Op 1-2 oktober en 4-5 oktober heeft Amanda Muddimer (Mangobeads) workshops geven in Leende.
Harlequin & Sundial Cabochons – twoday class
1-2 October 2014 and 4-5 October 2014
The Sundial Cabochon
These lovely sunny sundial pendants are not only such fun to make but they are heavily laden in technique that can be applied to all areas of bead making.
Constructing cabochons can be challenging especially when applying design. The construction of The Sundial will allow me to demonstrate to you how to do this easily.
We will practice confident use of the torch as a tool, not only using it for effective heat management, but to our benefit when applying design and layers of colour, keeping our surface clean and crisp.
I will share with you a technique I have discovered that will enable you to easily alter and perfect your Sundial design making it very difficult to ‘go wrong’ with raking and manipulation of the glass – you will be left wondering how you managed without it and will be able to apply all the knowledge you have learnt constructing your cabochon to many areas of your bead making.
I will demonstrate you how to clean up your work and make simple effective pendants from the finished cabochons.
The Harlequin Cabochon
This technique relies heavily on heat control in order to maintain mastery of the glass.
We will practice confident use of the torch as a tool, using it not only effectively for heat management, but to our benefit when encasing the layers.
I will demonstrate effective use of color in the layered designs discussing with you those that should be avoided and those that work well. Emphasis will be on demonstrating working cool and slowly.
Encasing the design adds impact and clarity and results in a finished cabochon that is quite beautiful.
Construction of this cabochon demonstrates using the encasing layer to stretch and magnify the layers of color beneath.
Manda will share with you a technique she has discovered that will enable you to easily alter and achieve your design making it very difficult to ‘go wrong’ with the manipulation of the glass at the encasing stage.
- Mandrel preparation
- Glass Application to a cab mandrel
- Managing heat on a flat surface and using the heat to move and shape the glass keeping it centered at all times
- Using the heat to move layers of transparent color enabling even easy encasing on a flat surface
- Applying layers of color and managing the heat to keep the colors clean and accurate
- Surface manipulation including raking and a technique for creating a finer controlled design using tweezers
- Achieving the perfect shape using the heat and gravity
- Simple effective cleaning and grinding of cabochons without the use of expensive machines