I teach lampwork glass
beadmaking and the acid etching process at studios around the country.
Would you like have me
teach a class at a glass studio near you? Well then, send me some
information about the studio by e-mail
and I'll contact them and try to see what can be arranged for the future!
Also, it may help to chat with the studio owners about my work and
show them my web site, you never know what might work out.
Overview OF The
Glass Etching Process
For my own beads, I
etch images on lampwork glass beads that I create myself.
I begin with rods of glass in different colors and then melt and shape the
glass around a mandrel in the flame of a torch. I then slowly cool the bead
in a kiln, which anneals the glass and gives it great strength and
durability. Later I apply the etched designs to the cooled glass bead.
The basic principles of the etching process are very simple: The designs are
etched on the bead using an acid solution formulated to cut away the glass
surface in a controlled, even way. The acid creates a soft matte finish where
it touches the glass, and leaves a smooth glossy finish wherever I have
protected the glass. After it has done itís job,
the acid is neutralized and washed away, leaving clean, safe, etched bead.
In my classes I cover many different techniques you can use to create your
own etched design. We cover stencil materials and stencil cutting, applying
different painted resist materials, wax resists, embossed stamping, and more.
My classes allow time for students to practice the techniques, and learn many
tips and tricks Iíve learned over the years that make this labor-intensive
process much more successful and rewarding. I cover all of the safety
information you need to use this process safely on your own, and my class kit
includes all the tools youíll need to explore the technique further. See my Shows page for a listing of the shows
where Iíll be offering classes.
For my own etched beads that you see on this web site, youíll see that I have
some designs that use simple graphic elements (dots & lines, etc.), some
with much more elaborate pictorial images, and some that have a raised,
Simple graphic designs are mostly created using painted resist methods,
although some very crisp linear designs call for using stencils. Pictorial
images mostly demand the detail and control available by using stencils.
My sculptural designs are created by melting tiny threads of glass onto the
bead surface, essentially drawing the design on the surface of the bead with
the molten glass, and then selectively etching the bead by applying a painted
resist on the raised design (or on the background, depending on the effect
All of these beads are a great joy to create, as the etching process allows
an endless range of images to lay over the many colors of glass available.
Iíve been fascinated by the flash and flow of transparent glass since I began
lampworking. With the addition of the etching process thereís no end to the
combinations you can make, and so no chance to get bored with the color
palette or the process!
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