Chicago School of Glass Art

Presented By Suevel's Stained Glass Studio

Fusing

  • Introduction to Glass Fusing:  One session, two hours.  Cost: $60.00, includes tool rental fee and supplies to make one fused pendant.  Join us at the studio for a fast paced session as we take you through the basic steps for creating a fused glass pendant.  Students will have the opportunity to learn a little about the art of glass fusing and create their own unique piece of jewelry in the process.  Additional pendants can be made for only $10.  This is a great class for those who have always admired the beautiful glass jewelry at arts and crafts fairs and wanted to know the secret of how they are made.  Students will need to return a week later to pick up their completed pendants.  No experience necessary.  We will no longer be posting times for the Introductory level class on the calendar, however we will still offer the class.  Please call the studio for additional information and to schedule a time.  If you still have a Groupon, LivingSocial, or Amazon Local voucher or you purchased a class from the studio at a previous time please call the studio to arrange a time to take this class.
  • Fusing and Forming – Quick and Easy:  Four sessions, three hours ea.  Cost: $135.00 includes the book, Introduction to Fusing (value $23.95), rental of tools, some supplies and fusing fees for class projects.  Students will need to purchase glass for their projects.  Glass fusing is an exciting and liberating glass art which enables artists to create glass designs by fusing compatible glass pieces together in a kiln.  In this class students will have the opportunity to make one or two jewelry pendants, a decorative wall tile and one mold-formed bowl, plate or vase.  Students will be introduced to a wide variety of fusing materials and techniques.  In addition we will examine various finished projects and discuss how they were made.  Students will learn basic glass cutting and shaping skills; cleaning and layering techniques, and some basic kiln programming.  Previous glass f using experience is not required.  (Students may only take this class once.)
  • Supplies and Tools For Fusing and Forming – Quick and Easy Class

    Safety Glasses                             Tweezers                                       Band-Aids

    Small paint brushes               Ruler                                               Sharpies

    Alcohol                                            Vinegar                                         Pen/Pencil

    Paper                                                 Clean rags                                    Small Plastic Container

    Notebook                                       X-acto Knife                               Small Paint Brushes                                   

  • Students may bring a 24” x 24” plywood work board or use one from the studio for the duration of the class.

Once students have mastered the basics in Fusing and Forming–Quick and Easy they may choose to attend our Thursday evening Open Fusing Studio Time ($5.00/hour) available every Thursday evening from 6:00-9:00 PM.  In addition, twice a month, on Thursday nights at 7:00 PM, we will be offering Fusing Demonstrations of various advanced techniques.  Students should pre-register for the demos and may stay to work on their own projects if time allows. Cost for each Demo is $5.00.  Students staying to work will pay additional studio time rates.  Students must have their own tools, supplies and glass for studio time.  Students do not have to have previous experience to attend demonstrations, but must have taken at least the Fusing and Forming class to stay for Studio Time.  

Fusing Demonstrations:  Check calendar page for dates.  Cost for Demonstrations is $5.00.  Students should pre-register for all demonstrations and notify the studio at the time of registration if you wish to purchase the accompanying book.  

Layering Dichroic Glass:  learn how to layer Dichroic glass to create unique jewelry pieces or cabochons.  Demonstrations will also be given on the use of a Dremel tool for etching your finished piece, how to incorporate sepia and enamel decals, use of a wet band saw for shaping and cold-working techniques for finishing your piece.

Kiln Casting with Frit:  using frit, students will learn how to fill small molds to kiln cast decorative, three-dimensional pieces to add interest and intrique to your fused piece.  Cold-working techniques, mold prep  and tack fusing will also be covered in this demonstration.  Students may purchase the book Glass Kiln Casting (cost: $23.95) as an additional resource on this ancient technique.

Wire Wrapping Your Glass Jewelry: Launch your glass beads or fused glass cabochons into the stratosphere with simple wire wrapping techniques.  You will be amazed at how a little bit of wire with the right twists will transform a glass cabochon into a keepsake jewelry piece.  Students may purchase the book Innovative Adornments (cost: $23.95) as an additional resource of techniques and patterns.

Working Thick: Join us for this exciting exploration into the world of creating glass art pieces 3/8″ thick or bigger.  Learn how to make pattern bars, and glass slabs using various layering techniques which allow the artist to create thick, multi-color, multi-dimensional pieces for wall art or for slumping.  Four separate techniques will be demonstrated.

Making Your Own Stringer Using a Vitrigraph, Candle Or Torch:  Stringers and noodles are great, but what could be more fun than learning how to make your own stringers uniquely designed for your personal projects.  In this workshop we will demonstrate various techniques for pulling or shaping glass stringers that can then be used to bring one of a kind design work to your masterpiece.

Kiln Carving: For this demonstration students will have the opportunity to learn how fiber paper and clay can be used to add depth and dimension to all their fused glass art.  Students who work in stained glass may enjoy this workshop as well.

Painting with Frit:  using frit can bring a dimensionality to your fused glass that is difficult to achieve using sheet glass.  In this workshop we will discuss how the artist can create a 3-D effect using frit and firing the piece multiple times that gives the artwork a photographic quality.  Students may purchase  the DVD Beginning Fritography with Michael Dupille ($39.95) for a more in-depth exploration of this technique.

Inclusions:  Glass fired in a kiln alway produces unexpected results, adding in various items, gold, silver, copper, aluminium, baking soda, etc, can open up a whole new world to explore.  Add a piece of copper wire mesh, or gold leaf and watch the magic happen.  Students will have an opportunity to see how to properly add an inclusion to their fused pieces, and view some finished pieces to see how the various inclusion react within the glass.

 

Students are responsible for notifying the studio when alternative manufacturer’s products from the ones we carry in our retail store are being used in their projects.  Students are responsible for providing manufacturer’s suggested fusing schedules to the studio at the time of firing. If such information is not provided, items will be fused using studio standard firing schedules. Suevel Studios reserves the right to refuse to fire materials brought in from outside sources or other manufacturers than the above named companies and bears no liability if such items are unsuccessfully fused in our kilns.

12 thoughts on “Fusing

  1. When are you offering the Fusing 101 Class?

  2. Each page references the Glass Sampler Class. How do I register for that? I don’t see it on the calendar. Thanks!

    • Hi Jessica. If you are interested in taking the sampler just give us a call to sign up. The “sampler” class is as a series of classes that cover the four main “Intro” classes: Stained Glass, Fusing, Lampworking and Mosaics. The confusing part is that it is not a single class, but a series at a random time chosen by the student as they post on the calendar. I hope that helps. Please feel free and give us a call.

  3. I will take a look at your calendar and sign up for some classes soon. Is there a different price for doing the sampler or is each class still the same cost as is posted for the intro classes individually? Thanks!

    • The classes are the same price for each of them, but if you pick up a local Arlington Almanac there is a discount coupon on our ad you can use that will give you 10% off. We have Almanacs in our store too. :)

  4. Thanks so much! You have been extremely helpful and very efficient in your replies. I truly appreciate it and look forward to taking some classes with you soon!

  5. Hi! I have a Groupon for a glass fusing class and am wondering when your next few are going to be scheduled. I don’t see them on the calendar. Thank you!

  6. Ooops – Now I see it!

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