First off, I need to give a shout out to my fellow Star of The North Glassworkers lampworker, Heidi Hardner from Aventurine Dream. Heidi will be teaching her last, sold out, lampworking class at the Studio at Rush Creek in Maple Grove next Tuesday, and sent out an e-mail saying that they were looking for another instructor. Today I got to meet with the fabulous Karen, proprietress of said studio, and scheduled five amazing classes for April.
Saturday, April 6th
Come join Julie as she teaches you how to make your very own glass beads. You'll practice safety and build confidence as you learn what to expect from glass at temperatures from 70°F to 1800°F and how to use that to your advantage making simple beads. There will be demonstrations of different steps in the bead-making process and plenty hands-on time for you to practice, with personal guidance, at your own HotHead torch (provided). You will leave the class having made a handful of your very own handmade beads!
For more examples of Julie's lovely lampwork, check out her Flickr Photostream
Saturday, April 6th
Julie wants to show you how to make your own beautiful lentil focal beads. This class is for anyone who's practiced making beads at home and wants to take their skills to the next level. You'll revisit pulling stringers and twisties, and Julie willl guide you as you make your own basic murrini. You'll learn/practice encasing beads and using brass presses to shape the beads. Julie will be bringing all of her many Zooziis presses for you to try. Julie has studied with world renoun teachers Trey Cornette and Michal Silberberg, so even if you've practiced any of those skills before, chances are you'll still learn a lot of helpful things in this class!
Thursday, April 11th
Join Julie for her most popular class, where you'll learn to make four ring designs out of wire, learning techniques that can be altered or adapted to create your own ring designs. Embellished with beads or without, these are durable, pretty rings you can wear every day!
Setting Cabochons in Sterling
Saturday, April 20th
Despite all reason, Julie wants to let you in on a huge secret. You can make your own stunning sterling and cabochon jewelry. Yourself. And it isn't hard. Just see it, heat it, and breathe. She's going to help you get comfortable with a micro torch, then show you how to use it to fabricate your own sterling silver bezels from sheet metal to finished product. You'll learn the entire soldering process: cleaning, fitting, heating, pickling, filing, and polishing. You'll leave with at least one cabochon link finished (or more!), ready to turn into your own cabochon bracelet!
Riveted & Stamped Pendant
Thursday, April 25th
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12th and chances are good that there's a woman in your life that would love, love to receive a personal gift handmade by you! Julie's going to teach you to use metal stamps to personalize and decorate metal shapes and scraps, then show you how to rivet them together to create a unique, layered, textured, and all-around amazing pendant. No one says you have to give it away.
So, if you're in the Twin Cities area, I'd love to see you join in one of these fantastic classes! Signups are now available on the Rush Creek website.
Thanks for stopping by!