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Bead making, also known as Lampwork, is a type of glass art where a torch, or lamp, is primarily used to melt glass. Once molten, the glass is formed into beads by shaping with tools and hand movements. Shape, colour, size, complexity and inclusions can be manipulated into complex designs and figurines.

Many course dates are not available as the Creative Glass Guild is closed for renovations until late-July / early-August. If wishing to be emailed as soon as bookings are open for a specific course, let us know. Don’t forget to check the “Course-related Question” button and tell us the course you are interested in! 

Short courses scheduled late 2022 are now available for booking via our calendar. 

COURSES – BEGINNERS

Glass Bead Making – Beginners

Tutor: Vicki Beldan

Necklace-Beginners

Day 1: Introduction to lampworking tools and equipment; safety requirements, use of hothead torch as well as instruction on how to make your own glass beads. You will have time to practice this new skill with various bead shapes including use of molds.

Day 2: Learn to pull glass stringers; how to apply dots and some other simple decorative techniques while getting creative with colour.

Numbers: Minimum 3, Maximum 5

Prerequisite: No experience necessary. Suitable for students who have never tried torching or those with minimal glass bead making experience.

Weekend: Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 3:00pm (2 days)

Cost: $210.00 – includes all glass materials, instruction notes, glass rods and use of torch and tools.

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WORKSHOPS

Beadmaker Buddy Up

Co-ordinator: Irene Krieger

A get-together for members and lampwork students who have done a Guild Bead Making course to share their glass bead torching experiences including latest triumphs and challenges. This group is the place to seek advice or impart tips and information with others who torch. Bring your beads and questions. Suggest a topic for discussion or a demonstration you would like to see. The group supports Bravery Beads, a Westmead Children’s Hospital Initiative.

Numbers: Minimum 2, Maximum 8

Prerequisite: Beginners Glass Bead Making course or similar if using tools and equipment.

Weekend: Saturday, 9.30am to 12:00pm (2.5 hours)

Cost: Members Free. Non-Members welcome. Torch use – $10.00 per hour pro rata (if applies) – only available to members.

Due to Covid requirements registering attendance is necessary.

Further dates for Beadmaker Buddy-Up will be available in January. 

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Making Beads Independently – Members Only 

Tutor: There is no tutor for these sessions.

When: Bead Making facilities are available for members’ use with a minimum booking of 2 hours during Members’ Project Times.

Opportunity for members without access to bead making equipment to improve their skills. Note: Members are to abide by various additional safety conditions outlined in course notes provided by tutor when undertaking torching activities and posted instructions including signing an attendance record.

Numbers: Maximum 5

Prerequisite: Guild Membership and Completion of the Glass Bead Making – Beginners course or similar, and confidence in working independently and safely at the torch without supervision. Please speak to tutor, Vicki Beldan, if unsure of your ability to undertake this activity.

Cost: $20.00 for 2 hours minimum, plus $10.00 per hour thereafter, for use of torch, fuel and tools. Glass rods are not included, nor are mandrels or bead release. Glass rods are available for purchase. Bring your own dipped mandrels & container of vermiculite. Pay on day to volunteers in attendance.

Enrolment: No notification required.

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