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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.

Four-Week Beginning Bead Making

 

Instructor: Sue Bombardt
Mondays, 4 weeks, July 28 - Aug. 18, 6:30 - 9 p.m. (BMJ1420)
Prerequisite: Age 16 and up, no experience necessary.
$140 members/$180 non-members    Maximum: 6 students
    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.




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One-Day Beginning Bead Making Workshop

Instructor: Laurie Donnette

Sunday, April 6, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (BMJ1408)

Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  BMJ1409)

Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (BMJ1421)

Sunday, July 13,  10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (BMJ1422)

Friday, August 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (BMJ1423)

Prerequisite: Age 14 and up, no experience necessary.

$110 members/$150 non-members     Maximum: 6 students

   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.


NOTE: If classes are full, consider gathering a few friends and taking a private class!



 

Three Week Continuing Bead Making

 


Instructor: Sue Bombardt

Mondays, June 30 - July 14, 6 - 9 p.m. (BMJ1424)

Prerequisite:  Age 16 & up, Beginning Bead Making or Equivalent

$130 members/$170 non-members   Maximum: 6 students

  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.



Tie Dye Beads

 


 

Instructor: Laurie Donnette

Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (BMJ1417)

Prerequisite: Age 14 & up, Beginning Bead Making or equivalent.

$120 members/$160 non-members, Max: 6 students

   Working with powdered glass enamels, coat and pull stringer then paint onto your base beads creating Tie Dye, impressionistic designs in bright vibrant colors!  Coating, pulling, applying enamels in the flame, mixing colors -how cool is this? 





New! Sea Shells

 


 

Instructor: Laurie Donnette

Sunday, April 27, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (BMJ1425)

Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (BMJ1426)

Prerequisite:  Age 14 & up, Beginning Bead Making or equivalent.

$120 members/$160 non-members
Maximum: 6 students

  Learn to wind glass shapes and make a variety of seashells.  This is a great class to work on your sculpting skills.  Bring any tools you like to use when you sculpt glass.  We will also experiment with raku frit and rods (multi-colored glass).


Making your own jewelry is so satisfying! 
 
This adult and teen class can also be scheduled as a party if you and your group has taken Beginning Bead Making.  




Big Hole Beads



 


 


Instructor: Laurie Donnette

Saturday and Sunday, June 21 & 22, 10 a.m..- 3 p.m. (BMJ1427)

Saturday and Sunday, August 9 &10, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (BMJ1428)

Prerequisite:  Age 14 & up, Beginning Bead Making or equivalent.

$180 members/$220 non-members    Maximum: 6 students

  Make colorful beads on larger diameter mandrels to fit cording and Pandora-style bracelets.  Learn to use the coring machine to copper and silver line them, dapping brass and copper washers as bead caps.  First day will be spent on the torch making great beads with nice rounded holes.  Second day will be spent coring and finishing them, torch time will be available this day as time permits.


 

 

Galaxy Pendants



  


 


Instructor: Dan Kirk

Mondays, June 2 & 9, 6 - 9 p.m. (BMJ1429)

Tuesdays, August 5 & 12, 6 - 9 p.m. (BMJ1430)

Prerequisitie: Age 12 & up, no experience necessary.

$85 members/$125 non-members

   In the first week of this class you will learn traditional lampworking techniques to create star and simple crescent moon cane from COE 104 glass.  In the second class you will nip the cane into murrini for use in creating the fused glass pendant.  This class will introduce you to basic kiln fusing techniques as you combine flamework and fused glass skills to create beautiful galaxy pendants. Two bails are included to finish your first pendants so they will ready to hang on a necklace. Additional silver-tone or gold-tone bails will be available for purchase.



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