Classes

How about a weekend get-away with your circle of creative friends?  We are now offering all-inclusive glass beadmaking and metal working retreats!
Bring your group to our home studio in Crossville, TN, for a fun-filled weekend of creative instruction.  All weekend packages include the class of
your choice from the menu below, required materials, tool usage, and class handouts that cover materials and online resources.
And in order to keep the classes as affordable as possible for everyone,
the retreats also include double-occupancy accommodations in my home, along
with a light breakfast meal and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday.  I have three guestrooms, a total of two queen beds and one double, so your entire group can stay together in a slumber party atmosphere.  Standard instruction times are 10-6 on Saturday, and 9-4 on Sunday, but that’s flexible as needed for working around travel requirements, and if the group wishes to work more after dinner on Saturday, we’re more than happy to do that as well.  Your group is always welcome to arrive on Friday evening and/or leave on Monday morning if you’re traveling long distances.  Class prices are the same, no matter the number of students, so booking the maximum class size reduces everyone’s share of the cost.  Standard class descriptions are detailed below, but we’re always happy to tailor the instruction to the individual needs of your group.  Just email us at beadaddicts@frontiernet.net for special requests, and to get a list of available dates.

Introduction to Glass Beadmaking

Introduction to Glass Beadmaking:

Skill level:  Beginner

Maximum class size:  3 students

Retreat price:  $1400 per group

Class description:  This class is for those who have never had any torch experience, but are interested in learning the ancient art of making glass beads.  We’ll cover safety and proper studio set-up, the different types of glass and torches available, explanation of glass compatibility, proper kiln annealing schedules and what constitutes a “quality” lampwork bead.  Hands-on torch instruction, using soda lime or “soft glass”, will cover the shaping of basic donuts, rounds, barrels, cones and other shapes, as well as simple pressed beads.  Students will learn to pull stringers, basic two-color twisties, silvered ivory stringer for organic applications, and various simple, decorative elements that aid in understanding the working properties of glass.  If time allows on the second day, we’ll discuss some of the “magic reactions” that can be achieved with specific soft glass colors.  Students will work on provided GTT Crickets, which are entry-level oxygen/propane torches, and all glass and hand tools required to complete the class will be provided.  If students have to leave on Sunday before the kiln cycle is completed, we will also mail your beads to you once they have finished annealing.

Glass Bead Boot Camp

Glass Bead Boot Camp:

Skill level:  Advanced beginner/intermediate

Maximum class size:  4 students

Retreat price:  $1500 per group

Class description:  Students taking this class should have at least basic torch experience, including safety basics and an understanding of glass compatibility.  Students should be proficient in making balanced beads in a variety of basic shapes.  This is the perfect class for those wishing to take their lampworking beyond the basic glass bead.  Instruction will include building several decorative elements such as encased stringer, multi-colored latticino, complex canes, and floral, leaf and vine cane.
We’ll also cover multiple methods of encasing, complex dot patterns, scrollwork,
manipulating designs using both tools and gravity, and the application of
textural surface elements.  Completion of this class  and mastery of these skills
should give students added confidence in their skills and prepare them for
advanced classes with any instructor.  Students will work on provided GTT Crickets, which are entry-level oxygen/propane torches, and all glass and hand tools required to complete the class will be provided.  If students have to leave on Sunday before the kiln cycle is completed, we will also mail your beads to you once they have finished annealing.

A Perfect Marriage: Designing Glass Beads for Jewelry Applications

A Perfect Marriage:  Designing Glass Beads for Jewelry Applications:

Skill Level:  Intermediate lampworking, beginner metalworking

Maximum class size:  4 students

Retreat price:  $1600 per group

Class description:  Students will spend day one of this class in the glass studio, prepping components and making floral and square disc beads and focal sized big-hole beads in preparation for making jewelry the next day.  In the afternoon/evening, while the kiln is cooling, students will get a crash course in fabricating their own big hole bead caps and sizing them to accommodate the focal beads they made earlier and the fits-pandora brass and copper tubing.  Students will punch, dome, ream, sand, file, patina and tumble their sheet metal bead caps.  On day two, we’ll cap and core the big hole focal beads, turning them into ready-to-wear pendants, and we’ll wire wrap the floral discs into rings with an eye to correct sizing.  Students will have enough materials to complete a couple of each project, and all glass and metal supplies are included in class fees.  However, students are always welcome to bring their favorite lampworking handtools and any specific colors of glass they’d like to use to complete their projects.  The class will also discuss other types of lampwork beads that are especially jewelry friendly, but two days just will not allow time for any other hands-on projects.

Sheetmetal 101

Sheetmetal 101:

Skill level:  Beginner

Maximum class size:  5 students

Retreat price:  $1250 per group

Class description:  This is an introductory class in the versatility of using etched and patterned sheet metal in your designs.  Instruction includes the use of both rolling
mills and etching techniqes to texture your brass or copper sheet metal to suit your designs.  Hands-on use of basic bench tools will give students a good foundation for building their own workspace.  Each student will complete at least one basic bracelet and earring set from their patterned metal, including finishing the piece with appropriate patinas/heat treatments and sealers.  Class will include in-depth information on proper metal finishing, including texturing, etching, filing, sanding and polishing.  Additional sheet metal can be purchased and textured for take-home projects at students’ request, and a full list of sources for all applicable bench tools, metal components and etchant products
will be given.

Sheetmetal 201: Personalize It!

Sheetmetal 201:  Personalize it!

Skill level:  Beginner

Maximum class size:  5 students

Retreat price:  $1400 per group

Class description:  This is a beginning class on designing with personalized stamped or etched metal pieces.  Students will use texture hammers, pattern stamps and alphabet stamps or etchant to create individualized projects of their choice, including disc bracelets, charm bracelets, I.D. bracelets, earrings, pendants, etc.  Projects will be made with copper, brass, or a combination of the two, and instruction will include punching discs and washers, doming components, sanding, filing, applying patinas, sealing, polishing and assembling finished pieces with an eye to wearability and aesthetics.  All materials for multiple projects are included, and class handouts will cover online resources for projects students can complete at home.

D.I.Y. Components and Findings

D.I.Y. Components and Findings:

Skill level:  Beginner (Basic wire-wrapping skills are helpful but not required)

Maximum class size:  5 students

Retreat Price:  $1250 per group

Class Description:  Students will learn how to make their own jewelry components from copper wire.  Projects will be completed with various gauges of copper wire, and components include (but are not limited to) earwires, clasps, celtic knots, hammered elements, bow tie connectors, coiled wire components, and caged beads.  All materials, including lampwork beads for some of the components, are included, and jewelry pliers and bench tools are available to share, though if students have their own favorite hand tools, they are welcome to bring them.

Chain Maille Basic Training

Chain Maille Basic Training:

Skill level:  Beginner

Maximum class size:  5 students

Retreat Price:  $1250 per group

Class Description:  Students will learn and complete several chain maille weaves in 16 gauge copper jump rings.  (I’ve found that learning with larger rings helps the student to visualize the steps of the weaves a little easier.)  We’ll start with a very basic 2-in-2, perfect for forging your own charm bracelet bases, then move on to the versatile Byzantine, which can be made into one continuous weave or completed in individual links to work into other patterns.  Once students have mastered these weaves, we’ll continue with rose links and show how they can be combined with the stand-alone Byzantine links for a completely different look.  If time allows, we’ll finish up with the chunky Spiral Rope pattern.  All rings are provided in the class fees, and lampwork beads are available for purchase if students wish to incorporate some color in their maille work.

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8 thoughts on “Classes

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  2. well this is funny. It is me, Rachel, I just started doing stamping in metal about 3 to 5 months ago. I love doing it and especialy when it is hot a hell. I Have lots of metals and wires and stamps and such. I would love to loearn more. I would expecially like to learn the patina; I have been exploring using the metal pieces and leather as well. Anyway, give me a shout if you want to talk about it some more. My email is rmburke@hiwaay.net. Thanks a bunch! Rachel

    • Hey Rachel! Nice to hear from you! Glad you’re enjoying doing some metal work. You should get a couple of people together and come up for a weekend. Either of the first two metals classes sounds like it would be right up your alley! 😀

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  4. Congratulations Angie! Such a huge undertaking but I am sure it will be a huge hit! You are such a wonderful host.

    But if you ever want to do a Seed Bead class, let me know!

    😀
    Hugs and hope to be able to visit sometime

  5. Hi Angie – Don’t know if you remember me but I’ve bought quite a few of your mothers and your beads . . LOVE THEM. I finally found a studio to teach me bead making a couple years ago but after much sporatic opening/closings, she has closed for good. I’m in the process of setting up my own studio in my home and hope to have it up and running after the first of the year. I love your style so much, I’m seriously considering coming down this summer for your boot camp. It would just be me and I’d be traveling from Alaska, but that way I’d have you to myself to obsorb as much as possible. What is your summer schedule?

    • Of course I remember you, Roxann! As a matter of fact, I was just thinking of you a couple of weeks ago! I’d be thrilled to pieces if you wanted to come for a weekend this summer! The only thing I’ve got planned that far out is in late July, so the schedule is pretty much wide open. Shoot me an email and we’ll make plans! 🙂

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