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Fused Glass and Silver Fusion

with Jan Harris Smith

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What you will learn:


Class 1:

  • Intro and bio

  • Overview of what class will cover

  • Glass tools and safety

  • Basic Glass Tools – explain tools and how tools are used

  • Kiln – programming jewelry kiln, good firing practices

  • Grinder – water, coolant, how to grind, how to replace a head

  • Using a dust mask – why and what is silicosis

  • Using eye protection

  • Hand protection – gripper gloves

  • Injuries and first aid

Class 2:

  • Working with glass

  • Glass compatibility and what that means

  • What is devitrification and how to fix devit in art glass

  • Dichroic Glass – colors, patterns, backingHow to cut stack and ready dichroic glass to make pattern sheet and prepare for firing

  • How to cut the pattern sheet to form cabochons

Class 3:

  • How to make dichroic glass houses

  • Cutting black back

  • Cutting roof and house

  • Cutting windows and doors

  • Attaching parts

  • Finishing houses after firing


Class 4:

  • Creating Settings in Silver

  • Torch - types and uses

  • Pickle and pot – safety considerations, types of pickle

  • Safety for metal working – working with open flame, chemicals, ventilation

  • Other supplies used in metalsmithing – i.e. soldering pads, charcoal, etc.

  • Work area set up

Class 5:

  • What metal to use? Silver, copper, brass, nickel; considerations when using each

  • Drawing out your design on paper and determining what shapes to cut out

  • Jewelry saw – how to install blade, how to saw sheet

  • Using tin snips to cut small silver pieces

  • Cutting wire

  • Using Dremel tool to drill holes in metal

  • Cleaning your metal

Class 6:

  • What is solder? Types and grades and how to use.

  • Demonstrate soldering technics that will be used to create settings

  • How to stamp into metal


Class 7:

  • Cutting out base of house setting

  • Cutting out bezel roof and base of house

  • Cutting out prongs for house

  • Stamping words into metal

Class 8:

  • Soldering roof onto sheet metal base

  • Marking and soldering base bezel onto sheet metal base

  • Drilling holes for prongs

  • Soldering prongs

  • Soldering word strips and bail on back of setting

  • Soldering bail on back of setting

  • Adding a jump ring to bail

Class 9:

  • Cleaning and finishing settings

  • Setting stones

  • Wrap up

BONUS CLASS 1: Wild Woman Pendant

  • How to bezel set a glass cabochon

  • Soldering bezel wire

  • Soldering bezel wire to backing

  • Soldering the jump ring, hair, arms and legs

  • Finishing pendant


BONUS CLASS 2: Garden Bell

  • Cutting out clear glass base
  • Forming wire loops for attachments
  • Decorating Garden Bell with Dichroic Glass – shapes and designs
  • Explain how to fire piece
  • Attaching the bell and chain

What Students are Saying

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Jen W
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About the course

In this fused glass and silvesmithing course, you will learn how to take sheet glass and dichroic glass and turn them into beautiful cabochons to include in your jewelry!

Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: Fused Glass and Silver Fusion

Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
Glass artists, anyone who loves glass or want to start a new hobby or career

Main objective:
Learn how to take sheet glass and dichroic glass and turn them into beautiful cabochons to include in your jewelry!



About the instructor

Jan Harris Smith

Jan Harris Smith began working with metal in college and was hooked on making metal jewelry from Jan Harris Smith began working with metal in college and was hooked on making metal jewelry from the first class. She has since completed several college level classes and independent workshops in metal working on her path to becoming an artisan jeweler.

In 2005, Jan took her first class in glass fusion. She has completed several classes and workshops in glass and her primary focus in glass is the use of reactive art glass to create unique colors and reactions.

Jan’s education includes university-level fine art classes and numerous workshops taught by professionals in the silversmithing and glass field. She has also had her art published in magazines and books and won several awards for her work, over the years.

Teaching art has been her passion for over 20 years. She enjoys introducing students to working in art and engaging in the creative process. She has taught in various venues across the United States and Australia, including art retreats, art stores, and art schools.

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