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    Glass Judaica Class: Menorahs, Seder and Challah Plates

    Diablo Glass School
    Looking to add a handcrafted heirloom to your home decor? You could scour the flea markets and antique stores and shell out big bucks for something that somebody else made ... Or you could go DIY with this introductory glass workshop! You'll be working towards creating a menorah, or a seder or challah plate, assembling your chosen project piece by piece. In the process, you'll learn techniques used by Judaic artists for thousands of years, including fusing, slumping, and essential kiln forming theory. The end result will be stunning piece that will grace your home for years to come! Pretty glassy, huh?
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    Sock Talk

    Elissa's Creative Warehouse
    Looking to pick up some knitting skills? Hop in feet first with this sock workshop! You'll learn basic approaches and knitting theory for using one, two, and four needles to create colorful, cozy socks! These same skills are transferable to numerous other projects, including mittens and hats, so you won't just be stuck knitting socks for the rest of your life -- your sock collection would get pretty out of hand. Ellissa's Creative Warehouse offers a supportive learning environment to enhance your skills, plus the opportunity to meet and socialize with other crafty sorts. The knowledge you pick up in this class ought to come in pretty handy... or footy, in this case!
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    Sandblasting Designs

    Diablo Glass School
    Think transparency is overrated? Then this is the glass class for you! You'll start out working with a piece of clear glass, and learn to embellish it with a decorative design. First you'll apply stickers and vinyl pieces, and then once you have the design you want, you'll use sandblasting techniques to create a "frosting" effect where the glass is exposed. One the stickers are removed ... Voila! You've got a stunning new glass piece to add to your home decor! Or, you could use it as a handcrafted gift to brighten up another's day ... But we're guessing this one's going straight to your mantel!
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    Glass Pipe Making

    Juggernaut Glass (MA)
    If you can't handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Or, in this case, the glass pipe making class. Spend an afternoon learning the in's and out's of lampworking -- a cool form of glassblowing that creates beautiful shapes from molten glass rods and a trusty torch. In this class, see how the pros create items such as hand-blown glass beads, pendants, marbles, ornaments, functional art, pipes, and sculptures. The lampworking studio is your oyster, come see what beautiful creations you can make.
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    Flame Working 101: Boro

    Diablo Glass School
    Flames erupt. You turn the glass, melting it and forming it. It's glowing. Whether you're working a flame for fun or hobby, here, you'll have the chance to create one-of-a-kind beads, pendants, and marbles. This hands-on flameworking course covers the basics of shaping colorful glass in the flame of a stationary propane/oxygen torch. There will be a discussion of studio set-up and safety, followed by periodic demonstrations and plenty of practice time. Throughout the day, you will create beads, glass pendants, and marbles.
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    Intro to TIG Welding

    Stonybrook Fine Arts
    Become familiar with the art of welding in an informative introductory class, where you'll cover tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding techniques, which allows for the joining of more alloys and metals than any other welding process. This workshop will teach you about the fascinating process of gas metal arc welding, including effective methods, equipment handling, and shop safety. After you've got a handle on the art, try your hand at applying topics demonstrated during the class to create a welding sample in mild steel.
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    Make a Pendant

    Stonybrook Fine Arts
    Tired of wearing the same accessories that everyone else has? Why not let your individuality shine through your jewelry! Learn the basics of making and customizing pendants in this crafting workshop. This four hour course will take you through several jewelry making techniques, including metal cutting, filing, and soldering. After learning the essentials, begin to customize your own personal silver pendant, perhaps with some colorful glass beads? The sky's the limit! Leave with a beautiful accessory to either give to someone special or rock of your own.
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    Intro to Glass Ornaments

    Fiamma Art Glass
    Why have generic, store-bought ornaments when you can have awesome hand made ones? No ones Christmas tree will compare to yours after you fill it with your own festive creations. In this class you will learn the ancient art of Flameworking by way of its modern incarnation using gas/oxy torches and graphite and steel tools. Expert teachers will carefully guide you through the entire process. You'll learn the basics of safety and equipment operation before getting into the fundamentals of hot glass manipulation, glass color usage, and surface decoration. You'll get the experience of working at your own personal workstation with a torch, tools, glass and supplies. You might want to host a contest for the best looking tree this year because your tree is about to be unbeatable.
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    Glassblowing: Lampworking

    Juggernaut Glass (MA)
    If you can't handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Or, in this case, the lampworking class. Spend an afternoon learning the in's and out's of lampworking -- a cool form of glassblowing that creates beautiful shapes from molten glass rods and a trusty torch. In this class, you'll see how the pros create items such as hand-blown glass beads, pendants, marbles, ornaments, functional art, pipes, and sculptures. The lampworking studio is your oyster, come see what beautiful creations you can make.
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    Glassblowing 101 : Drinking Glasses

    Diablo Glass School
    Like in ancient Greece, you sculpted glass into your cups. Wine was sipped from a utensil that took days to produce. This two-day introduction to glassblowing will guide first timers, and others looking to brush-up on their skills, through the fundamentals of gathering glass from the furnace, vocabulary, tools, and safety. You will start with one of Diablo's core exercises: the paperweight. Then the class will be introduced to the blown bubble through a series of demonstrations and hands-on exercises. You will then apply the color and blowing techniques learned to create your very own colorful drinking glass.
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