Ancient Lampwork Glass Beads
What you'll learn
- The students will learn how to create simulated, ancient, lampwork glass beads.
- The students will learn how to create the ancient look using mechanical tools.
- The students will learn how to create the ancient look using different materials and inclusions.
- The student will learn how to create the ancient look using different types of surface finishes.
- The student should have a work area already prepared.
- All artists creating this bead should have basic knowledge of lampwork safety precautions. Torch safety, glass handling skills, proper ventilation and using proper eyewear are all requirements needed to safely make this bead. All the materials, supplies and tools are available through lampwork glass suppliers and distributors. I also highly recommend using a kiln to properly anneal your bead after it is complete to ensure durability and strength.
- Fireproof workstation with their torch already set up and good ventilation.
This class will be presented to show the student how to create ancient glass beads to make beautiful designs. The class is intended for the beginning student and does not require a lot of experience or expensive tools and equipment. The class will start with an introduction and a presentation slide of the class Syllabus. The instructor will then give a brief description of the prerequisites required for the class.
The first lecture will discuss some design considerations including the use of muted colors of glass instead of the standard, bright colors. The instructor will then progress into the next section where different types of Mechanical Texturing tools will be used to achieve a pitted, rustic and ancient look. We will review using a wire brush, a handmade graphite texture plate, dental tools and a Dremel Handheld grinder to achieve the desire look.
Material Texturing will also be presented using some familiar materials for both texturing applications as well as surface finishes. Demonstrations of Baking Soda, Calcium Carbonate, Coarse Salt, Enamels and Frit will all be examined. In addition, surface treatments will also be presented including a review of etching and staining.
A short wrap up will conclude the class.
Who this course is for:
- Beginning lampwork glass bead artists.
Hello, I'm Anna Maria.
I have always been a clumsy geek striving towards beauty and grace through art. After 28 years as an engineer in the corporate world, it's time to move on and do something I love for myself. I have been a polymer clay instructor and lampwork glass bead artist since 2002. I am thrilled to be here and I have a ton of ideas and projects to share with all of you. Art has always been an escape mechanism for me and I want to share the peace and joy that creation can bring to your soul.