Glass

Exploring glass beadmaking – developing skills with Sarah Downton

Ref: S3D09040

Intermediate

£457.00
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About this course

Build on your glass beadmaking skills to improve decoration placement, encasing and shaping. Explore complex twisties, murrini and new techniques including metal inclusions, dichroic glass and using presses to shape beads.

Course Description

The aims of this course are:

• to improve the quality and appearance of your beads,

• to extend the variety of the beads you can make,

• to explore some new techniques.

You will be shown how to adjust the size of dots as well as to place them in a more regular fashion. Improvement of cylindrical shapes and shaping longer beads will be explored, together with using presses to help shape your beads. You will be shown different methods of encasing and gain an understanding of how the glass responds to the heat.

Incorporating various elements and techniques such as floral decorations and complex twisties under encasing, as well as the possibilities of using dichroic glass and metal inclusions, will lead to a wider range of bead styles opening up as your skills base is widened.

You can then choose which additional techniques you wish to pursue from the many possibilities.

By the end of the course you will have gained confidence in your ability to make beads of a more consistent nature, have explored new techniques and made many different beads to use in your own unique jewellery.

Techniques covered:

• dots - even placement, even size

• floral decorations using dots

• Improving encasing skills

• encasing larger beads

• stringers as a tool

• cylinders - improving ends and shape

• tips and tricks for stringer designs (optional)

• twisted stringers, 3+ colours, latticini (optional)

• metal inclusions (optional)

• using dichroic glass (optional)

• using murrini (optional)

• using press tools (optional)

• hollow beads (optional)

There will also be time for any other items requested by individual students and time to pursue your own ideas.

Timetable

Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

Included

  • General materials and glass used by the group as a whole.

What students need to bring

  • A notepad and pen
  • 1 glass jam jar
  • Flame-worker's didymium or AUR-92 tinted glass safety glasses if already owned - glasses supplied by West Dean are available to use.

Available to buy

  • General art materials

Please wear comfortable natural fibre clothing e.g. cotton (safety reasons) and bring something to cover clothes and arms, such as an apron (made from natural fibres) or an old cotton shirt to protect against burning little holes. Please wear closed shoes, no bare feet or flip flops. Please bring something to tie or clip back long hair.

Tutors

Sarah Downton

Sarah started making glass beads in 2002 and teaching beadmaking in 2006. She sells at bead and art fairs, is a City and Guilds qualified teacher and four times judge of the British Bead Awards.
She is a member of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen (where she sells her work), Glass Beadmakers UK and the International Society of Glass Beadmakers.

Accommodation

Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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