Bead Making with Astrid Reidel


Workshop Date: 18 - 23 July 2018


Time: 09:00 - 17:00


Wokshop Fee: 1250 Dollar


Hip to be Square/Op Art  

Level Intermediate

Description Hip 2 be square:

- The art of creating the checkered board patternin or on a bead

- Encasing your designs without dragging the design

- Encasing a spiral core in the bead

- Fine stringer application and heat control

- Adding 3D OP art illusions to your bead

- Learn to encase a round bead and a lentil shaped bead so no ugly sides stick out!


Enamel Painting in the Flame

“Painting” in the flame of the torch with powdered enamels and fine stringers to create works of art on your beads.


- Theory of when and where to heat the glass when using stringers.

- Pulling hair fine stringers

- Learning to draw straight lines and curved lines with stringers


3D Spiky Implosions

Level advanced


- Theory on preparation of implosions

- Creating the a base for the implosions

- Using enamels for color

- Creating implosions with dots of glass

- Creating implosions with enamel powders

- Blowing shards for decoration

- Heat control for Fine stringer application


Off Mandrel Hollows 2 day class

Level Intermediate/ advanced


Day 1

- Theory on blowing glass beads off mandrel

- Creating round, lentil and tapered tube shaped hollow beads off mandrel without decorations!

Day 2

- Theory on expansion, example: softness/stiffness of different colors of glass

- Theory on applying different decorations on a hollow bead

- Creating hollow lentil shaped beads with decorations such as shards, enamels and fine stringers

- Creating twisty’s and applying them to a hollow tube bead



Silver Glass Class with Enameled and Silver Glass Murrini

Level intermediate

- Lean how to reduce the silver glass

- Layering or pleating the silver glass

- Making silver glass murrini

- Making enameled murrini

- Encasing with clear glass

- Creating well-made lentil shaped beads

- Making perfect round encased beads





Astrid Reidel

Originally a goldsmith, Astrid Riedel has been working with glass for more than 12 years. She has an insatiable need to push the boundaries in glass bead art. She likes to try new techniques with beads, some from the glassblowing world, and some from other art influences.



The Glass Furnace was first designed as a glass studio but has quickly become one of the world’s leading glass schools and this is the outcome of a long and intensive work. Since the day it was founded, The Glass Furnce has been hosting world renowned artists, teaching various glass techniques to Turkish students and students from all over the world, through different duration workshops.

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