Glass Bead Courses

Nicky has always been fascinated with the addictive process of glass bead making. This passion started at the Glasstec show in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1998 where she was mesmerized watching a well-known glass bead maker creating these unique treasures. She was hooked! After a lot of research and sourcing where to purchase the required equipment she eventually was able to make her first glass bead.

IMG_8915“What a wonderful experience that was! I learnt from my books and tried to teach myself, until I discovered an International glass school in Istanbul, Turkey. I was fortunate enough to be able to go and attend the course, which was a wonderful experience for me and it will always stand out as a highlight in my life.”

Nicky’s generosity of spirit lends itself to sharing and she does this by passing on all that she has learned, and still is learning, to others. This international and self-taught knowledge that she has acquired over the years is invaluable as she guides each and every student of hers through the process of bead making or kiln work from start to finish.

If you are feeling inspired to learn a new craft be sure to contact Nicky to enquire or make a booking. Courses are held over a 1 to 3 day period and are one on one. This way student(s) can be assured to have Nicky’s full attention and guidance. Should you wish to do the course with a friend, maximum is 3 students per course.

On completion of the course each student receives a certificate of attendance and are able to take the items they have made home with them.

Advice on necessary equipment and tools is available for those individuals wanting to have their own glass studio at home.

Torch or Kiln-work time is available for rental, this way you can practice your skills learnt and start making items by renting time on Hayden Crafts equipment to do so.

Advanced day courses are also available after completion of the initial course or for those artists that are experienced but want to further their expertise.

SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS…

Nicky hosts kiddies parties at The Biscuit Mill, please enquire for more information.

Glass Bead Courses

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Glass Bead-making:

  • Safety
  • Glass theory
  • Basics of Bead-making
  • Equipment and Tools
  • Various mediums one can incorporate
  • Lighting up/turning off the torch safely
  • Preparing the metal rods
  • Making your first bead
  • Different techniques for making glass beads
  • Pulling glass stringers for various applications
  • Encasing a bead
  • Annealing beads
  • Removing bead release
  • And so much more is taught….

Glass Bead Lampworking

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