Introduction to Lampworked Sculpture - Stir Sticks
Use a torch to create festive stir sticks from borosilicate glass to keep or give as gifts.
- Sat, 10/21/2023 3:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM
You will make several torchworked stir sticks decorated in a variety of methods. A variation for making a cheese/spread knife also will be shown. These are great for holiday gifts.
Lampwork and torchwork both refer to the same process in which a torch or lamp is used to melt glass. Once molten, the glass is shaped by blowing, tools, or hand movements. It was more commonly called lampwork when oil lamps were used. This class will use borosilicate glass because it's easier to work with for beginners, but the techniques can transfer to soft glass, and any variations needed for soft glass will be discussed.
You'll learn and practice shaping and sculpting techniques with and without tools, encasing, cold seals, hot seals, and transferring to a punty (a glass or metal rod used to make small gathers or provide a handle for an object while it's being made).
Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate
- A $27 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers the use of everything you'll need.
- You're encouraged to bring any scrap borosilicate glass you'd like to use, as well your own tools if you prefer.
You must have taken at least one introductory class so you know the basics of safely lighting the torch, turning it off, and melting small gathers to make beads or marbles. More advanced students also are welcome.
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