Resolutions to Have More Fun in 2020
New year, new decade - have you resolved for less work and more play in 2020? We have! That’s why we’re always coming up with something new and fun here at Elsie Kaye Glassworks. You don’t have to go far to get your creative juices flowing. And what better time to do it than right around “Galentine’s Day”?
Stacking Rings Workshop - Tuesday January 23, from 6-8pm
It’s not every day that you get to wear goggles and melt metal at a Ladies Night Out. Get all the fun of working with metals without having to clean up afterwards. Come to Elsie Kaye Glassworks to learn basic metalsmithing and soldering techniques in our studio. Bring your friends and make your own stackable rings - perfect for a gift or as a treat to yourself. Space is limited to 10, so grab your spots here.
Silver Clay in a Day - Saturday January 25, from 10am-5pm
If you really want to roll up your sleeves and create silver jewelry without all the hot torches and goggles, then we’ve got the workshop for you. We’ll create metal jewelry using special metal clay, covering all the basic and advanced techniques of rolling, texturizing stamping, shaping, coiling, layering, drilling and embellishing. Once you have created your special pieces, we’ll fire them in the kiln right there during the workshop, and cover any post-firing finishing such as brushing, polishing, tumbling, and patina so that you can take your finished creations home that day. Don’t worry, no experience necessary! We have certified Art Clay Instructor Julie Booras here to walk you through everything you need to know to work with metal clay. Spots are limited, so sign up herenow.
Silver Stamping Workshop – Friday January 31, from 6:30-9pm
Looking for a laid back craft while you chat and snack with your friends? Then reserve your spots for our Silver Stamping workshop next week. In this two-part project, we’ll teach you some basic metal stamping techniques with easy tools to create a unique stamped memento. Next, you’ll learn to wire it with a handcrafted glass bead and small gemstone to create your choice of necklace or bangle. Even though it’s a slightly larger class, spots for this popular event sell out quickly, so register herebefore they fill up.
Thumbprint Keepsakes - Sunday February 2, from 10am-4pm
Need an excuse to get out of the house and do something fun with your daughter, sister, mother, or just your friends? Come with someone you love and make thumbprint keepsakes with Julie Booras of Heart & Stone Jewelry. You’ll each get to make a thumbprint in sterling silver with several personalization options. You can choose from various shapes and sizes… you’ll even get to make a charm or a keychain out of your unique memorabilia.
Our thumbprint keepsakes are a wonderful shared activity. Come by yourself or with your child to make a sweet personal gift for someone special like a grandparent. Appointments are 30 minutes each, so you’ll have plenty of time to grab lunch here in town before or after for a fun day out.
Hearts Afire-Glass Heart Workshop – Wednesday February 5, from 11am-2pm OR 6-8pm
Just in time for Valentine's Day! Learn how to make a beautiful glass heart pendant in this 2-hour workshop. No experience necessary. In this 2-hour workshop, you'll learn some of the basics of beadmaking using a torch and glass rods. Students will be introduced to the use of heat and gravity to shape molten glass. Each student will make between 3-5 beads in this workshop. Beads must anneal overnight in the kiln but we will assist in turning one of your beads into a pendant when the bead is ready to be picked up. No experience is necessary and all materials are included.
Glass Beadmaking Intensive with Sheila Checkoway - Saturday February 22, from 9am-5pm and/or Sunday February 23, from 9am-5pm
Perfect for those who are new to glass beadmaking, as well as students who have taken a few introductory courses. Our Resident Artist Sheila Checkoway provides a solid foundation and builds on the fundamentals of soft glass manipulation. Students will learn to make glass beads through instructor demonstrations, discussions and lots of hands-on torch time. This is a one or two-day workshop and all materials are included.
Day one focuses on basic shapes and decorating techniques. Day two includes advanced decorating techniques - using reduction glass and metals - such as silver and copper foil, wire and glass shards.
Each day includes six workshop hours with a one hour-lunch break. Sign up for just Saturday or both days here.
If you’ve resolved to make space for more creativity and fun in the New Year, book a date and bring a friend. We keep the fun going all year round, with everything from easy workshops to more advanced classes like flameworking. Check out our arts events page here, or follow us on Facebook to see what new events we’re adding...or just swing by our store at 3 Union St #2 in Westborough (right behind Commerce Bank)to see what new great products have arrived.