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« on: July 25, 2012 01:30:51 PM »

There is a bead fest heading my way and there is a workshop on GlasClay... ok, I don't know if it is specifically that brand but its glass that has been suspended in a medium to make it "clay like" in its properties.  It dries and fired in a kiln (around 1200-1500F if I remember correctly).
From my understanding, its similar to metal clay.... as in X (X being silver, gold, or glass) suspended in medium to make it pliable for an amount of time and then fired at a high temp when it dries.

Just looking to see if the class is worth it or, just get the stuff and start playing.....
Thanks in advance!
PJ


clay info:
http://www.glassclay.com/

class info: from clicking thru on the bead fest website
http://www.beadfest.com/philadelphia/workshops.aspx
Geneva Perkins
Bead Fest Philadelphia Workshop

Workshop Date: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Time: 6-Hour (8:00 AM-4:30 PM)
Level: All Levels
Technique: Kiln Fusing
Classroom: Room 17

Description
Learn techniques to create new and unique pieces for jewelry such as beads, buttons, charms, and pendants. Students will learn how to mix, create and fire GlasClay using molds, texture mats and cutters to create frames and settings for fused glass cabochons. They will learn how to make sculptural pieces, create flowers, vines, and leaves etc. All pieces will be fired and returned to students after the show.

Prerequisites
None

Materials List
Value of Included Kit: $10
Materials In Included Kit: Includes up to 6 glass cabochons.
The clay is supplied by Claymania Art Clay.

Students must bring these REQUIRED MATERIALS to class: Students are supplied with all tools etc., but are encouraged to bring their favorite clay working tools.
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2012 05:06:57 PM »

I've seen it for sale on Delphiglass.com, but have never experimented with it. Sounds like a fun class, though!
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2012 02:54:35 PM »

I'm with CrazyEye, sounds like a good and fun experience. Go for it! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2012 09:38:07 AM »

This class was amazing! Geneva was an amazing instructor! The glass clay is a bit odd to work with at first... Kind of a cross between wet sand and playdough. It's very similar to metal clay and you can just keep adding water to keep it soft.   Then let it dry and it's ready for firing in a kiln.  I like the fact that if you want to wait on firing, you just have to keep it dry until you are ready. The clay is hydrophilic, it loves water, so it will absorb water from the air and get wilty.   I haven't gotten my pieces back but I will post them as soon as they arrive.

Great time, can't wait to sit and play! Now I just have to get a kiln to fire in....

-pj
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2012 09:27:13 AM »

Hey, you promised pictures, get posting 'cause surely you've gotten your pieces back by now.  We want to see them even if they look awful, because then we'll know what will happen our first try.
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2012 04:29:13 AM »

you are sooo correct, they did come back, but only a week ago!  interesting, the glass feels like unfluxed glaze... very interesting texture.  will post pic in the next few days!  take them before i leave and then give me a good excuse to disappear for a few from too many relatives Smiley
-pj
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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2013 11:59:27 PM »

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