Lampworking Workshops

Thursday, August 20th - Saturday, August 22nd from 8:30am - 4:00pm

Once again Bead Fest has teamed up with Carlisle Machine Works to provide a great lampworking lineup with some great instructors. From beginner workshops to intermediate borosilicate, rollers and glass presses to working with bottles.
Bead Fest Philadelphia is the ONLY Bead Fest event that offers glass bead making workshops. We are bringing in experts to provide you a unique experience. Come and learn with the best!


Open Torch Night

Friday, August 21st & Saturday, August 22nd from 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Hall D Lampworking Classrooms

For the first time ever come join us at our Open Torch Night!
Do you have a project you'd like to start but don't have the space at home? Do you need some help with a lampworking project? Do you want to just get a feel for something new?

All are welcome to attend and have the opportunity to try out some or all of the torches available. Come check them out and find the right torch for your business or hobby. Carlisle representatives will be on hand to explain the various differences in the torches as well as provide guidance in the intricacies of their operation and various flame characteristics of each.

Wale Apparatus is sponsoring light snacks and drinks both nights. Come socialize with fellow lampworkers, watch some demos, and have some fun after the show closes.


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08/20/2015

08/20/20158:30 am - 4:00 pmNEW! LAMPWORKING WORKSHOP
564, Lampworked Glass Bead Bracelet- $190
   
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lampworking

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Lampworked Glass Bead Bracelet
•  Use of a lampworking torch
  •  Basic bead making
  •  Bead decorating
In this workshop students will be introduced to the basics of lampworked glass bead making. we will make simple beads and shape and decorate them, we will make beads with silver foil and we will end the day by assembling our beads into a bracelet. You will complete this project in class.

Materials you are required to bring: None. Wear long hair in a ponytail/secured. Natural fiber clothing and close-toed shoes.

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works

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564, Lampworked Glass Bead Bracelet - $190 [More Info]
Stephanie Maddalena
08/20/20158:30 am - 4:00 pmNEW! LAMPWORKING WORKSHOP
571, Glass Press and Roller Fun! - $190
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lampworking

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Glass Press and Roller Fun!
•  Use of presses
  •  Use of rollers
You will learn basic use of presses and rollers to make a variety of glass beads shapes. Practice time available to use different shapes and sizes of both! You will complete this project in class.

Basic Skills Needed: Ability to control a good amount of molten glass on a mandrel

Materials you are required to bring: Drink with a cover or straw. Hair ties, no melting clothing fabrics or floppy sleeves. An apron is helpful to keep clothing and lap safe.

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works

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571, Glass Press and Roller Fun! - $190 [More Info]
Ren Farnsworth
08/20/20158:30 am - 4:00 pmNEW! LAMPWORKING WORKSHOP
572, The Mysteries of Highly Silvered Glass- $245
  
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lampworking

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in The Mysteries of Highly Silvered Glass
•  How to test the glass to find it's best use
  •  Improve techniques for working with sensitive glass
  •  How to make successful beads consistently
This one-day class will cover the most cost effective ways to use the highly silvered 104 glasses including decoration. Precision 104 from Northstar, Bella Donna Glass from Arrow Springs, Double Helix as well as parts of the Vetrofond, Moretti and CIM palette are selected for most interesting results. Several projects will enhance the students ability to test colors, mix colors and apply those techniques to bead decoration. Each student will take home a handbook filled with test results utilizing stringer and encasing techniques, utilizing each type glass for the best reactions. Each student will gain knowledge of how to test colors for maximum results. For beyond beginners. Includes 15 page booklet for easy reference at home.Stop wasting that expensive glass and learn how to use it effectively! You will complete this project in class.

Prerequisites: Some flameworking experience and a desire to understand the silvered glass

Materials you are required to bring: Please wear natural fiber clothing for safety (no nylon blouses). If you have long hair, please pull it back and secure it in a ponytail or barrette, your personal eye protection if you would like.  Personal lampworking tools (if you prefer to use your own), presses you like, etc. Excess glass goes home with student.

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works

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572, The Mysteries of Highly Silvered Glass - $245 [More Info]
Sara LaGrand
08/20/20158:30 am - 4:00 pmNEW! LAMPWORKING WORKSHOP
575, Beginning Borosilicate- $200
   
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Level: Beginner  Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lampworking

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Beginning Borosilicate
•  Will learn how to gather glass
  •  How to correctly use a punty
  •  How to properly anneal your work
Class topics will include glass terminology, safety, shop setup, tool and equipment use. We will focus on the techniques that will easily carry you into the world of flameworking borosilicate glass. The techniques we will learn are, making a gather, "T" joints, butt joints (solid joints as well as punty joints), swipping on color, manipulating sculpturally hot glass and heat control. We will have lots of hands on time to work on each technique.You will complete this project in class.

Materials you are required to bring: Please wear natural fiber clothing for safety (no nylon blouses). If you have long hair, please pull it back and secure it in a ponytail or barrette, Didymium glasses, Tweezers (approx 8” long)

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works

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575, Beginning Borosilicate- $200 [More Info]
Bronwen Heilman
08/20/20151:00 pm - 4:00 pmNEW! LAMPWORKING WORKSHOP
574, Beginning Lampworking - $110
  
  
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Level: BeginnerDescription of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lampworking

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Beginning Lampworking
•  Turning your torch on and off
  •  Making a round bead
  •  Making smooth shoulders
  •  Making well shaped round beads and dots
An introduction to the ancient art of making glass beads using soda-lime COE 104 (soft) glass and a torch. The class will cover safety, equipment, making well shaped, round beads and dots. Other techniques may be covered time permitting.
 You will complete this project in class.

Materials you are required to bring:Please wear natural fiber clothing for safety (no nylon blouses). If you have long hair, please pull it back and secure it in a ponytail or barrette.

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works

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574, Beginning Lampworking- $110 [More Info]
Louise Mehaffey
08/21/2015

08/21/20158:30 am - 4:00 pmNEW! LAMPWORKING WORKSHOP
561, Beginner Lampworked Glass Beads - $190
  
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lampworking

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Beginner Lampworked Glass Beads
•  Using a lampworking torch
  •  Making a basic glass bead
  •  Making a decorated glass bead
  •  The use of silver foil in a glass bead
Learn what lampworking is all about! In this workshop students will learn to make their own glass beads using centuries-old Venetian techniques. We will make beads with surface decorations, encased and shaped beads and we will incorporate silver and copper leaf into the beads. You will complete this project in class.

Materials you are required to bring: None. Wear long hair in a ponytail/secured. Natural fiber clothing and close-toed shoes.

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works

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561, Beginner Lampworked Glass Beads - $190 [More Info]
Stephanie Maddalena
08/21/20158:30 am - 4:00 pmNEW! LAMPWORKING WORKSHOP
565, Lampwork Basics- $190
   
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lampworking

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Lampwork Basics
•  3 types of basic beads – round/tab/tube/bicone
  •  Pulling stringers
  •  Basic dots using both stringers and full rod, basic studio setup and safety
This class is designed for those who would like to learn what it is like to be behind the torch and get a taste of working with lampwork glass. If this is your first time making a bead or you are just getting started, come join a class that will be both fun and informative. We will be covering the basics of studio setup and safety, three kinds of basic beads (round, tube, and tab), as well as how to make and use stringers to design your beads. We will also learn more about heat control in working with molten glass, and why it is important to learn this skill. We will also discuss the need for practice as well as experimenting with colors /design. The number of beads you will take home will depend entirely on the speed of the class as a whole – last year's class took home an average of 8 beads per person. A demonstration will also be done showing how twisties are made, as well as the use of 'Silver Glass' to help inspire you see the next steps in your lampworking adventure. All tools and glass needed to complete this one day course will be provided for use in class – however there will be items available for purchase should you choose to continue working with lampwork glass.You will complete this project in class.

Materials you are required to bring: Please wear natural fiber clothing for safety (no nylon blouses). If you have long hair, please pull it back and secure it in a ponytail or barrette.

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works

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565, Lampwork Basics - $190 [More Info]
Donna McClaren
08/21/20158:30 am - 4:00 pmNEW! LAMPWORKING WORKSHOP
569, Making Complex Beads Using Twisted Cane- $190
   
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lampworking

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Making Complex Beads Using Twisted Cane
•  Pulling simple twisted cane
  •  Application and manipulation of twisted cane
  •  Encasing
We'll spend the day making twisted canes and then use different techniques to decorate beads with canes to produce many different looks. Techniques to manipulate the twisted cane will include: encasing, twisting,raking, and making discs. This class is designed for those who are comfortable already making basic beads.  You will complete this project in class.

Basic Skills Needed: Ability to make round bead

Materials you are required to bring: Please wear natural fibers; if you have long hair, please pull it back; please wear long pants and covered shoes

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works

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569, Making Complex Beads Using Twisted Cane - $190 [More Info]
Elizabeth Hopkins
08/21/20158:30 am - 4:00 pmNEW! LAMPWORKING WORKSHOP
573, Creativity and the Glass Corsage- $385
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lampworking

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Creativity and the Glass Corsage
•  Learn how to apply glass to wire and create an armature to simulate a floral designed corsage
  •  Increase your ability to make 3 dimensional glass pieces
  •  Create a custom pin back
This class will focus on the creation of a glass corsage only in a two-day period. The first day, will be the lampworking portion, followed by wire working and assemblage the second day. The students will learn how to create the sculptural shapes. The students should have had several years of lampworking experience. Experimentation with color combinations will be encouraged. The students will be shown how to create glass sculptures using creative methods with the final design in mind. They will be making glass corsages of their OWN creation, not the exact piece shown. Each piece they create will be unique to them.You will complete this project in class.

Materials you are required to bring: Please wear natural fiber clothing for safety (no nylon blouses). If you have long hair, please pull it back and secure it in a ponytail or barrette.
Writing materials; 15-20 rods of 104 glass – choice of the Student; Personal lampworking tools (if you prefer to use your own); Butter knife; Wire working tools – jewelry pliers (chain nose) with no teeth, heavy duty wire cutters (both days) and smaller wire cutters.

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works

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573, Creativity and the Glass Corsage - $385 [More Info]
Sara LaGrand
08/21/20158:30 am - 4:00 pmNEW! LAMPWORKING WORKSHOP
576, Bottles to Beads - $200
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lampworking

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Bottles to Beads
•  How to cut bottles
  •  How to test this glass for compatibility
  •  How to make beads with free glass
This is an intermediate/beginner class focusing on how to work with scrap glass from bottles. We will be focusing on how to safely cut bottles, how to determine if one bottle is compatible with another one and how to flame work this exciting and “free” recycled material. Some flamework experience is required.You will complete this project in class.

Materials you are required to bring: BOTTLES!! (please bring one or 2 to cut and share), 2 sets of tweezers, 1 small smasher, didynium glassesm, normal flameworking tools, rubberized gloves, 10-20 mandrels, wear cotton clothing, hair tied back, interest in recycled hot glass beads!!!


Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works

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576, Bottles to Beads- $200 [More Info]
Bronwen Heilman
08/21/20155:30 pm - 7:30 pmNEW! OPEN TORCH NIGHT - Friday 5:30pm

We're excited to host our first-ever Open Torch Night! If you're hoping just to get a feel for lampworking technique or have a project you want to work on, stop by and try out some or all of the torches available. Lampworking Sponsor, Carlisle Machine Works Inc. will have representatives on hang to explain more about lampworking and help guide you! Watch some demos, meet some artists and exhibitors, and enjoy light snacks.

For safety: please wear natural fibers, long pants and covered shoes; if you have long hair it must be tied back.

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works
Light snacks and beverages sponsored by Wale Apparatus


Located in Hall D, lampworking classrooms
Open Torch Night - Friday
08/22/2015

08/22/20158:30 am - 11:30 amNEW! LAMPWORKING WORKSHOP
568, Lampwork Tree of Life - $175
   
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lampworking

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Tree of Life
•  Working with a larger glass press
  •  Using SIS to create background texture without losing the design
  •  Using stringers to create 3D shapes
The Tree of Life is a popular symbol that is always in style. In this class, you will learn how to use Zoozii's Large+ Lentil press to create the base needed to make this bead. Students will be able to choose the color of their background glass. You will also get to take home the Large+Lentil Press! Discussion will include which types of glass colors work best with the design and how to take advantage of reactions for the background of the bead. Please note: these are larger beads ‐ approximately 1 ½ inches in diameter, so they will need to be annealed overnight and shipped to the student after class. All other materials and tools needed to complete the bead (marver, mandrels, tweezers, glass, etc.) will be provided for use in class – but if you have favorite tools, be sure to bring them. You will complete this project in class.

Prerequisites: Some experience at the torch, pulling stringers, basic understanding of bead making

Materials you are required to bring: Please wear natural fiber clothing for safety (no nylon blouses). If you have long hair, please pull it back and secure it in a ponytail or barrette.

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works

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568, Lampwork Tree of Life - $175 [More Info]
Donna McClaren
08/22/20158:30 am - 11:30 amNEW! LAMPWORKING WORKSHOP
577, Intro to Dichroic Extract - $150
   
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lampworking

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Intro to Dichroic Extract
•  How to correctly add dichroic extract to hot glass beads
  •  How to stretch this product
  •  Learn some fun ways of using DE
Everyone LOVES bling! Everyone LOVES glass! And glass beads made with dichroic glass is BLING!!! But, it isn’t so easy to apply dichroic glass to glass beads without burning out the dichro, or bleeding dichro to the surface. What if there was dichroic glass without the glass? There is!!!! I would love to introduce you to Dichroic Extract. Dichroic Extract was developed by Brian Serck along with Coatings by Sandburg (CBS). Bronwen Heilman has developed techniques that affords the flame worker to apply Dichroic Extract directly to the bead, with or without encasing it. You will complete this project in class.

Materials you are required to bring: Normal flameworking tools, didynium glasses, 10-20 mandrels, wear cotton clothing, hair tied back, interest in making some bling on Beads!

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works

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577, Intro to Dichroic Extract- $150 [More Info]
Bronwen Heilman
08/22/20158:30 am - 4:00 pmNEW! LAMPWORKING WORKSHOP
562, Lampworked Glass Flowers- $190
   
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lampworking

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Lampworked Glass Flowers
•  Lampworking on copper wires
  •  Lampworking simple leaf and berry shapes
  •  Lampworking simple and complicated flower shapes
In this workshop students will learn techniques to make simple and complicated lampworked glass flowers and leaves, berries and pods. we will talk about techniques to assemble flowers into a necklace. You will complete this project in class.

Basic Skills Needed: Basic lampworking skills are required for this class

Materials you are required to bring: None. Wear long hair tied back/in a ponytail. Natural fiber clothing and closed toe shoes.

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works

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562, Lampworked Glass Flowers - $190 [More Info]
Stephanie Maddalena
08/22/20158:30 am - 4:00 pmNEW! LAMPWORKING WORKSHOP
570, Introduction to Lampwork- $190
  
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Level: Beginner  Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lampworking

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Introduction to Lampwork
•  Creating basic bead shapes
  •  Pulling stringer and using them for bead decoration
  •  Pulling simple cane and making simple floral beds
Learn to create a variety of glass beads using the lampworking technique. Beginning with the basic hand techniques used to manipulate glass rods into beads, the class will then focus on developing good shapes, pulling stringer, applying dots, raking, twisting, making cane, and simple florals. An emphasis will be placed on safety and annealing practices. This class is designed specifically for the beginner who has not worked with a torch before and is designed to give you a basic understanding of the fundamentals of beadmaking. You will complete this project in class.

Materials you are required to bring: Please wear natural fibers; if you have long hair, please pull it back; please wear long pants and covered shoes

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works

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570, Introduction to Lampwork - $190 [More Info]
Elizabeth Hopkins
08/22/20151:00 pm - 4:00 pmNEW! LAMPWORKING WORKSHOP
566, Twisties and Murrini - $110
  
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lampworking

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Lampwork Basics
•  Making twisties using the mandrel method
  •  Making twisties using the full rod method ('toothpaste style')
  •  Making complex twisties (sometimes called 'latticino')
  •  Basic murrini types (bullseye and string)
  •  Learning more about heat control and taking advantage of it to pull longer pieces
If you have played with glass for even a little while and you have not had the chance to use twisties and murrinis, this is the class for you. We will cover three different styles of twisties (mandrel, full rod, and 'complex' twisties) and how to use each type in your beads. We will also be making some beads in class so that you will be able to use your new skills in your finished work. Part of the fun of this class is that students are not required to make their twisties and murrinis in the exact colors as the instructor – rather the technique will be taught and you will be given the option of choosing your own palette to explore in class. All tools needed to complete this class will be provided for use in class - however if you have favorite tools (such as marvers or tweezers), please feel free to bring them. You will complete this project in class.

Basic Skills Needed: Making twisties using the mandrel method

Materials you are required to bring: Please wear natural fiber clothing for safety (no nylon blouses). If you have long hair, please pull it back and secure it in a ponytail or barrette.

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works

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566, Twisties and Murrini - $110 [More Info]
Donna McClaren
08/22/20151:00 pm - 4:00 pmNEW! LAMPWORKING WORKSHOP
578,Making Cups from Bottles - $145
 
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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Lampworking

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Intro to Making Cups from Bottles
•  Learn how to safely cut bottle glass and turn it into a beautiful drinking cup


This is a beginning class focusing on how to work with bottles. We will be focusing on how to safely cut bottles and how to grind the ends to make a beautiful recycled bottle glass vessel.

 You will complete this project in class.

Materials you are required to bring: BOTTLES!! (please bring one or 2 to cut and share), rubberized gloves, wear cotton clothing, hair tied back, interest in making cool cups!

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works

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578, Making Cups from Bottles- $145 [More Info]
Bronwen Heilman
08/22/20155:30 pm - 7:30 pmNEW! OPEN TORCH NIGHT - Saturday 5:30pm

We're excited to host our first-ever Open Torch Night! If you're hoping just to get a feel for lampworking technique or have a project you want to work on, stop by and try out some or all of the torches available. Lampworking Sponsor, Carlisle Machine Works Inc. will have representatives on hang to explain more about lampworking and help guide you! Watch some demos, meet some artists and exhibitors, and enjoy light snacks.

For safety: please wear natural fibers, long pants and covered shoes; if you have long hair it must be tied back.

Lampworking materials and tools supplied by Carlisle Machine Works
Light snacks and beverages sponsored by Wale Apparatus


Located in Hall D, lampworking classrooms
Open Torch Night - Saturday

2015 Bead Fest Philadelphia Sponsors


           Lampworking Sponsor
            Open Torch Sponsor