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April 2019 Schedule
Classic Knotting: Saturday, April 6, 11:00am-1:00pm $30
Intro to Beading: Saturday, April 20, 11:00am-1:00pm $30
Leather Lattice Bracelet: Saturday, April 27, 11:00am-1:00pm $30
Intro to Beading: Saturday, May 4, 11:00am-1:00pm $30
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.
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.
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.
Leather Lattice Bracelet:
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.