Public GlassWorks Kansas City

Adding to your Artistic toolbox with instruction in Hot and Warm glass

An organization dedicated to offering arts education to make glass part of your artistic vernacular.

Public GlassWorks Kansas City is proud to present
our 2018/2019 class schedule.
 

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Sign up for classes by emailing Sara at publicGlassWorksKC@gmail.com


A $50 non-refundable deposit is required for beginning classes WITH ROBERT OR SARA when you make your reservation, full balance is due 2 weeks prior to first day of class.


A $100 non-refundable deposit is required For all other INSTRUCTORS AND classes, balance due 30 days prior to the first day of class.


We also offer torch time and weekday classes for your convenience.


OPEN Studio:

**Wednesdays from 10am-4pm **Thursday evenings 6:30-10:00pm

$15 per hour for torch time including basic glass, gas and kilns

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private instruction

$25 per hour includes glass, gas, kilns

Please let us know you are coming at least 24 hours in advance.

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Nearest major airport: Kansas City, MO (MCI)

The hotels listed below are about 5 minutes from the studio. All are within walking distance of several restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and other services.  These hotels and the studio are approximately 45 minutes from the Kansas City area metropolitan airport.  It is located on the Missouri side.  The studio is located on the Kansas side.  Kansas City straddles both states, but is served by one International airport, MCI.

 

Hotel suggestions:

 

 

Economy Hotel selections:

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  Lunch break - family style

Lunch break - family style


october


Skill builders returns $60 each session covers all materials:

Monday October 15 6:30pm-10pm - Silly Sculptural Beads

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Monday October 22 6:30pm-10pm Small Blown Vessels

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Leslie Theil

Curved Beads

Friday October 19, 2018

9:30 am - 5pm

$195 all materials plus lunch included

Leslie will show you all the secrets of making curved beads.  In this class you will need some basic lampworking skills and have the “guts” to try it out.  We will use simple materials in unusual ways to make curved beads of any diameter.  These beads are perfect for both necklaces and bracelets.  We will even go over some nice surface decorative elements which will also enhance standard beads.  

Leslie Thiel

Tabletop Iris

Saturday October 20 and Sunday October 21, 2018

9:30am - 5Pm

$390 includes all materials plus lunch

You will learn Leslie Thiel’s way of making an iris on heavy copper wire.  Shape, color and pattern are the most important aspects of making a particular flower.  We will break down the flower into shapes and patterns that are appropriate to use.  We will learn how to put those components together in a realistic way that works for lampworking.

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Saturday October 27, 2018

9:30 am to 4 pm

beginning recycled glass beads from bottles and other glass recycled material

Robert LaGrand

Bring your own bottles but no worries, we have plenty here.

$150 includes all materials plus lunch

beginners welcome. 

Did you ever look at a bottle and think "That glass is a beautiful color! I wish I had some beads that were that color."

Well, now you can!

In Bottles to Beads, we will show you how to break down your colored bottles into usable parts so you can use them to make beads & marbles. We're not talking about "Smash and Pray" with a hammer. We're talking about creating actual, usable parts that you can use similar to the way you use Italian rods.

We will also show you how to test for COE compatibility between your different bottle glasses so you can safely combine glass from different colored bottles to create long lasting, multi-colored beads and marbles!

 

Finally, we will show you how to use this material to create small blown objects like Christmas ornaments and oil lamps.

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November 2018


Beginning Marble Making

with Robert LaGrand

Saturday November 3, 2018

9:30 am - 4:00pm

$150 all materials and lunch included

Learn the basics from torch safety to annealing to exciting decorating techniques. Italian method as well as stainless steel method are demonstrated. No experience necessary.  All materials included plus lunch.  Each student will make approximately 10 marbles.

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Beyond Beginning Marble Making

 with Robert  LaGrand

Sunday November 4, 2018

9:30 am - 4:00pm

$150 all materials and lunch included

Expand your marble making to include stringer work, surface decorations, and vortex.  Learn how to us different types of glass including scrap and recycled glass to make glass orbs!  Students completing the beginning class are eligible for the class an will benefit from the expanded opportunity to try new techniques!   All materials included plus lunch.  Each student will make approximately 10 marbles.


Joy Munshower returns!

Only 1 spot left!!!

Friday and Saturday November 9-10, 2018

9:30 am to 5:00pm

All materials included plus  super fancy gourmet lunch

$480**

Quills, Scales, Feathers & Fur 

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

This workshop is for intermediate and advanced students. Students will be sculpting bas-relief style beads with an emphasis in surface texture detail and cane application. Students will learn how to sculpt Hedgehogs, Dragons, Rooster/Hen and a Giraffe from both photo reference and instructor-drawn examples. Students will learn how to break down the shapes of these animals and how to apply those shapes to sculpting in a bas-relief or low-relief style on a base bead. Students will also learn how to make complex canes and how to apply those to mimic “quills, scales and feathers”. A Giraffe will be taught to teach the students how to apply a coat pattern and how to create realistic wrinkles and hair texture. Students will also learn how to use specialty tools and scalpels to facilitate and ease sculpting in a low-relief style as well as in 3-D. Some photo and diagram reference will be provided to the students to better illustrate shape, anatomy and composition breakdown.

 

Day 1: Quills & Scales

 

Cane Demo: A complex cane demo will be show how I make my complex canes that will be used for quills, scales and feathers. Students should come to class with pre-made/prepared cane. Some cane will also be provided by the instructor.

Hedgehog: Students will make a practice bead to learn how to apply glass cane to mimic quills. After the quill practice bead, students will learn how to make a bas-relief style Hedgehog. If time allows, an additional demo of a 3D Hedgehog will be shown at the end of day.

Dragon: Dragons will be taught the second half of the class. Students will learn different recipes for dragon scale canes and how to apply them. The teacher will provide the students with 3 different dragon tutorial handouts. The dragons can be any color the student wishes and are encouraged to make cane at home unique to them and their vison of a dragon. The teacher will demo a basic western-style dragon that the students are welcome to embellish and elaborate upon.

 

Day 2: Feathers & Fur

 

Chickens:  The first half of the day will be spent focusing on sculpting chickens and applying complex cane in such a way as to mimic “feathers”. Students will make a practice bead to learn how to apply glass cane to mimic feathers. The second bead of the day will be to sculpt a chicken (hen or rooster) and apply the cane “feathers”. A handout tutorial will be provided by the instructor. We will then chat about how these can be expanded upon and used to create other types of birds such as parrots.

Fur: A Giraffe will be taught the second half of the day. Students will learn how to apply a coat pattern to an animal and learn heat control so they can melt it in slowly while still maintaining the shape of the animal. Students will also learn how to use specialty dental tools and scalpels to create wrinkles, skin texture and hair/fur.

If time allows, an additional demo or either an elephant or a rhino will be shown at the end of day.

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Sunday and Monday November 11-12, 2018

Only 2 spotS left!!!  

Joy Munshower introduces Farm Pets.  

$480** includes all materials and super fancy lunch each day

9:30 am to 5 pm each day

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

This workshop is for intermediate and advanced students. Students will be sculpting bas-relief style animal beads. Students will learn to sculpt these animals from photo reference, 3D animal replicas and instructor-drawn examples. Students will learn how to break down the shapes of these animals and how to apply those shapes to sculpting in a bas-relief or low-relief style on a base bead. An overview of various animal anatomies will be covered to help students understand, and therefore create, realistic and lifelike low-relief animal beads. Students will also learn how to use specialty dental tools, pin-punches and a scalpel in this class to shape and add detail to their beads. Some photo and diagram reference will be provided to the students to better illustrate shape, anatomy and composition breakdown. Students are welcome to bring additional photo reference to class.

 

Day 1: Pasture Pals

“Pasture Pal” animals that will be covered can vary upon the preference of the studio and their students. I have several “pasture pal” animals for the studio/students to choose from. Pasture Pal animal options are: Donkey, Sheep, Hereford Cow or Holstein Dairy Cow. Typically 2 animals are taught in this portion of the class as they are very time intensive. A third animal can be chosen for an “end of day demo” for the students to see and not try.

 

Day 2: Barn Buddies

“Barn Buddies” animals that will be covered can vary upon the preference of the studio and their students. I have several “barn buddy” animals the respective studio/students can choose from. Pasture Pal animal options are: Pig, Goat, Llama/Alpaca, and Hen/Rooster.  Typically 2 animals are taught in this portion of the class as they are very time intensive. A third animal can be chosen for an “end of day demo” for the students to see and not try.

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**Take all 4 days of instruction with JOY for the combined cost of $680


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BEGINNING BEADMAKING
 WITH SARA SALLY LAGRAND

SATURDAY november 17, 2018 9:30 AM - 4:00PM

$150 ALL MATERIALS AND LUNCH INCLUDED

Learn the basics from torch safety to annealing to exciting decorating techniques. No experience necessary.  All materials included plus lunch.  Each student will make approximately 15-20 beads.



 

BEYOND BEGINNING BEADMAKING
 WITH SARA SALLY LAGRAND

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2018 9:30 AM - 4:00PM

$150 ALL MATERIALS AND LUNCH INCLUDED

Expand your beadmaking to include stringer work, surface decorations like silver foils, frits and enamels.  Cap it off with hollow forms.  Students completing the beginning class are eligible for the class an will benefit from the expanded opportunity to try new techniques!   All materials included plus lunch.  Each student will make approximately 15-20 beads


DECEMBER


December 8-9, 2018

Bryan Clark

Fume, Texture, and Air-Traps

 

 


$360 all materials included

Plus  gourmet lunch

INTERMEDIATE level class

 

Getting more from your precious metals.

Stampwork seminar.


 

This two-day class will cover a variety of fuming effects including partial- and full-spectrum gold/silver rainbow fades, space patterning, and silver phase separation (“crystal growth”).

We will follow an alternating demo-and-practice format that puts the new information into directly context for the student.  The class will discuss the importance of flame chemistry, glass chemistry, glass temperature and how to deposit the right amount of metal in the right place.

We will take our fuming a step further as we explore airtraps and texturing techniques using optic molds, cheese graters, and metal stamps to create texture and trap air and give rise to new fume patterns.

Scallop tubing will be used to explore various fume linework techniques, including fumicello, bowties, wigwags, and zanfirico, and we will cover various techniques of sleeving tubing and rod.

Marbles, beads and small vessels will be the final forms to showcase these patterns.

 

Notes and resource references will be provided, I will work  with each student as needed to help everyone get the most out of the class. I intend to cover a lot of information, but keep it coherent and easy to process with plenty of room to improve through home practice.

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January 10-14, 2019

Thurs-Monday

SARA SALLY LAGRAND &JENNIFER REIS

GLASS BEADMAKING/EMBROIDERY/

EMBELLISHMENT
FLAMEWORKING + FIBER = MIXING MEDIA

$680 includes all materials plus lunch everyday

This class will introduce students familiar with creating glass beads with flameworking to the basic techniques and concepts of handworked embellished textiles to combine into cross-media artworks utilizing both. You will conceptualize, design and create your own flameworking and fibers artwork(s) that will include beadmaking, hand-stitching, and embellishing techniques on a textile surface.  Flameworking techniques include color mixing and surface design, and constructing small sculpture forms. Participants will also learn and utilize textile methods of hand-stitching, applique, embroidery and embellishing, and as well textile artwork design, construction and presentation options.  Class enrollment is limited to 8 participants due to equipment capacity. The course is open to all skill levels, but some flameworking skills are helpful.  This course is a fantastic opportunity to combine the bright and shiny of handmade glass with the tactile surface design options of embellished textiles!

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Thursday January 31-Friday February 1, 2019

Elise Strauss

Three Bears Class

9:30am - 5pm

$380

All materials plus lunch included

Soft glass - intermediate to advanced skill level 

What do a Black Bear, a Grizzly Bear and a Polar Bear have in common?  All three look marvelous when getting a big, happy hug!  Each bear has a subtly different face construction, and each girl has different attributes as well.  You will learn the basics of sculptural lampwork, creating human faces and making and applying lattice work. 

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Saturday February 2- Sunday February 3, 2019

Elise Strauss

Personalized Madonna

9:30am-5pm

$380

All materials plus lunch included

skill level: intermediate to advanced

What does the word Madonna mean to you?  The origin and etymology of the word is Italian (ma donna) meaning literally 'my lady'.  This word connotes respect and reverence and that is what we shall make in this class: a figurine that signifies something that you love and is special to you.  Will your madonna be of the Ocean or the Earth?  What creature will she be holding: the creature is entirely up to you.  I will hep you simplify your animal design so that it can be replicated in glass. We will make bases for our Madonnas as well.  You will learn the basics of sculptural lampwork, creating human faces, making and applying latticino and make free-standing bases for each.  Your madonna will be approximately 2"-3".

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Monday February 4-Tuesday February 5, 2019

Elise Strauss

Ocean Totem

$380

9:30am-5pm

All materials plus lunch included

Skill level: intermediate to advanced

In this class you will construct your own sea life diorama on a candlestick.  You get to decide how many beluga whales, puffins or harbor seals you want to add.  Or maybe a wave or two.  Vertical composition is a fun challenge.  You will learn the basics of sculptural lampwork and fish murrini.

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Special price for all 3 classes: 6 days of class instruction $1050 with all materials and lunch included


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Monday-Tuesday-March 4-5,2019

Sabina Boehm-Butterfly marbles, Floral marbles and Pendants

**only 4 spots left!*********

$480 for both days

All materials plus lunch included

Intermediate level

 

:Flower pendants and butterfly marbles

 

In this class students will learn the fundamentals of compression marbles. How to build stringers and how to get them to embed. We will be doing flowers pendants day one and butterflies marbles on the second. We will also cover how to properly encase and embed Gibson opals and some simple dot stacks. This class is open to all levels and students will be encouraged to work at their own level.

 

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May 2019


Wednesday May 1- Thursday May 2, 2019

Lucie Kovarova Weir

Complex Floral Beads

$480*** includes both days instruction, all materials plus gourmet lunch

9:30 am - 5:00pm-ish

Class Description:

Prep in day 1, pulling stripped and ribbon cane for leaves and backround, pulling the stamen cane , for centers, and pulling flower muirrine. Day 2, make the beads, multilayer 3d like flowers, encasement techniques, very technique focused, but resulting in finished complex beads.

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Friday May 3, Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5, 2019

9:30am - 5:00pm ish

Lucie Kovarova Weir

Building Face Murrini Cane

$600*** includes 3 days instruction, all materials plus gourmet lunch

Face murrine construction:
The construction of a four-component face design, for the intermediate level students.
Learn simple and fast murine techniques building a "dough-like" mass of glass, and then pulling it into a bar to be cut into segments that are applied to a bead or pendant.

We will analyze and plan the design: breaking the desired idea into its smallest possible components, planning step by step.
Students will learn molten glass application and specific uses of flame/heat, and the advantage of  using using boro-silicate punties.
Four face components will be completed and annealed over night.

Following the pre-planned design construction a complex cane of a face will be assembled using four components made on the previous day.
The whole glass mass will be heated and pulled into a cane bar of a desired diameter size.
A segment of the finalized cane will be cut into chips and applications for use of face chips explained.

***$900 for all 5 days

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June 2019


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June 20-21-22, 2019 Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Only 2 spots left!!!**********

Bea Stoertz comes to Kansas City

Imploded Rainbow Beadmaking

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

All materials included plus fancy schmancy lunch

$600*** all three days

This is a 3-day class for intermediate beadmaking skills

Bea will show you how she creates her rainbow-colored implosion beads and objects.

You will learn how to do the special prep-work for her different kinds of implosions and incorporate them to several bead shapes, either pressed, free-formed or off-mandrel. You will even discover how to shape cabochons for interchangeable jewelry with just a graphite paddle. And you will also be exploring the making of mini paperweights.

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June 23-24, 2019 Sunday/Monday

sold out **sold out**sold out

Bea Stoertz

Eclectic Torch Paintings

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

$480***includes both days instruction, all materials plus super fancy lunch

 

This 2-day class is for advanced beginners or intermediate lamp workers. It’s all about using vitreous enamels in the torch but on copper and blending those juicy rainbow colors Bea is known for.

In this class we are going to develop extraordinary mixed media jewelry pieces from the scratch.

You will be making some glass beads and toppers and will then incorporate them to your own brand-new torch-fired copper enamels.

You will learn basic metal work, like cutting, sawing and finishing self-designed pieces from a sheet of copper. You will also do some easy riveting with sterling silver.

At the end you may call several pieces of wearable art your own.

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*** Special Price !!!!  all 5 days instruction discount $900 includes all materials, etc.



July 2019


July11-12-13, 2019 - Anastasia teaches

 

Metal + Glass

9:30 am - 5pm

*******ONLY 5 SPOTS LEFT!******

Botanical forms in glass plus metal. 3 full days of Anastasia's unique perspective on the botanical world.  

Day 1 - Lichen, herbs, leaves and flowers, different kinds of mushrooms, ferns, feathers, ginkgo leaves and 'whale fin bonus show'

Day 2 - Metal clay plus botanical forms.  During the class we'll learn how to work with bronze or copper metallically, how to make glass parts for it and how to attach glass and metal clay in different ways.  We will sculpt a vvid pendant with leaves and buds or with cliches.  We will study all the parts of the process including sculpting and drying rules, tiny details preparing and gathering in a whole piece, preparing for firing and the firing process.

Day 3 - We will prepare glass pieces for our pendant and learn how to make lichens, mushrooms, waterdrops ferns leaves and herbs, flowers and then finish the pendant.

Cost $280 per day includes all materials plus lunch - $840 for 3 days instruction with a master glass/ metal artist

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July 14-15, 2019

9:30am - 5 pm

Anastasia teaches

more metal + glass

$280 per day includes all material plus lunch - $560 total

Day 1 - Fish class featuring silver metal clay and glass. Learn how to make 'empty lace' shapes, sculpt necessary tiny details and parts for fins. We will make our fish, fire them, make glass fins and eyes and complete the project.

Day 2 - Silver and Glass Cabochons with inlayed silver pattern. At the class we will learn how to make vivid and colorful cabochons with names, layers, and interesting stories.  We will discuss colors that react nicely with silver and kinds of silver we can use for inlay. Plus bonus Lampworked Mandragora pendants "the root man"

 

 

 

 

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august 2019


Chelle Jovan - Pet Portraits August 2-3, 2019 days of the dog 

9:30 am - 5 pm

$420 includes all materials, 2 days instruction plus lunch

 

This class workshop is for those that have at least an intermediate lamp working skill set.  Students will learn how to build the foundation to re-creating lifelike 3-D sculptures of  dogs using photo references. Each student will be taught how to sculpt both short and long haired domesticated pets.  Students will learn how to create textures to achieve those effects.  Students are more than welcome to bring reference photos. Front and left and right side profile views are helpful.

 

Day 1

A smooth haired dog will be taught on day one.  First we will cover a practice bead on dot stacking and shaping dog eyes.

 

Day 2

A long haired terrier breed will be taught on day two.  We will cover texturing techniques on a practice bead.

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August 3-4, 2019 Chelle Jovan days of the cat

$420 includes all material, two days instruction plus lunch

9:30am - 5pm

This class workshop is for those that have at least an intermediate lamp working skill set.  Students will learn how to build the foundation to re-creating lifelike 3-D sculptures of cats a using photo references. Each student will be taught how to sculpt both short and long haired domesticated pets.  Students will learn how to create textures to achieve those effects.  Students are more than welcome to bring reference photos. Front and left and right side profile views are helpful.

 

Day 1

Students will be taught how to create a short haired cat on day three.  First we will cover a practice bead on dot stacking and shaping cat eyes.

 

Day 2

A long haired cat will be taught to students on day four.  We will cover texturing techniques on a practice bead.

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September 2019


September 14-15, 2019

Libby Luectmann

Wire-Wrapped Glass Rocks

$400 includes all materials plus fancy luncheon both days

This class has so much info packed into one class. You would think making

a glass rock is simple but really there is more than meets the eye.

On the first day we will cover:

• Basic rocks with color mixing, shaping and added details.

• Blowing silver glass shards for an agate look

• Blowing ivory silver shards for marble style stones

• Using Enamels to create the quartz stone

On the second day we will two versions of wire wrapping:

• Learn simple wire wrapped rock

• Complex wire wrapped rock

• Make more shards

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October 2019


October 11-12, 2019 Friday/Saturday Anouk Jasperse

Masterclass in Silver Glass/3-D Lentil Beads

9:30am-5pm

****ONLY 4 SPOTS LEFT!*****

$480 includes 2 days instruction plus all materials and fancy schmancy lunch provided each day

Day 1 - Are you having troubles with those beautiful but expensive silver glass colors? Do you sometimes get wonderful results, sometimes baby poo or mud and are you not sure how to work with the glass to get consistent results? And what exactly is reduction, what is striking, how shoudl you do that to get the perfect results and which glass needs what? You’ll get answers to all these questions with this class! We will be working with Double Helix silverglass, which you will learn to reduce, strike, encase and which colors need which base colors to really make them pop! Anouk will let you know all her secrets! Be aware: today is nota bout making big beads, but really about learning and understanding how to work this glass to get the best results. Be prepared to make many small beads with many different colors! This will give you a firm base for all your future designs!

Day 2 - Are you fascinated by beads with a lot of depth, like a little universe captured in a piece of glass? Intricate designs, bold colors and not to forget BIG beads? Then you should sign up for this class! Because these beads are complex and do take quite some time to create, there are 2 seperate days with different designs and techniques. And the good thing is: you can use these techniques in so many different ways, from small to big beads. And of course, all these beads will be created with the desired silverglass!

October 13, 14, 2019 Sunday - Monday

Anouk Jasperse Fleur-i-licious Fairy Garden

9:30 am - 5pm

$480 includes 2 days instruction, all materials, plus lunch

In this 2 day class, you will learn how to make all the elements of my Fleur-i-licious Fairy Garden bead and how to construct them all together to make an amazing piece of intricate glass art!

We will be making various murrini (flowers and “normal” ones with silverglass), dichroic dots, several implosions with different implosion techniques and you will learn how to work off mandrel and include that off mandrel design in your bead. Of course we will be working with various silver glass, making Bollywood Pink colors and other exclusive materials like dichroic, glitter, goldstone and cubic zirconia’s.

We will need 2 days: one day of preparing and practising and the other  day for finetuning and creating your own Fairy Garden!