Glass Beads 105.1-Enamels
What you'll learn
- The Students will learn how to apply glass enamels to their lampwork beads.
- The Students will learn about the Equipment and Materials necessary to safely use enamels.
- The Students will learn about different coating textures that can be achieved with enamels.
- The Students will learn how to use different tools and techniques to achieve different enamel designs on their glass beads.
- The student should have a work area already prepared.
- Fireproof workstation with their torch already set up and good ventilation.
- 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.
This class will be presented to show the student how to powder glass enamels to make a beautiful glass beads. The class is intended for the beginning student and does not require a lot of experience or expensive tools and materials. The class will start with an introduction and a presentation slide of the class Syllabus. We will then review the prerequisites including having knowledge of basic lampwork safety requirements, a well ventilated work area and a pair of didymium safety glasses. It is also recommended that the students has a kiln to properly anneal their finished beads.
The class will start with an Introduction and Syllabus. A short presentation of the prerequisites will then occur.
The first lecture will discuss safety practices when working with enamels. The instructor will have a short presentation on ventilation and will discuss the use of N95 face masks or the use of a respirator to protect the student from enamel dust. The instructor will also show the students how to place wet paper towels on their workbenches for additional dust control. The instructor will then have a short discussion about the Thompson Enamels to be used in the class.
The class will then move into applying the enamels to a glass bead using various techniques. We'll review different types of texture and coating the students can achieve by varying the amount of heat they apply to their bead. The instructor will show the students how to make and apply enamel stringers. There will also be lectures on using stencils to make enamel patterns and texture plates for more complex designs.
A short congratulatory 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.