|Beginning Borosilicate Glass -- Transition from Soft Glass
Beginning Borosilicate Glass — This is an intensive two day workshop designed as a transition class for students who have had some experience working with soft glass and have a desire to enter the world of hard glass. Students will work both on-mandrel and off-mandrel and will learn to make a variety of beads and pendants. A hands-on class — we will explain and then demo various techniques and then work with students to perfect them. A low student/teacher ratio provides individual attention and ensures that the student will leave with a good foundation in working with borosilicate glass.
Boro Technique: How does it differ from soft glass - We will work on dual-fuel torches and will start with getting a feel for the boro by learning to gather, push marias, and then striping color on clear rods and pulling it into cane for use in beads and off mandrel work. We will build both simple, as well as complex canes. We'll then wrap some of the canes on mandrels, and learn different methods for shaping our beads. Once we have made a few beads we will show you the joy of encasing with crystal clear boro...and then we'll explore the wonders of clear frit and clear overlays for some truly exciting decorating techniques.
Color development: A major focus will be on discussions and demos for color development with some of the luscious reactive silver colors, color development by selective flame-striking, as well as kiln striking.
Also covered will be the fundamentals of heat control, punti work, and colored glass application including the use of stringers as well as frits and powders in surface color and pattern decoration as well as the basics of implosions. There will be room to expand on all of these techniques for those students who have a bit of experience in playing with boro, too. The two-day format is flexible enough to accommodate beginning boro students of differing backgrounds and skills.
Please call to register. 207.594.7805
2 Days (see current schedule for dates and times).
Maximum class size: 6 with 2 instructors
$300 + $40 materials fee (boro color and clear glass)