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Fused Glass Lightcatchers with Liz DeLuca

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Event description

This two-and-a-half hour workshop is designed to give you a taste of glass cutting and fusing using glass cutters, running pliers and nipping pliers to cut your shapes.  We will also talk about frits and murrine, how they are made and how best to use them in our panels.  Fusing methods with Italian sheet glass and accessories are part of the class.  Students will experience using tools, techniques and methods to nip, score and cut glass.  The shapes can then be arranged on sheet glass to create semi-transparent floral designs and patterns.  Small copper rings will be fused in between the layers of glass to make a hanging loop.

During this 'taster' lesson, students will have the chance to make two light catchers that will be kiln fired and either posted to the student when complete, or available for collection from Hidden Gallery.  The firing process can take many hours due to the need to use programs with the kiln: not only does the kiln have to go through a series of temperatures and 'hold patterns' but aslo, as the kiln cools, these 'soak' temps beomce even more important.

NB: Photos are examples of possibilities however the glass accessories may vary and will depend on what is available on the day.  

Time allocation: 2.5 hours

Level of Difficulty: Beginner

Kit / Workshop Materials Inclusions: 

  • *All materials needed to create your light catchers 
  • *Use of cutting and shaping tools
  • *Glass sheets and glass accessories
  • *Firing service

Details of kit / workshop materials

Students will select coloured/clear glass sheet background and glass accessories - millefiore, stringers, frit glue and tacking material.  Use of glass cutting tools and equipment, kiln firing and annealing.  Each student will be provided with PPE and taught safe handling methods (glove and safety lenses)

Pre-requisite skills: Nil

Special Workshop Conditions: Completion of light catchers will occur after firing.

Students to bring:  Protective clothing, long sleeve shirt, closed in shoes, long hair to be tied back, drink bottle - note book and pencil for note taking.

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