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Workshop PhotoQuickie Make&Take: Making & Using Molds
Instructor: Christi Friesen
(read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 10:00am to 11:00am
Fees: $10
Spend about an hour with Christi Friesen having fun and learning more about making and using silicon press molds. Molds are perfect for use with polymer clay, epoxy clay, metal clay and more! Learn all about molds and have fun doing it! (Participating in this m&t also entitles you to a special discount for purchasing any additional CF supplies during... (read more)

Workshop PhotoComposite "Rescue" Jewelry
Instructor: Amber Franklin
A BFA Graduate of Academy of Art University in Traditional Illustration, now a lead Associate at Blick Art Materials in San Francisco. Amber has studied with Carole Witt of String Bead since 1994. She is a proud member of the String Bead Sing-along team and hard core Art-er. Amber is the essence of... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies, including instructional handout, are provided.
A fun and interesting look at mixed media jewelry making. Do you have broken pieces? Do you have earrings that lost their mate? We're you gifted jewelry you don't like but can't get rid off? Bring it to this class to rework it into new and creative designs, along with unorthodox materials! We will discuss working with - and how to blend:... (read more)

Workshop PhotoRESIN, RELICS AND ANCIENT ARTIFACTS
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer is an artist and jeweler of over 26 years. Susan’s work has been on exhibit with American Craft Council, Smithsonian and artistic works has toured museums nationally and internationally. Although Susan is known as a master of metalwork, her new groundbreaking book, Resin... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Fees:
$80 » Workshop fee
$25 » kit fee
Focus on new works in jewelry and Resin as it has never been presented before….sand, scratch, cast and scraffitto your way into creating unique objects and ancient artifacts in jewelry in combination with metal. Focus and build with resin using multiple thin layers while learning new techniques and application for scratching, crackling, engraving,... (read more)

Workshop PhotoPods! Pods! Pods!
Instructor: Christi Friesen
Well known Polymer clay artist, teacher, and author featured in numerous magazines and juried exhibits. You can see her work at http://www.cforiginals.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees: $40
Pods are nifty things – they can be beads, or dangles or decor elements. In this workshop with Christi Friesen, you will explore so many different designs and textures of pods! All skill levels welcome. ALL SUPPLIES PROVIDED - no need to bring anything except your enthusiasm! Class will be held at DoubleTree hotel (To Bead True Blue show): 445 S.... (read more)

Workshop PhotoOrganic Metal Patinas
Instructor: Amber Franklin
A BFA Graduate of Academy of Art University in Traditional Illustration, now a lead Associate at Blick Art Materials in San Francisco. Amber has studied with Carole Witt of String Bead since 1994. She is a proud member of the String Bead Sing-along team and hard core Art-er. Amber is the essence of... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies, including instructional handout, are provided.
Explore the wonderful world of changing metals from garish to gorgeous! Antique it, burn it, melt it, stuff it into little pots of potato chips, grass, eggs, tobacco, and sawdust, and see what comes out! Beautiful, permanent, quirkie! If it’s questionable, patina it! We will color, streak, blob and otherwise chew up metal and bring out its hidden... (read more)

Workshop PhotoTorch 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 1, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Fees: $69 » 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 necklace (not including... (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: February 2, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$50 » workshop fee
$25 » kit fee
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 PhotoGradient Viking Knit Crystal Bracelet
Instructor: Lisa Pavelka
Award-winning artist, author, television personality, and instructor known for making her classes fun, relaxing and informative. Learn more about Lisa, her work and product line at: http://www.lisapavelka.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $70
Learn how to create beaded Viking Knit strands for bracelets and necklaces. Students will complete a gradient knit bracelet of Swarovski crystals (color of kit may differ from sample photo). Learn tips and tricks for creating uniform stitches and concealed ends. Students will also receive an instructional, illustrated handout for easy reference when they get... (read more)

Workshop PhotoRiveting
Instructor: Veronica Maddox
Veronica Maddox has been beading and designing with String Bead since grade school. She has been involved in the beauty, fashion, and design industry since before high school. She has now turned her skills towards teaching and designing for String Bead. (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies, including instructional handout, are provided.
This is an introduction to joining metal without having to solder, PERFECT for all of us who don't have a torch! Some things just can’t take the heat. Soooooo rivet them! Learn all the different ways to: hide a rivet, dome a rivet, tube a rivet, make them from scratch, or properly use ready-made rivets while making a fun “sampler”... (read more)

Workshop PhotoSteampunk Whale
Instructor: Christi Friesen
Well known Polymer clay artist, teacher, and author featured in numerous magazines and juried exhibits. You can see her work at http://www.cforiginals.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $50
Whales are wonderfully fun to make, and especially fun to trick out in steampunk gear! Create a whale focal bead in this workshop with Christi Friesen. (You could also use it as a small wall piece, or a brooch!) and add steampunk embellishments! ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoEnamels-Sgraffito + Symbolism - Making your own Mark
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer is an artist and jeweler of over 26 years. Susan’s work has been on exhibit with American Craft Council, Smithsonian and artistic works has toured museums nationally and internationally. Although Susan is known as a master of metalwork, her new groundbreaking book, Resin... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Fees:
$80 » Workshop fee
$25 » kit fee
Learn wet and dry enamel in this hands on workshop, as you paint, scratch, draw, and layer your ideas onto copper while creating a vocabulary for enamel techniques and patterns. This workshop focuses on exploring the use of color and texture, from sifting, to painting and sgraffito, a scratching away technique that exposes another color fired underneath. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoTorch Enameling
Instructor: Veronica Maddox
Veronica Maddox has been beading and designing with String Bead since grade school. She has been involved in the beauty, fashion, and design industry since before high school. She has now turned her skills towards teaching and designing for String Bead. (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $69 » 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! Very limited class size, so sign up soon! Tools and materials included. Plenty of extra materials and tools are available for purchase. All skill levels are welcome Your seat in the class... (read more)

Workshop PhotoQuickie Make&Take: Stamps/Texture sheets
Instructor: Christi Friesen
Well known Polymer clay artist, teacher, and author featured in numerous magazines and juried exhibits. You can see her work at http://www.cforiginals.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees: $10
Spend about an hour with Christi Friesen having fun and learning more about using stamp/texture sheets. Stamps have lots of to add to polymer clay and other materials! Have fun learning more about stamping on clay. (Participating in this m&t also entitles you to a special discount for purchasing any additional CF supplies during the show!) ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoFREE! Make&Take: Embellished Heart pendant
Instructor: Christi Friesen
(read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $0
Spend about an hour with Christi Friesen making a heart pendant out of polymer clay and embellishing it with beads, powders and other fun things! No need to sign up for this on, just show up in the lobby of the DoubleTree hotel (To Bead True Blue show) and join the fun! (read more)

Workshop PhotoAdvanced Torch 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: February 2, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $69 » all supplies including instructional handout are provided
Taking torch enameling to the next level for all you enthusiasts! Let's take it up a notch. In this advanced class, we will be using stencils, stamps, and shields, as well as exploring wet-packing, painting, and sgraffito. Also included is all sorts of new tips and suggestions for using stringers, millifori, and multiple wires in your pieces. So much... (read more)

Workshop PhotoIllusions in Clay
Instructor: Lisa Pavelka
Award-winning artist, author, television personality, and instructor known for making her classes fun, relaxing and informative. Learn more about Lisa, her work and product line at: http://www.lisapavelka.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $60
Create dimensional optical illusions with polymer clay that fool the eye. Students will create a finished case in class. This workshop includes instructional handouts and there’s nothing to bring. Colors of clay and type of case may differ from sample photo. Lisa will bring all tools and materials! (read more)

Workshop PhotoWorking with Leather - Luscious Pearl Lariat
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: February 3, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Workshop fee
$25 » kit fee
Create an on-Trend Leather Lariat in this fun and inspiring class! Using easy to learn braiding and knotting techniques and large holed pearls, you will create anelegant lariat necklace to wrap, toss or wear long. A simple and contemporary look that is all the rage! (read more)

Workshop PhotoPainting in Clay
Instructor: Lisa Pavelka
Award-winning artist, author, television personality, and instructor known for making her classes fun, relaxing and informative. Learn more about Lisa, her work and product line at: http://www.lisapavelka.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $60
Create painterly patterns using individually colored clays. No two patterns are alike, but students will create enough material to make a finished piece in class with more material to take home and work with! You’ll learn how to create domed formations in an elegant bezel setting with a demonstration on hand polishing as well as have an option to... (read more)

Workshop PhotoQuickie Make&Take: Swellegant! metals & patinas
Instructor: Christi Friesen
(read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 10:00am to 11:00am
Fees: $10
Spend about an hour with Christi Friesen having fun and learning more about using Swellegant! metal coatings, patinas and colorants. Swellegant! can make anything metallicious. Have fun learning more about aging and adding patinas too! (Participating in this m&t also entitles you to a special discount for purchasing any additional CF supplies during the... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCrinkle Cuff
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: February 3, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies included
Learn how to make metal move, bend, and twist at your will! Let us show you the magic behind annealing your metal and making it pliable, all while creating for yourself an incredible cuff to add to your collection. Also included will be some patina and riveting skills for you to acquire! Multiple times to the torch and what to do before and after. Learn lots... (read more)

Workshop PhotoWIRE- Ancient techniques on New Frontiers - Forging + Brazing
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer is an artist and jeweler of over 26 years. Susan’s work has been on exhibit with American Craft Council, Smithsonian and artistic works has toured museums nationally and internationally. Although Susan is known as a master of metalwork, her new groundbreaking book, Resin... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Fees:
$80 » Workshop fee
$25 » kit fee
Wire and fiber has been a prominent medium in ethnographic jewelry and adornment for centuries and used for binding, connecting, decorating and building of components.. Through many years of my own research and ethnographic repair, I have employed these same ideas to build my own unique body of work, influenced by my fashion experience, in forged wire. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCrystal Bird
Instructor: Christi Friesen
Well known Polymer clay artist, teacher, and author featured in numerous magazines and juried exhibits. You can see her work at http://www.cforiginals.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees: $50
Add a little bling to your life with this crystal bird project! You will learn sculptural tricks and embellishment tips with Christi Friesen is this quick, easy and imaginative class. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoSoft Soldered Kaleidoscope
Instructor: Dawn Hixon
Dawn Hixon was introduced to making jewelry over 10 years ago. She is the owner of Hearts Desire Paradise that caters to ladies who enjoy finding that perfect accessory for a good buy. Dawn enjoys sharing her art and crafts knowledge with folks at Central and Northern California craft fairs.... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies included
Here we have soft soldering coming together with some creative sparkle to make yourself an adorable kaleidoscope!! The main focus of this class is soft soldering: how to, the tools, and all the best techniques. Soft soldering is a charm of its own. It’s not truly jewelry soldering, but it still has appeal because it is used for setting things that... (read more)

Workshop PhotoI Can’t Believe It’s not Dichroic!
Instructor: Lisa Pavelka
Award-winning artist, author, television personality, and instructor known for making her classes fun, relaxing and informative. Learn more about Lisa, her work and product line at: http://www.lisapavelka.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Fees: $50
You’ll fool everyone with your Faux Dichroic “glass” creations set in an elegant bezel setting, all without the advanced skill-set required for glass and the expense. You’ll learn how to confidently work with one-step, quick cure resin. There’s nothing to bring and no additional kit fees. Bezel style may differ from sample... (read more)

Workshop PhotoHeavy Wire Multi-Bangle Cuff
Instructor: Gina Sciligo
Gina Sciligo has been creating jewelry for 8 years. Her creations are to be found at multiple craft fairs under her business name of Jonna Deans. Her mother was her inspiration, so its only fitting that her business was named after her. She has been creating jewelry at Stringbead for the last five... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies included
Love to play with wire? Well we have the class for you! Learn how to twist, bend, texture, and manipulate your metal into a fantastic, multi-bangle inspired cuff! We will spend time working on how to keep your pieces pliable, proper texturing techniques, and there's even a small glimpse into making some of your own findings. Learn the secrets of working... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCreate Fantastic Pendants!
Instructor: Craft Fantastic Instructor
(read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $32 » includes all materials
Join us for an introduction to the latest and greatest that Craft Fantastic has to offer. Discover and play with plenty (over $60.00 retail value) of our newest products. Relax and work at your own pace to create a handful of art heirloom pieces to wear or embellish your multi-media projects. Learn how to make crystal-clear, resin-free cabochons that... (read more)

Workshop PhotoResin with Open Settings
Instructor: Lisa Pavelka
Award-winning artist, author, television personality, and instructor known for making her classes fun, relaxing and informative. Learn more about Lisa, her work and product line at: http://www.lisapavelka.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $60
Learn the secrets for creating layered, mixed media creations in open frames and bezels all without having to work with messy, two-part resins that require measuring, mixing or days to cure! Everything you need is supplied at no additional charge. Just bring yourself! Bezels and inclusions in kit may differ from sample photo. (read more)

Workshop PhotoEnameled Flower Neck Cuff
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 4, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies included
This project was too pretty to leave at home! Unlike most of our other classes this is a PROJECT class. We will ONLY be making this Neck cuff. We WILL be Torch Enameling The flowers. But we WON”T be going into depth on torch enameling techniques (That’s Torch Enameling. We have that class too).We WILL be twisting multiple layers of wires, filing... (read more)

Workshop PhotoLeather Plum Flower Necklace/ Wrap Bracelet
Instructor: Ashley Bunting
In elementary school she was all about making polymer clay beads. In middle school she took her first silversmithing class. At the age of 16 Ashley was hired at the local bead shop, where she would work for another 11 years, climbing the ranks to head designer and product developer. At 18 to was... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$45 » workshop fee
$45 » kit fee
Leather flowers are a blast to make. Experimenting with size, shape, color, and heat forming can result in a bouquet of options. In this workshop you will learn how to make your own heat formed flowers from recycled leather. Using leather flowers, gemstones and pearls we will create a scrumptious chain of charms. The finished piece can be worn as a necklace... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCold Enameling
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer is an artist and jeweler of over 26 years. Susan’s work has been on exhibit with American Craft Council, Smithsonian and artistic works has toured museums nationally and internationally. Although Susan is known as a master of metalwork, her new groundbreaking book, Resin... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Workshop fee
$25 » kit fee
Reminiscent of this ancient technique and colorful appearance of enamelwork… color on metal ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoPolymer Collage
Instructor: Christi Friesen
Well known Polymer clay artist, teacher, and author featured in numerous magazines and juried exhibits. You can see her work at http://www.cforiginals.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $45
Polymer clay is especially good at creating colors, textures and patterns. In this class with Christi Friesen, you will learn tricks for making a delicious range of polymer color sheets. Then you will employ rip/cut and quilling techniques to turn those into a fantastic collage composition. Your piece can be a focal bead, brooch or small wall piece. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoOpen Work Cuff
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: February 4, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies included
It's time to become acquainted with the skill and beauty of open saw work! Acquire the passion and the patience while working on a cuff bracelet that you’ll love forever. Get to know the tricks that take the frustration out of saw work. Take the mystery out of filing sanding and finishing open saw work. Learn to love and be comfortable with open... (read more)

Workshop PhotoRockin Wrapped Flower Pendant
Instructor: Ashley Bunting
In elementary school she was all about making polymer clay beads. In middle school she took her first silversmithing class. At the age of 16 Ashley was hired at the local bead shop, where she would work for another 11 years, climbing the ranks to head designer and product developer. At 18 to was... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees:
$45 » workshop fee
$30 » kit fee
Love vintage metals and flowers, but don’t love the raw unfinished edges? This workshop teaches you how to use gorgeous gemstones to embellish vintage metal flower components. The piece is finished off with a sparkly Swarovski crystal, creating an elegant one of a kind piece. Then learn how the finished flower can be made into a pendant, a pin, or... (read more)

Workshop PhotoQuickie Make&Take: SurfaceFX powders and glitters
Instructor: Christi Friesen
(read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Fees: $10
Spend about an hour with Christi Friesen having fun and learning more about all the fun things you can do with mica powders, micro glitters, powders and other surface effects. The SurfaceFX kits contain a variety of powders that can be used on polymer clay, epoxy clays, resins and other materials! (Participating in this m&t also entitles you to a... (read more)

Workshop PhotoOver the Moon Cast Resin Charm Bracelet
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Jen Cushman is a natural storyteller who found mixed media art 13 years ago and never looked back. She is drawn to the imperfect, the funky, the quirky, the artsy and the authentic: be it people or objects or art. She is the author of two jewelry books, and she writes a business advice column called... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Workshop fee
$15 » kit
Treasure hunters take heed. If you love incorporating unique found objects into your mixed-media jewelry, this is a techniques-based workshop tailor-made for you. Learn how to make molds from a handful of your favorite objects using a non-toxic silicone molding putty and then how to make resin castings from the molds. Discover how to completely alter your... (read more)

Workshop Photo“Fauxpal” - Faux Opal
Instructor: Lisa Pavelka
Award-winning artist, author, television personality, and instructor known for making her classes fun, relaxing and informative. Learn more about Lisa, her work and product line at: http://www.lisapavelka.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $40
Stop people in their tracks when you wear or sell your faux Opal creations! Super fast and easy to learn and master but it will look like it took much longer to create stunning pieces of jewelry. Students create a finished piece and receive instructional handouts. Learn how to prepare bezels for the opalescent inclusions. A bonus demonstration of how to set... (read more)

Workshop PhotoElectroforming
Instructor: Veronica Maddox
Veronica Maddox has been beading and designing with String Bead since grade school. She has been involved in the beauty, fashion, and design industry since before high school. She has now turned her skills towards teaching and designing for String Bead. (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies, including instructional handout, are provided.
Electroforming is a fascinating technique that has been known to only a few for years. This is where you get in on the secrets. Electroforming is fickle, exacting, and just soooo cool! We will be stopping at copper in this class, but it’s only a few steps away from whatever finish you want some other day. This class will take prep work so if you are... (read more)

Workshop PhotoWorking with Leather - Snake Knot Wrap Bracelet / 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: February 5, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Workshop fee
$25 » kit fee
The sinuous Snake Knot is a beautiful knot that can be used as a spacer knot on its own or between beads, offering a new and different leather jewelry design. Design a stunning necklace that will become a sure favorite or wear it as a wrap bracelet that truly makes a bold statement. You will learn my variation for adding beads to this intermediate... (read more)

Workshop PhotoLove Knots and What Knots
Instructor: Lisa Pavelka
Award-winning artist, author, television personality, and instructor known for making her classes fun, relaxing and informative. Learn more about Lisa, her work and product line at: http://www.lisapavelka.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $60
Create stunning, multi-colored wire coils that we’ll form into gorgeous rings. Learn how easy it is to master the wire coil using the Cobra Coiler. Samples and design ideas for creating other gorgeous pieces to wear, gift or sell will be covered. Participants can expect to create at least one finished piece. Bonus Swarovski crystal components will be... (read more)

Workshop PhotoVivid Wire Links: Wrapped, Coiled and Colored
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Jen Cushman is a natural storyteller who found mixed media art 13 years ago and never looked back. She is drawn to the imperfect, the funky, the quirky, the artsy and the authentic: be it people or objects or art. She is the author of two jewelry books, and she writes a business advice column called... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$65 » Workshop fee
$15 » kit fee
One of the most rewarding aspects of making your own jewelry is seeing the hand of the artist in your work. Learning how to make gorgeous pieces from a spool of humble wire is an art for all unto itself. Fortunately, making components from wire is not only fulfilling, it’s economical on your pocketbook and easier than you might think. In this workshop,... (read more)

Workshop PhotoQuickie Make&Take: Steampunk Tricks!
Instructor: Christi Friesen
(read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 10:00am to 11:00am
Fees: $10
Spend about an hour with Christi Friesen having fun and learning more about steampunk! Steampunk is an interesting look, and there are some niflty tricks to learn about creating a steampunk look in polymer clay, resin, epoxy clay and resin. Come join the fun! (Participating in this m&t also entitles you to a special discount for purchasing any... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCarnival Garden Brooch
Instructor: Ashley Bunting
In elementary school she was all about making polymer clay beads. In middle school she took her first silversmithing class. At the age of 16 Ashley was hired at the local bead shop, where she would work for another 11 years, climbing the ranks to head designer and product developer. At 18 to was... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$45 » workshop fee
$35 » kit fee
Learn to embellish plastic filigrees with gorgeous crystals. Using a special stitch and a whole lot of sparkle you’ll turn a mundane component into a unique piece. Once you’ve glitz out the filigrees learn to stack the components into a gorgeous statement brooch. After class you’ll find many new applications for your newly acquired... (read more)

Workshop PhotoBronze Clay
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 5, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies included
Love P.M.C? But don’t like the prize. Bronze Clay is the way to go. Learn how use every piece of the clay, how to store it for later, set the kiln up, and how to get the most out of texturing and stacking. Have fun with the great colors it turns during firing, or learn how to make it the shinny bronze that everyone loves. Textures, tools, techniques,... (read more)

Workshop PhotoPainting with Polymer
Instructor: Christi Friesen
Well known Polymer clay artist, teacher, and author featured in numerous magazines and juried exhibits. You can see her work at http://www.cforiginals.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees: $40
Polymer can be used like paint to create a sculptural painterly effect. In this class, you will use polymer to compose focal beads/cabochons reminiscent of Van Gogh and Monet and other masterpieces. But don’t be intimidated – the results look spectacular, but they are easy to achieve in this Christi Friesen workshop. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoBeach Combers Wrap-Around Bracelet
Instructor: Ashley Bunting
In elementary school she was all about making polymer clay beads. In middle school she took her first silversmithing class. At the age of 16 Ashley was hired at the local bead shop, where she would work for another 11 years, climbing the ranks to head designer and product developer. At 18 to was... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Fees:
$35 » workshop fee
$35 » kit fee
This is a great beginner workshop. During class you’ll master the technique of making paracord tubes. Paracord tubes open the door to a whole new way of using paracord. This technique is a lot of fun because it allows you to make your very own beads out of a common cord. Finish class by using your tubes and a few other precious beads to create a... (read more)

Workshop PhotoRiveting
Instructor: Veronica Maddox
Veronica Maddox has been beading and designing with String Bead since grade school. She has been involved in the beauty, fashion, and design industry since before high school. She has now turned her skills towards teaching and designing for String Bead. (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies, including instructional handout, are provided.
This is an introduction to joining metal without having to solder, PERFECT for all of us who don't have a torch! Some things just can’t take the heat. Soooooo rivet them! Learn all the different ways to: hide a rivet, dome a rivet, tube a rivet, make them from scratch, or properly use ready-made rivets while making a fun “sampler”... (read more)

Workshop PhotoGradient Viking Knit Crystal Bracelet
Instructor: Lisa Pavelka
Award-winning artist, author, television personality, and instructor known for making her classes fun, relaxing and informative. Learn more about Lisa, her work and product line at: http://www.lisapavelka.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $70
Learn how to create beaded Viking Knit strands for bracelets and necklaces. Students will complete a gradient knit bracelet of Swarovski crystals (color of kit may differ from sample photo). Learn tips and tricks for creating uniform stitches and concealed ends. Students will also receive an instructional, illustrated handout for easy reference when they get... (read more)

Workshop PhotoTake Flight Copper Cuff
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Jen Cushman is a natural storyteller who found mixed media art 13 years ago and never looked back. She is drawn to the imperfect, the funky, the quirky, the artsy and the authentic: be it people or objects or art. She is the author of two jewelry books, and she writes a business advice column called... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Workshop fee
$15 » kit fee
Let your imagination take flight with a cold enameled cuff that shows the world you’ve got game when it comes to your metalworking skills - annealing, forging, fold forming and riveting. We’ll start by making a basic copper cuff and use it as a substrate to ignite our creativity. Various ideas for color, design and form will be demonstrated... (read more)

Workshop PhotoHidden Rivets!
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: February 5, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $69 » all supplies including instructional handout are provided
Hidden rivets: taking riveting to the next level!! Layer these three pieces of metal into what looks like a soldered masterpiece, but which is actually completely flame-free assembly! We will share with you all of our favorite riveting tips and tricks to get your pieces looking as close to perfect every time. Lots of sawing and riveting! Your seat in the... (read more)

Workshop PhotoIllusions in Clay
Instructor: Lisa Pavelka
Award-winning artist, author, television personality, and instructor known for making her classes fun, relaxing and informative. Learn more about Lisa, her work and product line at: http://www.lisapavelka.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $60
Create dimensional optical illusions with polymer clay that fool the eye. Students will create a finished case in class. This workshop includes instructional handouts and there’s nothing to bring. Colors of clay and type of case may differ from sample photo. Lisa will bring all tools and materials! (read more)

Workshop PhotoDream Weaver Ring
Instructor: Jodi Bombardier
Jodi is an international instructor and self-taught jewelry designer, wire wrapping since 2005, wire weaving since 2008 and metalsmithing since 2010. She is a freelance writer for Step By Step Wire Jewelry and Easy Wire magazine and a contributing author to the books Wire Style and Wire Style 2. She... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 9:00am to 2:30pm
Fees:
$75 » workshop fee
$40 » kit fee
If you're a ring junky like me, then you are going to want to learn how to make these stylish rings. A little bit of soldering, some weaving, and a ton of different semi-precious beads from which to choose to make a ring especially for you! You will learn how to shape round frames with heavy gauge wire, then use a butane micro torch and paste solder to... (read more)

Workshop PhotoLeather Butterflies
Instructor: Christi Friesen
Well known Polymer clay artist, teacher, and author featured in numerous magazines and juried exhibits. You can see her work at http://www.cforiginals.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $30
This is a quick and easy class that is too much fun! Join Christi Friesen and create your own flock of polymer butterflies that look like they’re made of leather! Yeehaw! ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoEtching
Instructor: Amber Franklin
A BFA Graduate of Academy of Art University in Traditional Illustration, now a lead Associate at Blick Art Materials in San Francisco. Amber has studied with Carole Witt of String Bead since 1994. She is a proud member of the String Bead Sing-along team and hard core Art-er. Amber is the essence of... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies included
Always adding new things! We will cover chemical etching, making at least two pairs of earrings. Electric etching, making a pendant. And discussions on other ways to achieve the etch you are looking for. We cover a wide range of resists, when and where they work. If you have a favorite small rubber stamp bring it! We will have stamps available and EVEN a... (read more)

Workshop PhotoOrganic Metal Patinas
Instructor: Amber Franklin
A BFA Graduate of Academy of Art University in Traditional Illustration, now a lead Associate at Blick Art Materials in San Francisco. Amber has studied with Carole Witt of String Bead since 1994. She is a proud member of the String Bead Sing-along team and hard core Art-er. Amber is the essence of... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies, including instructional handout, are provided.
Explore the wonderful world of changing metals from garish to gorgeous! Antique it, burn it, melt it, stuff it into little pots of potato chips, grass, eggs, tobacco, and sawdust, and see what comes out! Beautiful, permanent, quirkie! If it’s questionable, patina it! We will color, streak, blob and otherwise chew up metal and bring out its hidden... (read more)

Workshop PhotoPainting in Clay
Instructor: Lisa Pavelka
Award-winning artist, author, television personality, and instructor known for making her classes fun, relaxing and informative. Learn more about Lisa, her work and product line at: http://www.lisapavelka.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $60
Create painterly patterns using individually colored clays. No two patterns are alike, but students will create enough material to make a finished piece in class with more material to take home and work with! You’ll learn how to create domed formations in an elegant bezel setting with a demonstration on hand polishing as well as have an option to... (read more)

Workshop PhotoLeather Band Ring
Instructor: Jodi Bombardier
Jodi is an international instructor and self-taught jewelry designer, wire wrapping since 2005, wire weaving since 2008 and metalsmithing since 2010. She is a freelance writer for Step By Step Wire Jewelry and Easy Wire magazine and a contributing author to the books Wire Style and Wire Style 2. She... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees:
$35 » workshop fee
$30 » kit fee
Learn how to make this fun leather ring using 10 mm wide flat leather, sheet metal and rivets. In class, there will be several colors of leather from which to choose. You will be able to make 3-4 rings with the materials you receive in class. You will learn how to size and cut sheet metal, texture and paint the metal and make metal tabs, then rivet... (read more)

Workshop PhotoSoldered Chain!
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 6, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $69 » most supplies included
This is our NEW favorite thing! Making Chains! Lots of them! Quickly and efficiently! As we all know time is money so in this class we will share some great professional shortcuts for assembling chain and getting the beauty and uniqueness you can only achieve by making your own chains. Bring a whole new dimension to your jewelry! We will explore turns twists... (read more)

Workshop Photo7th ANNUAL POLYMER CLAY & MIXED MEDIA PARTY NITE!
Instructor: Christi Friesen
(read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Fees: $10
Join us once again for the 7th annual polymer clay party nite! Have a blast with your favorite teachers doing make-and-takes all night long. Bring your polymer art and display it for a chance to win some goodies! Or just come and win one of the awesome door prize drawings going all night long! Bring your friends, this is going to be a good one! Doors open at... (read more)

Workshop PhotoI Can’t Believe It’s not Dichroic!
Instructor: Lisa Pavelka
Award-winning artist, author, television personality, and instructor known for making her classes fun, relaxing and informative. Learn more about Lisa, her work and product line at: http://www.lisapavelka.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 9:00am to 11:00am
Fees: $50
You’ll fool everyone with your Faux Dichroic “glass” creations set in an elegant bezel setting, all without the advanced skill-set required for glass and the expense. You’ll learn how to confidently work with one-step, quick cure resin. There’s nothing to bring and no additional kit fees. Bezel style may differ from sample... (read more)

Workshop PhotoStamped Leather Bracelet
Instructor: Jodi Bombardier
Jodi is an international instructor and self-taught jewelry designer, wire wrapping since 2005, wire weaving since 2008 and metalsmithing since 2010. She is a freelance writer for Step By Step Wire Jewelry and Easy Wire magazine and a contributing author to the books Wire Style and Wire Style 2. She... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 9:00am to 2:30pm
Fees:
$75 » workshop fee
$40 » kit fee
This bracelet has endless stamping and dye color possibilities! Expand your design skills by learning how to dye (several dye colors available) and finish leather edges in addition to learning how to set snaps. You will also learn how to measure, cut and stamp sheet metal (multiple stamps will be available from which to choose), torch color the metal, then... (read more)

Workshop PhotoMake Your Own Findings!
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: February 7, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies included
Simple solder joints, Annealing, Melting, Headpins, Bails, Toggles. Earwires, S-hooks AND SOLDERING!!! We “basic” solder in this class but do not go into the science behind soldering like we do in “Torch Soldering” We recommend if you are planning to do a lot of soldering you take both. In this class we solder, in “Torch... (read more)

Workshop PhotoResin with Open Settings
Instructor: Lisa Pavelka
Award-winning artist, author, television personality, and instructor known for making her classes fun, relaxing and informative. Learn more about Lisa, her work and product line at: http://www.lisapavelka.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees: $60
Learn the secrets for creating layered, mixed media creations in open frames and bezels all without having to work with messy, two-part resins that require measuring, mixing or days to cure! Everything you need is supplied at no additional charge. Just bring yourself! Bezels and inclusions in kit may differ from sample photo. (read more)

Workshop PhotoTorch 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 7, from 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Fees: $69 » 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 necklace (not including... (read more)

Workshop Photo“Fauxpal” - Faux Opal
Instructor: Lisa Pavelka
Award-winning artist, author, television personality, and instructor known for making her classes fun, relaxing and informative. Learn more about Lisa, her work and product line at: http://www.lisapavelka.com (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Fees: $40
Stop people in their tracks when you wear or sell your faux Opal creations! Super fast and easy to learn and master but it will look like it took much longer to create stunning pieces of jewelry. Students create a finished piece and receive instructional handouts. Learn how to prepare bezels for the opalescent inclusions. A bonus demonstration of how to set... (read more)

Workshop PhotoIntermediate 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 7, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Fees: $69 » most supplies included
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. Kits for bracelets or rings will be available for purchase; prices will... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCreate Fantastic Pendants!
Instructor: Craft Fantastic Instructor
(read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $32 » includes all materials
Join us for an introduction to the latest and greatest that Craft Fantastic has to offer. Discover and play with plenty (over $60.00 retail value) of our newest products. Relax and work at your own pace to create a handful of art heirloom pieces to wear or embellish your multi-media projects. Learn how to make crystal-clear, resin-free cabochons that... (read more)

Workshop PhotoPrometheus Copper & Bronze Clay; Boot Camp
Instructor: Carrie Story
Owner of Clay Revolution, certified PMC instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 8, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $95 » includes 20 grams of Prometheus Copper or Bronze clay and use of materials and tools
Learn everything you need to know about Prometheus Copper and Bronze clays. From the consistency to the firing options, this class will provide you with the working knowledge to use the clays efficiently and utilize the versatility of this great medium. Brenda will discuss the clay properties and provide samples to use during class. You will work in the wet... (read more)

Workshop PhotoForging & Texturing Techniques
Instructor: Jodi Bombardier
Jodi is an international instructor and self-taught jewelry designer, wire wrapping since 2005, wire weaving since 2008 and metalsmithing since 2010. She is a freelance writer for Step By Step Wire Jewelry and Easy Wire magazine and a contributing author to the books Wire Style and Wire Style 2. She... (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 8, from 9:00am to 2:30pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee
$30 » kit fee
Learn to texture and forge heavy gauge copper and sterling silver wire, twisting and turning it into unique pieces of jewelry. You will also learn how to anneal wire and sheet metal and also make ball ends with fine silver using a micro torch. You will also learn how to torch color and oxidize copper and sterling, using liver of sulfur and Silver Black. You... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCold Connections
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: February 8, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies included
Know what tools and metals do when you pound, punch, stamp and otherwise shape them to your will. It’s what gives you a professional air, and permanence to your piece. So many things to put together! Let’s get them to stay in a way that is secure, professional, and unorthodox! Stitching, screwing, capturing, and much, Much more. Learn how to... (read more)

Workshop PhotoWorking with Leather Lace – Mixed Media Leather and Chain 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: February 8, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Workshop fee
$25 » kit fee
In this class we’ll combine stringing, wirework and chain work techniques to create an eye-catching necklace with adjustable clasp that you can wear short for a earthy twist on a classic multiple strand necklace. Or wear it long for a contemporary look! We’ll practice the basics of stringing, crimping, assemblage and wire binding and weaving... (read more)

Workshop PhotoFINISHING Your Pieces!
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 8, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $69 » most supplies included
There is never time in classes to do proper FINISH work! This class is all about just that! We will be exploring the professional, provocative, and permanent way to achieve the right shine and brilliance of your metal. We will cover files, sandpapers, buffs, and OH SO MUCH MORE! All tools are provided. Your seat in the class is secured when the class is paid... (read more)

Workshop PhotoHalf Drilled Pearls and Brooch Backings
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 8, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Fees: $69 » all supplies including instructional handout are provided
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Workshop PhotoKiln Enameling
Instructor: Veronica Maddox
Veronica Maddox has been beading and designing with String Bead since grade school. She has been involved in the beauty, fashion, and design industry since before high school. She has now turned her skills towards teaching and designing for String Bead. (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 9, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies included
Finally! How to kiln enamel! The perfect enameling surfaces without the drawbacks of torchburn! Although we LOVE torch enameling some pieces just need …the kiln! All tools are provided. All Skill levels are welcome. Your seat in the class is secured when the class is paid for. To register for this class or for more information: call 530-894-2323 or... (read more)

Workshop PhotoTorch 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 9, from 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Fees: $69 » 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 necklace (not including... (read more)

Nunn Design Workshops
Instructor: Becky Nunn
(read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1-February 9, ongoing.
Fees: $0 » free demos!
Learn to use resins, glazes and stampings to make elegant jewelry and pendants. Ongoing demonstrations and workshops. Booth #G110. See http://www.nunndesign.com for more information. (read more)

SilverSilk Demonstrations
Instructor: Booth #GP303
(read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1-February 9, ongoing.
Fees: $0 » free demos!
On-going free demonstrations at booth #GP303, on how to use the new SilverSilk knitted jewelry wire. (read more)

Tips & Techniques for Wirelace™
Instructor: Linda Hartung
Designer and owner of Alacarte Clasps™ and Wirelace™. (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1-February 9, ongoing.
Fees: $0 » free demos!
Daily demonstrations of the new Wirelace as seen in the August issue of Bead & Button and Beadwork, and techniques on how to use the stylish glue-it-yourself designer clasps. http://www.alacarteclasps.com (read more)

Chainmaille Demos
Instructor: Edie Edwards
(read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1-February 9, ongoing.
Fees: $0 » free demos!
Offering free ongoing demos on the proper way to open and close jumprings along with free charts on suggested ring sizes for different weaves. Booth #B20. (read more)

PARAWIRE Wire and Jewelry Design Demos
Instructor: Parawire Design Team
(read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1-February 9, 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)

Workshop PhotoFlutter By: Silver and Silk Necklaces
Instructor: Margaret Aden
Http://www.originalsinjewelry.com/blog/ (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees:
$80 » class fee
$95 » kit fee
This workshop will focus on creating non-traditional soldered settings and designing inspired necklaces. The combination of hard metal with beautiful hand dyed silk ribbons woven through chains and a whimsical sprinkling of great beads create a delightfully refreshing necklace. Students will learn about utilizing Tabs, Bridges, and Balled Prongs to capture... (read more)

Workshop PhotoThe Show Stopper Beaded Kumihimo
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... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 10:30am to 7:30pm
Fees: $195 » includes all materials.
The rich topaz and sapphire colors evoke the image of a golden sun and tranquil sea. You'll delight in the luxurious feel of the boroscilicate teardrops against your skin when you wear this show-stopping work of art.Students will learn how to prepare the foam kumihimo disk for braiding including: calculating cord length, estimating number of beads, when... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCrystal Viking Knit Bracelet
Instructor: Tracy Nelligan
A published professional artist of 35 years. Tracy Nelligan and Erin O'Toole are owners of Turtle Moon Arts. We travel around the country exhibiting at bead shows, teaching classes and providing trunk shows. (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate. Must have knowledge and skill of double weave.
Dates/Times: February 3, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $78 » includes kit (box, wire, dowel, crystals, silver plated endcaps & a 3 bead lampwork set handcrafted by Tracy.
Learn how to incorporate crystals in the viking knit and attach Tracy Nelligan's handcrafted lampwork 3 bead set for a gorgeous bracelet. Choice of crystal color. Use of tools available in class. Students bring : wire cutters, flat nose plier, round nose plier Contact: turtlemoonarts@yahoo.com or call Erin cell 727.512.2059 limited seating (read more)

Workshop PhotoWoven Hoops
Instructor: Margaret Aden
Http://www.originalsinjewelry.com/blog/ (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees:
$60 » class fee
$20 » kit fee
Using a Figure 8 weave, students will create these stunning earrings. While the form appears simple, looks can be deceiving. Students will take away several tricks of the trade including how to incorporate small pearls or beads onto the earrings. The devil is in the details as we discuss weaving around the curve, keeping spacing even and finishing the... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCold Connected Fold Form Bracelet
Instructor: Tracy Nelligan
A published professional artist of 35 years. Tracy Nelligan and Erin O'Toole are owners of Turtle Moon Arts. We travel around the country exhibiting at bead shows, teaching classes and providing trunk shows. (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: February 4, from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Fees: $125 » includes kit (copper brass wire, nuts/bolts/rivets).
Learn to design a unique cuff using fold form and cold connections. Decorate with fun tools: hammer, punches, hole punches, rivets. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoTapered Woven Baroque Cuff
Instructor: Margaret Aden
Http://www.originalsinjewelry.com/blog/ (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Fees:
$60 » class fee
$20 » kit fee
$75 » for a silver kit
This class will teach you how to break the Golden Weaving Rule—Thou shalt not weave into a taper. In fact, we will. The simple and elegant lines of this cuff create a stunning look on the wrist, and to tell you a secret, it has been my BEST SELLING Cuff this last year. Alas, I will share the secret of its construction so you too can partake of the... (read more)

Workshop PhotoHUGS (Necklace)
Instructor: Margaret Aden
Http://www.originalsinjewelry.com/blog/ (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Fees:
$60 » class fee
$30 » kit fee
Who doesn’t need a hug?? This attachment style is one of my favorite ways to capture little bits of this’s and that’s. Cute little sheeting hugged by wire to set geodes, ammonites, or any little things into stunning pendants. Students will cut their sheet and file the edges, texturize the pendant base if desired and design completely... (read more)

Workshop PhotoDrilling Found Objects
Instructor: Beth Shea
Owner of Echo Artworks: http://www.echoartworks.com/ (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $75 » workshop includes materials and use of all tools
Ever come back from a beach vacation with your pockets filled with shells, beach stones, sea glass and other bits of flotsam you just had to take home with you? Found a great trinket at the junk shop or on the sidewalk and thought it would be great in a jewelry piece? Dying to use that great druzy or chunk of lapis but it has no hole? This is the workshop... (read more)

Workshop PhotoConstruction Zone!
Instructor: Margaret Aden
Http://www.originalsinjewelry.com/blog/ (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fees:
$140 » class fee
$120 » kit fee
This workshop will focus on non-traditional constructions. While there are many paths to funky, cutting edge construction, this path will focus on natural textured mineral specimens and the various ways to entrap them. Students will learn about Tabs, Bridges, and Balled Prongs just for starters. Hot worked attachment will be the focus and we will use Little... (read more)

Workshop PhotoSoutache Pendant
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 combing beads and fiber in jewelry designs. In addition to the courses she teaches at Design... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $90 » includes all materials
Soutache bead embroidery is a new hot trend in jewelry making! ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoFiesta Lariat
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 HandFast Design by Kim Fox provides artisan designed and crafted clasps, cones and connectors. She has been addicted to kumihimo for about 6 years. From her... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees:
$50 » workshop fee
$68 » kit fee
Create this vibrant lariat using mother of pearl and seed beads. Learn how to make a design from the bottom up leaving you many options to include in future designs. In the class you will be well on your way to creating the first half of the lariat and will have complete instructions as to how to finish the piece. Make the lariat short and flirty or long... (read more)

Workshop PhotoShards Neck Piece
Instructor: Margaret Aden
Http://www.originalsinjewelry.com/blog/ (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Fees:
$120 » class fee
$30 » kit fee
This class will explore the incorporation of a front to back drilled bead, glass piece, or stone in a truly unique neck piece. Using a figure eight weave, we will create an asymmetrical neck piece incorporating an assortment of odd beads and shapes along the armature of the neck piece. The inspiration pieces have fossilized turtle shell shards as their... (read more)

Workshop PhotoSWAROVSKI CRYSTAL NECKLACE MINI-CLASS
Instructor: Diane Whiting
Is a nationally recognized, award-winning designer and CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassador who has been creating innovative jewelry and accessories for 10 years. Diane’s work has also been published in multiple magazines, including the Bead & Button Magazine cover, and her... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$15 » class fee
$5 » kit fee
Take this 1-hour class to learn how to make an elegant necklace pendant using your own color choices. Choose as many or few stone setting drops as you like. Try pairing your birthstones with your children’s for a special keepsake. All SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, supplies and tools are provided. Please bring reading glasses or magnifiers. E-mail ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoTILA FOR TWO BRACELET
Instructor: Diane Whiting
Is a nationally recognized, award-winning designer and CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassador who has been creating innovative jewelry and accessories for 10 years. Diane’s work has also been published in multiple magazines, including the Bead & Button Magazine cover, and her... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Fees:
$35 » class fee
$38 » kit fee
Make two bracelets in one using Tila Beads and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Learn this innovative stitching technique to make an elegant, reversible bracelet with a clasp that works on both sides. All SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, supplies and tools are provided. Multiple color choices will be available. Please bring reading glasses or magnifiers. E-mail ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoFlat Kumihimo on the Round Disk
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... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $60 » includes all materials.
Using a foam kumihimo disk, students will create an 8-warp flat braid using leather cord. Students will learn how to prepare the disk for braiding including: calculating cord length, and bobbin management. Students will also learn the 8-warp half-round /half-flat kumihimo braiding technique (hira gara kumi.) Finishing techniques including binding, cutting,... (read more)

Workshop PhotoImprint Mokume with Alcohol Inks
Instructor: Julie Picarello
Mixed media artist and author of “Patterns in Polymer: Imprint and Accent Bead Techniques” (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Fees: $80 » includes kit
In this 6-hour workshop, a loose adaptation of an ancient metalsmithing technique will be our inspiration as we create vibrantly colored and uniquely detailed focal beads. Students will focus on the magic of custom color mixing, repurposing everyday tools to imprint and texture, incorporating 23k Gold Leaf and alcohol inks into the design, and last but no... (read more)

Workshop PhotoSWAROVSKI CRYSTAL NECKLACE MINI-CLASS
Instructor: Diane Whiting
Is a nationally recognized, award-winning designer and CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassador who has been creating innovative jewelry and accessories for 10 years. Diane’s work has also been published in multiple magazines, including the Bead & Button Magazine cover, and her... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 10:00am to 11:00am
Fees:
$15 » class fee
$5 » kit fee
Take this 1-hour class to learn how to make an elegant necklace pendant using your own color choices. Choose as many or few stone setting drops as you like. Try pairing your birthstones with your children’s for a special keepsake. All SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, supplies and tools are provided. Please bring reading glasses or magnifiers. E-mail ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoDragonscale Kumihimo
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... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees: $170 » includes all materials (including bronze “dragon” toggle)
Using a foam kumihimo disk, students will create an 8-warp braid with magatamas and seed beads. The Miyuki magatamas add an intriguing texture to this eye-catching statement necklace. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCONTESSA EARRINGS
Instructor: Diane Whiting
Is a nationally recognized, award-winning designer and CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassador who has been creating innovative jewelry and accessories for 10 years. Diane’s work has also been published in multiple magazines, including the Bead & Button Magazine cover, and her... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees:
$30 » class fee
$25 » kit fee
A royal wardrobe of earrings can be made using a unique weaving technique, German filigree findings along with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Crystal beads and Crystal pearls. CREATE YOUR STYLE Ambassador Diane Whiting teaches 3 variations to make into earring sets or singles for small pendants…it is your choice. These earrings are companion pieces to the... (read more)

Workshop PhotoPaper Clay, Paints, Patina & Pods
Instructors: Gail Crosman Moore & Anne Mitchell
(read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 8, from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Fees:
$70 » workshop fee
$80 » kit fee
In this full day class, let Anne and Gail take you on a new adventure. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCrusty Top Woven Cuffs
Instructor: Margaret Aden
Http://www.originalsinjewelry.com/blog/ (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 8, from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Fees:
$120 » class
$25 » copper kit
$75 » silver kits
These cool cuffs have an elegant shape and the most amazing crusty toppers (which are also the clasp). Construction of the top takes center stage after we have woven our base cuff. In many ways, creating the woven focal is like drawing with wire—first we sketch in the shape with our armature wire and then using 26 gauge wire, we fill in the spaces. We... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCRYSTAL GARDEN PATH
Instructor: Diane Whiting
S a nationally recognized, award-winning designer and CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassador who has been creating innovative jewelry and accessories for 10 years. Diane’s work has also been published in multiple magazines, including the Bead & Button Magazine cover, and her... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 8, from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Fees:
$30 » class fee
$40 » kit fee
Take a walk in an enchanted garden; SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystal “cobblestones” are edged with seed beads and Xillion bead "flowers"; a bracelet and earrings fit for an elfin princess. Diane teaches you this innovative use of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 2-hole square beads. Beginning and experienced beaders will be equally enchanted with the... (read more)

Workshop PhotoSWAROVSKI CRYSTAL NECKLACE MINI-CLASS
Instructor: Diane Whiting
Is a nationally recognized, award-winning designer and CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassador who has been creating innovative jewelry and accessories for 10 years. Diane’s work has also been published in multiple magazines, including the Bead & Button Magazine cover, and her... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 8, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees:
$15 » class fee
$5 » kit fee
Take this 1-hour class to learn how to make an elegant necklace pendant using your own color choices. Choose as many or few stone setting drops as you like. Try pairing your birthstones with your children’s for a special keepsake. All SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, supplies and tools are provided. Please bring reading glasses or magnifiers. E-mail ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoRoman Tab Bracelet
Instructor: Anne Mitchell
Anne started her creative career over 25 years ago as a professional lighting designer. Looking for another outlet for her artistic energies, Anne began teaching chain making and metal working approximately 13 years ago for just pure enjoyment. During those years, Anne found that the creative outlet... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 9, from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$30 » workshop fee
$45 » kit fee
Join me in class #1 of classic links in fine silver Sunday. Using fine silver fused links learn one of the classic links of history. The link in this chain has been around for thousands of years join me and let me show you how to translate these ancient patterns into a delicate and modern bracelet. Let me show you the tricks of fusing finer gauge rings with... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCrystal Viking Knit Bracelet
Instructor: Tracy Nelligan
A published professional artist of 35 years. Tracy Nelligan and Erin O'Toole are owners of Turtle Moon Arts. We travel around the country exhibiting at bead shows, teaching classes and providing trunk shows. (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate. Must have knowledge and skill of double weave.
Dates/Times: February 9, from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Fees: $78 » includes kit (box, wire, dowel, crystals, silver plated endcaps & a 3 bead lampwork set handcrafted by Tracy.
Learn how to incorporate crystals in the viking knit and attach Tracy Nelligan's handcrafted lampwork 3 bead set for a gorgeous bracelet. Choice of crystal color. Use of tools available in class. Students bring : wire cutters, flat nose plier, round nose plier Contact: turtlemoonarts@yahoo.com or call Erin cell 727.512.2059 limited seating (read more)

Workshop PhotoTapestry- Woven Pendants and Earrings
Instructor: Margaret Aden
Http://www.originalsinjewelry.com/blog/ (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 9, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$60 » class
$30 » copper kit
$65 » for a copper & silver kit
Inspired by Eastern Traditional Architecture, this pendant and earrings set is always a show stopper. The possible combinations of materials for structure and dangle are endless and students will be able to use this design in so many ways. This class utilizes a Figure 8 weave, but the trick of how to keep the struts even is a closely guarded trade secret... (read more)

Workshop PhotoLoop-n-Ball Bracelet
Instructor: Anne Mitchell
Anne started her creative career over 25 years ago as a professional lighting designer. Looking for another outlet for her artistic energies, Anne began teaching chain making and metal working approximately 13 years ago for just pure enjoyment. During those years, Anne found that the creative outlet... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 9, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees:
$30 » workshop fee
$50 » kit fee
Join me in class #2 of classic links in fine silver Sunday. Again, Using fine silver fused links learn another classic link from history. The link in this chain has been around for thousands of years and let me show you how to translate another ancient patterns into an updated and modern bracelet. The trick to this pattern is maintaining the consistency of... (read more)

Workshop PhotoMix Master—Bring your Favorite Parts!
Instructor: Margaret Aden
Http://www.originalsinjewelry.com/blog/ (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 9, from 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Fees:
$120 » class fee
$95 » kit fee
This workshop will focus on combining non-traditional constructions into funky, inspired necklaces. While there are many paths to funky, cutting edge construction, this path will focus on natural textured mineral specimens and the various ways to entrap them. Students will learn about Tabs, Bridges, and Balled Prongs just for starters. Hot worked attachment... (read more)

Workshop PhotoMixed Media Bangles
Instructor: Beth Shea
Owner of Echo Artworks: http://www.echoartworks.com/ (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 9, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Fees:
$45 » class fee
$25 » materials (payable to instructor at time of class)
Combine metal, beads & fibers to create lovely, bohemian bangle stacks to wear. We’ll start by making 3 different types of metal bangles that can stand alone or be embellished with beads, fibers & charms making them truly unique. We’ll explore how to size your bracelets, which techniques are the best for securing your beads & fibers... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCold Connected Fold Form Bracelet
Instructor: Tracy Nelligan
A published professional artist of 35 years. Tracy Nelligan and Erin O'Toole are owners of Turtle Moon Arts. We travel around the country exhibiting at bead shows, teaching classes and providing trunk shows. (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: February 10, from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Fees: $125 » includes kit (copper brass wire, nuts/bolts/rivets).
Learn to design a unique cuff using fold form and cold connections. Decorate with fun tools: hammer, punches, hole punches, rivets. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoHand Forged Fine Silver Cuff
Instructor: Anne Mitchell
Anne started her creative career over 25 years ago as a professional lighting designer. Looking for another outlet for her artistic energies, Anne began teaching chain making and metal working approximately 13 years ago for just pure enjoyment. During those years, Anne found that the creative outlet... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 10, from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Fees:
$65 » workshop fee
$110 » kit fee
Take fine silver sheet and fine silver wire and create a 3-dimensional cuff bracelet. Start off the day with texturing, sizing and forming your personalized cuff. The second part of the day will be spent forging these raised and textured accents that ultimately provide the structure and stability to reinforces the cuff. Then we will place and rivet the... (read more)

Workshop PhotoWinged Setting Rings Revisited
Instructor: Margaret Aden
Http://www.originalsinjewelry.com/blog/ (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 10, from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Fees:
$120 » class
$65 » kit
I do not often work with sparkly cut gems; however, my recent uncovering of a secret sparkling stash inspired this series of rings. I used the winged settings from a previous class, but LEVELED UP with the incorporation of these faceted gems. This class will explore the incorporation of larger faceted gemstones in a winged cradle setting. Fancy patterned... (read more)

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