Dichroic Glass Jewelry and Wire Wrapping GL0715JS

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Rolling Bay Barn
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BARN member:  $72 (two sessions)
Non-member:  $79
Materials fee: $20
Wednesdays, June 24 and July 1

Participants will make dichroic glass cabochons and then turn them into jewelry using a technique called wire wrapping.

  • In the first session students will work with dichroic and other glass to design cabochons and earrings. They can bring with them found objects, such as beach glass, rocks, etc., to enhance and wrap with these fused glass pieces.
  • In the second session Jill will give a short introduction on tools and wire-wrapping techniques. She will demonstrate a variety of techniques, and then students can work independently to create their pendant and earrings. She will also teach the participants how to make a pair of ear wires and jump rings.
Prior knowledge of wire working and/or working with jewelry tools is helpful but not necessary.

Remember to wear closed-toed shoes and to bring found objects to embellish your glass and wire designs.

The $20 materials fee is payable at the class and includes the  kiln fee, copper wire, and dichroic glass. If participants want to use silver wire, they must bring their own.


Jill Sundburg grew up on Bainbridge Island, where she has been designing and producing jewelry in the Seattle area for nearly two decades. Much of her inspiration comes from the materials she uses and the organic shapes she finds in nature. Jill is intrigued by the never ending variety of textures, shapes, and colors within different bead groups-- facets, irregularities, every color in the spectrum, shiny and matte

Diane Bonciolini is the "olini" of Mesolini Glass Studio, and glass is her passion.   As a full-time glass artist who has lived and worked on Bainbridge Island since 1977, she grows and changes with every project. Glass, her medium of choice, has a life of its own.  This multifaceted medium shows itself in each of her creations:  stained glass, slumped and fused glass, lamp work, or glass combined with concrete. Whether it is a stained glass window, a one of a kind dishware piece, or a fused glass commission, Diane’s focus is on her originality and integrity in design, her client’s desires, the logistics of function and problem solving, color, and glass choice. In their partnership Diane and Gregg brainstorm ideas by working together as fabricators, instructors, and facilitators.  Diane is a hands-on artist/crafts person; when teaching, she brings calm, experience and humor to this fickle medium not easily understood.  Her desire as an instructor is for her students to relax and have fun, find excitement in the material, and learn to work safely using the proper tools and techniques.  Much of the work that she and Gregg do goes beyond the business of their careers and involves schools, communities, and sharing what they know with others.

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