Thank you for considering Elsie Kaye Glassworks Studio for your child’s next birthday party. We are happy to offer something different and creative that your child and their friends will love!
Kids Birthday Parties (Ages 7+) Jewelry Making/Wirework Workshop
We'll kickoff the festivities with a glass bead (flameworking) demonstration, where the kids get to see first hand how the beads are made by melting glass rods on a bench top torch. This is followed by several jewelry-making activities. The kids head over to the "bead bar" where they choose the gemstones, crystals and findings they want to work with, including a choice of handcrafted glass beads like the ones they just saw being made in the studio. Then, we instruct them on how to put it all together using wire wrapping and design techniques and tools.
The birthday girl can choose 2-3 projects from several options - a memory wire wrap bracelet, stretch bracelet, necklace with stamped metal disc, wire-wrapped ring, keychain, bookmark and backpack charm. We like to limit parties to a maximum of 10 children to insure individual instruction and attention. However, we can accommodate up to 15 children if necessary, at a fee of $25 per additional child. A 50% deposit is required to hold the date.
Help your teen celebrate their birthday with the hottest party in town!
Tailored for kids ages 12 and up, our teen torch parties will introduce the fundamentals of glass beadmaking using a gas and oxygen-fueled torch and soft glass. Topics covered include safety, tools and equipment, properties of glass, manipulation of glass with a focus on heat control, annealing and glass compatibility, and finishing beads. Participants will be introduced to the use of heat and gravity to shape molten glass and will make between 5-10 beads during the party. No experience is necessary.
After the glass beadmaking session, the kids move to the "bead bar" where they choose the gemstones, crystals and findings they want to work with, including a choice of handcrafted glass beads like the ones they just made in the studio. Then we instruct them on how to put it all together using wire wrapping and design techniques. The birthday girl or boy can choose 1-2 projects from several options -a memory wire wrap bracelet, stretch bracelet, necklace with stamped metal disc, wire-wrapped ring, keychain and backpack charm.
In order to ensure safe flameworking practices, teen torch parties are limited to a maximum of 8 children. We provide all materials and supplies required for each participant to make their own glass beads and jewelry, as well as trained staff members to help with instruction and supervision while working at the torch. For our glass beadmaking parties, we typically spend one hour making glass beads and one hour making jewelry, similar to the workshop above. A 50% deposit required is to hold the date, and a minimum of 4 children is required to run this birthday workshop.
* Note - the glass beads must gradually cool, or “anneal” in the kiln overnight. They will be ready for pickup 2-3 days after the event, or we can make arrangements to mail them to you.
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