Techniques in Soft Glass Torchwork: Dazzling Effects with Silver

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Techniques in Soft Glass Torchwork: Dazzling Effects with Silver

Apply silver leaf and foil to create reactions and sparkle to your beads.

Meeting Times
  1. Sun, 3/17/2024 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sun, 3/17/2024


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Class, Has Prerequisite

Glass Studio

Glass Torchworking


Venetian beads are one of the most popular beads because of the way they glow from within, often appearing to be made with gold. You'll use Effetre soft glass with a COE of 104 as you learn the impact of silver foil:

  • As a surface application for organic results
  • To create amazing textures and reactions to the colored glass beneath it
  • To make silvered stringer to add to cut shapes impacting the overall bead design


A materials fee of $22, included in the price of this class, will provide fuel, tools, soft glass rod and stringer, and silver leaf and foil.  

  • You are required to bring a minimum of 15 pre-dipped mandrels (middle or end dipped – your choice).
  • You are encouraged to bring any tools and colored soft glass rods in addition to what's provided for this class.


At least one introductory bead class is required.

  •  Advanced beginners and intermediate-level torchworkers should know the basics of forming and shaping beads, and the application of stringers and dots.
  • Advanced students will learn best practices for making Venetian beads.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required in the Glass Studio at all times.  Long sleeves and clothing of 100% cotton is required to prevent burns. Long hair should be tied back.

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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