Techniques in Soft Glass Torchwork - Masking

Glass Arts

Techniques in Soft Glass Torchwork - Masking

Play hide and seek with dots to create masked patterns in your beads.

Meeting Times
  1. Sun, 1/14/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sun, 1/14/2024

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Class, Has Prerequisite

Glass Arts Studio

Glass Torchworking


Make multiple glass beads using controlled dot application to create specific patterns. These can be a catalyst for the subsequent creation of infinite pattern possibilities of your own. Black-and-white rods will be provided, but you may bring colors you'd rather work with (colors that work crisply get the best results).

This class goes beyond shaping molten glass into beads.  Dots are a backbone to beadmaking and will be featured extensively in your work. This class will use Effetre soft glass with a COE of 104.

You'll practice making bead shapes suitable for creating a canvas for masking, and learn and practice applying various sized and positionally controlled dots to create the masked patterns.


  • A materials fee of $10, included in the cost of the class, covers the use of studio tools and fuel, and the cost of the soft glass rod and stringer.
  • You are required to bring pre-dipped mandrels (minimum 15), and are encouraged to bring any tools and colored soft glass rods you are more comfortable working with. 


This class is intended for advanced beginners and intermediates who have some experience with beadmaking or who have taken at least one introductory beadmaking class, such as Introduction to Torchwork: Beadmaking. You should be comfortable forming and shaping beads, and the application of stringers and dots. More advanced students are welcome, as well. 

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • Wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants of natural fibers. Wear closed-toe shoes (preferably leather or cotton). Stretch fabrics are prohibited.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Michele Benson

Michele has a bachelor's degree in studio art from Potsdam State College in New York and a master’s in social work from Portland State University. After many years in child welfare, Michele retired and opened Sandhill Glass Studio where she taught lampworking (torchwork) for more than 10 years until she moved to Washington state. She has taught lampworking (torchwork) at the Oregon Institute of Technology and Klamath Community College, and has written articles for Soft Flex Jewelry Company. Michele is a long-time member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers and is currently a member of the Florida Glass Dragons. When not in her studio, Michele volunteers for the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County and for the Kitsap Humane Society.

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