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LOCAL FLAMEWORKING CLASSES

  •  Closed for remodeling  
    • University of Michigan-Dearborn Flameworking program - Room 251, Science building. Ongoing beginning/intermediate level flameworking classes with an emphasis on beadmaking using soda lime glass and minor burners. Lynx, Bethelehem, and Carlisle burners available to try. Marvering (e.g. shaped beads), casing, raking, stringers, twisties, ribbon cane, marbles, hollow beads, the use of leaf and foils, Thompson enamels, reduction frits, optic molds, and dichroic glass are all covered. Materials including effettre (morretti) glass and tools provided. Importance of glass compatibility, eye protection, and annealing discussed.

      Students must be at least 13 years of age. Courses generally run 8--12 weeks, usually about $25 per session, during the fall and winter. In the summer nationally known flameworkers are brought in to teach weekend and weeklong seminars. These are nice, thorough introductory courses, with the opportunity to try a lot of tools, techniques and materials before investing in your own. They fill up fast, though, so don't wait around to register. Contact Don Miller for more information.
  • Glass Academy in Dearborn has a state-certified training program in Michigan, the Glass Academy provides students with a "unique opportunity to cultivate skills in the glass arts: glassblowing, stained glass, lampworking, and neon using state-of-the-art equipment and top-notch instruction from local artisans. Hobby, second income, or retirement business, our programs will train and prepare the student so they can proceed to whatever level they choose."

Member Stores with Classes and Supplies

  • Brighton Beads and More owned by members Paul and Nancy Garber is at 9850 East Grand River, Brighton Michigan 48116. Ph. remains 810/844.0066. Hours: Tues.-- Fri. 10-6; Sat.--Sun. 10-4. Teaches a broad range of classes on beading techniques, PMC, wire working, enameling, fusing.
  • Stony Creek Bead Store - owned by member Kim West is at 2060 Whittaker Rd  Ypsilanti, MI 48197  734.544.0904Open T-F 10-6; Sat 10-5 Closed Sunday and Monday  Stony Creek provides supplies and classes for a wide range of techniques. Stony Creek has hosted several guild trunk shows and we appreciate the opportunity.
Other Stores:
  • A2 Arts, 700 State Circle, Ann Arbor MI 48108. 734/622.8112. Carries complete line of Glass Alchemy, Northstar, Borostix, and Prism colored borosilicate rod; borosilicate dichro sheets and pattern, (including tubing!), patterned cane, Eigenschaft borosilicate tubing and rod (says this brand is the best), and tools for the lampworker. Upcoming product lines include colored (boro) tubing, and `inhouse' manufactured clear rod and tubing. No soft glass! They don't stock kilns or torches as a rule, but are happy to order for you, saving you shipping costs. Accept cash, checks, credit cards; may order as little as one rod of a color. The proprietor, Matt Cyrulnik, stresses that this is a warehouse; hours are nominally 10--6 M-F but they would very much appreciate a call ahead of time. (updated dec04)
  • Armstrong Tool & Supply Co. Inc. - 31747 W. Eight Mile, Livonia MI 48152; 800-446-9694 or 248-474-1600, Fax: 248-474-2505; Hours: M, Th: 8:30--6:00; T, W, F: 8:30--5:00; Sa: 9:00--2:00. Offers 10% discount to guild members.
  • Bead Gallery  307 & 309 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Phone is 734-663-6800, Store hours: Mon - Sat, 10-7; Sun, 12-5. Beading classes are held in the store.
  • Busia's Beads, 2909 Biddle St, Wyandotte, MI 48192, 734/282.7534. Open Mon--Sat 10--6. Don't let the hideous web page fool you---they have a great selection of czech pressed glass, which we all had a great time buying at our 2003 picnic. Says they're getting in swarovski, too.
  • Canterbury Glass in Pontiac carries some Morretti/Effrettre, and a lot coe 90 tested compatible. Primarily a stained glass shop.
  • Delphi Glass, located in Lansing MI, carries a wide range of tools, glass, books and supplies. Featured products include Bullseye, Uroboros, System 96, Wasser and CBS Dichroic, kilns and accessories, molds of all shapes and sizes, bead making kits and tools, books, torches and kits, Effetre, borosilicate glass from Glass Alchemy, Northstar and Simax, and PMC+, PMC3 with new shaping and firing tools. The store also teaches many classes. Call 800-248-2048 or visit the link above for more information.
  • Findings, located in Ann Arbor, "is blessed with an outstanding staff, each of whom brings her own creative spirit to our space. We invite you to come and browse for inspiration, share your projects and ideas, take a class, or use us for help when you have questions."
  • Pam's Bead Garden, formerly Plymouth Beading, now located in Farmington, Michigan, there slogan is "where no bead is a weed''. Retail, seed beads, beads by the piece. Stringing & beadweaving classes. Owner: Pam Nichols. Don't bother taking your tax ID, because they won't honor it.
  • Priya Imports, Inc. Findings, semi-precious stone beads, pearls, sterling silver & 14/20 gold fill findings and beads, and supplies to string with your beads. Specializes in Bali silver, Indian faceted stones (e.g. amethyst, citrine, tourmaline, garnet). Wholesale only, $100 minimum.

These are just a few bead stores and is not meant to be complete.

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