Maximum: 6 students

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