Glass Bead Artist & Instructor Tim James - Welcome!
Specialty: Using my self-developed gravity and spot-specific heat techniques to naturally center and balance beads. I am also very proficient at using silver and gold leaf techniques to decorate beads, and at glass bead encasement. I am
also an expert in making core-less hollow beads.
In addition, I'm quite experienced at the "business" of bead making. My client list includes Chanel, Ferragamo and Escada. Large orders from companies like these have, over the years, compelled me to develop skills in the consistent reproduction of bead styles. Passing those skills on to students is a part of how I teach.
: Learn from the get-go how to make truly centered and balanced beads naturally, using only the flame and gravity.
: Enhance your existing skills by learning to use controlled heat and gravity to attain a fine touch that many glass workers lack. Learning to use less heat
more effectively gives you an incredible amount of control and opens the door to endless shaping and designing possibilities.
Other areas explored in our classes
- Pulling stringer / Applying stringer
- Making dots, twisting dots, layering dots, feathering and raking
- Distorting the surface of a bead: poking, squashing, raking, twisting, cutting, etc.
- Glass encasing
- Working with Gold and Silver
- Techniques for consistent recreation of bead styles
- Hollow bead-making (advanced)
Continuing support is also included in the cost of our bead making classes; Advice on setting up your own bead making studio
, a list of needed items and where to find them, and even a number of tried and true lampwork books that you are welcome to borrow. I'll do whatever I can to facilitate your learning process.
I am proud of my effective, no-pressure teaching style. I'm aware that we all arrive at the torch with various strengths and weaknesses, and while learning to make glass beads is challenging, I've never had a student who wasn't able to learn, or in fact excel.
My goal when working with a student is two-fold: To impart information in such a way so as to give students a strong foundation on which to build the rest of their bead making career, and to celebrate the learning process itself. Working with glass is endlessly fascinating and fun!
Whether your goal is to be a professional or hobbyist, it's not how fast you learn but how well you learn that makes the difference.