Intro to Beads: Sparkly Beads: Metals, Foils, Leaf, and Aventurine

September 20th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ayana Benjamin |

In this 3-hour introductory workshop, participants will learn how to make their very own sparkling wearable beads. We will examine shapes, colors, and add sparkling materials like metal, foils, leaf, and aventurine to create their own shimmering beads.

What to Expect:. Beadmaking requires a little practice at heat control with the torch to create successful beads. Students can anticipate making 2-6 successful pieces in this class, along with some failures, while also refining their skills in translating a specific object (in this case, fruit and fungi!) into glass. Read more about how to prepare for class on our Registration Info page. 

Eligibility: No previous experience required. Open to ages 12 and up.

Pick-up: The glass needs to cool down overnight then be carefully removed from the mandrels, so the students will have to return to UrbanGlass once notified to pick up their work. 

This is an in-person class taking place on-site at UrbanGlass. Health and safety guidelines will be emailed to you upon registration. 

We recommend registering for classes early to reserve your spot! We base materials, and teacher needs off of student enrollment. Early registration not only guarantees your spot in class, but also helps to ensure the class will run. Classes with low enrollment may be cancelled within two weeks of the start date of class. Contact our Registrar of Education, Ari Eshoo, at if you have questions about the class or would like to arrange a payment plan.

Class Schedule
  • 1 Session: September 20th
    Friday, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Ayana Benjamin

Born in Brooklyn, self-taught artist Ayana Benjamin creates glass jewelry with oceanic inspirations, fiber art and hand lettering under the brand name Ayana B. Joy. Drawing inspiration from her Grenadian…

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