How to Carve Freeform Shapes From Glass and Stone

with Jack Hoque

In this how to Carve on Glass and Stone Course online class, Jack Hoque will teach his techniques and tools he uses to cut, carve and polish semi-precious gemstones and glass into freeform shapes with polished grooves and bubbles. These cold working techniques (also known as a form of lapidary) will help you create one of a kind pieces that will definitely set you apart from the rest!

Learn more about the course here:https://www.curiousmondo.com/carve-glass-and-stone-course

Basic Bottle Glass Fusing

with Jodi McRaney-Rusho

Learn how to make beautiful and creative fused glass art using bottle glass, molds and a kiln. Bottle glass is an inexpensive alternative to art glass that is also great for the environment. This fused glass course will take you through the absolute basics, including what tools you’ll need, all the way through multiple, increasingly complex projects. In this fusing glass course we will cover making fused glass art from whole bottles, two ways to cut bottles, how to make sheets of glass from cut bottles, fused donuts, fused bottle bottom molds with embellishments, kiln formed recycled glass beads and jewelry, Fuse and Fold animals-including two exclusive designs available only through this course. We will also explore how firing schedules work, what is happening at each stage and how to adjust your firing schedule. We will spend time reviewing common glass fusing problems and how to solve them.

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/basic-bottle-glass-fusing-course

How to Make French Beading Flowers

with Shahar Boyayan

Learn how to create beautiful beaded flowers using the French Beading technique. You will learn: Basic Framing, Spikes, Loops, Loop around Lacing …and much more! All while creating gorgeous flowers that you can use for decor, head bands and art pieces! Come make a whole garden of French beaded flowers. No French necessary.

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/french-beading-flowers-course

Discussing Bead Quality for a French Beading Flower with Shahar Boyayan

Learn how to create beautiful beaded flowers using the French Beading technique. You will learn: Basic Framing, Spikes, Loops, Loop around Lacing … and much more! All while creating gorgeous flowers that you can use for decor, head bands and art pieces! Come make a whole garden of French beaded flowers. No French necessary.

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/french-beading-flowers-course

Starting the Pistil for a French Beading Flower with Shahar Boyayan

Learn how to create beautiful beaded flowers using the French Beading technique. You will learn: Basic Framing, Spikes, Loops, Loop around Lacing …and much more! All while creating gorgeous flowers that you can use for decor, head bands and art pieces! Come make a whole garden of French beaded flowers. No French necessary.

Learn more: https://www.curiousmondo.com/french-beading-flowers-course

Connecting the Base of the French Beading Flowers with Shahar Boyayan

“So this is the one we made. We did this. He goes, under the flower. So all I did was five full loops. Like you’ve learned already. And then I’m going to add that to the, piece. Of course, normally I would insert the flower with the wire here, but in this case, I’m just going to make it work another way. And then I can either twist a little bit of the wire. I’m just going to hold close to the care. And I put the flower tape to hide a buddy. Normally you would do this the moment you’re putting the center of the flower. Now we can call it a complete flower and then you arrange. Usually you have five is more than enough to do this and put around the flour and you have it. Okay. There you go.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/french-beading-flowers-course

Placing the Center of a French Beading Flower with Shahar Boyayan

Learn how to create beautiful beaded flowers using the French Beading technique. You will learn: Basic Framing, Spikes, Loops, Loop around Lacing …and much more! All while creating gorgeous flowers that you can use for decor, head bands and art pieces! Come make a whole garden of French beaded flowers. No French necessary.

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/french-beading-flowers-course

Overlapping Pedal Technique for a French Beading Flower with Shahar Boyayan

“Let’s now combine that to create another technique here that where you over lap, the paddles. So for the inside one, I want to have seven beats in my center, 3, 6, 7, or about half an inch. You would be right with either and you’re going to loop that like we did at the beginning. And you pinch, so you don’t have wire showing. And twist twice. For this one, we want three rolls of wrap around. So this is the first time we, we are doing the three roles, this course, three and four, the inside of my rows. I want, three rows, three paddles. So I have to do three more, two more. So again, same number or half an inch. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/french-beading-flowers-course

Choosing the wire for a French Beading Flowers with Shahar Boyayan

“When you go buy these at a flower shop or a craft store, you have different gauge of wire, the 18 gauge. So the way I see, I just pinched the package, the packet a little bit, because you have very soft ones. So I see if there is any resistance. And there is quite a bit, so I want that because again, it’s heavy, right? The glass is happy. So I want that. Now there is the 16. The problem is, sometimes you don’t find it. The 16 is even better than this one because it’s very sturdy. It makes it easier for us to make the flowers. I need to have some weight. If I had a lighter gauge, the moment I put the flower here, it starts root, right? It doesn’t stay. Even with this one. Sometimes many times I bend them to make it sturdier.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/french-beading-flowers-course

How to Carve Freeform Shapes From Glass and Stone with Jack Hoque

“So I’m going to grab my sandpaper and kind of shape, shape this and shaping it on, on a flat surface helps a lot. Grit of the sandpaper. The grit of the sandpaper is three 20 grit wet, but I would recommend getting a nice wood sandpaper. That’s a little bit faster than this. This is just kind of all I grabbed when I left the door from home. So right now I’m just kind of, I’ve got it at an angle. I’m kind of creating a point on it again, kind of like the top part, but then I’m going to roll it like this to kind of create that ball right now. I’m just sculpting it into the small ball shape that I want.”

Learn more about the course here:
https://www.curiousmondo.com/carve-glass-and-stone-course

Detailing With Darks When Painting Watercolor Portraits with Colleen Reynolds

“So I’m just gonna put a couple of dark. So usually on a face, the darkest dark should be the eyeball area, and I’m just going to hint at it. Must’ve been an American, ask him that question And I’m just going to soften that whole area. Try to get a hint of a pupil and that. Face of the eye. Notice I haven’t gone to my little brushes and I’m going to take this blue and I’m going to create this cast shadow from the lens or the, your piece of the glasses and the cast shadow.”

Learn more about the courses here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/watercolour-portraits-course

Scoring Techniques for Basic Glass Fusing with Jodi Mcraney-Rusho

“With larger pieces of glass, sometimes it is easier to isolate the thing you want to cut out, before you start cutting the details, because if you have an errant run, like for example, if I were trying to run this little square right here around the edge of the head and it went wrong, it could actually take out that whole side of the glass too. So this way, if I do go right down that centerpiece, I minimize the possibility of ruining the whole piece of glass. And this is true of art glass as well. Just gives you a greater ability to maneuver around it.”

Learn more about the course here:
https://www.curiousmondo.com/basic-bottle-glass-fusing-course

Acid Etching Techniques For Basic Glass Bottle Fusing with Jodi McRaney-Rusho

“So what I’m doing here is just putting acid etching cream on the high parts of the pattern. Now don’t worry too much if you color outside the lines with this, because when we fire it again, the parts that are acid etched, that don’t have mica, we’ll just fire polish. So they will not even be visible. So don’t really, don’t get so wrapped up in the perfection of this, that you paralyze yourself with inactivity. So, there’s the shell and we’re going to do the lighthouse and the turtle very quickly.”

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https://www.curiousmondo.com/basic-bottle-glass-fusing-course

Scoring Techniques for Basic Glass Bottle Fusing with Jodi McRaney Rusho

“If you do a lot of bottles and you do have one of the little contraptions that,
does the score for you, you might want to consider a tiny propane torch,
So we’re going to put that candle flame on or close to this score, and I can, I can kind of see it through the bottle. So I know where that is. And if you listen very carefully, you can hear this little tink. So basically now you’re heating up where you scored.”

Learn more about the course here:
https://www.curiousmondo.com/basic-bottle-glass-fusing-course

Plaster of Paris Molds & Basic Glass Bottle Fusing with Jodi Mcraney Rusho

For plaster of paris, we use two parts plaster to one part water. We’ll just do it that way. Let’s just regular plastic. Regular plaster paris. You can get at a home Depo or a hardware store or a craft store. Two parts class, or one day. Part water, two parts plaster, one part water. By volume. Get it in the mold before it sets up too much.

Learn more about the course here:
https://www.curiousmondo.com/basic-bottle-glass-fusing-course