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Delphi's Lansing Creativity Center
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
This two day class is designed to take a flameworker from ordinary to innovative in the making of glass chain. Both boro and soft glass workers of all levels will benefit from this intense exploration of glass chain and the ways in which basic chain is elevated to art and jewelry.
This class approaches glass chain making as a novel skill set and so is well adapted to both beginners and experienced flame workers willing to reconsider their approaches to the materials. Working on dual fuel torches and using clear rods the class learns how to form durable connections and symmetry. After beginning with beginning with clear basic oval loops students move on to novel shapes, and surface finishes that help them find their own voice and broaden their point of view beyond typical “heady” chain. This is all done primarily in clear glass. Discussions cover boro color and resources as well as different coldworking applications. Instruction also includes discussion of stress and annealing that are integral to the material’s use. Students will make chains (fragments or complete depending on mastery) and prototype links during the class with an opportunity to explore a variety of forming tools and treatments that can be used to great advantage with boro.
SPECIAL option: Students are invited to submit one chain to the instructor on or before August 15, 2022. That chain will be returned with a dichroic coating having been applied. There is a separate fee paid by the student when the chain is delivered to the instructor.