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Intro to Beading Saturday, October 12, 11:00am-1:00pm
Classic Knotting: Saturday, October 26, 11:00am-1:00pm
Intro to Beading: Sunday, October 27, Noon-2:00pm
Advanced Earrings: Sunday, October 27, 2:30-4:30pm
*** Kumihimo Braiding: Saturday, November 2, 10:00am-1:00pm
***Viking Knit: Saturday, November 2, 2:00-5:00pm
Leather Lattice Bracelet: Sunday, November 3, Noon–2:00pm
Intro to Beading: Saturday, November 23, 11:00am-1:00pm
Classic Knotting: Sunday, November 24, Noon-2:00pm
Leather Lattice: Saturday, December 14, 11:00am-1:00pm
Intro to Beading: Sunday, December 15, Noon-2:00pm
Prerequisite: Basic wire experience helpful, but not essential
This is an innovative and fun class for jewelry makers who want to increase their design knowledge. In addition to beads, students will use materials such as leather, chain, links, and wire to create original designs. Participants will also use wirework techniques to prepare side-drilled beads for earring assembly.
Supplies: Links of various sizes or shapes, spacer bars (3-5 holes), chandeliers parts, 2 side-drilled beads such as tabiz or drops; assortment of beads of various sizes, materials and colors; eyepins, headpins, 1 foot of small link chain, earwires, beadcaps to fit beads (optional).
Learn how to make a classic knotted necklace for a timeless look. Knotting also buffers precious gemstone beads and pearls against wear, and protects them from loss in case the necklace breaks. Take this class and save money if you have heirloom knotted necklaces that need restringing. We will also discuss and demonstrate making a “floating bead” necklace.
Supplies: 2 beadtips; clasp; any beads you’d like to use; Hypo Tube (beadtip) cement; tweezers; knot cutters; card of appropriately-sized silk cord, beading mat or other beading surface. Stretch the silk for 24 hours before class by hanging it over a door with a weight (shoe, scissors, etc.) attached to each end.
Intro to Beading:
Learn about tools and materials. Construct basic earrings with headpins and beads. Create an 18″ necklace on cable wire and learn how to finish with crimps. These techniques will launch you confidently into the world of bead stringing and design in just two hours.
Supplies: Basic Class Kit (available at the register) and enough beads in colors and styles you like to fill 18″ of cord. Larger beads and a simple design for your first effort will save stringing time, allowing more time in class to concentrate on techniques. For earrings, bring a few extra beads with holes large enough to fit on headpins.
With Guest Teach Meli Diamanti
Learn the historical Japanese braiding technique of kumihimo in this introductory course. Used prominently by samuraias both a functional and decorative way to lace their armour, kumihimo cords are now used as ties on haori jackets and kimono sashes. We have put a modern, and of course, beaded, spin on kumihimo to create a delicate and intricate woven bracelet! The instructor will guide you through the process of creating a beaded kumihimo cord long enough to make into a bracelet, and will teach you how to attach end caps and clasps to the cord to create a finished and versatile piece of jewelry! Samples of finished kumihimo jewelry and instruction pamphlets will be provided. With the techniques you learn in class, you will be able to make bracelets, necklaces, and cords for pendants in a seemingly endless array of color combinations!
Supplies: Kumihimo foam disk; Eight cards of silk cord with needle attached– size #4, 6 or 8, 4 cards each of two different colors; size 8º seed beads.
Preparation Before Class:
Pre-string 50 size 8* seeds beads onto each silk cord and rewind the beaded cord back onto the card. (There isn’t time to do this during class.)
Leather Lattice Bracelet:
Join Beadazzled in our Woven Leather and Gems Class. You’ve seen it from your favorite designers and in your favorite catalogs. Now come learn this fun and stylish technique of wrapping lather with a lattice your favorite beads. By the end of the class you’ll be experienced in weaving your beads onto leather and creating your own toggle clasp with an feature bead. You’ll be able to apply this technique to any number of other accessories, including multi-wrap bracelets, anklets, necklaces and headbands. You’ll leave the class addicted and your friends will be begging you to make them one… or more!
Supplies: At least 3 feet of round leather (1.5-2mm is best); enough beads to complete at least a single-strand bracelet (see note); 1 larger feature bead with hole large enough to fit on leather; bead cord (silk, nylon, Nymo, etc) that will fit through your beads at least four times; 1 package twisted wire needles; 1 tube Hypo Cement beading glue. Note on beads: Beads should be even in shape and size. While some size variance will work, the more evenly shaped your beads, the more evenly they will weave and stay together.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Beading class
Building on skills learned in Introduction to Beading, students will learn several finishing techniques for multi-strand necklaces. During the class students will finish pre-strung multi-strand necklaces. Students can bring more than one project. Due to limited class time, it is essential that all projects be pre-strung on beading wire with your desired pattern. Leave the strands unfinished, with at least 3” of wire beyond the beads at each end. Secure the ends with Bead Stoppers, Mini-Clamps, or tape.
Supplies: 3 or more strands of beads pre-strung and secured on beading wire (see details above); eyepins or 22ga wire, crimp beads, 6mm splitrings, 6mm jumprings, 3 or 4mm beads or 6° seed beads, wire protectors (optional), crimp covers (optional). **There will be time in class to choose findings for finishing necklaces.**
With Guest Teach Meli Diamanti
Learn the ancient technique of Viking knit wire working to make captivating woven wire jewelry. You will learn how to knit the wire and draw it down to smooth out any flaws. A starter tool and instruction pamphlet is provided. Meli will show you how to finish your bracelet with a clasp, and share samples of variations in technique and optional bead embellishments.
Supplies: 5 yards 24ga wire, 2 cones, Clasp for bracelet.