Hello, My name is Christina Nixon Cole, and I torch my art.

I'm a glass, micromosaic and silver jewelry artist. Welcome!

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Classes

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 Video of glass beadmaking class.

I have taken Christina's classes and if I wasn't moving out of State I would be taking many many more! She knows here stuff and knows how to make you know it. I was Thrilled with the many pieces I have made in her classes!! I will be practicing this art as soon as I get moved to Kauai in Feb. and I know I can ask her for help as well.
Thank you Christina for all you have taught me.
XO Sherry


6 Hour Beginning Beadmaking Class


Actual beads from students.
This class is intended for the curious, "I think I want to try it" artist.Learn how to make your own Handmade Glass Beads.  Following a brief introduction of  equipment and safety information, Christina will teach you how to make basic wound beads by melting glass in the torch flame and wrapping it onto a stainless steel mandrel. 

Bead projects may include:
- basic round bead
- other bead shapes; bicone, cone, tube, triangel, heart, etc.
- dots, stringer, twisties, cane,
- silver foil, pixie dust, enamels, dichroic glass
- encasing, bubbles, presses
Every class in different and is catered toward every student's skill level, design tastes, and pace.  Not all projects will be included as there will not be enough time.  Students are encouraged to bring inspiration and request what they want to learn.
6 Hour Class
$150







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I suggest getting this book if you are a beginner to intermediate lampworker.  If you are setting up your own studio, this is the book to help you with numerous designs. 

 
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Halloween Workshop: googly eyes, bloody fingers, goulish ghosts, ugly green witches, jock-o-lanterns, and candy corn.


Repeat students $469 for the 4 hour class. Call for hours.

This class is catored to your learning level and experience.  Come make fun halloween designs.  These make great hand made gifts, and also fun to wear at parties and at Disneyland.

Simple and easy designs are pumpkins, candy corn, chocolates, and ghosts.  While intermediate /  advanced are the bloody fingers, Witch's Hat, frogs, skulls.  I'm happy to assist at any part of your creation.  Let's have some spooky fun with glass.

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Beginning Borocilicate Lampworking Class  $300
Learn to make your own beautiful glass pendants and small sculptures with Artist Josh Frager.
In this class we will learn the fundamentals of glass sculpting using solid rods that will get you going in a career or hobby in glass. Josh will teach you the traditional techniques that will build the fundamentals of shaping and forming glass. We will learn to combine colors, dichroic and clear as we begin our adventure in glass. We can make animals, abstracts or anything you can imagine on your very first day on the torch. Josh will be right there to guide you through it all and you will go home with many beautiful pieces. So bring your imagination and get ready to make magic.
6 hrs - $300 ($50 deposit)
2 Day Class. 10 hours of making glass $500 (Call to schedule.)
Includes materials

You will need to purchase your own boro safety glasses to take this class.  Here are some links to get glasses.
Phillips Safety Glasses they will custom fit the lens into your frames.
Frantz Art Glass
Whale Apparatus
and a forum talking about the boro glasses LampworkEtc.


The techniques in this class can be applied to soft glass and blowing.

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Make jewelry after your lampworking class - Workshop
Schedule some time the day you come to pick up your beads, and transform them into jewelry pieces.  Strings, wires, clasps, are available for purchase, and tools are supplied.  Bring your stash of beads too.
$20 per hour








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Wire Working Workshop                                        
Practice basic skills using wire to make pendants, earrings, bracelets, keychains, zipper pulls, and more.  You will learn what kind of findings to use, what wires are best, the tools you will need, and learn some of Christina's tricks of the trade.  Schedule this class after your bead making class so you can use your own beads.
1.5 Hours
$35








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2 Day Beginning/Intermediate Beadmaking Class


Following a brief review of  equipment and safety information, Christina will teach you how to make basic to intermediate wound beads by melting glass in the torch flame and wrapping it onto a stainless steel mandrel. Christina will show you how to create various bead shapes including round, oval, bi-cone, tabular, and more. Decorative techniques include adding metal leaf and foil, glass frit and powder, stringer, canes, and millefiori. Some time will be spent on surface decoration such as feathering, application of layered dots, strings, grooves and clear casing.
9:00 am to 6:00 pm with a one-hour lunch break.
2 day workshop 
$275









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6 Hour Intermediate Beadmaking Class

Student's Beads

This class is intended for the curious, "I think I want to try it" artist.Learn how to make your own Handmade Glass Beads.  Following a brief introduction of  equipment and safety information, Christina will teach you how to make basic wound beads by melting glass in the torch flame and wrapping it onto a stainless steel mandrel.  Some design includes silver application, use of unique glass and clear encasing techniques.  Make a bracelet out of your new collection of beads.  
6 Hours
$150.00







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Wine Stopper Class 

Make your own wine stopper.

Make your own wine stoppers. Beginning beadmaking class prerequisite.  Learn how to gather a larger ball of glass and work a bit bigger.  You chose your colors and design and shape.  Makes for an excellent gift when you can say "I made it for you".

Makes one to two stoppers.
3-6 Hours
$150 class for students who are new to the torch.
 $75 class for return students.





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Blow Your Own Shards Workshop
Blowing Shards and Application. 

Blow colorful glass balls and smash them!  Why would you want to do that?  You'll learn what glass to use to save money on pricey glass colors, and how cool the technique is when applied to your glass beads.  Besides, it's super fun!

Must have experience with equipment operation, safety, heating, cooling, melting, centering the glass.
 
2 Hours
$49







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Silversmithing Workshop - Bezel
Student's bezel project.  Beautiful!
Learn to make your own sterling silver bezels from start to finish! In this two-day class Christina will teach you step by step how to layout, cut, file, and solder bezels out of sterling silver sheet. Your bezels can be made into pendants, pins, buttons or earrings. Next learn how to finish off your piece, set your creation with a glass cabochon or button or stone.  And then polish to a variety of finishes from matte or antique or shiny!  Class is open to all levels of art makers, some basic experience required in jewelry or craft making.  Your hand-eye skills must be decent.  All materials necessary are provided during class.  This is a hands on class, we will be working with torches and cutting tools. 
The class is two days 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with a one-hour lunch break, $250.00 plus a metal fee.



 

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Pixie Dust, Enamels, & Frit. Oh my!                

Learn how to apply these different decorations and inclusions and learn the fun tricks to make them look fantastic.  Pixie dust is a metallic velvety sheen, enamels are powdered glass, and frit are colored glass chunks.  Learn how to mix, encase, or use them as surface decorations.

Must have experience with equipment operation, safety, heating, cooling, melting, centering the glass.

2 Hours
$49






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The joy in Stringers and Twisties
Master your control over stringers and make beautiful twisties.  Learn how to use the best position in the flame for best control.  Apply twisties to make beautiful designs in your beads.  Great for animal print, like tiger and zebra.  Make beautiful scrolls, floral vines, tree trunks, and more. 

Must have experience with equipment operation, safety, heating, cooling, melting, centering the glass.

2 Hours
$49




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Make and Use “Branding Irons"
Learn how to bend a welding rod into your own designs making a "Branding Iron” then use them to make marks or designs on your beads.  They add unique and beautiful texture in an unexpected way.

Must have experience with equipment operation, safety, heating, cooling, melting, centering the glass.

2 Hours
$49



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Pyrophobic? Get Over it!
Forget your fear of fire with special instruction to the sensitive of fire.  Learn how to safely play with the flame and have fun melting glass.  Dissolve your fear with a Certified Hypnotherapist using EFT, NLP, and hypnosis activities and watch how your fear has melted away.
1 Hour
$100/Hr




                 



  

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Millefiore/Murrine Workshop
Learn the secrets of how the Venetians make their classic Millefiores, or Thousand Flowers.  We will be applying them to glass beads as well as making our own in this colorful workshop.  Make hundreds of color combos including ladybugs.

Must have experience with equipment operation, safety, heating, cooling, melting, centering the glass.

3 Hours
$75




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Dots Galore Workshop
Raised, encased, multicolored, square, or turn them into flowers.  There are endless possibilities with dots.  Learn how to apply them with control.

Must have experience with equipment operation, safety, heating, cooling, melting, centering the glass.

2 Hours
$49




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Reactive glass and the Chemistry
There is all sorts of glass these days, silvered glass, reduction, oxidizing, striking, oh my!  Let's discover the fun in this luscious glass.  And get through some of the mystery.

Must have experience with equipment operation, safety, heating, cooling, melting, centering the glass.

2 Hours
$59



  

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Glass & Silver Ring Workshop
Make a ring out of glass and a silver shank.  Mix your favorite colors of glass and set it on your perfectly sized ring.  All materials and tools are supplied.

Must have experience with equipment operation, safety, heating, cooling, melting, centering the glass.

4 Hours
$99



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Glass Head Pin Workshop
Head pins are traditionally used as strictly metal components for assembling jewelry.  They are the little wire with the flat head so the bead doesn’t slide off.  This unique technique is made with glass and they make great earrings, charms and are adorable when grouped together like a bunch of grapes in a necklace.

Must have experience with equipment operation, safety, heating, cooling, melting, centering the glass.

2 Hour
$49



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Glass Vessel Workshop                                   
What would you put in your vessel?  Perfume, essential oils, a secret wish, your loved one’s lock of hair or ashes?  These are beautiful and every one is so unique.  The stopper can be either glass or cork.

Must have experience with equipment operation, safety, heating, cooling, melting, centering the glass.

3 Hours
$75   



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Wire Clasp and Earwire Workshop
Make all sorts of shapes and designs with wire and jeweler’s tools.  Make clasps for necklaces and bracelets, and ear wires.  Jewelers tools are supplied and you will get a list so you can buy your own supplies and tools for home use.
2 Hours
$49







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Glass Heart Workshop
Every heart is unique.  What colors would you make yours?  Learn some creative ways to make glass hearts with the hole going vertically or horizontally.  Make bubbles, or use silver glass for some extra love.

Must have experience with equipment operation, safety, heating, cooling, melting, centering the glass.

2 Hours
$49





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