Off-Mandrel Hollow Beads with Astrid Riedel <br> 2-Day Class <br> March 25-26, 2018


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Sunday March 25 and Monday March 26, 2018
10 am - 5 pm each day
Instructor: Astrid Riedel

In this course you will learn the theory and techniques of blowing glass beads off-mandrel, to create large, lightweight beautiful beads.

On Day 1 you will create basic round, lentil and tube-shaped hollow beads. On Day 2 you will learn how to apply different decorations to beads, such as shards, enamels, twisties and fine stringers.

This is an intermediate/advanced level course. Previous beadmaking experience is required. Please contact us if you are unsure of your level of experience.

All glass and most tools are provided. Students will need to provide at least two hollow blow pipes (one 6mm x 30cm, one 4mm x 30cm; both sizes available from Andrighetti Glassworks), and a tungsten pick (also available from Andrighetti Glassworks).

About the Instructor

Astrid Riedel has been working with glass for the past 13 years, following a career as a goldsmith. Her work is notable for its experimental qualities as well as the wearability of her finished pieces. Astrid is known for her ability to push the boundaries of glass as a medium. Her beads are inspired by glassblowing as well as other art influences including painting, graphic design and mokume gane. Astrid has taught her techniques in courses around the world for six years now, travelling from her home base in Pretoria, South Africa.


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