Introduction Class Contents
1. Equipment and materials:- Where to get them and how to set up and use safely
2. Torches – hot head demo, minor burner turning on and off, flame properties and temperature zones, reduction/oxidization.
3. Vermiculite verses annealing oven, annealing, stress in glass, expansion and compatibility.
4. Melting and getting control of the glass – drops, pulling stringers of different thicknesses, twisted stringers.
5. Bead making – mandrels, mandrel release, working at different temperatures.
Doughnut shaped bead – melting completely and centering – treacle consistency.
Melting them in.
Dots on dots left raised
Melted in making rings
Dots on dots, gravity twist.
Dots raked with stringer – fern pattern
Dots scrolled with a stringer.
Rings raked with a fine stringer
Barrel shaped bead – working on a mandrel
at lower temperature – putty consistency.
Stringers feathered with a knife.
Stringers raked with a pick.
Stringers and dots raked.
Stringers with gravity twist and side shift.
Bead with twisted stringer.
Some more advanced techniques which can be demonstrated.
A choice of one or two these maybe tried by the student.
1. Plunge flower bead.
2. Crumb and gold leaf cased with clear and creased with a knife.
3. Plunge bead.
4. Melon bead with twisted stringer and creased with a knife.
5. Overlapping rings to give scale pattern.
6. Zoned dots with raking and scrolling.
7. Raised dots on dots in symmetrical pattern.
8. Silver foil core cased with colours.
9. Random rings.
10.Twisted stringer with scrolling.
11. Applied stringer left proud.