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May 2019 Schedule
Intro to Beading: Saturday, May 4, 11:00am-1:00pm $30
Classic Knotting: Saturday, May 11, 11:00am-1:00pm $30
Intro to Beading: Saturday, May 18, 11:00am-1:00pm $30
Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet: Saturday, May 18, 2:00-5:00pm $40
Viking Knit: Sunday, May 19, Noon-3pm $40
Beginning Wire: Saturday, May 25, 11:00am-1:00pm $30
Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet:
Learn the basics of Kumihimo, a traditional Japanese style 8-strand braiding technique. Create a spiral bracelet, learning how to set up, braid, and finish off your jewelry. We will also show variations in braiding patterns, methods of finishing, and working with alternate materials, with and without beads. Beginner level, no experience required.
Supplies: Kumihimo foam disk with slots to hold threads; eight size #10 silk-on-card with wire needle attached in two different colors (four cards of each color); approximately 400 size 8º seed beads in two different colors to coordinate with silk cord; 2 fold-over cord ends; bracelet clasp (lobster claw, magnet, or other).
Class Preparation: BEFORE the class, please string about 50 beads onto each cord, and wrap it back onto its card (one color per cord). This will allow time in class to complete your creation.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Beading class or experience with jewelry tools.
In this class students will build on the foundation of the basic wire loop technique to learn how to create your own findings. Using simple tools and basic materials you can make your own earwires, headpins, and clasps. We will show you how to make a variety of styles as well as teach students how to harden wire using Nylon Jaw Pliers and Hammering. Students will also receive instruction on making a wire wrapped loop, the foundation technique for many wire working projects.
Supplies:1 package or at least 2ft each of 18ga & 22ga dead soft SS, GF, copper, or plated wire; 2-3 beads to fit each size of wire; round nose & chain nose pliers; wire cutters; chasing hammer; anvil; file 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.
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.
Viking Knit Bracelet
Learn an ancient technique of wire working to make flexible wire jewelry. Create a bracelet in class, learning the basic techniques of knitting wire, adding beads, adding wire sections, and finishing. While working on your project, we will also show different ways to use Viking knit in jewelry, ways to add beads, ways to attach a clasp, and ways to use different sizes or colors of wire .
Supplies: Small spool of 24-gauge soft wire (at least 3 yards) any one color; bracelet clasp. Optional items: 2 cones for ends, 30-40 beads that fit on wire (size 6º seed beads, 4mm cube beads, or 4-5mm glass or gemstone beads. You will also need wire cutters, round nose pliers, and a draw plate. These will all be available to use in class, or you can purchase your own.
Class Kit: Instructor will provide the starter kit, which includes basic knitting stick and starter wires.