To view a list of our current, on-going courses please click the "Course List" button below (Courses are listed on our sister-site Beaded Lily Glass Works).
Below is a point-by-point overview of the glass bead making (AKA lampworking, flameworking) course we offer. All classes are taught by instructor Tim James using his self-developed gravity and spot-specific heat techniques to naturally center and balance beads. FYI: 6 and 9-hour beginner courses do not allow sufficient time to fully explore all of the items listed below.
While glass bead making is certainly safe, a proper understanding and respect of the tools we use is essential. We will begin our class by discussing those safety standards.
Be sure to dress appropriately for the class: Wear long hair tied back, cotton or natural fibers, no shorts or plunging necklines and no excessive jewelry on hands and wrists.
Using & maintaining gas tanks, hoses & regulators
Different gas options & Oxygen concentrators
Torches; Order of turning on the gases and lighting the torch
Shutting down the equipment when done
Kilns – proper kilns for annealing beads, digital controllers
Cooling with fiber blankets and vermiculite & the limitations of these methods
Basic tools used in bead making
4. Physical and Chemical
properties of glass:
5. Beadmaking basics:
6. More techniques:
7. Preparations and clean up:
9. Your beads:
Course Description - Intermediate:
Outlining a general syllabus for the intermediate-level bead making course is more difficult as it is varies depending on that individual students bead making experience and needs. Therefore, intermediate-level courses will be planned on a case-by-case basis and structured to speak to those needs directly. The pricing structure, however, remains the same.