The ability to work glass and metal propelled the expansion of cities, the evolution of jewelry making, and the creation of the world's deadliest boomerang. Mold these world-altering materials to your own ends with today's Groupon to Jubili Beads & Yarns in Collingswood. Choose between the following options:
For $37, you get a Flamework in a Flash glass-working class (up to a $75 value).
For $47, you get an Introduction to Metal Smithing class (up to a $95.45 value).
Jubili's expert staff deftly mold metal, glass, and curious minds through a combination of science and art. During the Flamework in a Flash class, melted glass pours over metal rods in a crystalline cascade as students learn the basic principles of flamework, such as proper safety procedures, the melting temperature of glass, and how to create perfect grill marks. Instruction dominates the first portion of the two-hour session, until aspirant smelters have a solid grasp on basic bead shapes and working with decorative crushed glass. The session includes kiln fees as well as three rods of glass, and all flame-kissed creations come home with class attendees to find new life as jewelry or in the wall as a very tiny window.
Introduction to Metal Smithing arms attendees with a jeweler's handsaw as they cut and file basic shapes from a square metal sheet or their least favorite car door. Students produce a made-to-wear piece, such as a bracelet, or simply prepare a base piece for further attention in a Hammering and Texturing follow-up class, which––while not included with today's Groupon––can be registered for after the introductory class. Jubili supplies most of the materials needed for this class, including one 12-piece needle file set (a $7.95 value), one package of a dozen saw blades (a $2.50 value), and the individual's preference of metal (a $6–$10 value).