Battuto Technique... a form of glass engraving.
Battuto engraving technique
If you are interested in taking a one-on-one Battuto Engraving class in my home studio, please contact me.
Class registration and payment
To register for a class email me with the dates you are interested in. Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday works best for me. But, I'm also happy to schedule weekday classes, too. I will email you back and give you full details on deposits, payment and directions. A non-refundable deposit will hold your spot in the class, once it's received. If for some reason you are unable to attend the class, the deposit can be applied towards enrollment in another class with me at a later date. If you do not have one or more friends who want to take the class with you, email me and I will put you on a list. Then, I will contact you when I have another person who wants to schedule a class and we will set the date.
General class information
My studio is set up with four torch stations, each with a Nortel Minor bench burner torch. Stations are equipped with a set of basic tools and safety glasses for student use in class. Class size has a limit of four students, but requires at least two people to schedule a class. Watching other student's during class will help to assess your own progress. With a small class size, I can give each student personalized attention, feedback and instruction that makes for a solid foundation in learning bead making skills and techniques. There is a lot of information to take in, and many demos of basic skills and techniques. There will be hand-outs to take home, with an outline of what we worked on in class. You will have torch time to work on the new skills and techniques that are taught in class.
Beginning bead making
A two day class will give you the information and basic skills necessary to start making beads on your own. Emphasis on safety will be covered along with equipment and materials that we will be using. You will learn about the different types of glass and the importance of annealing your beads. Students will learn how to make simple basic bead shapes and also learn to decorate their beads. You will learn to pull and use stringer to apply dots and make simple decorative cane that can be applied as surface decoration. Also covered will be use of frits, application of dot patterns used to create geometric patterns or flowers and encasing. Setting up a home studio will also be discussed. Class size is 2 to 4 people. Cost of class includes all materials and use of safety glasses, tools and equipment. Two day class, $175.
Deciding if you want to take a class
A beginning bead making class can be exciting, overwhelming at times and also exhausting. Learning to make beads will require a whole new range of motions, eye/hand coordination and lots of new information to digest. By the end of class, Students will be tired, full of ideas, information and enthusiasm. Consider checking with your local library to see if they have any glass bead making books to familiarize yourself with the process of making glass beads. There are many books available. Here are two suggestions of books to look for: Making Glass Beads by Cindy Jenkins and The Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking by Kimberley Adams.