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Fused glass holiday gifts created at Ed's Emporium.
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Colorful hand-blown ornaments displayed at Ed's Emporium.
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Glass-making teacher Kathlyn Martin stands by an array of Glaskolbens hand-blown at Ed's Emporium.
Is there one person on your gift list who has everything? Giving a personal hand-made gift may be the answer.
Don’t have time to read instructions or run about town buying supplies? No worries. Take a one-session class and create a unique hand-made present only you can give.
Ed’s Emporium at 2200 Barksdale Blvd. in Bossier City, offers weekly, one-session classes on making beautiful glass gifts; classes will held through Dec. 23. Why not try a fused glass creation? No skills are required. Every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m., a class of about five participants gather for a few hours and leave with a creation that’s as useful as it is lovely. Items can vary from Christmas-themed candy dishes, night lights, spoon rests, and seasonal ornaments. The fused glass class costs $25.
Or you may want to create hand-blown tree ornaments. Owner Eric Allen guarantees you will make seven to 10 of these decorations in just one class. Glaskolben is the German name for the clear glass cylinder used for blowing these intricately beautiful and fragile ornaments. You are also taught how to decorate them with a variety of frits, powders, and stringers (thin rods of glass), then heat them properly. The class is $65. Check www.edsemporium.com for available class times. These fill up fast.
Michaels also offers one-session classes that allow participants to complete a project for a gift. Popular classes include making holiday jars or jewelry, such as earrings, infinity bracelets, and various necklaces. In keeping with social media, they offer a Pinterest class, in which students may pick a Pinterest project, shop in-store with Michael’s coupons, and have a personal assistant for guidance.
Class prices range from $15 to $25 and are offered at various times during the week. Check www.michaels.com/classes or ask a clerk at the store register for a copy of the monthly schedule. Michaels has two locations, one at 7440 Youree Dr. in Shreveport and one at 3047 East Texas St. in Bossier City.
By Datha Hopkins