Astrid Riedel will be running classes at Studio 19 on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July 2014
Astrid’s blog site:- http://wwwastridriedel.blogspot.co.uk
This year we will focus on making abstract beads, using various techniques.The one new technique we will be adding is the “Mokume gane” technique, it is a wonderful technique which adds a exciting new texture to your beads.Some of the other techniques we will learn, is the blowing of shards, a wonderful element in any abstract design, along with wigwags, Enamelled murrini’s, twisties,Pleating, enamel powders, and of course the hair fine stringer application.The above is all done on day 1, on day 2 we will cold work the beads, after which you will be shown how to ramp your beads up to temperature in the kiln to fire polish thebeads in the flame, and you can still add any final decoration to your designs, before a final anealing.
Some of the beads we will etch a section or perhaps the whole bead will be etched. Should there be any time left after completion of the beads, you are welcome to make a bead with all the techniques to then cold work at home.
Mokume gane translated from Japanese
means “wood eye metal”. This rare metal lamination process was developed and used by Japanese
craftsmen in the 17th century for the adornment of samurai swords.
Today, mokume gane jewelry is growing in popularity. The images shown are samples of the work we will cover, but not necessarily the exact bead.
Cost for 2 day ‘Mokume Gane’ workshop on 11-12 July 2014
£350.00 for the two days
Workshops are from 10.00-18.00 h with a break for lunch.
Enamel painting in the flame and fine stringer application
Sunday 13th July
After a class of fine stringer drawing with me, you will know how to apply the finest hair stringers to any bead, You will be able to create your own artistic sketches with a fine stringer and with the amazing palette of enamel colours we will add life and 3D to your art work!
All the “painting”is done in the flame of the torch.
For the advanced student, I want you to bring along images of what you would like to draw on your bead, in the style that you see above.
We will be using both opaque and transparent enamels.
Cost for 1 day ‘Painting with Enamels’ workshop on 13 July 2014:
£190.00 for one day
This includes glass and enamels
Workshop is from 10.00-18.00 h with a break for lunch.