Classes offered at Glass Renaissance

These classes will be offered a few times each year. Look at the class schedule for next class date.

Landscapes – the “DiFiori” Technique – In this class you will learn how to translate a photo into fused glass creating visual depth and determining the different layers of depthleafyscene2. This is a complex process that requires multiple firings and creating components to incorporate into the landscape. You will learn to make your own custom color stringers through the vitrograph technique, how to use a torch to heat manipulate the stringers to create tree branches, how to use different sizes of frit to create shading and depth with minimal bubbling. You will also learn how to use reactive glass to get desired colors without getting a reaction and how to avoid using colors that change opacity and or COE after several firings. This class is for fusers with extensive fusing experience. This is a 5 day class and students will work on two projects simultaneously from photos chosen by the instructor. May 6- 10 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily Students need to bring safety glasses, no open toed shoes.

Class limit 6……………………..$800 ( includes all materials needed for the projects and lunch daily)

Learn to Cut Glass – Glass cutting is a good skill to have and all of the classes that
Janet teaches require that you already know how to cut glass. Come learn how easy it
is to cut glass once you learn the proper technique. You will be shown how to cut glass
and then you will cut some yourself. This class only lasts about 1 hour and is a great
introduction to the world of art glass.
Students need to bring safety glasses. No open toed shoes. Class starts at 9:00 am

Class limit 8…………………$25 (includes all materials and use of instructors tools)

Innovative Dichroic Glass Jewelry – This class moves you beyond making cabochons
to other ways of working with dichroic glass for jewelry. Discover how simple it is to get
dramatic results. Learn about the colors and properties of dichroic glass. You will also
learn how to control the temperature to get your desired results, how to add dimension
to your jewelry by layering and stacking effectively, special effects like etching and using
patterned dichroic glass, what types of epoxy work best, and adding other elements
such as crystals, beads, and wire to your jewelry. We will talk about different types of
jewelry findings and where to resource them. You will complete a two pendants, two pair
of earrings, and a dangle bracelet during this exciting class.
Students must know how to cut glass and have some fusing experience. Students need
to bring : safety glasses, glass cutting tools, comfortable clothing. No open toed shoes.
Class runs 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with a lunch break.

Class limit: 8…………………$150 ( includes all materials needed for projects and lunch)

Create More Realistic Fused Glass Pictures – Have you learned how to work with frit,
confetti, and stringers? How to use Freeze and Fuse? How to layer glass to get shading
and depth? This class shows you how to put it all together. Based on her book ‘The Art
of Fusing Pictures in Glass’, Janet walks you through these processes and more to
make a fused glass picture look more realistic. Using all these different elements of
fused glass require different firing temperatures so it is important that when doing multi-
ple firings the components are place in the right order for the right firing. You will learn
how to control the temperature to get the desired results. This is a hands-on class
where students will learn how to make all these elements work with each other. Included
in learning is how to heat manipulate stringer and strips of glass to add detail, combin-
ing different sizes and colors of frit for better color saturation, using confetti rather that
sheet glass for fine detail. You will also learn how to use powdered frit and a binding
medium to create three dimensional components such as leaves, ferns, flowers, and
more. Students will create a scene in glass from a picture chosen by the teacher using
all the techniques learned in the class. You will also make samples and components to
take home for use on other projects.
Students must know how to cut glass and have fusing experience. Students need to
bring : Safety glasses, glass cutting tools, particle mask, and didymium glass (if avail-
able). No open toed shoes. Class runs 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on two consecutive days
with a lunch break.

Class limit : 8…………………….$300 (includes all materials needed for projects and lunch
both days)

Get Exciting Results with Mica Powders – Mica powders can make your fusing pro-
jects go from ho hum to exciting. Imagine an waterfall and river that actually shimmers.
Janet shows you how to do this and many other ways to enhance your fusing with mica.
Mica can be used to add sparkle and depth to so many things such as butterflies, fairy
wings, stars in the sky, shafts of light, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, the list is endless.
You will learn how textured glass affects the look of mica after firing. We will also be ex-
perimenting with mixing colors, using mica on stringers to add to your fusing, applying
mica on the surface of glass without capping with clear glass, applying mica between
layers of glass, using highlight colors, and much more experimentation. Each student
will make a pendant, a small mica painted picture, and several samples of different
techniques as well as samples of mica in different colors to take home.
Students need no glass experience for this class. Students need to bring a particle
mask, paint brushes for moving the mica around, and any other tools that you think
would make an interesting pattern in the mica. No open toed shoes. Class runs from
9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Class limit : 8…………………..$50 (includes all materials needed for projects)

For the Birds – Garden Art – Add some fun art to your garden while inviting small birds
to visit and have a meal or a bath. Janet will show you how to make small bird baths
and seed holders using slumped glass and copper plumbing fixtures. Also learn how to
make hummingbird feeders from recycled bottles, copper wire and a little stained glass.
Jan will demonstrate how to make a hummingbird feeder, then let you get creative by
making your own feeder with some stained glass ornamentation. The effects can be
stunning with just a little imagination. You can make these feeders for pennies and they
look like a million> These can be a fast and easy project, making them perfect for gifts
and craft shows. Jan will also demonstrate how to make an indoor or outdoor fountain
Classes offered at Glass Renaissance
and have samples of other sparkly things for your back yard sanctuary.
Students need to have glass cutting and soldering experience. Students need to bring :
glass cutting supplies, safety glasses, soldering iron (if available), leather or insulated
gloves. No open toed shoes. Class runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Class limit : 8…………………….$50 (includes all materials needed for projects)