Beadcamp Instruction In Lampwork Glass and Metalworking

Bring the Bling

Chan-de-lier, a lighting fixture with bling, my simple definition…

This is the class with endless possibilities that can go in any direction. Learn skills that will not be simply imitation, but will give your work its own voice and the building blocks, the nuts and bolts to bring the bling to any kind of frame that can be lit and suspended.

Learn how to make glass links in any configuration. A must skill of piercing a hole in glass will open all the doors. Add two, four, six, even eight loops onto a bead on a mandrel to allow connections. Other links, whether, arched, straight, curved, half curved, scrolled or what I call “stringer gone wild” will be critical components to complete the puzzle. Students will work with threaded inserts, adding them into glass allowing the ability to make elaborate armature.

Students will not make a finished chandelier, a five day class is not enough time to complete such a project. They will take home all the skills to make one in the future. Our goal is to work toward a finished chandelier panel. Complete instruction of how to finish will be discussed with disclosure that Jari Sheese is not a licensed electrician. 

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We will be making blown hollow silver glass beads and you will learn to handle this beautiful glass. There are amazing differences between solid core beads and hollow beads when using silver glass. This part of the class delves into how many times to reduce, how long to stay in a reduction flame in order to get different results. Adding miles of clear stringer over silver glass creating texture encasing is part of this day. In addition, we work on how to create a bead using more than one kind of glass for its base such as banded silver glass. The possibilities are endless. Each student is asked to sketch out an idea, considering color combinations, thinking about each component, whether it be a series of spacer beads, blown hollow beads, sculpted pieces, top and bottom finials, twistie parts.

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Jari Sheese began her love affair with beads as a college student in Lima, Peru, in 1983. Immersing herself in all aspects of Peruvian culture, she became most intrigued by the street artisans selling jewelry on the sidewalks outside the university. After buying a set of pliers, wire and beads from the local handicraft market, she began her life-changing journey by actually becoming a street artisan and surviving from the meager profits each day. Jari never looked back and continued down the creative path when she opened her bead store, Boca Loca Beads, in 1989. The amazing world of beads has allowed Jari to travel far and wide in search of unique and beautiful treasure for her store focusing in on all the great bead destinations of the world.

The next creative stage of Jari's life began ten years ago when she offered a lampworking class at her shop. She was hooked immediately and quickly built a lampworking classroom in her store. Since that time, Jari's main focus has been working with glass. She has introduced this amazing art form to more than 500 students and recently enlarged her classroom to a 10- station state-of-the-art lampworking studio. Over the last several years, Jari made a small side step into the niche of making glass buttons. These little works of art are sought after by button collectors all over the United States. Most recently, Jari Sheese received the 2007-2008 Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis allowing her to travel to Venice and the Northern region of the Czech Republic in order to explore and exchange ideas with other lampworkers.

​​​Although this class includes learning many new techniques, in the end it is an amazing project which expands the imagination of what one can do with glass.

Buttons, cabochons, pendants are all first cousins in this exploration of off-mandrel work. Whether these pieces are molded, sculpted or free formed with gravity, the use of punties and piercing glass allows one to free themselves from the mandrel. Pulling twisties multiple times to get super tight twists and tiny diameters are taught, including how to make eye lashes using twisties.

Blowing hollow beads using the puffy mandrel and violating all the rules are key to creating elaborate surface decoration. This part of the class looks into how to partially expand the bead, allow it to inflate, deflate, spot blow on different areas of the bead to successfully keep it all in one piece (no cracks, no tumors, no collapses), and how to end up with an even walled, light weight and sturdy bead. The art of applying stringer on a hollow bead nearly void of core heat is explored and practiced.

TWO SESSIONS: March 14–18 and March 21–25, 2017 (arrive the Monday before)

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