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Beadmaking

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.

Class Registration Information

  • All classes, workshops and open studio require pre-registration. To register: use the PayPal links below or call our office at 269-552-9802
  • A deposit of 1/2 of the class tuition is required to reserve space.
  • Payment in full is due no later than the first-class session.
  • Cancellations received 48 hours prior to start date, will result in a full refund minus a non-refundable registration fee of $30.00.
  • Cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to start date and no-shows will result in forfeit of all class tuition.
  • The West Michigan Glass Art Center reserves the right to cancel. Students will be notified and a full refund of monies paid will be returned.
  • All cancellations made by a student will be refunded in the form of a WMGAC gift certificate.  If WMGAC cancels the class, we will give you a full cash refund in the form of a check.

Classes Offered

Beginning and Continuing Bead Making

4 WEEKS

$140 (Members)
$180 (Non-Members)

A great class for beginning and continuing bead makers! Beginning students will be introduced to the fine art of hot glass through colorful beadmaking. Studio safety will be stressed. Students will learn the basic techniques of forming beads on a stainless steel mandrel using a tabletop torch (minor burner). Instruction will primarily focus on bead shapes: round, cone, bi-cone, cube, etc. and ridged using marver and smasher. As time permits students will explore decorating molten glass with techniques such as dots and stripes using pre-made stringers for simple decorations. This class should provide a foundation and inspiration for students to proceed to do lampwork on their own. Demonstrations will alternate with working time.

  • Mondays, July 27 - August 17, 6:30 - 9 PM (BMJ1513)

Instructor: Sue Bombardt
Prerequisite: Ages 16 and up. Little or no experience necessary.




Beginning Bead Making Workshop

1 DAY

$110 (Members)
$150 (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. There will be a 30 minute break for lunch, you may bring a lunch or go out.

  • Sunday, June 14, 10 - 5 PM (BMJ1514)
  • Saturday, July 25, 10 - 5 PM (BMJ1515)
  • Saturday, August 15, 10 - 5 PM (BMJ1516)

Instructor: Sue Bombard
Prerequisite: Ages 14 and up. No experience necessary.

Non-Member | Member Pricing



Sweet Treats! - Chocolates and Berries

1 DAY

$120 (Members)
$160 (Non-Members)

Just in time for Valentine’s and Mother’s Day gifts! Learn to make and decorate chocolate dipped strawberries, cordial cherries, and delicious looking truffles. These beads are fantastic for making on larger diameter mandrels that will fit on the Pandora style bracelets. Demonstrations will alternate with working time.

  • Saturday, April 25, 10:30 - 5:30 PM (BMJ1508)

Instructor: Laurie Donnette
Prerequisite: Ages 14 and up. Beginning Bead Making or equivalent




Feeling Froggy –Encased Florals and Sculpted Frogs

1 DAY

$110 (Members)
$150 (Non-Members)

We will work with soft glass (Moretti) to build these colorful encased floral beads. Then we will practice pulling stringers and use them to create frogs merrily resting on top of the beads. This is a fun class for anyone having basic glass working skills.

  • Sunday, April 26, 10:30 - 5:30 PM (BMJ1510)

Instructor: Laurie Donnette
Prerequisite: Ages 14 and up. Beginning Bead Making or equivalent