Adventure into the world of hot glass! Create one-off glass beads, miniature artworks that others will marvel at. Teaching the basics of glass beadmaking, the tutor thoroughly explains all aspects of the process, no experience is necessary. Students need good eyesight and the steady use of both hands. Scheduled class times are highly structured with a balance between demonstrations and students practicing techniques. Upon completion students have the knowledge to continue to practice their beadmaking skills in their own studios.

Topics covered include: Health and safety, understanding equipment, glass and mandrel preparation, shaping beads, using stringers, decorative techniques, general tips, tricks and troubleshooting.

Please note all tools and equipment are provided. Students will be required to supply their own glass rods, or purchase at the studio for approximately $40. Kathryn prefers Bullseye and you can preview colours at our online store.

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What you will learn
  • How to safely use equipment, different types of glass, glass and mandrel preparation.
  • Creating and shaping beads, adding decorative elements using stringer, frit and colour.
  • Problem solving, setting up at home, OH&S, tips and much more.
What you will get
  • All tools and equipment are provided.

What to bring
  • Safety glasses
  • Note book and pen
  • Any of your favorite tools
  • Bottle of water and lunch
  • Bullseye rod (a range of 10 colours has been preselected for the class - these can be purchased on the day)
What to wear

Suitable clothing: Long pants, 'covered in' shoes and apron - Long hair must be tied back during this class.

Appropriate for



Blue Dog Glass

Vendor since 2016

Located in Mordialloc, Melbourne, Blue Dog Glass is a unique business dedicated to offering quality products, tuition and commissions in the field of kiln formed glass. We combine artistic flair, refined technique and practicality to produce items and services of true individuality. We stock an extensive selection of materials and tools for any glass enthusiast as well as providing specialist technical support.

As importers and distributors of Bullseye Glass and Paragon kiln products, our range of glass and products are of the highest quality. At  Blue Dog Glass we also provide a personalised commission service including cast hand prints, functional ware, business or sporting awards and architectural lighting design. Our team can collaborate with your business to produce design prototypes and items best suited to your needs.

Classes offered at Blue Dog Glass are conducted by professional artists and offer students the opportunity to learn in a friendly and creatively conducive environment. Our classes cater for absolute beginners and craft makers through to professional artists looking to expand their practice with specialist glass workshops.

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17 September 2016 • Bead Making Beginners

How to make something I've always wanted to learn.