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Workshop PhotoEnhanced Basic Pendant NEW CLASS!

Instructor: Merilou Jenkins
Merilou has been a practicing artist and teacher for over 40 years journeying through different materials, media, influences and forms. With each sojourn into a different media she has discovered new techniques that have made a mark on her work on the road to artistic creation. She utilizes... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $135 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after January 1, 2018.) Fee includes four hours of instruction, one of Merilou’s handmade dichroic glass cabochons, 14K gold fill and sterling silver wire, a variety of beads, a jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home. She will also provide all tools for you to use in class so it is not necessary for you to bring anything.

You will learn how to make a basic pendant using any size of cabochon and then how to embellish it with a variety of beads. Once you learn this technique you will be able to vary your design by adding or subtracting beads or crystals in a number of ways. Learn about wire temper, gauges, and shapes as well as tools. You will learn how to... Read More

Workshop PhotoExploring Niobium

Instructor: Marti Brown
Marti Brown is an internationally known instructor. She has taught her classes in her studio and at Bead Fest venues, Bead and Button, BeadFx in Canada, for east coast bead stores and bead societies and at The Tucson Bead Show. She has been featured in Artisan Jewelry Times, an online magazine, and... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Fees: $175

If you want to learn how to work niobium into your jewelry designs this is the class for you. Learn to apply basic metalworking techniques to niobium sheet and wire; then take your created pieces and colorfully anodize them. Learn the cold connections that will turn your new pieces into beautiful, wearable jewelry. Students will learn how... Read More

Workshop PhotoFINE SILVER PAPER TYPE ZINNIA PENDANT

Instructor: Jackie Truty
Senior Art Clay Instructor and owner of Art Clay World, USA. In 2000, Jackie saw a demonstration on Art Clay Silver and has never looked back. In 2002, she acquired the rights as exclusive, North American distributor of Art Clay products. Her books, “Art Clay Silver and Gold: 18 Projects to... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $95 » includes kit fee (Art Clay Paper Type, paste & pearl) and use of tools, kilns and materials

Recently back from Japan where she learned advanced quilling techniques using Paper Type clay, Jackie will show you, in this 3 hour class, how to use punches, a small amount of Art Clay Silver clay and a gemstone to create this gorgeous, three-dimensional zinnia. You will complete this piece in class, but there is an option of creating a... Read More

Workshop PhotoEntwined Cabochon Pendant

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 9:00am to 12:30pm
Fees: $85 » Workshop and Kit Fee

In this class you will learn traditional techniques to wire wrap a cabochon using sterling silver filled wire. We'll take it a step further and add something extra with an entwined back plate that will enhance your pendant. You will have your choice of a hand crafted teardrop cabochon that has been cut and polished just for this... Read More

Workshop PhotoLight and Shadow, The Art of Photographing Jewelry, Beads & Glass

Instructor: Doug Baldwin
Doug is a professional product photographer and glass artist. After receiving ... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fees: $185 » includes the use of two light boxes and background paper during class, 6 hours of instruction and help with your camera and lighting. Fee must be paid in full at time of registration (non-refundable after January 1, 2018).

Come learn the secrets of how to shoot your jewelry, beads, and glass with a ... Read More

Workshop PhotoMonet’s Garden

Instructor: Debora Mauser
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Fees: $185

Learn to create colors, soft to vibrant with white liquid enamel and a torch. One color of liquid, but the color spectrum of greens, golds, pinks, purples, reds will all be within your reach. Students will receive one scalloped bib and a 6 x 6 piece of copper to cut shapes and enamel all day. No tools necessary! Read More

Workshop PhotoSilk Scarves

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided. Due to traveling and expenses, as of 1/19/18, there will be absolutely no refunds. Substitutes are acceptable. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Workshop PhotoSoft Soldering

Instructor: Atalia Molaro
Teacher, Designer, and Buyer, for String Bead Chico. Atalia has been creating new classes and teaching the elements of beading skills for over six years. Her open saw work and metal skills are unparalleled. She plays a vital role in helping to create the over fifty classes taught at String Bead. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Broken plates, cups, or bowls? Turn them into your jewelry! In this class we will be using a lot of old techniques and new techniques, old tools and new tools, old components and new components, to create some really fun and functional jewelry. Great tips on which tips to use for what technique, how to keep your iron working efficiently,... Read More

Workshop PhotoRough Stone Eternity Ring

Instructor: Laura Stamper
Although Laura's art background is painting she has had a successful business creating art jewelry for the last 26 years. Her jewelry, like her paintings speak to her roots in illustration and painting. “I have been influenced by the greats from Da Vinci to Dali.” The theme of... Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate. Basic silversmithing experience is recommended, including piercing, and soldering.
Dates/Times: January 27, from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Fees: $200

In this workshop, students will design and create their own one of a kind eternity ring using rough gemstones. Laura specializes in non traditional stone setting and in this class, students will gain experience in creating bezels for odd shaped stones. Skill taught will include: design, piercing, sawing, soldering, simple lapidary, and... Read More

Workshop PhotoBeginner Bronze Metal Clay

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $95

Learn the basics of Five Star Bronze Metal Clays in this fun beginner's class. Learn how to condition, shape, refine, fire and polish bronze metal clay. Class will include basic information on the composition of Five Star Metal Clays, tools needed, tips for success, various methods for firing and polishing. Carrie will provide... Read More

Workshop PhotoCrystal Love Affair Bracelet

Instructor: Kelly Thompson
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Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: January 27, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $75

Let this bracelet transport you to a world where it is possible to find true love at the top of the Empire State Building. We want to make sure you’re properly accessorized for such a monumental moment - please adorn yourself accordingly with this treasure Read More

Workshop PhotoTimeless Beauty Bracelet

Instructor: Dale Cougar Armstrong
Besides being a diehard rockhound and a lapidary, Dale “Cougar” Armstrong is an internationally known wire jewelry artist, instructor and author with a background in the fine arts, cloisonné and repoussé. With more than 40 years of combined experience, she uses absolutely... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $110

I first developed this design in 1994 and since then I have sold more than 1000 versions! It has become my absolute and repeat customer “best seller”. Discover my secret on how to lock pattern wire within the bracelet frame; how to prevent wraps from slipping; make your own hook & eye clasp; learn how to resize this... Read More

Workshop PhotoEntwined Sterling Collar

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $75 » Workshop and Kit Fee

You will be shown how to keep proper tension on your wires as you entwine them to create this unique collar. We will create a one of a kind clasp to finish off your piece. This technique can be used to create earrings, bracelets or embellishments in designs of your choice. This collar is the perfect match for the entwined cabochon... Read More

Workshop PhotoStackables

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

String Bead is excited to be teaching how to make these trendy stackable rings! Instruction on how to make 5 different types of stackable rings. We will be pairing our soldering skills with our design skills to create this timeless, delicate project. We will be using bronze, copper, and sterling. Choose which types of rings best suit your... Read More

Workshop PhotoEtched Fused Glass

Instructor: Carole Witt
Graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Carole has been teaching for over 15 years. Carole and her remarkable staff have a lineup of more than 50 classes in their extensive Jewelry Supply Store, String Bead, in Chico California. They are always striving to increase their ability to reach... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Glass Fusing is always such fun and looks wonderful! And in this class we’ll be showing you a delightful new look of etching your glass! Wow everyone you know with fun patterns and designs you’ll be able to create! All skill levels are welcome. All tools are provided. Your seat in the class is secured when the class is paid... Read More

Workshop PhotoBeaded Beads (Off loom bead weaving)

Instructor: Adele Kimpell
Adele Kimpell’s love affair with needle and thread arts began at the age of thirteen. Introduced to off-loom bead weaving in 1994 she has been designing jewelry, authoring and illustrating patterns and teaching for the last fourteen years at bead shops, bead societies and guilds, and bead... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees:
$27 » Class Fee
$35 » Kit Fee

Love multi-hole beads? These classy beads combine seed ... Read More

Workshop PhotoBeaded Kumi Hook Bracelet

Instructor: Yin Guang
She has been in bead business for more than 20 years and loves to play with beads, and work ... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Class Fee
$20 » Kit fee, include all materials, small round disk and instruction

use a round foam disk to braid a partial beaded rope, and bond both ends of the rope together with the hook Read More

Workshop PhotoInverted Spiral Bracelet

Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
Marilyn Gardiner has a passion for creating beadwork jewelry—and now chain mail jewelry as well. Her jewellery reflects her love of pattern, design and colour from different eras and cultures. She is a teacher who enjoys working with adults to create jewellery. She teaches various jewellery... Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: January 27, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees:
$50 » Class Fee
$50 » For kit - Silver Filled and Jeweler’s Bronze bracelet or $35 Silver Filled & Black Enameled Copper bracelet

An intriguing spiral chain! I love the two ridges that spiral around, each one a different color of metal. Next I want to try some dangly earrings in a finer gauge—or maybe a zipper pull—or maybe icicles for my Christmas tree... ... Read More

Workshop PhotoWoven Lampwork Bead Ring

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $70 » Workshop and Kit Fee

This design uses 3 different weaving techniques in sterling silver filled wire to enhance your choice of a handmade lampwork bead. You will be shown and given step by step instructions on how to create each weave and how to finish your ring using your unique bead. You will have the opportunity to patina your ring at the end of class if... Read More

Workshop PhotoBeginner Bronze Metal Clay

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $95

Learn the basics of Five Star Bronze Metal Clays in this fun beginner's class. Learn how to condition, shape, refine, fire and polish bronze metal clay. Class will include basic information on the composition of Five Star Metal Clays, tools needed, tips for success, various methods for firing and polishing. Carrie will provide... Read More

Workshop PhotoRhinestone Jewelry

Instructor: Symone Beasley
Symone Beasley is one of String Bead’s golden girls. She has worked alongside all the instructors and has played a vital role in helping with all the classes taught at the shop. Symone is patents at its best! and our very best beginners instructor. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Haven’t you always wanted to make rhinestone brooches, necklaces, and bracelets? I know I have, but no one ever tells their secrets! Well we do! Learn what you need for assembly, & soldering, from beginning to end! Vintage Heaven happens here! All Skill levels are welcome. Your seat in the class is secured when the class is paid... Read More

Workshop PhotoFabulous Fossils

Instructor: Debora Mauser
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Skill Level: All. All levels welcome but some metal experience helpful
Dates/Times: January 27, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $125

Create a skeletal form to capture your one of a kind fossils and stones. We will use Argentium wire to fuse the shape and prongs, then students can highlight their focal stone with a small accent stone. I will have some fossils and slices for you, or bring your own. No tools necessary, but if you have your hand tools with you in... Read More

Workshop PhotoBeginning Torch Soldering

Instructor: Carole Witt
Graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Carole has been teaching for over 15 years. Carole and her remarkable staff have a lineup of more than 50 classes in their extensive Jewelry Supply Store, String Bead, in Chico California. They are always striving to increase their ability to reach... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

This is an in-depth class that will equip you for using soldering torches. Once you understand the soldering process, good torch control, and the proper steps, soldering is a lot of fun. This introductory class focuses on getting you started on the right path, so you can confidently work and troubleshoot on your own. The earrings and... Read More

Workshop Photo“DD” Ocean Jasper Pendant

Instructor: Merilou Jenkins
Merilou has been a practicing artist and teacher for over 40 years journeying through different materials, media, influences and forms. With each sojourn into a different media she has discovered new techniques that have made a mark on her work on the road to artistic creation. She utilizes... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $135 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after January 1, 2018.) Fee includes four hours of instruction, a large pear shaped ocean jasper cabochon, sterling silver wire, crystals of your choice, jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home.

The “DD” in the title refers to one of my former students who came up with this design, hence the name “DD” (for Dexter Design)! Learn about wire temper, gauges, and shapes as well as tools. You will learn how to measure enough wire, how to straighten wire, how to bind your bundle of wire, how to make a bail and... Read More

Workshop PhotoBeginner Silver Metal Clay

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $95

Learn everything you need to know to make your own custom jewelry from metal clay in one straightforward class. You will learn to roll, shape, cut, texture, refine, fire and polish metal clay. Carrie will provide design considerations that will lead to successful finished pieces. Learn Carrie's firing guidelines and techniques so... Read More

Workshop PhotoShopping with Dale!!

Instructor: Dale Cougar Armstrong
Besides being a diehard rockhound and a lapidary, Dale “Cougar” Armstrong is an internationally known wire jewelry artist, instructor and author with a background in the fine arts, cloisonné and repoussé. With more than 40 years of combined experience, she uses absolutely... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 8:30am to 7:30pm
Fees: $149

Knowing that there are in excess of 40 individual gemshows happening at the same time, does the thought of going gemstone shopping in Tucson intimidate you? Do you know where to go to get the products on your shopping list at excellent prices from vendors you know you can trust? Do you have limited time? Then come shopping with me!! ... Read More

Workshop PhotoSampler Necklace

Instructor: Kim Fox
Kim is an award winning designer of finished jewelry and findings. She has been designing or making jewelry for most of her life. Her company Kim Fox Jewelry Design provides artisan designed and crafted clasps, cones and connectors. She has been addicted to kumihimo for about 8 years. From her love... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $105

Design your own Sampler Necklace with various patterns included in the final design using three colors of beads. Beads and cord are included in the class with a $25 credit that can be used to purchase findings from Kim Fox. . Kumihimo disk may be purchased for $10 if you don’t have one. Read More

Workshop PhotoWinging it

Instructor: Debora Mauser
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $100

The beauty and shape of a butterfly wing captured in Argentium wire surrounding bits of color with stones and cz’s. Students will fuse their wire after forming into shape, solder bezel cups and tumble the wire while creating handcrafted sterling earwires and then set their stones. This class is perfect for those that want to... Read More

Workshop PhotoJacobs Ladder Bracelet

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 9:00am to 12:30pm
Fees: $85 » Workshop and Kit Fee

This is a fun bracelet that lets you choose how to create your ladder to fit your bracelet. Balance is what it's all about and you'll learn how to balance each side of your bracelet using a template that you will create based on your wrist size. This class uses sterling silver filled and gold filled wire. You will have the... Read More

Workshop PhotoCREATE A CHAMPLEVE PENDANT WITH WET ENAMELS & ART CLAY SILVER

Instructor: Jackie Truty
Senior Art Clay Instructor and owner of Art Clay World, USA. In 2000, Jackie saw a demonstration on Art Clay Silver and has never looked back. In 2002, she acquired the rights as exclusive, North American distributor of Art Clay products. Her books, “Art Clay Silver and Gold: 18 Projects to... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 9:00am to 12:30pm
Fees: $95 » includes kit fee (silver pendant, enamels) and use of tools kilns and materials

In this 3.5 hour class Jackie will instruct you in washing and wet packing enamels into an Art clay Silver textured pendant made by the student. Learn the tricks for enameling success and how to make your colors pop! Handout will be provided. Read More

Workshop PhotoDouble stone open face ring

Instructor: Laura Stamper
Although Laura's art background is painting she has had a successful business creating art jewelry for the last 26 years. Her jewelry, like her paintings speak to her roots in illustration and painting. “I have been influenced by the greats from Da Vinci to Dali.” The theme of... Read More

Skill Level: All. Must be at least 18 years old
Dates/Times: January 28, from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $150

Open face rings are the cocktail rings of the new century! Students will have the opportunity to design and construct a one of a kind open face ring using non traditional stone setting skills for rough and odd shaped stones. Laura will bring her personal stash for students to pick from in creating this versatile statement ring. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoTreasures of the Sea Pendent Copper Electroforming for Artists and Mad Scientists

Instructor: Terry Henry
After a career as a scientist Terry Henry answered her hearts call to turn to art full time and since November 2011 she hasn’t looked back! Terry is a native of California from the community of Los Gatos, she attended college at San Jose State University where she started out as and art... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Fees:
$125 » Workshop
$65 » Kit Fee, Fee is payable to instructor at beginning of class and includes fossil ammonite, dichroic glass cabochon, micro-beads, CZ’s, copper foil, copper wire, conductive paint, glue, miscellaneous polished rocks, sealed organic material, injection wax, tutorial containing detailed instructions, material resources, and photographs, and use of electroforming and polishing equipment and chemicals. Copper neck collars will be available for purchase in class.

Interested in the newest trend in copper jewelry? Come join me as we turn found objects into copper. Explore the endless possibilities of copper electroforming in an easy to understand format. In this class we will combine shells, fossils, metal, glass, rocks, and minerals, into a pendent of your own unique creation. Techniques for... Read More

Workshop PhotoPhotoshop for Jewelry, Beads, PMC and Glass Artists

Instructor: Doug Baldwin
Doug is a professional product photographer and glass artist. After receiving ... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fees: $185 » includes two printed workflows with matching sample images, 6 hours of instruction and help with Photoshop. Fee must be paid in full at time of registration (non-refundable after January 1, 2018).

See how to extract objects from backgrounds, add new backgrounds, create ... Read More

Workshop PhotoKnot Rings

Instructor: Sarah
Guest instructor of String Bead. http://stringbead.com/ Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Knot that ring! Twists and turns and knots galore! These fun rings will have you looking up knots for days with mind boggling excitement! Here you will learn how to solder rings with an extra flair, from a crossed over knot to a simple overhand you’ll learn it all! All skill levels are welcome. All tools are provided. Your seat in... Read More

Workshop PhotoBeginning Torch Soldering

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 10:00am to 1:30pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

This is an in-depth class that will equip you for using soldering torches. Once you understand the soldering process, good torch control, and the proper steps, soldering is a lot of fun. This introductory class focuses on getting you started on the right path, so you can confidently work and troubleshoot on your own. The earrings and... Read More

Workshop PhotoDesert Temple Bracelet

Instructor: Kelly Thompson
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Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: January 28, from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Fees: $115

The Desert Temple bracelet invokes a pilgrimage of hope and beauty. Through hard dry spells, sometimes the shimmering mirage is an actual oasis. And when you reach that long awaited pool of water, drink deeply, slip this lovely bracelet around your wrist and remember your worth. Read More

Workshop PhotoMirror Image Pendant; Firing Mixed Metals

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate. Some prior metal clay experience is highly suggested
Dates/Times: January 28, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $110

Want to create those awesome, multi-colored metal clay pieces? Learn how to combine non-precious metals and fire together without failures. You will learn to create a mirror image, reversible pendant with two Five Star Metal Clays (Red Bronze and Light Bronze). Carrie will provide detailed instructions on combining all five of the clays... Read More

Workshop PhotoMaking An Impression

Instructor: Marti Brown
Marti Brown is an internationally known instructor. She has taught her classes in her studio and at Bead Fest venues, Bead and Button, BeadFx in Canada, for east coast bead stores and bead societies and at The Tucson Bead Show. She has been featured in Artisan Jewelry Times, an online magazine, and... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 12:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $175

Students will emboss, imprint, texture, and stamp niobium sheet using hammers, metal stamps, a metal corrugator and the Sizzix Big Kick. Then use bath anodizing, sanding, and brush anodizing techniques to add color to your creations. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoFINE SILVER TEXTURED LENTIL BEAD

Instructor: Jackie Truty
Senior Art Clay Instructor and owner of Art Clay World, USA. In 2000, Jackie saw a demonstration on Art Clay Silver and has never looked back. In 2002, she acquired the rights as exclusive, North American distributor of Art Clay products. Her books, “Art Clay Silver and Gold: 18 Projects to... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $100 » includes kit fee (carving block. silver clay, paste & syringe) and use of tools, kilns and materials

Learn Jackie’s technique for creating your own texture plates to make a unique, hollow lentil bead with Art Clay Silver. You’ll finish your bead with patinas and be able to take it home after class. Handout will be provided. Read More

Workshop PhotoCaptured Helm

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate. Should have experience working with square and half round wire.
Dates/Times: January 28, from 1:00pm to 5:30pm
Fees: $90 » Workshop and Kit Fee

Helm Weave is a classic chain maille pattern and looks lovely combined with traditional wire wrap. You will be shown how to properly open and close jump rings then create your helm weave using shiny aluminum rings. We'll then capture your weave in a traditional wire wrapped frame using silver filled wire.. You do not need previous... Read More

Workshop PhotoSoldered Bangles

Instructor: Sarah
Guest instructor of String Bead. http://stringbead.com/ Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Oh my goodness. Just look at them!!! These soldered bangles are out of this world! We are so excited about how easy these are to personalize. If you have ever wondered how to create those trendy stackable bracelets from scratch, then take this class! These bracelets are great soldering practice to get you to the next place and take more... Read More

Workshop PhotoHollow Bead Earrings

Instructor: Debora Mauser
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Skill Level: Soldering experience necessary
Dates/Times: January 28, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $100

Using sterling silver discs, learn to stamp, dome, fit and solder two discs and highlight with sterling and accent beads. We will also create our own earring wires. Please bring your choice of small accent beads. Your kit will include small sterling beads, wire and discs. Read More

Workshop PhotoGlass Bead Making

Instructor: Carole Witt
Graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Carole has been teaching for over 15 years. Carole and her remarkable staff have a lineup of more than 50 classes in their extensive Jewelry Supply Store, String Bead, in Chico California. They are always striving to increase their ability to reach... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $250 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Lampwork Glass bead making, that’s right—Lampwork Glass BEAD MAKING! We will get to use our torches, but outside ONLY, so DRESS WARM! We have very LIMITED SPACE so sign up now. StringBead has been lampworking for over 20 years. It’s our favorite thing to do, and we are THRILLED that we get to bring it to you. All tools... Read More

Workshop PhotoFocal Me Match Me Kumi Necklace

Instructor: Yin Guang
She has been in bead business for more than 20 years and loves to play with beads, and work ... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Class Fee
$25 » Kit Fee, include all materials, magnetic clasp, a small round disk and the instruction.

use a round foam disk to braid a partial beaded rope, and bond the ends of rope with the magnetic clasp. The hammered magnetic clasp is easy to use and fun to wear as a focal of necklace. Read More

Workshop PhotoTwisted Bracelet and Ring

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Fees: $65 » Workshop and Kit Fee

This is a fun class that works up quickly and accents the gemstone beads and the matching focal. After finishing your bracelet you will learn how to make a matching ring to complete the set. You will have your choice of bead color. Class fee includes sterling silver filled wire, beads of choice, written instructions with photographs... Read More

Workshop PhotoIntermediate Soldering

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate. Torch Soldering skills necessary
Dates/Times: January 28, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Knowing how to use your torch is just the beginning! Learning proper setup, fit, how to control your solder flow, why joints break sometimes, what metals do what in the flame, and how to troubleshoot all of the above is the focus of this class while giving you loads of time at the torch. Working with different gauges, shapes and wire... Read More

Workshop PhotoMasters Talisman Project

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 6:30pm to 9:20pm
Fees: $60

Come and participate in an adventure with multimedia jewelry experts! You will spend a half-hour with each of three instructors of your choice—and walk away with a special, talisman necklace. Each instructor will teach 3 sessions during the evening, with a maximum of 7 students per teacher each session. Read More

Workshop PhotoHow to Wrap a Freeform Object

Instructor: Merilou Jenkins
Merilou has been a practicing artist and teacher for over 40 years journeying through different materials, media, influences and forms. With each sojourn into a different media she has discovered new techniques that have made a mark on her work on the road to artistic creation. She utilizes... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $135 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after January 1, 2018.) Fee includes four hours of instruction, a free form drusy of your choice, a crystal (as a second project for caging), sterling silver wire, jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home.

You may have learned how to wrap a cabochon but now you can not only wrap a drusy, which is currently immensely popular, but you now can learn how to wrap any free form object. The instruction book also includes a second project which is how to cage an object. Learn about wire temper, gauges, and shapes as well as tools. You will learn... Read More

Workshop PhotoTryzantine Bracelet/Necklace

Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
Marilyn Gardiner has a passion for creating beadwork jewelry—and now chain mail jewelry as well. Her jewellery reflects her love of pattern, design and colour from different eras and cultures. She is a teacher who enjoys working with adults to create jewellery. She teaches various jewellery... Read More

Skill Level: Beginner Plus
Dates/Times: January 29, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees:
$50 » Class Fee
$90 » Silver Filled necklace Kit
$30 » Copper bracelet Kit
$68 » Silver Filled bracelet

Dramatic or what! Think of this lovely weave as Byzantine on steroids. The sensational bead embellishments are Swarovski pearls, wire wrapped with curved, textured, metal disks. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoCreative Foundations

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $60

Get creative while exploring the wonderful world of color! Learn to use patina paints to create stunning designs on wood, buffalo horn or metal components. Students will work with Vintaj patinas and practice applying to achieve dimension and depth. Once the colors have been finished, you will attach a bezel cup and set a gemstone of your... Read More

Workshop PhotoMake It & Take It: It’s Impressionable

Instructor: Marti Brown
Marti Brown is an internationally known instructor. She has taught her classes in her studio and at Bead Fest venues, Bead and Button, BeadFx in Canada, for east coast bead stores and bead societies and at The Tucson Bead Show. She has been featured in Artisan Jewelry Times, an online magazine, and... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 8:30am to 9:30pm
Fees: $30

Experience the magic of niobium. Choose a pre-cut shape, impress a design into it and anodize it for your own niobium creation. Anodizing is simple, magical and your color choices make the earrings personally yours! Necessary tools will be provided. Read More

Workshop PhotoArtisan toggle in sterling silver with 24 k gold

Instructor: Laura Stamper
Although Laura's art background is painting she has had a successful business creating art jewelry for the last 26 years. Her jewelry, like her paintings speak to her roots in illustration and painting. “I have been influenced by the greats from Da Vinci to Dali.” The theme of... Read More

Skill Level: All. Must be at least 18 years old
Dates/Times: January 29, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $65 » includes all materials needed to design and construct the artisan toggle

This is the perfect class for beaders to try their hand at basic metalsmith techniques to create one of a kind focal toggle closures for their beautiful beaded creation! Students will design and design and craft a one of a kind toggle, using basic fabrication techniques including dapping, soldering. and embellishment techniques with 24... Read More

Workshop PhotoTwo in One Necklace

Instructor: Kim Fox
Kim is an award winning designer of finished jewelry and findings. She has been designing or making jewelry for most of her life. Her company Kim Fox Jewelry Design provides artisan designed and crafted clasps, cones and connectors. She has been addicted to kumihimo for about 8 years. From her love... Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate. Know kumihimo with beads
Dates/Times: January 29, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $125

Make this two-part necklace. We will work on the front part in class and you can finish the second part at home. Class includes beads and cord with $25 credit for findings purchased from Kim Fox. . Kumihimo disk may be purchased for $10 if you don’t have one. Read More

Workshop PhotoCopper Electroforming Components Class For Artists and Mad Scientists

Instructor: Terry Henry
After a career as a scientist Terry Henry answered her hearts call to turn to art full time and since November 2011 she hasn’t looked back! Terry is a native of California from the community of Los Gatos, she attended college at San Jose State University where she started out as and art... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$85 » Class Fee
$25 » Fee is payable to instructor at beginning of class and includes prepared organic material, copper wire, conductive paint, glue, pearls/stones/crystals, tutorial containing detailed instructions, material resources, and photographs, and use of electroforming and polishing equipment and chemicals.

Come join me as we turn found objects into copper components to be used in your own creations. Explore the endless possibilities of copper electroforming in an easy to understand format. In this class we will electroform a flower, a seedpod, and a charm from a shell or crab claw and a pearl. We will spend time discussing the process of... Read More

Workshop PhotoPersonal Power Crystal

Instructor: Dale Cougar Armstrong
Besides being a diehard rockhound and a lapidary, Dale “Cougar” Armstrong is an internationally known wire jewelry artist, instructor and author with a background in the fine arts, cloisonné and repoussé. With more than 40 years of combined experience, she uses absolutely... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 9:00am to 12:30pm
Fees: $87

What a great way to start your day! Join this class to learn more about the basic lore of some precious and semi-precious gemstones while each student creates their own personal talisman. All gemstones contain and produce energy, and some are said to have special properties. Whether they do or not, mankind has used gemstones and crystals... Read More

Workshop PhotoSimple Elegance Bracelet

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate. Should have experience working with square and half round wire.
Dates/Times: January 29, from 9:00am to 12:30pm
Fees: $95 » Workshop and Kit Fee

This is traditional wire wrapping at its best. Find the perfect focal bead (you will have many to choose from) and create this bracelet to surround and enhance it. Once your bead has been selected and your wrist is sized we will discuss how to create your bracelet so that your focal bead is centered. Yes there will be math involved,... Read More

Workshop PhotoLight and Shadow, The Art of Photographing Jewelry, Beads & Glass

Instructor: Doug Baldwin
Doug is a professional product photographer and glass artist. After receiving ... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fees: $185 » includes the use of two light boxes and background paper during class, 6 hours of instruction and help with your camera and lighting. Fee must be paid in full at time of registration (non-refundable after January 1, 2018).

Come learn the secrets of how to shoot your jewelry, beads, and glass with a ... Read More

Workshop PhotoSticks and Stones

Instructor: Debora Mauser
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Skill Level: Intermediate. (must know how to solder)
Dates/Times: January 29, from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Fees: $ 220

Design and create three components to be worn individually or all together. Students should bring a stone of their choosing or purchase one from the teacher. All other materials are included. Your designs will dictate how construction is done. Fusing? Soldering? Or both??? Learn to work with sterling tubing, tube settings, small bezel... Read More

Workshop PhotoMake It & Take It: It’s Impressionable

Instructor: Marti Brown
Marti Brown is an internationally known instructor. She has taught her classes in her studio and at Bead Fest venues, Bead and Button, BeadFx in Canada, for east coast bead stores and bead societies and at The Tucson Bead Show. She has been featured in Artisan Jewelry Times, an online magazine, and... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 9:30am to 10:30pm
Fees: $30

Experience the magic of niobium. Choose a pre-cut shape, impress a design into it and anodize it for your own niobium creation. Anodizing is simple, magical and your color choices make the earrings personally yours! Necessary tools will be provided. Read More

Workshop PhotoTorch Enameling

Instructor: Atalia Molaro
Teacher, Designer, and Buyer, for String Bead Chico. Atalia has been creating new classes and teaching the elements of beading skills for over six years. Her open saw work and metal skills are unparalleled. She plays a vital role in helping to create the over fifty classes taught at String Bead. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

A fun class that takes the fear and uncertainty out of torch enameling. This is a remarkably simple technique that will change your metalwork from passé to pizzazz! You make 2 to 4 pieces in this class. We go over lots of different rights and wrongs about torch enameling. Take “Etching” or “Know Your Saw”... Read More

Workshop PhotoEtching

Instructor: Sarah
Guest instructor of String Bead. http://stringbead.com/ Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Always adding new things! We will cover chemical etching, making up to two pairs of earrings. Electric etching, making a pendant, and discussing other ways to achieve the etch you are looking for. We cover a wide range of resists, when and where they work best and which etch to use where. If you have a favorite small rubber stamp…... Read More

Workshop PhotoMake It & Take It: It’s Impressionable

Instructor: Marti Brown
Marti Brown is an internationally known instructor. She has taught her classes in her studio and at Bead Fest venues, Bead and Button, BeadFx in Canada, for east coast bead stores and bead societies and at The Tucson Bead Show. She has been featured in Artisan Jewelry Times, an online magazine, and... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 10:30am to 11:30pm
Fees: $30

Experience the magic of niobium. Choose a pre-cut shape, impress a design into it and anodize it for your own niobium creation. Anodizing is simple, magical and your color choices make the earrings personally yours! Necessary tools will be provided. Read More

Workshop PhotoIridescent Resin Dangles

Instructor: Meredith Arnold
Known as a Comedian Artist, Meredith brings a depth of knowledge and humor to her classes to create a unique and fun learning experience for her students all over the world. She teaches regularly at the Tacoma Metal Arts Center, the Tucson Gem Show and other venues. ... Read More

Skill Level: Beginner Plus
Dates/Times: January 29, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees:
$50 » Class Fee
$15 » $10.00 for 1 bottle of resin $ 5.00 for wire, Handouts, papers, specialty papers, glitter, use of rubber stamps & inks.

Expand your horizons exploring these luminous light effects, combined with paper, other media and UV resin to make dangles for earrings, necklaces or charms. Get all of the tricks and tips for creating bezels to capture resin and more. Discover lots of fun possibilities and go home with beautiful results. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoMake A Statement; White Bronze Metal Clay - Part I

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: All. Some metal clay experience suggested, but not required
Dates/Times: January 29, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $140

TWO SESSION CLASS. Are you looking for some bling? Metal clay can be challenging to make cost effective, statement jewelry. In this class you will not only learn how to utilize metal clay effectively, but also how to work with the unique characteristics of white bronze. You will learn to roll, texture, cut, dry and refine Five Star White... Read More

Workshop PhotoWild Amaryllis Bracelet

Instructor: Kelly Thompson
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees: $50

Each interconnected component of this bracelet is a bright bloom of color - harnessing the spirit and beauty of the amaryllis flower. Read More

Workshop PhotoUltimate Cabochon Pendant

Instructor: Dale Cougar Armstrong
Besides being a diehard rockhound and a lapidary, Dale “Cougar” Armstrong is an internationally known wire jewelry artist, instructor and author with a background in the fine arts, cloisonné and repoussé. With more than 40 years of combined experience, she uses absolutely... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $100

Discover Cougar’s secret formula for being able to turn almost any size and shaped cabochon into a beautiful pendant! You can later formulate this pattern to turn many other items into unique pendants, such as a coin, cameo, faceted stone, etc. This is a great class for the lapidary who would like to set their own stones using cold... Read More

Workshop PhotoTwists n Turns Bracelet - TNT

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $85 » Workshop and Kit Fee

The is one of my favorite designs. It is a fun bracelet to make using square dead soft wire to enhance your choice of beads. You will be using sterling silver filled wire and have your choice of bead colors. Class fee includes sterling silver filled wire, beads of choice, written instructions with photographs and use of instructors... Read More

Workshop PhotoPearl Knotting

Instructor: Symone Beasley
Symone Beasley is one of String Bead’s golden girls. She has worked alongside all the instructors and has played a vital role in helping with all the classes taught at the shop. Symone is patents at its best! and our very best beginners instructor. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Take the mystery out of pearl knotting! Learn one of the oldest beading skills. Both traditional and modern techniques are covered. Explore multiple finishing options and fun new ways to incorporate this ancient technique into modern jewelry. We will have a variety of real pearls, and a collection of lovely designer clasps for you to... Read More

Workshop PhotoAdvanced Glass Bead Making

Instructor: Carole Witt
Graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Carole has been teaching for over 15 years. Carole and her remarkable staff have a lineup of more than 50 classes in their extensive Jewelry Supply Store, String Bead, in Chico California. They are always striving to increase their ability to reach... Read More

Skill Level: Glass Bead Making Skills
Dates/Times: January 29, from 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $250 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Crafting adorable turtle, frogs, and ladybugs is just too much fun! That’s why we’re bringing the fun to you! If you took our glass bead making class last year this is the perfect next step. Put a new skill into your ever expanding world! One dinner break. Must have previous glass bead making experience. Glass Bead Making is... Read More

Workshop PhotoMag Connect Beaded Kumi Bracelet

Instructor: Yin Guang
She has been in bead business for more than 20 years and loves to play with beads, and work ... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Class Fee
$23 » Kit fee, include all materials, rhinestone magnetic clasp, a small round disk and the instruction.

Braid seed beads and crystal to make a rope, and bond the ends of rope with the rhinestone magnetic clasp. It's attractive as focal bead and easy to wear. Read More

Workshop PhotoAssisted Studio Polishing Time

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $5

Join Carrie for a relaxing jewelry work session. This is open studio time and can be used however you wish. This is a perfect opportunity to refine and polish your metal clay pieces. Carrie will be on hand to answer questions and assist you where necessary. You will have access to all of the studio tools including the bench polishers. No... Read More

Workshop PhotoDichroic Polymer Clay

Instructor: Meredith Arnold
Known as a Comedian Artist, Meredith brings a depth of knowledge and humor to her classes to create a unique and fun learning experience for her students all over the world. She teaches regularly at the Tacoma Metal Arts Center, the Tucson Gem Show and other venues. ... Read More

Skill Level: Beginner Plus
Dates/Times: January 29, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees:
$35 » Class Fee
$10 » Kit Fee

Air dry polymer clay?? You read that right: no oven required! Discover creating dichroic like effects, textures and just how fun and easy it is to work with this clay. Just about anything can become a cool texture tool. Making tile bracelets, dangles or earrings are a cinch. Once dry, this stuff is tough! Instructor will provide a... Read More

Workshop PhotoSterling Silver Collars

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $65 » Workshop and Kit Fee

Everyone should have at least one sterling silver collar in their jewelry wardrobe, but in this class you will make 2 different styles. Both will be created in 10 gauge Sterling Silver half round wire and will be hammered to add texture and harden your wire. Simply following a design doesn't work when creating collars. I will show... Read More

Workshop PhotoGlass Fusing - But I Don’t Have a Kiln!

Instructor: Symone Beasley
Symone Beasley is one of String Bead’s golden girls. She has worked alongside all the instructors and has played a vital role in helping with all the classes taught at the shop. Symone is patents at its best! and our very best beginners instructor. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

“But I Don’t Have a Kiln”… DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU! We will cover microwave kilns! And their instant gratification! “But I DO Have a Kiln”…YOU WON”T BE BORED! We will cover so many aspects of glass fusing that you will be thrilled. We will Play with as many technique as we can cram... Read More

Workshop PhotoTrapeze Earrings

Instructor: Debora Mauser
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $125

Learn to safely hang stones from a hot riveted wire while creating a unique and dynamic set of earrings. Start with a simple sterling pair of earrings and move onto a pair with stones. I will have stones from which to choose, and we will make our own unique ear wires as well. Read More

Workshop PhotoBasic Bangle Bracelet

Instructor: Merilou Jenkins
Merilou has been a practicing artist and teacher for over 40 years journeying through different materials, media, influences and forms. With each sojourn into a different media she has discovered new techniques that have made a mark on her work on the road to artistic creation. She utilizes... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $135 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after January 1, 2018) Fee includes four hours of instruction, 14K gold fill and sterling silver wire, jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home. She will also provide all tools for you to use in class so it is not necessary for you to bring anything.

This bracelet is the mainstay of many bracelets. Once you have learned this technique you will be able to vary the design and create a multitude of different designs. You can vary the design by using different kinds of metals, by using more or fewer wires, by twisting additional wires or none at all for a totally different look. You will... Read More

Workshop PhotoMake A Statement; White Bronze Metal Clay - Part II

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: All. Some metal clay experience suggested, but not required
Dates/Times: January 30, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees:

TWO SESSION CLASS. Are you looking for some bling? Metal clay can be challenging to make cost effective, statement jewelry. In this class you will not only learn how to utilize metal clay effectively, but also how to work with the unique characteristics of white bronze. You will learn to roll, texture, cut, dry and refine Five Star White... Read More

Workshop PhotoRainforest Leaves

Instructor: Marti Brown
Marti Brown is an internationally known instructor. She has taught her classes in her studio and at Bead Fest venues, Bead and Button, BeadFx in Canada, for east coast bead stores and bead societies and at The Tucson Bead Show. She has been featured in Artisan Jewelry Times, an online magazine, and... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $115

Learn to cut niobium sheet with metal shears, bend, texture it and then colorfully anodize your created pieces. Add beads with wire and jump rings to suggest falling rain. Students will learn how to cut, drill, shape, file, and sand niobium sheet and wire; some fold forming techniques; anodizing techniques. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoIntro to torch fired enameling

Instructor: Laura Stamper
Although Laura's art background is painting she has had a successful business creating art jewelry for the last 26 years. Her jewelry, like her paintings speak to her roots in illustration and painting. “I have been influenced by the greats from Da Vinci to Dali.” The theme of... Read More

Skill Level: All. Must be at least 18 years old
Dates/Times: January 30, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $85 » includes all materials needed to design and craft several styes of enameled bead, charms and toggle closure

Students will learn to apply colored enamels using a torch. The immersion technique will be taught. Students will make their own beads, charms and toggle closures. The possibilities are endless. Materials to do the enameling are included. Read More

Workshop PhotoHarlequin Bracelet

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $75 » Workshop and Kit Fee

In this traditional wire wrapping class you will use seed beads to enhance sterling silver filled wire to create this colorful bangle bracelet. You will learn to work with square and half round wire and make your own hook for this bracelet. Whether you choose to go multi color or use a single color, the choice will be yours when... Read More

Workshop PhotoYin Yang Arm Cuff

Instructor: Dale Cougar Armstrong
Besides being a diehard rockhound and a lapidary, Dale “Cougar” Armstrong is an internationally known wire jewelry artist, instructor and author with a background in the fine arts, cloisonné and repoussé. With more than 40 years of combined experience, she uses absolutely... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 9:00am to 12:30pm
Fees: $87

INTRODUCING a BRAND NEW DESIGN for a wonderful and comfortable way to wear your favorite focal bead! Each student will choose from a colorful selection of gemstone beads provided by the instructor, and then learn how to manipulate heavy gauge silver wires and turn those beads into a simply elegant cuff bracelet in class. As a bonus,... Read More

Workshop PhotoTreasures of the Sea Cuff Copper Electroforming for Artists and Mad Scientists

Instructor: Terry Henry
After a career as a scientist Terry Henry answered her hearts call to turn to art full time and since the day after her retirement in November 2011 she hasn’t looked back! Terry is a native of California from the community of Los Gatos, she attended college at San Jose State University where... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Fees:
$125 » Class Fee
$75 » Kit Fee:Fee is payable to instructor at beginning of class and includes: Heavy copper bangle, fossil ammonite, dichroic glass cabochon, glass micro-beads, CZ’s, copper foil, copper wire, conductive paint, glue, miscellaneous polished rocks, sealed shells material, injection wax, tutorial containing detailed instructions, material resources, and photographs, and use of electroforming and polishing equipment and chemicals.

Interested in the newest trend in copper jewelry? Come join me as we turn found objects into copper. Explore the endless possibilities of copper electroforming in an easy to understand format. In this class we will be making a customized copper bangle cuff using shells, fossils, metal, glass, rocks, pearls, and cubic zirconia gems. The... Read More

Workshop PhotoPhotoshop for Jewelry, Beads, PMC and Glass Artists

Instructor: Doug Baldwin
Doug is a professional product photographer and glass artist. After receiving ... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fees: $185 » includes two printed workflows with matching sample images, 6 hours of instruction and help with Photoshop. Fee must be paid in full at time of registration (non-refundable after January 1, 2018).

See how to extract objects from backgrounds, add new backgrounds, create ... Read More

Workshop PhotoReticulation Cuff

Instructor: Debora Mauser
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fees: $195 » No tools necessary

Combine many techniques including depletion guilding, reticulating silver, soldering, setting stones and forming! Can it get any better? We will use half round wire to form a three strap base, solder a reticulated piece of silver and highlight it with small cabochons. Soldering experience necessary. No tools needed, but I will send a... Read More

Workshop PhotoStackables

Instructor: Sarah
Guest instructor of String Bead. http://stringbead.com/ Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

String Bead is excited to be teaching how to make these trendy stackable rings! Instruction on how to make 5 different types of stackable rings. We will be pairing our soldering skills with our design skills to create this timeless, delicate project. We will be using bronze, copper, and sterling. Choose which types of rings best suit your... Read More

Workshop PhotoRhinestone Jewelry

Instructor: Symone Beasley
Symone Beasley is one of String Bead’s golden girls. She has worked alongside all the instructors and has played a vital role in helping with all the classes taught at the shop. Symone is patents at its best! and our very best beginners instructor. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Haven’t you always wanted to make rhinestone brooches, necklaces, and bracelets? I know I have, but no one ever tells their secrets! Well we do! Learn what you need for assembly, & soldering, from beginning to end! Vintage Heaven happens here! All Skill levels are welcome. Your seat in the class is secured when the class is paid... Read More

Workshop PhotoTransformer Necklace with Clasp/Pendant Hardware

Instructor: Kim Fox
Kim is an award winning designer of finished jewelry and findings. She has been designing or making jewelry for most of her life. Her company Kim Fox Jewelry Design provides artisan designed and crafted clasps, cones and connectors. She has been addicted to kumihimo for about 8 years. From her love... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Fees: $185 » in silver or $125 in bronze

Make this transformable necklace using a clasp that converts to a pendant. This class includes beads and cord for the necklace and the option of silver or bronze for the clasp/pendant combination. . Kumihimo disk may be purchased for $10 if you don’t have one. Read More

Workshop PhotoEasy Marketing Methods

Instructor: Meredith Arnold
Known as a Comedian Artist, Meredith brings a depth of knowledge and humor to her classes to create a unique and fun learning experience for her students all over the world. She teaches regularly at the Tacoma Metal Arts Center, the Tucson Gem Show and other venues. ... Read More

Skill Level: Beginner Plus
Dates/Times: January 30, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $50

How do people find out about your work? How can you find the people that would want to own some of your work? This class will provide some easy ways to get the word out effectively with what works instead of what doesn't to get you the biggest return on your time. Save time, discover new resources and put your efforts into... Read More

Workshop PhotoBronze Dogwood Broach Part I

Instructor: Carrie Story
Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate. Some prior metal clay experience is highly suggested
Dates/Times: January 30, from 12:30pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $140

TWO SESSION CLASS: Take your metal clay skills to the next level. Learn how to sculpt your metal clay with simple tools right in the palm of your hand to create stunning works of art. You will learn to create ultra detailed pieces of metal clay, design and join them to build a broach. Carrie will provide detailed instructions and... Read More

Workshop PhotoConcentricity Earrings

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees: $75 » Workshop and Kit Fee

Love the concentric circles and teardrops of these earrings. The circles offer all of the beauty of hoop earrings and the teardrops move and turn within each graduating size. You will learn the proper technique to create movement in your own earrings and how to gradually increase or decrease size to suit your taste. The earrings will... Read More

Workshop PhotoCriss Cross Polka Dot Bracelet

Instructor: Kelly Thompson
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Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: January 30, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $75

This bracelet takes the playful favorite things from our youth - polka dots, lace trimmed socks & the sway of double dutch jump ropes - and reinterprets them with elegant sophistication. If you opt for vibrant colors with this design, we think you’ll be able to channel that younger you without hesitation. Read More

Workshop PhotoCOOL LAVA & TORCH FIRED SIFTED ENAMELS

Instructor: Jackie Truty
Senior Art Clay Instructor and owner of Art Clay World, USA. In 2000, Jackie saw a demonstration on Art Clay Silver and has never looked back. In 2002, she acquired the rights as exclusive, North American distributor of Art Clay products. Her books, “Art Clay Silver and Gold: 18 Projects to... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $95 » includes kit fee (silver clay & enamels) and use of tools, kilns and materials

After you make a textured base of fine silver, Jackie will instruct you in preparing and sifting colorful enamel powders onto your design. Using a butane torch, you will fuse the enamels and, after cooling, burnish to a high shine. Pendant will be completed in this 3 hour class and ready for you to take home. Handout will be provided. Read More

Identifying dyed versus natural stones

Instructor: Carole White
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Fees: $15

How to navigate the wide world of semi-precious stone treatments. Identify dyed stones versus natural. Arm yourself with information on the various treatments used to enhance the colors of gemstones typical to the bead industry. We will cover Turquoise, Ruby, Sapphire, Carnelian , Agates, Citrine, Smokey quartz, Aura quartz, reconstructed... Read More

Workshop PhotoKnot Rings

Instructor: Sarah
Guest instructor of String Bead. http://stringbead.com/ Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Knot that ring! Twists and turns and knots galore! These fun rings will have you looking up knots for days with mind boggling excitement! Here you will learn how to solder rings with an extra flair, from a crossed over knot to a simple overhand you’ll learn it all! All skill levels are welcome. All tools are provided. Your seat in... Read More

Workshop PhotoProng Setting Workshop

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Skill Level: Must have Soldering Experience
Dates/Times: January 30, from 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $158 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Okay, you’ve been asking for years, sooooooo… here it is! Prong Settings! We will cover how to make prongs from scratch, the different tool options available for working with prongs, how to deal with natural stones and calibrated ones and more. Handouts will cover basket setting assembly, prong cutting, and other aspects. In... Read More

Workshop PhotoTravelers Bracelet

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Fees: $80 » Workshop and Kit Fee

This bracelet will be one that you will wear for years and is the perfect accessory to include on all of your trips. The classic look of silver and gold with the decorative hook makes this a perfect everyday bracelet. The gold lacing adds just the right touch to finish this bracelet. You will use sterling silver filled and gold filled... Read More

Workshop PhotoAdvanced Rhinestone Jewelry

Instructor: Symone Beasley
Symone Beasley is one of String Bead’s golden girls. She has worked alongside all the instructors and has played a vital role in helping with all the classes taught at the shop. Symone is patents at its best! and our very best beginners instructor. Read More

Skill Level: Rhinestone Torch skills needed
Dates/Times: January 30, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Take your love for rhinestones up a notch with this class! Learn to make a multi-step necklace or bring your broken jewelry and learn how to fix it. Also learn to work with rhinestone chain, which we all love! After this class you will have the know how’s to make beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces that look new or have that vintage... Read More

Workshop PhotoEmbellished “Mabe” Pearl Earrings NEW CLASS!

Instructor: Merilou Jenkins
Merilou has been a practicing artist and teacher for over 40 years journeying through different materials, media, influences and forms. With each sojourn into a different media she has discovered new techniques that have made a mark on her work on the road to artistic creation. She utilizes... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $135 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after January 1, 2018.) Fee includes four hours of instruction, 2 white “mabe” pearls, 3mm pearls, sterling silver wire, sterling silver ear wires, jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home. She will also provide all tools for you to use in class so it is not necessary for you to bring anything.

Almost everyone wears earrings and pearls are making a big comeback. What could be better than combining the two in a pair of unusual earrings? They are delicate looking and add to whatever you are wearing. Once you have learned this technique you will be able to vary the design and create a multitude of different designs. Learn about... Read More

Workshop PhotoPhotographing Art Jewelry

Instructor: Meredith Arnold
Known as a Comedian Artist, Meredith brings a depth of knowledge and humor to her classes to create a unique and fun learning experience for her students all over the world. She teaches regularly at the Tacoma Metal Arts Center, the Tucson Gem Show and other venues. ... Read More

Skill Level: Beginner plus
Dates/Times: January 31, from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Fees: $85

Creating a home-based set up for good photos of your art work has never been made easier. Discover what will work best for your needs, lighting techniques and special effects, tips and tricks for inexpensive and quick ways to create your photography props and set, and how to use your smart phone to take quality photographs. Each student... Read More

Workshop PhotoBronze Dogwood Broach Part II

Instructor: Carrie Story
Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate. Some prior metal clay experience is highly suggested
Dates/Times: January 31, from 8:30am to 11:30pm
Fees:

TWO SESSION CLASS: Take your metal clay skills to the next level. Learn how to sculpt your metal clay with simple tools right in the palm of your hand to create stunning works of art. You will learn to create ultra detailed pieces of metal clay, design and join them to build a broach. Carrie will provide detailed instructions and... Read More

Workshop PhotoWoven Lampwork Bead Ring

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $70 » Workshop and Kit Fee

This design uses 3 different weaving techniques in sterling silver filled wire to enhance your choice of a handmade lampwork bead. You will be shown and given step by step instructions on how to create each weave and how to finish your ring using your unique bead. You will have the opportunity to patina your ring at the end of class if... Read More

Workshop PhotoFINE SILVER TEXTURED LENTIL BEAD

Instructor: Jackie Truty
Senior Art Clay Instructor and owner of Art Clay World, USA. In 2000, Jackie saw a demonstration on Art Clay Silver and has never looked back. In 2002, she acquired the rights as exclusive, North American distributor of Art Clay products. Her books, “Art Clay Silver and Gold: 18 Projects to... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 9:00am to 12:30pm
Fees: $100 » includes kit fee (carving block. silver clay, paste & syringe) and use of tools, kilns and materials

Learn Jackie’s technique for creating your own texture plates to make a unique, hollow lentil bead with Art Clay Silver. You’ll finish your bead with patinas and be able to take it home after class. Handout will be provided. Read More

Workshop PhotoArtisan geode/druzy toggle clasp

Instructor: Laura Stamper
Although Laura's art background is painting she has had a successful business creating art jewelry for the last 26 years. Her jewelry, like her paintings speak to her roots in illustration and painting. “I have been influenced by the greats from Da Vinci to Dali.” The theme of... Read More

Skill Level: All. Must be at least 18 years old
Dates/Times: January 31, from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Fees: $120 » includes all materials needed to design and construct the artisan toggle

This is the perfect class for beaders who would like to try their hand at silversmithing. Students will design and make a one of a kind focal toggle, using a slice from an agate geode. Basic fabrication techniques will be taught including an intro to non traditional stone setting skills and techniques in embellishments. Read More

Workshop PhotoLayered and Riveted

Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Gwen is an Inventor, Instructor and Maker of Pretty Things. ... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 9:00am to 5:30pm
Fees: $199 » (includes all supplies needed to complete the project and use of instructor’s tools during class)

No-Fear Riveting is here! Turn your creativity loose with the Riveting Essentials patented riveting process that makes riveting virtually foolproof. This introduction to riveting explores how to accurately measure and form traditional wire rivets, how to make and use ball-headed rivets and how to rivet a bezel cup in place – yes,... Read More

Workshop PhotoTorch Enameling

Instructor: Atalia Molaro
Teacher, Designer, and Buyer, for String Bead Chico. Atalia has been creating new classes and teaching the elements of beading skills for over six years. Her open saw work and metal skills are unparalleled. She plays a vital role in helping to create the over fifty classes taught at String Bead. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

A fun class that takes the fear and uncertainty out of torch enameling. This is a remarkably simple technique that will change your metalwork from passé to pizzazz! You make 2 to 4 pieces in this class. We go over lots of different rights and wrongs about torch enameling. Take “Etching” or “Know Your Saw”... Read More

Workshop PhotoFill the Gap – a 7 Cord Beaded Bracelet

Instructor: Sally Battis
Sally Battis – I have been crafting most of my life. Once I retired from my full time job, beading (Kumihimo mostly) has been my thing. I have an online store where I make and sell Kumihimo bead kits. I fell in love with a 7 cord braid called Fill the Gap a few years ago. I created a 7 cord... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Class Fee
$35 » Kits, will include the braiding disk, 7 cord template, beads, cord and clasp. Additional kits of just beads and cord are $25

Class is for a beaded bracelet of 7 different beads. There will be many different kits to choose from. Students will learn how to load and braid a beaded bracelet using only 7 cords as compared with the normal 8 cord Kumihimo round braid (Kongo Gumi). The finished braid looks very much like a kumihimo braid, but is much easier to braid. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoBeginning Torch Soldering

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 10:00am to 1:30pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

This is an in-depth class that will equip you for using soldering torches. Once you understand the soldering process, good torch control, and the proper steps, soldering is a lot of fun. This introductory class focuses on getting you started on the right path, so you can confidently work and troubleshoot on your own. The earrings and... Read More

Workshop PhotoCopper Jewelry Bowl

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: January 31, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $110

Are you ready to take metal clay beyond jewelry? This is a great little project to start you on the right path towards larger object construction. In this class, you will learn how to create a small bowl with texture on both sides, attach feet and fire to a proper sintering level. Carrie will discuss shrinkage of the clay and how to avoid... Read More

Workshop PhotoQT Bracelet (Off loom bead weaving)

Instructor: Adele Kimpell
Adele Kimpell’s love affair with needle and thread arts began at the age of thirteen. Introduced to off-loom bead weaving in 1994 she has been designing jewelry, authoring and illustrating patterns and teaching for the last fourteen years at bead shops, bead societies and guilds, and bead... Read More

Skill Level: All. 16 years or older
Dates/Times: January 31, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees:
$27 » Class Fee
$40 » Kit Fee

Enhance your skills using four hole beads. The QT Bracelet layers CzechMates QuadraTiles to create visual and textural depth to this stunning bracelet. Seed beads are used as rivets to layer the QuadraTiles and the surface is embellished as you work with O Beads. Read More

Workshop PhotoEntwined Cabochon Pendant

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Fees: $85 » Workshop and Kit Fee

In this class you will learn traditional techniques to wire wrap a cabochon using sterling silver filled wire. We'll take it a step further and add something extra with an entwined back plate that will enhance your pendant. You will have your choice of a hand crafted teardrop cabochon that has been cut and polished just for this... Read More

Workshop PhotoTrain Track Beaded Textile Bracele

Instructor: Kerrie Miller
Kerrie created her own brand of beaded textile jewelry after developing several techniques ... Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: January 31, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $135

Learn how to use the vertical double half hitch knot in a way that incorporates shaped beads. We will use honeycomb beads, peanut beads, bugle beads, rulla beads, and #15 seed beads with polyester tex 210 cord to make this attractive bracelet. Additionally learn how to make a sturdy clasp with leather, ultra-suede and an e-hook. Read More

Workshop PhotoLadies Prong Ring

Instructor: Dale Cougar Armstrong
Besides being a diehard rockhound and a lapidary, Dale “Cougar” Armstrong is an internationally known wire jewelry artist, instructor and author with a background in the fine arts, cloisonné and repoussé. With more than 40 years of combined experience, she uses absolutely... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 1:00pm to 6:30pm
Fees: $153

Learn to handcraft individual prongs and set a faceted stone into a classic ladies ring. Several design possibilities will be shown and explained. Learn how to properly size this ring for a perfect fit about every time. Each student will make two settings, almost guaranteeing that they will wear one ring out of class! Class discussions... Read More

Workshop PhotoChampleve/ Cloisonné Basic Enameling

Instructor: Carole Witt
Graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Carole has been teaching for over 15 years. Carole and her remarkable staff have a lineup of more than 50 classes in their extensive Jewelry Supply Store, String Bead, in Chico California. They are always striving to increase their ability to reach... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Learn the art of enameling on etched copper and a simple cloisonné silver piece. Because of time restraint we will be using pre-etched pieces. This is a perfect class to economically get your feet wet and see if this is something you will love and want to invest in. We will learn to prep a piece, layer colors, wet pack, trouble... Read More

Workshop PhotoApplique

Instructor: Atalia Molaro
Teacher, Designer, and Buyer, for String Bead Chico. Atalia has been creating new classes and teaching the elements of beading skills for over six years. Her open saw work and metal skills are unparalleled. She plays a vital role in helping to create the over fifty classes taught at String Bead. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

This class will teach you more advanced soldering techniques, like how to solder two flat sheet metals together, to make an amazing pendant or charm. This class really foces on seeing the solder flow. Some techniques we will be doing includes: saw work, finishes, and advanced soldering. Then you are ready for more advanced classes! If... Read More

Workshop PhotoGlass Flower Garland Necklace

Instructor: Ren Farnsworth
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees:
$60 » Class Fee
$30 » Material cost 30 and upward as students will be picking their own bouquets for the pendants.

Description of classes: students of all skill level will learn and create one of a kind glass flower garland necklaces. The glass flowers, leaves, buds and bees are hand made by the instructor. Students will be instructed thru basic wire work and cold connects, followed by a wee bit of magic. Read More

Workshop PhotoAssisted Studio Polishing Time

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $5

Join Carrie for a relaxing jewelry work session. This is open studio time and can be used however you wish. This is a perfect opportunity to refine and polish your metal clay pieces. Carrie will be on hand to answer questions and assist you where necessary. You will have access to all of the studio tools including the bench polishers. No... Read More

Workshop PhotoJens Pind Bracelet or Necklace

Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
Marilyn Gardiner has a passion for creating beadwork jewelry—and now chain mail jewelry as well. Her jewellery reflects her love of pattern, design and colour from different eras and cultures. She is a teacher who enjoys working with adults to create jewellery. She teaches various jewellery... Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: January 31, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees:
$50 » Class Fee
$102 » Kit fee options - $102 Argentium Sterling bracelet $55 Silver Filled bracelet $21 Copper bracelet $82 Silver Filled necklace $38 Copper necklace

Are you ready for the challenge? Come and master this bold and beautiful, classic spiral chain. It’s an exquisite member of the spiral family that has always been challenging to get started—but I’ve discovered a really easy way to do this weave, and I’m eager to share it with you. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoCab Set Niobium Pendant

Instructor: Marti Brown
Marti Brown is an internationally known instructor. She has taught her classes in her studio and at Bead Fest venues, Bead and Button, BeadFx in Canada, for east coast bead stores and bead societies and at The Tucson Bead Show. She has been featured in Artisan Jewelry Times, an online magazine, and... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $110

Tab setting is a way to set a niobium pendant with a cabochon. Cut, file and sand to create a pendant, then anodize it to harmonize with your chosen cabochon. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoSilver and Gold Bangle

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate. Should have experience working with square and half round wire.
Dates/Times: January 31, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $85 » Workshop and Kit Fee

This beautiful sterling silver pattern wire is the heart of this traditional wire wrapped bracelet. No prior experience required! You will learn to twist square wire, wrap with half round wire and create a unique clasp for your bracelet. Class fee includes all material, a complete photographed tutorial with step by step instructions... Read More

Workshop PhotoMicro Mosaic

Instructor: Carole Witt
Graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Carole has been teaching for over 15 years. Carole and her remarkable staff have a lineup of more than 50 classes in their extensive Jewelry Supply Store, String Bead, in Chico California. They are always striving to increase their ability to reach... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Anyone who knows Carole knows her passion for Micro Mosaic. After research, calling, studying with, and hounding as many authorities as she could, she finally gathered up enough fun facts and techniques to offer Traditional Micro Mosaic. We will pull our own tessere, incanalato, and leaves,and boccio using enamels and glass, and learn... Read More

Workshop PhotoKnow Your Saw

Instructor: Atalia Molaro
Teacher, Designer, and Buyer, for String Bead Chico. Atalia has been creating new classes and teaching the elements of beading skills for over six years. Her open saw work and metal skills are unparalleled. She plays a vital role in helping to create the over fifty classes taught at String Bead. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

You only THINK you hate it…Let String Bead’s Atalia Molaro (fondly known as our saw whisperer) show you how fun Saw Work really is. There is something for everyone in this class. From beginners who have never picked up a saw to experienced folk who just need handy tips and advice on finishing and fine tuning. In her... Read More

Workshop PhotoRegalia Earrings

Instructor: Kelly Thompson
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $35

Imagine if snowflakes tasted of cinnamon, lime and coconut. Imagine if they passed through a rainbow prism before landing on your outstretched hand. Imagine if they greeted you with a chirp of delight when they found you. We dare you not to smile when wearing these royal beaded snowflake gems. Read More

Workshop PhotoWire Sculpture Drusy NEW CLASS!

Instructor: Merilou Jenkins
Merilou has been a practicing artist and teacher for over 40 years journeying through different materials, media, influences and forms. With each sojourn into a different media she has discovered new techniques that have made a mark on her work on the road to artistic creation. She utilizes... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $135 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after January 1, 2018.) Fee includes four hours of instruction, a white drusy cabochon, sterling silver wire, jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home. She will also provide all tools for you to use in class so it is not necessary for you to bring anything.

Drusys are extremely popular right now and wire sculpture is something everyone wants to learn. What could be better than combining the two in a gorgeous pendant? They are delicate looking and their sparkle adds a little “bling” to whatever you are wearing. Once you have learned this technique you will be able to vary the... Read More

Workshop PhotoCreative Foundations

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $60

Get creative while exploring the wonderful world of color! Learn to use patina paints to create stunning designs on wood, buffalo horn or metal components. Students will work with Vintaj patinas and practice applying to achieve dimension and depth. Once the colors have been finished, you will attach a bezel cup and set a gemstone of your... Read More

Workshop PhotoResisting Developments

Instructor: Marti Brown
Marti Brown is an internationally known instructor. She has taught her classes in her studio and at Bead Fest venues, Bead and Button, BeadFx in Canada, for east coast bead stores and bead societies and at The Tucson Bead Show. She has been featured in Artisan Jewelry Times, an online magazine, and... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Fees: $175

Apply basic metalworking techniques to niobium wire and sheet, and explore how different resist materials allow you to create unique pieces that can be used in designing jewelry. Bath anodizing will be used to create the colors. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoTwo Elegant Freeform Rings

Instructor: Dale Cougar Armstrong
Besides being a diehard rockhound and a lapidary, Dale “Cougar” Armstrong is an internationally known wire jewelry artist, instructor and author with a background in the fine arts, cloisonné and repoussé. With more than 40 years of combined experience, she uses absolutely... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 9:00am to 12:30pm
Fees: $87

Oh how we love sparkly rings! From big cocktail rings through smaller more dainty rings, a ring is always a welcome gift and definitely a best seller at craft shows. This class teaches how to create a freeform silver ring that can then be embellished with crystals, pearls, precious metal, or gemstone beads, or any combination that strikes... Read More

Workshop PhotoCaptured Helm

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate. Should have experience working with square and half round wire.
Dates/Times: February 1, from 9:00am to 1:30pm
Fees: $90 » Workshop and Kit Fee

Helm Weave is a classic chain maille pattern and looks lovely combined with traditional wire wrap. You will be shown how to properly open and close jump rings then create your helm weave using shiny aluminum rings. We'll then capture your weave in a traditional wire wrapped frame using silver filled wire.. You do not need previous... Read More

Workshop PhotoWoodland Fairy Cuff Copper Electroforming for Artists and Mad Scientists

Instructor: Terry Henry
After a career as a scientist Terry Henry answered her hearts call to turn to art full time and since November 2011 she hasn’t looked back! Terry is a native of California from the community of Los Gatos, she attended college at San Jose State University where she started out as and art... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Fees:
$125 » Class Fee
$75 » Kit fee is payable to instructor at beginning of class and includes: heavy copper bangle, electroformed flower, dichroic glass cabochons, glass micro-beads, 6mm and 3mm CZ’s, Victorian stamped brass charms, copper wire, conductive paint, injection wax, glue, sealed organic material, tutorial containing detailed instructions, resources and photographs, and use of electroforming and buffing equipment and chemicals.

Interested in the newest trend in copper jewelry? Come join me as we turn found objects into copper. Explore the endless possibilities of copper electroforming in an easy to understand format. In this class we will be making a customized copper bangle cuff using electroformed flowers, stamped brass charms, dichroic glass gems, and cubic... Read More

Workshop PhotoBezels and Borders

Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Gwen is an Inventor, Instructor and Maker of Pretty Things. ... Read More

Skill Level: All. Confident Beginner and beyond
Dates/Times: February 1, from 9:00am to 5:30pm
Fees: $199 » (includes all supplies needed to complete the project and use of instructor’s tools during class)

Tired of pre-made bezels? Learn to make your own in this one day class. Tired of ordinary bezel settings? Kick them up a notch by learning to add a border and a sparkly tube set CZ. There is a border for every student. Whether its the square wire border or the free-form border with some easy texturing or the more challenging 1/2-bead wire... Read More

Workshop PhotoPirelli Bracelet (Off loom bead weaving)

Instructor: Adele Kimpell
Adele Kimpell’s love affair with needle and thread arts began at the age of thirteen. Introduced to off-loom bead weaving in 1994 she has been designing jewelry, authoring and illustrating patterns and teaching for the last fourteen years at bead shops, bead societies and guilds, and bead... Read More

Skill Level: All. 16 years or older
Dates/Times: February 1, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$27 » Class Fee
$40 » Kit Fee

Description of classes: Explore a new variation of right angle weave with Toho Demi Round beads in this new versatile bracelet design. The bracelet can be stitched with size 8 or size 11 Demi Round beads. It can be left flat and closed with a simple clasp or it can be rolled into a tube and zipped closed. The rolled tube can be made... Read More

Workshop PhotoPearl Knotting

Instructor: Symone Beasley
Symone Beasley is one of String Bead’s golden girls. She has worked alongside all the instructors and has played a vital role in helping with all the classes taught at the shop. Symone is patents at its best! and our very best beginners instructor. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Take the mystery out of pearl knotting! Learn one of the oldest beading skills. Both traditional and modern techniques are covered. Explore multiple finishing options and fun new ways to incorporate this ancient technique into modern jewelry. We will have a variety of real pearls, and a collection of lovely designer clasps for you to... Read More

Workshop PhotoSoldered Bangles

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Oh my goodness. Just look at them!!! These soldered bangles are out of this world! We are so excited about how easy these are to personalize. If you have ever wondered how to create those trendy stackable bracelets from scratch, then take this class! These bracelets are great soldering practice to get you to the next place and take more... Read More

Workshop PhotoGlass Flower Garland Necklace

Instructor: Ren Farnsworth
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$60 » Class Fee
$30 » Material cost 30 and upward as students will be picking their own bouquets for the pendants.

Description of classes: students of all skill level will learn and create one of a kind glass flower garland necklaces. The glass flowers, leaves, buds and bees are hand made by the instructor. Students will be instructed thru basic wire work and cold connects, followed by a wee bit of magic. Read More

Workshop PhotoBroken dish bracelet

Instructor: Laura Stamper
Although Laura's art background is painting she has had a successful business creating art jewelry for the last 26 years. Her jewelry, like her paintings speak to her roots in illustration and painting. “I have been influenced by the greats from Da Vinci to Dali.” The theme of... Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate. Basic silversmithing experience is recommended, including piercing, sawing and soldering.. Must be at least 18 years old
Dates/Times: February 1, from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Fees: $225 » Basic kits will have all materials needed to complete a one of a kind artisan bracelet setting pieces of china in sterling silver. First come choice of dish to break! Contact Laura to claim your dish!

This is a favorite encore class that Laura teaches at Quench Jewelry Arts. In this workshop, students will design and create a one of a kind bracelet using vintage china to make an art bracelet in sterling silver. Laura specializes in non traditional stone setting and in this class, students will gain experience in creating bezels for... Read More

Workshop PhotoMake A Statement; White Bronze Metal Clay - Part I

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: All. Some metal clay experience suggested, but not required
Dates/Times: February 1, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $140

TWO SESSION CLASS. Are you looking for some bling? Metal clay can be challenging to make cost effective, statement jewelry. In this class you will not only learn how to utilize metal clay effectively, but also how to work with the unique characteristics of white bronze. You will learn to roll, texture, cut, dry and refine Five Star White... Read More

Workshop PhotoTRIANGLE QUILLED FINE SILVER PENDANT WITH PEARL

Instructor: Jackie Truty
Senior Art Clay Instructor and owner of Art Clay World, USA. In 2000, Jackie saw a demonstration on Art Clay Silver and has never looked back. In 2002, she acquired the rights as exclusive, North American distributor of Art Clay products. Her books, “Art Clay Silver and Gold: 18 Projects to... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $95 » includes kit fee (Paper Type, paste & pearl) and use of tools, kilns, materials

Looking for something different? Then try this two-tiered triangular shaped quilled pendant using fine silver Paper Type. You will learn to cut, coil, fire, connect and refire this unique version of Art Clay Silver. Top off with a cultured pearl. Read More

Workshop PhotoFill the Gap – a 7 Cord Beaded Bracelet

Instructor: Sally Battis
Sally Battis – I have been crafting most of my life. Once I retired from my full time job, beading (Kumihimo mostly) has been my thing. I have an online store where I make and sell Kumihimo bead kits. I fell in love with a 7 cord braid called Fill the Gap a few years ago. I created a 7 cord... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Class Fee
$35 » Kits, will include the braiding disk, 7 cord template, beads, cord and clasp. Additional kits of just beads and cord are $25

Class is for a beaded bracelet of 7 different beads. There will be many different kits to choose from. Students will learn how to load and braid a beaded bracelet using only 7 cords as compared with the normal 8 cord Kumihimo round braid (Kongo Gumi). The finished braid looks very much like a kumihimo braid, but is much easier to braid. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoJacobs Ladder Bracelet

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Fees: $85 » Workshop and Kit Fee

This is a fun bracelet that lets you choose how to create your ladder to fit your bracelet. Balance is what it's all about and you'll learn how to balance each side of your bracelet using a template that you will create based on your wrist size. This class uses sterling silver filled and gold filled wire. You will have the... Read More

Workshop PhotoIn-depth Etched/Champleve Enameling Workshop

Instructor: Carole Witt
Graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Carole has been teaching for over 15 years. Carole and her remarkable staff have a lineup of more than 50 classes in their extensive Jewelry Supply Store, String Bead, in Chico California. They are always striving to increase their ability to reach... Read More

Skill Level: Enameling Skills recommended
Dates/Times: February 1, from 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $158 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

The first part of this class will be learning deep Etching, counter enameling, and prepping a piece for the enamel work you will achieve on the front. After a short meal break we will begin the journey of champleve! We will explore color, blending, foils, and layering! Thin layers and multiple times to the kiln will provide clarity and... Read More

Workshop PhotoSoldering Workshop (Stone Setting)

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $158 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

An all day class to perfect your soldering skills! That’s right 8 hours at the torch!!! Lots of quality time, to make the mistakes you must fix, and conquer the difficulties you’ve faced, in learning the intricacies of torch soldering! We have a great group of instructors at this workshop so that there will be lots of 1-on-1... Read More

Workshop PhotoBeaded Mermaid Kumi Necklace

Instructor: Yin Guang
She has been in bead business for more than 20 years and loves to play with beads, and work ... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Class Fee
$25 » Kit fee, include all materials, mermaid pendant, end-cap clasp small round disk and instruction

use a round foam disk to braid beads and Mermaid, then wire mermaid tail and bond the end of rope into the end-cap fish clasp Read More

Workshop PhotoAssisted Studio Polishing Time

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $5

Join Carrie for a relaxing jewelry work session. This is open studio time and can be used however you wish. This is a perfect opportunity to refine and polish your metal clay pieces. Carrie will be on hand to answer questions and assist you where necessary. You will have access to all of the studio tools including the bench polishers. No... Read More

Workshop PhotoIridescent Resin Dangles

Instructor: Meredith Arnold
Known as a Comedian Artist, Meredith brings a depth of knowledge and humor to her classes to create a unique and fun learning experience for her students all over the world. She teaches regularly at the Tacoma Metal Arts Center, the Tucson Gem Show and other venues. ... Read More

Skill Level: Beginner Plus
Dates/Times: February 1, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees:
$50 » Class Fee
$15 » $10.00 for 1 bottle of resin $ 5.00 for wire, Handouts, papers, specialty papers, glitter, use of rubber stamps & inks.

Expand your horizons exploring these luminous light effects, combined with paper, other media and UV resin to make dangles for earrings, necklaces or charms. Get all of the tricks and tips for creating bezels to capture resin and more. Discover lots of fun possibilities and go home with beautiful results. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoTwisted Bracelet and Ring

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Fees: $65 » Workshop and Kit Fee

This is a fun class that works up quickly and accents the gemstone beads and the matching focal. After finishing your bracelet you will learn how to make a matching ring to complete the set. You will have your choice of bead color. Class fee includes sterling silver filled wire, beads of choice, written instructions with photographs... Read More

Workshop PhotoTextured Borders Bracelet

Instructor: Kelly Thompson
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $40

Like a mosaic pebbled pathway, this bracelet is a fun mixture of color, size, shape and texture. The little detours of detail will make for a delightful journey. Read More

Workshop PhotoBeaded “Butterfly” Bracelet NEW CLASS!

Instructor: Merilou Jenkins
Merilou has been a practicing artist and teacher for over 40 years journeying through different materials, media, influences and forms. With each sojourn into a different media she has discovered new techniques that have made a mark on her work on the road to artistic creation. She utilizes... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $135 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after January 1, 2018.) Fee includes four hours of instruction, your choice of 14KGF or sterling silver 3mm beads, sterling silver wire, jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home. She will also provide all tools for you to use in class so it is not necessary for you to bring anything.

There are many different kinds of wire bracelets but this one is quite delicate looking and very attractive. You will learn how to adjust the size for any size wrist. Learn about wire temper, gauges, and shapes as well as tools. You will learn how to measure enough wire, how to straighten wire, how to create a clasp and how to bind your... Read More

Workshop PhotoMake A Statement; White Bronze Metal Clay - Part II

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: All. Some metal clay experience suggested, but not required
Dates/Times: February 2, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees:

TWO SESSION CLASS. Are you looking for some bling? Metal clay can be challenging to make cost effective, statement jewelry. In this class you will not only learn how to utilize metal clay effectively, but also how to work with the unique characteristics of white bronze. You will learn to roll, texture, cut, dry and refine Five Star White... Read More

Workshop PhotoAll Day Chainmail Intensive: Byzantine

Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
Marilyn Gardiner has a passion for creating beadwork jewelry—and now chain mail jewelry as well. Her jewellery reflects her love of pattern, design and colour from different eras and cultures. She is a teacher who enjoys working with adults to create jewellery. She teaches various jewellery... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Fees:
$100 » Class Fee
$14 » Starter kit (to make earrings)

Learn, Design, Apply, and Share. If you are a relative beginner, you will use test rings to learn the Byzantine weave; if you are more advanced you will tackle the Byzantine Filigree weave. Then you will plan a project, select your rings (or a kit), and get started. You can work collaboratively with others if you wish, and share your work... Read More

Workshop PhotoGeometric designer toggle with tube set cubic zirconia

Instructor: Laura Stamper
Although Laura's art background is painting she has had a successful business creating art jewelry for the last 26 years. Her jewelry, like her paintings speak to her roots in illustration and painting. “I have been influenced by the greats from Da Vinci to Dali.” The theme of... Read More

Skill Level: All. Must be at least 18 years old
Dates/Times: February 2, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $75 » includes all materials needed to design and craft several styes of enameled bead, charms and toggle closure

This is a perfect class for beaders who would like to try their hand at metalsmithing. Students will learn basic design and soldering skill as well as tube setting a faceted stone Read More

Workshop PhotoTwists n Turns Bracelet - TNT

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 9:00am to 12:30pm
Fees: $85 » Workshop and Kit Fee

The is one of my favorite designs. It is a fun bracelet to make using square dead soft wire to enhance your choice of beads. You will be using sterling silver filled wire and have your choice of bead colors. Class fee includes sterling silver filled wire, beads of choice, written instructions with photographs and use of instructors... Read More

Workshop PhotoARABESQUE FINE SILVER & POLYMER PENDANT

Instructor: Jackie Truty
Senior Art Clay Instructor and owner of Art Clay World, USA. In 2000, Jackie saw a demonstration on Art Clay Silver and has never looked back. In 2002, she acquired the rights as exclusive, North American distributor of Art Clay products. Her books, “Art Clay Silver and Gold: 18 Projects to... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 9:00am to 12:30pm
Fees: $95 » includes kit fee (Art Clay Silver clay & syringe, polymer clay) and use of tools, kilns, materials

Create your own elegant, fine silver Art Nouveau pendant. The design is your choice and you’ll use the Art Clay syringe atop a fine silver clay base. After firing, a polymer clay background will make your silver pop! You will finish this pendant in class. Read More

Workshop PhotoLight and Shadow, The Art of Photographing Jewelry, Beads & Glass

Instructor: Doug Baldwin
Doug is a professional product photographer and glass artist. After receiving ... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fees: $185 » includes the use of two light boxes and background paper during class, 6 hours of instruction and help with your camera and lighting. Fee must be paid in full at time of registration (non-refundable after January 1, 2018).

Come learn the secrets of how to shoot your jewelry, beads, and glass with a ... Read More

Workshop PhotoPhotoshop for Jewelry, Beads, PMC and Glass Artists

Instructor: Doug Baldwin
Doug is a professional product photographer and glass artist. After receiving ... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fees: $185 » includes two printed workflows with matching sample images, 6 hours of instruction and help with Photoshop. Fee must be paid in full at time of registration (non-refundable after January 1, 2018).

See how to extract objects from backgrounds, add new backgrounds, create ... Read More

Workshop PhotoFused and Riveted

Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Gwen is an Inventor, Instructor and Maker of Pretty Things. ... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 9:00am to 5:30pm
Fees: $199 » (includes all supplies needed to complete the project and use of instructor’s tools during class)

Fused sterling silver (no solder needed), riveting and a sparkly tube set CZ come together in this class to create a fun funky pendant of textured layers. A butane torch makes the fusing of sterling silver mesmerizing and the Riveting Essentials patented riveting process will make the riveting virtually fool-proof. In addition, students... Read More

Workshop PhotoEtched Fused Glass

Instructor: Carole Witt
Graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Carole has been teaching for over 15 years. Carole and her remarkable staff have a lineup of more than 50 classes in their extensive Jewelry Supply Store, String Bead, in Chico California. They are always striving to increase their ability to reach... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Glass Fusing is always such fun and looks wonderful! And in this class we’ll be showing you a delightful new look of etching your glass! Wow everyone you know with fun patterns and designs you’ll be able to create! All skill levels are welcome. All tools are provided. Your seat in the class is secured when the class is paid... Read More

Workshop PhotoDon’t Cry Over CRAW and PRAW Necklace(CRAW/PRAW 101) (Off loom bead weaving)

Instructor: Adele Kimpell
Adele Kimpell’s love affair with needle and thread arts began at the age of thirteen. Introduced to off-loom bead weaving in 1994 she has been designing jewelry, authoring and illustrating patterns and teaching for the last fourteen years at bead shops, bead societies and guilds, and bead... Read More

Skill Level: All. 16 years or older
Dates/Times: February 2, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$54 » Class Fee
$50 » Kit Fee

Learn Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW) and Prismatic Right Angle Weave (PRAW) in their simplest form. The necklace was designed to give students aspiring to be CRAWer and PRAWers the experience they need to register for classes which require previous CRAW or PRAW experience, or are listed as intermediate level classes. The necklace is... Read More

Workshop PhotoTorch Enameling

Instructor: Symone Beasley
Symone Beasley is one of String Bead’s golden girls. She has worked alongside all the instructors and has played a vital role in helping with all the classes taught at the shop. Symone is patents at its best! and our very best beginners instructor. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

A fun class that takes the fear and uncertainty out of torch enameling. This is a remarkably simple technique that will change your metalwork from passé to pizzazz! You make 2 to 4 pieces in this class. We go over lots of different rights and wrongs about torch enameling. Take “Etching” or “Know Your Saw”... Read More

Workshop PhotoFill the Gap – a 7 Cord Beaded Bracelet

Instructor: Sally Battis
Sally Battis – I have been crafting most of my life. Once I retired from my full time job, beading (Kumihimo mostly) has been my thing. I have an online store where I make and sell Kumihimo bead kits. I fell in love with a 7 cord braid called Fill the Gap a few years ago. I created a 7 cord... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Class Fee
$35 » Kits, will include the braiding disk, 7 cord template, beads, cord and clasp. Additional kits of just beads and cord are $25

Class is for a beaded bracelet of 7 different beads. There will be many different kits to choose from. Students will learn how to load and braid a beaded bracelet using only 7 cords as compared with the normal 8 cord Kumihimo round braid (Kongo Gumi). The finished braid looks very much like a kumihimo braid, but is much easier to braid. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoGilded Narcissi Ornament Cover

Instructor: Kelly Thompson
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Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: February 2, from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Fees: $130

We picture this bejeweled beauty brightening up your Christmas tree and delighting the flapper girl who dwells in all of us. You know the one who loves fringe, crystals and the flickering light reflected from a glass of champagne. We encourage you to keep it on display all year - it requires very little upkeep - just the occasional... Read More

Workshop PhotoSimple Stone Setting on Bronze

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $95

Learn how to professionally set multitudes of beautiful stones in Five Star Light Bronze Clay simply and affordably. You will learn to roll, texture, cut, position bezels, refine, fire and polish bronze metal clay. Carrie will provide design considerations that will lead to successful finished pieces. With this technique you will not... Read More

Workshop PhotoCrystal Dragonfly Brooch

Instructor: Dale Cougar Armstrong
Besides being a diehard rockhound and a lapidary, Dale “Cougar” Armstrong is an internationally known wire jewelry artist, instructor and author with a background in the fine arts, cloisonné and repoussé. With more than 40 years of combined experience, she uses absolutely... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $90

Brand NEW DESIGN!! Who doesn’t love dragonflies? To the Japanese, a dragonfly symbolizes summer and autumn and it is admired and respected. In China, people associate the dragonfly with prosperity, harmony, and as a good luck charm. Among Native Americans, it is a sign of happiness, speed, and purity. No matter which legend or lore... Read More

Workshop PhotoRocky Beaded Textile Bracelet

Instructor: Kerrie Miller
Kerrie created her own brand of beaded textile jewelry after developing several techniques ... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $145

Combine the sparkle of Swarovski elements with textile making with this unusual “rocky” ... Read More

Workshop PhotoSimple Elegance Bracelet

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate. Should have experience working with square and half round wire.
Dates/Times: February 2, from 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $95 » Workshop and Kit Fee

This is traditional wire wrapping at its best. Find the perfect focal bead (you will have many to choose from) and create this bracelet to surround and enhance it. Once your bead has been selected and your wrist is sized we will discuss how to create your bracelet so that your focal bead is centered. Yes there will be math involved,... Read More

Workshop PhotoDelicate Works

Instructor: Carole Witt
Graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Carole has been teaching for over 15 years. Carole and her remarkable staff have a lineup of more than 50 classes in their extensive Jewelry Supply Store, String Bead, in Chico California. They are always striving to increase their ability to reach... Read More

Skill Level: Must have Soldering Experience, and provide pictures of soldered work.
Dates/Times: February 2, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

If attention to detail is something you hold close, this class was meant for you! Focus on 20 to 18 gauge sterling silver wire with delicate tube and prong settings. Learn how to create small detail work out of wire, using tools, hands, and needle file to help you. You will gain the skill to not melt your metals, and gain the know how to... Read More

Workshop PhotoEtching

Instructor: Symone Beasley
Symone Beasley is one of String Bead’s golden girls. She has worked alongside all the instructors and has played a vital role in helping with all the classes taught at the shop. Symone is patents at its best! and our very best beginners instructor. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Always adding new things! We will cover chemical etching, making up to two pairs of earrings. Electric etching, making a pendant, and discussing other ways to achieve the etch you are looking for. We cover a wide range of resists, when and where they work best and which etch to use where. If you have a favorite small rubber stamp…... Read More

Workshop PhotoGlass Flower Garland Necklace

Instructor: Ren Farnsworth
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees:
$60 » Class Fee
$30 » Material cost 30 and upward as students will be picking their own bouquets for the pendants.

Description of classes: students of all skill level will learn and create one of a kind glass flower garland necklaces. The glass flowers, leaves, buds and bees are hand made by the instructor. Students will be instructed thru basic wire work and cold connects, followed by a wee bit of magic. Read More

Workshop PhotoSanta Fe Kumi Necklace

Instructor: Yin Guang
She has been in bead business for more than 20 years and loves to play with beads, and work ... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Class Fee
$32 » Kit fee, include all materials, clasp, small round disk, a paper template and instruction

It's 7 strand Kumi project, use 7 different kind of beads: glass chilly pepper, seed beads, crystal, pearl, blister pearls and ladybug... Read More

Workshop PhotoAssisted Studio Polishing Time

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $5

Join Carrie for a relaxing jewelry work session. This is open studio time and can be used however you wish. This is a perfect opportunity to refine and polish your metal clay pieces. Carrie will be on hand to answer questions and assist you where necessary. You will have access to all of the studio tools including the bench polishers. No... Read More

Workshop PhotoAir Chased Cuff

Instructor: Marti Brown
Marti Brown is an internationally known instructor. She has taught her classes in her studio and at Bead Fest venues, Bead and Button, BeadFx in Canada, for east coast bead stores and bead societies and at The Tucson Bead Show. She has been featured in Artisan Jewelry Times, an online magazine, and... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $120

Beginning with a loose fold, hammers, daps and chasing tools will create a mix of raised and depressed textures in niobium. Open out the folds, add more texture if wanted and then anodize your cuff to suit your personal color sense. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoSterling Silver Collars

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $65 » Workshop and Kit Fee

Everyone should have at least one sterling silver collar in their jewelry wardrobe, but in this class you will make 2 different styles. Both will be created in 10 gauge Sterling Silver half round wire and will be hammered to add texture and harden your wire. Simply following a design doesn't work when creating collars. I will show... Read More

Workshop PhotoBring All Together with Etching, Sawing, and Riveting

Instructor: Symone Beasley
Symone Beasley is one of String Bead’s golden girls. She has worked alongside all the instructors and has played a vital role in helping with all the classes taught at the shop. Symone is patents at its best! and our very best beginners instructor. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Have you taken riveting or etching or a saw class? But now don’t know how to take it to the next level? This class gives you the chance to combine your skills into one finished piece. If you have taken one or all of these classes, this class if for you! We starting with an etched background, and then continuing with a sawed out... Read More

Workshop PhotoBeginning Torch Soldering

Instructor: Carole Witt
Graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Carole has been teaching for over 15 years. Carole and her remarkable staff have a lineup of more than 50 classes in their extensive Jewelry Supply Store, String Bead, in Chico California. They are always striving to increase their ability to reach... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

This is an in-depth class that will equip you for using soldering torches. Once you understand the soldering process, good torch control, and the proper steps, soldering is a lot of fun. This introductory class focuses on getting you started on the right path, so you can confidently work and troubleshoot on your own. The earrings and... Read More

Workshop PhotoCeltic Dawn Bracelet

Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
Marilyn Gardiner has a passion for creating beadwork jewelry—and now chain mail jewelry as well. Her jewellery reflects her love of pattern, design and colour from different eras and cultures. She is a teacher who enjoys working with adults to create jewellery. She teaches various jewellery... Read More

Skill Level: Beginner Plus
Dates/Times: February 3, from 8:00am to 11:30am
Fees:
$50 » Class Fee
$40 » For Jeweler’s Bronze and Black Enameled Copper bracelet $50 Silver Filled and Black bracelet $86 Silver Filled bracelet

Elegant and feminine—and much admired! The lace-like appearance is created by adding rings to both edges of the Parallel (Helm) weave. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoBeginner Bronze Metal Clay

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $95

Learn the basics of Five Star Bronze Metal Clays in this fun beginner's class. Learn how to condition, shape, refine, fire and polish bronze metal clay. Class will include basic information on the composition of Five Star Metal Clays, tools needed, tips for success, various methods for firing and polishing. Carrie will provide... Read More

Workshop PhotoTravelers Bracelet

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 9:00am to 11:00am
Fees: $80 » Workshop and Kit Fee

This bracelet will be one that you will wear for years and is the perfect accessory to include on all of your trips. The classic look of silver and gold with the decorative hook makes this a perfect everyday bracelet. The gold lacing adds just the right touch to finish this bracelet. You will use sterling silver filled and gold filled... Read More

Workshop PhotoHorse Kumi Necklace

Instructor: Yin Guang
She has been in bead business for more than 20 years and loves to play with beads, and work ... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Class Fee
$20 » Kit fee, include all materials, clasp, a pendant,small round disk and instruction

Using 3 colors of cords,12 strand spiral Kumi technique make a fascinating fabric necklace, wear it with your choice of pendant Read More

Workshop PhotoTemple Bell Earrings

Instructor: Dale Cougar Armstrong
Besides being a diehard rockhound and a lapidary, Dale “Cougar” Armstrong is an internationally known wire jewelry artist, instructor and author with a background in the fine arts, cloisonné and repoussé. With more than 40 years of combined experience, she uses absolutely... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 9:00am to 12:30pm
Fees: $75

“Do you wish to hear the temple bells? Listen to the sound of the sea.” Graceful and sophisticated, these lightweight earrings are sure to become one of your “go-to” designs when you are looking for something just a little bit different”. Each student will have their choice of chain style, gemstone beads, and... Read More

Workshop PhotoA Light Shines Through

Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Gwen is an Inventor, Instructor and Maker of Pretty Things. ... Read More

Skill Level: All. Confident Beginner and Beyond
Dates/Times: February 3, from 9:00am to 5:30pm
Fees: $199 » (includes all supplies needed to complete the project and use of instructor’s tools during class)

Fused sterling silver, soldered prongs, a hidden tube bail soldered in place, a sparkly CZ in a tube setting with a dash of added texture creates a piece that reminds you to never let your light go out. Instructor will walk you step-by-step through this project suitable for the confident beginner and beyond. Instructor provides all tools... Read More

Workshop PhotoClaudia Necklace (Off loom bead weaving)

Instructor: Adele Kimpell
Adele Kimpell’s love affair with needle and thread arts began at the age of thirteen. Introduced to off-loom bead weaving in 1994 she has been designing jewelry, authoring and illustrating patterns and teaching for the last fourteen years at bead shops, bead societies and guilds, and bead... Read More

Skill Level: All. 16 years or older
Dates/Times: February 3, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$40 » Class Fee
$50 » Kit Fee

Stitch a graceful and stunning application of three bead tubular netting and simple right angle weave. It can be stitched with size 15 seed beads or with size 11 seed beads. The necklace is punctuated with a compelling cascading focal pendant using luminescent glass pearls and seed beads. You will make the four components, two sections of... Read More

Workshop PhotoSilk Scarves

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

The New Necklace ... Read More

Workshop PhotoSoldered Bangles

Instructor: Symone Beasley
Symone Beasley is one of String Bead’s golden girls. She has worked alongside all the instructors and has played a vital role in helping with all the classes taught at the shop. Symone is patents at its best! and our very best beginners instructor. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Oh my goodness. Just look at them!!! These soldered bangles are out of this world! We are so excited about how easy these are to personalize. If you have ever wondered how to create those trendy stackable bracelets from scratch, then take this class! These bracelets are great soldering practice to get you to the next place and take more... Read More

Workshop PhotoConcentricity Earrings

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Fees: $75 » Workshop and Kit Fee

Love the concentric circles and teardrops of these earrings. The circles offer all of the beauty of hoop earrings and the teardrops move and turn within each graduating size. You will learn the proper technique to create movement in your own earrings and how to gradually increase or decrease size to suit your taste. The earrings will... Read More

Workshop PhotoBeginner Silver Metal Clay

Instructor: Carrie Story
Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $95

Learn everything you need to know to make your own custom jewelry from metal clay in one straightforward class. You will learn to roll, shape, cut, texture, refine, fire and polish metal clay. Carrie will provide design considerations that will lead to successful finished pieces. Learn Carrie's firing guidelines and techniques so... Read More

Workshop PhotoCorsage Pendant

Instructor: Marti Brown
Marti Brown is an internationally known instructor. She has taught her classes in her studio and at Bead Fest venues, Bead and Button, BeadFx in Canada, for east coast bead stores and bead societies and at The Tucson Bead Show. She has been featured in Artisan Jewelry Times, an online magazine, and... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 12:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $140

Create a pendant, armature, and hook clasp by forging and fold forming using niobium wire. Leaves are fold formed, flowers are cut and dapped, then they are all anodized in your colors, assembled and hung on a SilverSilk chain. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoRegal Legacy Pendant

Instructor: Kelly Thompson
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Fees: $40

Hints of a quatrefoil motif, scalloped beaded borders and the luscious sparkle of crystal give this pendant a distinctive and royal pedigree. Read More

Workshop PhotoCOOL LAVA & TORCH FIRED SIFTED ENAMELS

Instructor: Jackie Truty
Senior Art Clay Instructor and owner of Art Clay World, USA. In 2000, Jackie saw a demonstration on Art Clay Silver and has never looked back. In 2002, she acquired the rights as exclusive, North American distributor of Art Clay products. Her books, “Art Clay Silver and Gold: 18 Projects to... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $95 » includes kit fee (silver clay & enamels) and use of tools, kilns and materials

After you make a textured base of fine silver, Jackie will instruct you in preparing and sifting colorful enamel powders onto your design. Using a butane torch, you will fuse the enamels and, after cooling, burnish to a high shine. Pendant will be completed in this 3 hour class and ready for you to take home. Handout will be provided. Read More

Workshop PhotoStackables

Instructor: Symone Beasley
Symone Beasley is one of String Bead’s golden girls. She has worked alongside all the instructors and has played a vital role in helping with all the classes taught at the shop. Symone is patents at its best! and our very best beginners instructor. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

String Bead is excited to be teaching how to make these trendy stackable rings! Instruction on how to make 5 different types of stackable rings. We will be pairing our soldering skills with our design skills to create this timeless, delicate project. We will be using bronze, copper, and sterling. Choose which types of rings best suit your... Read More

Workshop PhotoBeginning Torch Soldering

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

This is an in-depth class that will equip you for using soldering torches. Once you understand the soldering process, good torch control, and the proper steps, soldering is a lot of fun. This introductory class focuses on getting you started on the right path, so you can confidently work and troubleshoot on your own. The earrings and... Read More

Workshop PhotoHarlequin Bracelet

Instructor: Ronda Stevens
Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design and soldering classes over 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She began teaching at larger venues in 2015 and opened her own studio in Jacksonville, FL. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Fees: $75 » Workshop and Kit Fee

In this traditional wire wrapping class you will use seed beads to enhance sterling silver filled wire to create this colorful bangle bracelet. You will learn to work with square and half round wire and make your own hook for this bracelet. Whether you choose to go multi color or use a single color, the choice will be yours when... Read More

Workshop PhotoShopping with Dale!!

Instructor: Dale Cougar Armstrong
Besides being a diehard rockhound and a lapidary, Dale “Cougar” Armstrong is an internationally known wire jewelry artist, instructor and author with a background in the fine arts, cloisonné and repoussé. With more than 40 years of combined experience, she uses absolutely... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 8:30am to 7:30pm
Fees: $149

Knowing that there are in excess of 40 individual gemshows happening at the same time, does the thought of going gemstone shopping in Tucson intimidate you? Do you know where to go to get the products on your shopping list at excellent prices from vendors you know you can trust? Do you have limited time? Then come shopping with me!! ... Read More

PARAWIRE Wire and Jewelry Design Demos

Instructor: Parawire Design Team
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27-February 3, ongoing.
Fees: $0

Free Demos in jewelry design, wire wrapping and more from top designers such as Diana Harwood, Lisa Pavelka and Jamie North. Read More

Jewelry Making Demos!

Instructor: Laura Gasparrini
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27-February 3, ongoing.
Fees: $0 » free demos!

Daily demonstrations ongoing each day on jewelry making techniques, crimping, knotting and more! Read More

Workshop PhotoMake & Take - A shrink plastic beads & jewelry design

Instructor: Julie Haymaker
Julie graduated with a degree in Illustration from Kendall School of Design in Michigan . She moved to Kansas City and worked for Hallmark Cards as a greeting card designer . ... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27-February 3, ongoing.
Fees: $0 » make & take

Create a matching pair of shrink plastic beads . Design your beads using colored pencils and shrink plastic. Next form the the beads using the SHRINKETS molds. Read More

Workshop PhotoKumihimo Demos

Instructor: Rebecca Ann Combs
Has always had a passion for creating and teaching. She is the founder of Design & Adorn Beading Studio and has been teaching a variety of jewelry making classes here since 2008. Her specialty is kumihimo jewelry, which she creates using both the foam disk as well as the more traditional wooden... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 27-February 3, ongoing.
Fees: $0

Stop by booth #G182 for on-going kumihimo demonstrations. Read More

Workshop PhotoPolymer & Resin Tribal Pendant

Instructor: Julie Picarello
Award-winning artist, author and international instructor known for her color esthetics, design sense, and joyful teaching style. Learn more at http://www.yhdesigns.com. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $85

In this 6-hour workshop, students will explore an adaptation of an ancient metalsmithing technique to imprint eye-catching designs in polymer clay. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoMaking Connections

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry.... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $125

Combine layers of metal sheet, found objects and paper to create layers of negative and positive space to complete an unusual wearable charms, Talismans and pendants. Focus on cold joining techniques such as riveting traditional, nut and screw, bundled objects such as a small stack of paper. Also, learn to add height and dimension by... Read More

Workshop PhotoShambhala Triple Wrap Macrame Bracelet

Instructor: Laura Gasparrini
Teaching the Art of Beadwork for over 15 years and creating jewelry since childhood. She is the principle designer and owner of Om Tara! Temple Arts and Inspired Adornment. Laura offers classes privately in beautiful Santa Barbara, California and beyond. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $75 » all materials included

Learn to make this gorgeous and on-trend Shambhala Triple Wrap Macrame Bracelet ... Read More

Workshop PhotoButton Blossom Mixed Media Pendant

Instructor: Julie Picarello
Award-winning artist, author and international instructor known for her color esthetics, design sense, and joyful teaching style. Learn more at http://www.yhdesigns.com. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $85

Color, texture, and a mix of media...this 6-hour workshop has it all! Students will explore the magic of polymer color mixing and experiment with surface design techniques to create a vibrant array of polymer petals - then layer a combination of vintage buttons, wire mesh, and punched or textured metal disks to form an eye-catching... Read More

Workshop PhotoWorking with Leather – Macramé Bracelets!

Instructor: Laura Gasparrini
Teaching the Art of Beadwork for over 15 years and creating jewelry since childhood. She is the principle designer and owner of Om Tara! Temple Arts and Inspired Adornment. Laura offers classes privately in beautiful Santa Barbara, California and beyond. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $75 » all materials included

Learn basic macramé knots for creating simply beautiful leather and pearl bracelets. Make them short to stack together or wear separately; make them long to wrap several times around your wrist or wear as a necklace. We will design several different styles of macrame bracelets in this class. Read More

Workshop PhotoAltered Surface Bracelet

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry.... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $125

Add color, layer and style to your metalwork. Learn personal methods, formulas and techniques for altering, patterning and coloring the surface of sheet metal. Work with hand made traditional and nontraditional formulas to create colorful patinas and emulate artifacts from a lost civilization. Build dimensional pieces by dapping,... Read More

Workshop PhotoSparkly Silk Tassel Necklace

Instructor: Laura Gasparrini
Teaching the Art of Beadwork for over 15 years and creating jewelry since childhood. She is the principle designer and owner of Om Tara! Temple Arts and Inspired Adornment. Laura offers classes privately in beautiful Santa Barbara, California and beyond. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $75 » all materials included

You’ve seen them around – those easy-to-wear, delicate and beautiful sparkly tassel necklaces. Now you can make your own using basic stringing, wirework and silk-knotting techniques. In this class you’ll combine Czech glass, metal beads, pearls, crystals, wire and silk cord to make a one-of-a-kind necklace for your... Read More

Workshop PhotoLight as a Leather Feather-Leather Embossing with Sizzix

Instructor: Candie Cooper
Candie Cooper is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining unique materials and color combinations, inspired by extensive travel and her years living in China. Candie is the author of Earringology, Necklace-ology, Metalworking 101 for Beaders, Felted Jewelry, and Designer Needle Felting.... Read More

Skill Level: Beginner
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $35 » Workshop + Kit Fee

Curious about leather embossing, dying with pigment and more? This class was made for you! Candie Cooper will show you how easy it is to make this fun leather pendant and necklace from start to finish from cutting, to forming, to dying and embellishing this sweet leather feather. Truly an amazing process! You will have 3 color options to... Read More

Workshop PhotoBrazing Bold- Resin & Silver

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry.... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $75

In this workshop, start by focusing on hand-making a sterling silver bezel by braising a simple open back bezel form using gallery wire. Learn practical metalworking skills in brazing, filing, sanding and finishing to create a small open form bezel of traditional bezel wire. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoCasting Resin 101

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry.... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $55

Learn the proper and basic structure and techniques for casting with resin. Create a unique mold with found and uncommon objects. Learn techniques for casting closed and open molds. Color, tint, foil and oxidize your mold in preparation for pouring resin. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoWearable Journal

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry.... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $85

Create layers of extraordinary translucent pages using a collection of new ideas and techniques. Alter journal notes and paper by adding image and photo transfers, ink stamps, oil pastel and marker on tissue. Learn the beautiful art form of creating resin paper with rubs, burnings, oil pastel and colored pencil techniques. Learn to mix... Read More

Workshop PhotoKnotted Linen Gemstone Tassel Necklace

Instructor: Laura Gasparrini
Teaching the Art of Beadwork for over 15 years and creating jewelry since childhood. She is the principle designer and owner of Om Tara! Temple Arts and Inspired Adornment. Laura offers classes privately in beautiful Santa Barbara, California and beyond. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $75 » all materials included

Create this earthy and on-trend knotted linen gemstone necklace with a tumbly mixed-chain tassel. For a breezy style, wear it long, or double it for a chunky contemporary look. We’ll cover basic chain, wirework and cord-knotting techniques in this fun and inspiring class! Read More

Workshop PhotoKnotted Pearl and Leather Tassel Necklace

Instructor: Laura Gasparrini
Teaching the Art of Beadwork for over 15 years and creating jewelry since childhood. She is the principle designer and owner of Om Tara! Temple Arts and Inspired Adornment. Laura offers classes privately in beautiful Santa Barbara, California and beyond. Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $75 » all materials included

Learn to make this gorgeous Boho-style Leather and Linen Knotted Pearl Tassel Necklace that’s easy to make and long on looks. It’s sure to become a new favorite for effortless, casual elegance. We’ll cover cord-knotting and basic assemblage techniques in this small group class with individualized instruction. Read More

Workshop PhotoWire Links

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry.... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $65

In this hands on workshop learn the usefulness of this age old technique reminiscent of our ancestors long ago. Using 10 gauge bronze wire, explore the possibilities of how it relates to jewelry design, form and structure. Learn the correct methods for hand hammering and alternately annealing wire for malleability and compliance. This... Read More

Workshop PhotoThree Daisies

Instructor: Laura Moore
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees:
$55 » workshop fee
$25 » kit fee

Silver metal clay. Learn how to make a pendant with a pretty design, a fold over bail and set fireable cubic zirconia in silver clay while making this sweet little pendant and. We will make the design, fire and finish the pendant in class. The texture plate for daisies will be provided but you are welcome to bring any mold or texture you... Read More

Workshop PhotoFun and Cute Button Earrings

Instructor: Laura Moore
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Not available
Skill Level: All. Some metal clay experience is helpful but not necessary
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees:
$69 » Workshop Fee
$25 » Kit fee

Made from silver clay these post earrings are quick and easy to make. You will learn a way to make and embed your own earring post. I will have some botanic molds and various texture plates available for students to use, or you can bring one of your own. You will leave class with a completed pair of earrings. Read More

Workshop PhotoBotanical Impressions in Silver Clay

Instructor: Laura Moore
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees:
$110 » workshop fee
$25 » kit fee

An introduction to molding botanical specimens. We will make a pendant with a botanic imprint. Beginner and experienced clayers are both welcome. You will learn mold making, handling, forming, refining, firing, polishing and storing silver clay. All tools are provided by the instructor, if you have your own tool kit bring it along! Also... Read More

Workshop PhotoSilver clay pendant with a bezel set cabochon

Instructor: Laura Moore
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Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees:
$185 » workshop fee
$85 » kit fee

In this workshop you will learn my favorite method for making a bezel for a cabochon. We will create and fire the back plate for your silver pendant and learn to make your own bezel. Then we will attach the bezel using Silver Paste. You will then set your stone in your finished piece. This is an intermediate workshop; students must have... Read More

Workshop PhotoICE Resin 101

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry.... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $55

Explore the vast possibilities resins have to offer in jewelry in combination with metal bezels. Learn proper mixing, application, combining and pouring layers and safety tips. This hands on workshop offers many foundational techniques from filling hollow bezel forms with photo text, foil and layering of materials. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoLeather Macrame Pendant with Fringe Benefits

Instructor: Candie Cooper
Candie Cooper is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining unique materials and color combinations, inspired by extensive travel and her years living in China. Candie is the author of Earringology, Necklace-ology, Metalworking 101 for Beaders, Felted Jewelry, and Designer Needle Felting.... Read More

Skill Level: Beginner
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $35 » Workshop + Kit Fee

Let’s take an inexpensive part from the hardware store and knot luxurious leather around it. Candie Cooper will show you the ins and outs of this simple technique that you can use over and over. You’ll also have the opportunity to paint and add texture to your leather tassel and focal pendant. The pendant is surrounded by... Read More

Workshop PhotoSilk Knotting Made Simple

Instructor: Candie Cooper
Candie Cooper is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining unique materials and color combinations, inspired by extensive travel and her years living in China. Candie is the author of Earringology, Necklace-ology, Metalworking 101 for Beaders, Felted Jewelry, and Designer Needle Felting.... Read More

Skill Level: Beginner
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $35 » Workshop + Kit Fee

One of Candie’s most favorite techniques comes to life in this class—knotted silk. Students will string a unique blend of signature Jesse James Beads then set to knotting with Beadalon’s Knot-A- Bead tool. You will learn how to finish the silk ends and attach to a decorative chain to create a beautiful layering necklace.... Read More

Workshop PhotoBusiness of Beading

Instructor: Candie Cooper
Candie Cooper is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining unique materials and color combinations, inspired by extensive travel and her years living in China. Candie is the author of Earringology, Necklace-ology, Metalworking 101 for Beaders, Felted Jewelry, and Designer Needle Felting.... Read More

Skill Level: Beginner
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $35 » Workshop + Kit Fee

Thinking about or have your own jewelry business? In this class, Candie will share helpful tips for taking good photos, marketing online, selling at craft shows as well as online. You’ll also learn ideas for branding and telling your story so your jewelry shines. This is one of Candie’s most popular classes-don’t miss... Read More

Workshop PhotoCutting A Concho: Riveted Leather Charm Pendant

Instructor: Candie Cooper
Candie Cooper is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining unique materials and color combinations, inspired by extensive travel and her years living in China. Candie is the author of Earringology, Necklace-ology, Metalworking 101 for Beaders, Felted Jewelry, and Designer Needle Felting.... Read More

Skill Level: Beginner
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $35 » Workshop + Kit Fee

One of her most requested technique how-tos, Candie Cooper will show you how to use the Sizzix Jewelry Studio tool to create an amazing leather and tin concho pendant. You will learn tips for cutting leather, vintage cookie tins and more. Once the layers are cut, you will rive them together and add charms, beads and more. Participants... Read More

Workshop PhotoLight as a Leather Feather-Leather Embossing with Sizzix

Instructor: Candie Cooper
Candie Cooper is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining unique materials and color combinations, inspired by extensive travel and her years living in China. Candie is the author of Earringology, Necklace-ology, Metalworking 101 for Beaders, Felted Jewelry, and Designer Needle Felting.... Read More

Skill Level: Beginner
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $35 » Workshop + Kit Fee

Curious about leather embossing, dying with pigment and more? This class was made for you! Candie Cooper will show you how easy it is to make this fun leather pendant and necklace from start to finish from cutting, to forming, to dying and embellishing this sweet leather feather. Truly an amazing process! You will have 3 color options to... Read More

Workshop Photo3-D Pendant

Instructor: Kim St Jean
Following ten years as a public school teacher, Kim combined her love of teaching with her creative talents and began teaching jewelry classes. Mostly self taught, Kim now has been teaching jewelry classes for 17 years. She is an award winning instructor, author and jewelry designer. Kim has been... Read More

Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $95 » (includes all materials and supplies, use of tools, and a handout)

Love to use the Jeweler’s saw? Maybe you will after this class. We’ll select a design from the hundreds of stamps, and then learn how to do some intricate sawing. We’ll solder the sawn out pieces as relief to the base, giving us a 3-D effect. Fun and interesting project. E-mail: info@studiostjean if any questions Read More

Workshop PhotoCab on a Bead Pendant/Link

Instructor: Kim St Jean
Following ten years as a public school teacher, Kim combined her love of teaching with her creative talents and began teaching jewelry classes. Mostly self taught, Kim now has been teaching jewelry classes for 17 years. She is an award winning instructor, author and jewelry designer. Kim has been... Read More

Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: Coming soon
Fees: $155 » (includes all materials and supplies, use of tools, and a handout)

Well, isn’t that fancy? We’ll select a cabochon to bezel set in sterling, or copper if desired, then pick out a “flat-ish” bead to attach it to. We’ll be drilling a hole in the bead and riveting the mini pendant to it. A thin cord can be used to thread through into a pendant, or we can use coordinating wire... Read More
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