Looking Forward to Class … with Jeri Warhaftig

I’ve signed up for 4 days of classes with Jeri Warhaftig – to be held
at the newly re-designed studio at beadFX. As I was the re-designer –
I’m looking forward to seeing how well the space is going to work!

A
few years ago – ok, quite a few- I think it was 2006 – I bought a bead
at auction at the ISGB gathering. I managed to lose the maker’s info –
but I was pretty darn impressed with the bead. It was – is – I still
have it – cobalt blue, iridescent like carnival glass, and with a deeply
etched pattern – almost like cut glass. It was hard to believe that it
was handmade – the pattern was so crisp and tight and deep. I didn’t
know about sandblasting beads then – and I couldn’t decide if it was
carved or etched.

In
looking at this bead from Jeri’s site – I realize now that it was one
of her beads! – and that it was sandblasted. And now I get to take a
class with her. How cool is that? (The one I have is very similar to the
one pictured! The dark areas in the pattern are actually the
sandblasted parts – the glass is cut away there!)

Sandblasting is a process of using a
stream of small, rough particles (like – SAND) to carve away part of the
bead and leave a textured pattern on the surface. It opens the door to
going beyond making beads and gives you many more options to customize
your work.  You might also recognize the technique from Diana East’s classic beads. There is a really nice video here that gives you some insight as well.

Jean
from Nortel Mfg (manufacturer of the Nortel torches, Minor, Mega,
Mid-range, etc.) tells me that Jeri is an absolute sweetheart of a
teacher – very kind and patient – always good to hear! 

It has meant that the studio bought a whack of equipment for this class –
sandblasting cabinet, air compressor, media recovery – so this will add
a whole new level to glass beadmaking – as the equipment is not going
away, and will be available after. I really want to get my head around
how to use the equipment – so that after the class – I can continue to
use it and find ways to incorporate it into my own work.

Jeri is scheduled to teach “Demystifying Dichroic and Conquering Copper” – a two-part class on May 3 and 4th. This class is $425
for the two days, and includes all the glass (including the dichro!!!), etc, that you will
require. If you have favorite tools, your own glasses, you are welcome
to bring them (I suggest marking them with tape or nail polish or paint
to make them easy to i.d.) – but everything is provided.

The second class is on May 5 and 6 – the Saturday and Sunday and is “Sandblasting Lampworked Beads.
We are installing a sandblasting unit expressly for this class – but it
won’t be going away after the class – we will still have it available
for use – so unless you want it sitting there while you wished you knew
how to use it – I suggest you sign up. This class is $450 – and again – everything you need
is included. The description of the class states that you “should be
able to make large beads with reasonable competency” in order to be
successful – which would pretty much describe all the folks who got
started by taking a class with me!

If you want to see more of Jeri’s work – check out her website at jeribeads.com.

The classes are just week after next – May 3-4 and 5-6. There are spaces left – so you should jump on this opportunity right now.
Jeri is NOT teaching at Bead and Button and has a limited teaching
schedule this year – so this is a really good opportunity – especially
for those in the Southern Ontario area – as the cost savings of not
having to travel to the US are huge! Email Jenny H at beadfx and sign up now!

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