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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.

  • Mondays, February 2 - 23, 6:30 - 9 PM  (BMJ1502)
Instructor: Sue Bombardt
Prerequisite: Age 16 and up. No experience necessary.
Maximum: 6 students
 
Non-Member/Member Pricing



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.

  • Saturday, January 10, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM (BMJ1501)
  • Sunday, March 8, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM (BMJ1503)
  • Sunday, April 12, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM (BMJ1504)
Instructor: Laurie Donnette
Prerequisite: Age 14 and up. No experience necessary.
Maximum: 6 students
 
Non-Member/Member Pricing



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.

  • Thursdays, March 5 - 19, 6 - 9 PM  (BMJ1505)
Instructor: Sue Bombardt
Prerequisite: Age 16 & up, Beginning Bead Making or equivalent
Maximum: 6 students
 
Non-Member/Member Pricing



Advanced Bead Making

1 DAY

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


Got basic bead shaping down? Join other bead makers and learn to make vine cane, encasing techniques, stringer control, and raised decorations. If you have dichro, silvered glass, foil or tools you want to learn how to use, bring them in!  Open torch time is available to be creative with Laurie available for guidance and to answer questions.
  • Sunday, January 4, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM (BMJ1506)
Instructor: Laurie Donnette
Prerequisite: Age 16 & up, Beginning Bead Making or equivalent
Maximum: 6 students 
 
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. 
  • Sunday, February 8, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM (BMJ1507)
  • Saturday, April 25, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM (BMJ1508)
Instructor: Laurie Donnette
Prerequisite: Age 14 & up. Beginning Bead Making or equivalent
Maximum: 6 students
 
Non-Member/Member Pricing



Twisted Pixie Pot Blown Vessels

1 DAY

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

Learn how to blow beautiful hollow vessels, attach handles, pull and decorate with colorful twisties and make fun miniatures to put inside. You’ll create stunning pixie pot pendants for yourself or fantastic gifts.
  • Sunday, March 15, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM(BMJ1509)
Instructor: Laurie Donnette
Prerequisite: Age 14 & up. Beginning Bead Making or equivalent
Maximum: 4 students 
 
Non-Member/Member Pricing



Feeling Froggy - Encased Florals & 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 AM - 5:30 PM (BMJ1510)
Instructor: Laurie Donnette
Prerequisite: Age 14 and up, Beginning Bead Making or equivalent
Maximum: 6 students 
 
Non-Member/Member Pricing



Hearts, Hearts, Hearts (New!)

1 DAY

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

Learn how to make and apply simple murrini cane. Sculpted hearts, heart pendants, raking, masking and whatever else your heart desires. Once you’ve learned the heart murrini technique, you can expand your repertoire to other simple shapes and designs. 
  • Sunday, February 1, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM (BMJ1511)
Instructor: Laurie Donnette
Prerequisite: Age 14 & up. Beginning Bead Making or equivalent
Maximum: 6 students 
 
Non-Member/Member Pricing



Garden Party Appetizer Set (New!)

1 DAY

$130 (Members)
$160 (Non-Members)   

Get ready for summertime entertaining in this one-day bead making and kiln fusing class. You’ll start the day in the fusing studio creating a 9” round or two 5” x 10” serving trays. After a break for lunch you’ll move to the flame studio and learn the basic skills 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 items from a selection of spoons, forks or spreaders and we’ll share the resources to order more!  

  • Sunday, March 29, 10 AM - 4 PM (BMJ1512)

Instructor: Sue Bombardt
Prerequisite: Age 14 & up. No experience necessary.
Maximum: 10 students 

 
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