glass beadmaking workshop!!

glass beadmaking workshop!!

Post by Ona Sostaka » Thu, 10 Apr 1997 04:00:00

Glass Beadmaking--An 8 week Workshop, Spring 1997

Fridays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

April 18th - June 6th, 1997

Presented by the University of Michigan-Dearborn

Instructor:  Don Miller

Come and explore one of the fastest growing areas of glassworking, wound
glass bead-making.

Glass beads have been made by winding molten glass on metal rods for
several thousand years.  This type of beadmaking is undergoing a resurgence
of popularity and is easily done by melting colored glass rods in a
propane and oxygen flame.

This workshop is open to all interested individuals, from beginners with
no previous beadmaking or lampworking experience to advanced
beadmakers-especially those who are willing to share their expertise with

The history and basics of beadmaking, the characteristics of the various
glasses, and a wide range of decorating techniques will be covered.  
These techniques include:

- use of gold and silver leaf
- filigrana and twisted cane
- use of dichroic glass
- feathering and festooning
- eye beads
- signature canes
- millefiori
- murrini
- hollow beads
- latticino
- avventurina (goldstone)

This is a hands-on workshop.  Each participant will have a complete setup
of tools and a torch to use.  New techniques will be introduced via
demonstration, which will be kept to a minimum to allow as much beadmaking
time as possible.

Italian (Moretti/Effetre) glass will be used primarily, but German
(Kugler) colors as well as Bullseye and other types of glass will be
used.  All basic materials will be provided; however, individuals may
wish to purchase additional colors as desired once the workshop gets

Making beads is a delightful, rewarding, and refreshing hobby.  You can
also make money selling your beads, of course.  With a quite modest
investment you can set up a complete studio in your home.  Setting up
your own studio will be covered in the workshop.

The Glass Beadmaking Workshop will meet on Friday evenings from 6:00 to
9:00 p.m. beginning April 18, 1997.  In addition, the lab will be open
starting at 4:00 p.m. each Friday for additional beadmaking time.

The instructor for this workshop is Don Miller, faculty member in the
Department of Natural Sciences at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  
Don is an amateur beadmaker who has taught beadmaking workshops at UM-D
as well at the introductory portion of the lampworking workshop offered
annually on this campus by Fred Birkhill and Shane Fero.

The workshop will be held in Room 251 in the Science Building on the
campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen Rd.,
Dearborn, MI  48128-1419.

The workshop fee of $200 per person includes basic materials as well as
all instructional fees.  Enrollment is limited to ten (10) participants.

***How to Register For the Workshop***

Complete and return the registration form at the bottom of this post and
the payment by April 16, 1997 to:

Beadmaking Workshop
Department of Natural Sciences
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Dearborn, MI  48124


Registration Form
  -Duplicate as necessary, one registration per form


___ Please register me for the workshop.  Payment is enclosed.

___ Please add my name to the mailing list for information about future

Name: ___________________________________

Address: ________________________________


City: ___________________________________

State: _____________ Zip: _______________

Work Phone: _____________________________

Home Phone: _____________________________

Class size is limited and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served
basis.  Please remit by April 16 to guarantee enrollment.

**Method of Payment:

Payment must be made by money order or personal check, made payable in
U.S. funds to the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  Sorry, we cannot
process payments by credit card.

Cancellations received prior to April 11 will be fully reimbursed.  
Cancellations received between April 11 and 18 will be charged a 30%
cancellation fee.  After April 18 no refunds can be made.

In the event of cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, a full
refund will be made.

**Confirmation Information:

Upon receipt of the completed registration form and payment, participants
will receive a confirmation letter and directions to the University of
Michigan-Dearborn.  If you have and questions about any of the
information in this post, or have any other special needs, please contact
the instructor, Don Miller, at (313) 593-5262

Beadmaking Workshop
The University of Michigan-Dearborn
Department of Natural Sciences
4901 Evergreen Rd.
Dearborn, MI  48128-1419