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This E-course channel is designed for Intermediate level lampworkers/beadmakers to sculpting complicated forms in borosilicate glass. Dragons are a demanding introduction to sculpting off-mandrel.


In this e_course you will learn to make a dragon in many stages to skyrocket your sculptural learning curve in the comfort of your own studio. The dragon will be made in components in coloured borosilicate with the use of powders and contemporised filigrana techniques to create depth and reality as opposed to a cartoon-like flat representation.


Dragon wings are made by pulling points and encasing the tubing, blowing the tubing and finally cutting and shaping our wings. The body will encompass claws, dragon tendrils, scales and eyes among other things. You will create our own dragon eye murini in borosilicate glass. Techniques include the use of tubing, pulling points, colour application, heat/glass control, glass rules, the family of annealing flames from cold to hot and vice versa, how to combat cracking, how to fix glass and structural engineering – how to make glass bomb proof for the post and transportation. In this class we will make three different types of dragon - standing, hanging and framed.


This class includes 15 video tutorials which should take five weeks to complete if you include your practicing time. These tutorials show you all the techniques which you need to learn and hone to make the dragon in borosilicate glass from beginning to end.


Class includes one complimentary one on one consultation with ZGS founder Dr Julie Anne Denton to help you with the tricky bits, whilst receiving personal help and encouragement with the projects. It is advisable to use this consultation as our participants find the them invaluable.


Visual technical handouts are also provided which help you remember the steps for all the demonstrations at a glance. By the end of this course you will feel like an entirely new world of sculpting off-mandrel through flameworked glass has opened up to you. Please remember, expect breakages and tears. What we are creating is tricky and takes A LOT of practice, logic, patience, and an inquiring mind.


This e_course is a stand-alone course which is complimented by Julie 3: Big figure and Julie 2: Ghost Flower e_course channels. Our Julie 3: Dragons e_course will push your skill level and give you confidence in your own abilities, and empower you to own your creativity.


You can work through this course at your own pace. After purchase allow 24 hours to be granted access to the Julie 3: Dragons channel. You will have six months unlimited access to your channel from this point. Please be patient until you receive the email which grants you access.


A folder full of goodies is included with this e_course channel which includes demo transcriptions, visual technical demo handouts, other technical data sheets which compliment your course and helpful pictures. All demos have been transcribed and are available upon request in 30 different languages.


Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate level in sculpture or beadmaking, must have own torch

E-course Julie 3: Sculpting Dragons channel

  • You will be sent a dropbox invitation to a shared folder via email which compliments the instructional demos. Enjoy and do not hesitate to book your one on one consultation with the maestro if you are finding any aspects of your e_course tricky - You have one 1 on 1 consultation which comes for free with this e_course. Please use your consultation as our participants find these sessions extremely helpful.

    Please allow 24 hours to gain access to your channel. Look out for emails from atelier315, dropbox & in the coming days.

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