Thursday, 6 October 2011

Fused Glass Jewels

Create jewels from glass using fusing and casting methods. You will develop the essentials of cutting, firing, shaping and polishing. You will learn the main means of attaching jewellery findings to the jewels you create.
All this will be done in four easy evening sessions. The course fee includes glass, tools and firings, but not jewellery findings. There is the possibility of continuing with open studio hire to develop work.
Tuesdays, 7 -9 pm
6th to 27th March 2012

Syllabus for the course
1st week
Safety introduction
Introduction to materials – glass and accessories – rod, stringer, frit, dichoric mica, metals
Tools – hand – cutter, breakers, guides, lapping pads - and machines – grinders, flat lap, linisher, tile cutting machine
Fusing principles – heating, annealing, cooling
Firing types – slump ,tack, fire polish, full fuse, casting
Scoring and breaking glass
Fire simple pieces
2nd week
Layers & design elements
Pattern bars
Create channels for hanging
Fire layered pieces using accessories
Use vitreous paints and enamels
Make a short pattern bar
3rd week
Drilling holes
Cold working
Drill holes – dremmel, core drill
Use hand pads, grinder, flat lap, linisher, tile cutter
Cut pattern bar slices and fire
4th week
casting and moulds
making frit
filling and firing casting moulds

Cost: £100 including all glass, accessories, kiln firings, use of machines, but not the jewellery findings.

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