Glass Micro Mosaic Jewelry Intensive (Three Day Class) – Janice Peacock
October 11 at 10:00 am - October 13 at 6:00 pm MST$300 – $650
Prerequisite: Beginning to Advance Beadmaking or Flameworking Skills
The creation of micro mosaics dates back to the early 1600s in Italy, and it is a remains an intriguing and beautiful form of glass art today. Micro mosaics are created by slicing up tiny pieces of glass cane, called tesserae, and laying them into a matrix of paste to hold them in place. Micro mosaics have been used largely in the creation of highly detailed imagery in jewelry, and in this class that will be our focus. Up until now, if you wanted to learn to make glass micro mosaic jewelry, you had to fly to Italy for a class.
In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of working with micro mosaics, including how to slice the glass canes and secure them into a bezel setting. Initially we’ll be using filate (the Italian word for thread) glass components in order to hone your skills at creating these tiny works of art.
We will focus primarily on floral imagery, but we can explore other themes as well. You’ll learn how to flamework components that you’ll use to create your own unique micro mosaic designs. This process involves creating a variety of stringers and murrine. If you have struggled in the past with making big and complex murrine, or have never made murrine, this is an excellent way to learn how to make simple patterned cane in a low-stress environment.
You’ll also learn about the various tools and supplies used in micro mosaics and learn how to deal with the special design challenges that you’ll face while working in this small scale. By the time you are finished with class, you’ll have completed three to five micro mosaic pendants.
You’ll also leave with a list of resources so you can continue working on micro mosaics once you return home.
All tools and materials are included in this course. Students should bring their own lampworking tools. While the tools for creating the micro mosaics are supplied, students encouraged to bring any small shaping tools, such as dental picks and scalpels, to class. Students are also encouraged to bring a magnifying light if they own one.
Please read the class policies prior to signing up.