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Delphi's Lansing Creativity Center
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The goal of this class is to introduce students to the processes involved in casting frit in commercial glass molds and with the art of complex sandblasting using enamel surfaces and other novel surface treatments. Students make at least two boxes and several pendants (or other items if we have adequate kiln space) and some of the finished pieces are re-fired with a layer of enamel. Students use resists to mask the enamel and learn the intricacies of sandblasting to achieve the final result.
Day one focuses on the technical frit casting process. This includes learning about Bullseye glass, and frit in particular, the nature of the molds and how to prepare and care for them. Students choose color combos, weigh glass and fill molds with hands on teacher involvement and discussions of potential issues and solutions.
Next, students learn about powdered enamel and its successful application for the sandblasting process. Some of the box lids and pendants are then coated in enamel for a second firing. Resists, both type and purposes, are covered in depth and various approaches are troubleshooted and explored. Other surface treatments (such as Gilders Paste) are used for varied effects.
Class includes an in-depth exploration of equipment and processes for sandblasting and the more sophisticated resists (such as the use of vinyl cutters and photoresist). Students are offered a wide assortment of unique teacher-prepared vinyl resists to mask their individual items and there is an opportunity to design their own (depending on available materials). Sandblasting is demonstrated and students blast their own work. Different sealing methods are demonstrated and students have a chance to troubleshoot any problems they encounter.
The class includes a Power Point of the vinyl cutter process, and gallery of sandblasted work.
5 out of 5 stars