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Workshop PhotoCeltic Stars Asymmetric 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Beginner Plus. Prerequisite: Completion of a few previous projects.
Dates/Times: January 31, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees:
$50 » workshop
$99 » silver filled (925/10) necklace kit
$30 » jewelers’ bronze necklace kit
An eye-catching, non-traditional, asymmetric necklace—one side has a 2-strand Japanese style chain, while the other features three stars in graduated sizes and a single chain. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoVivid Links: Wrapped, Coiled and Colored
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Jen Cushman is a natural storyteller who found mixed media art 15 years ago and never looked back. She’s the author of two books: Making Metal Jewelry; How to Stamp, Forge, Fold and Form Metal Jewelry Designs and Explore, Create, Resinate Jewelry: Mixed Media Techniques Using ICE Resin. Her... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$15 » kit fee
One of the most rewarding aspects of making your own jewelry is seeing the hand of the artist in your work. Learn organic wire wrapping techniques to take your handmade jewelry to a new level with nothing more than a humble spool of copper wire. In this class, learn how to make unique links and clasps and then how to chain them together into one seamless... (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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$85 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after January 12, 2016.)
$50 » materials fee includes free form drusy, sterling silver wire, jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page instrucion 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 can learn how to wrap any free form object. Learn about wire temper, gauges, and shapes as well as tools. You will learn how to measure enough wire, how to bind your bundle of wire and how to make a bail. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoTribal Pendants
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 9:00am to 3:00pm
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 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate. Beginning Torch Soldering skills HIGHLY recommended.
Dates/Times: January 31, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies included.
Stringbead is excited to be teaching how to make these trendy stackable rings! Learn how to make a set of five rings in our workshop. 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. First a plain ring, then a hammered ring. You will get a shot at a tube... (read more)

Workshop PhotoBeading Loom Demonstrations
Instructor: Clover Needlecraft
(read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31-February 8, from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Fees: $0
Clover will be demonstrating their beading loom products and tassel makers along with a few exciting new items. Ongoing demos daily. (read more)

Workshop Photo“Fabulous Faux Stained Glass” - polymer floral pendant
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Fees: $10 » All materials provided!
In this one-hour mini class, you will use pre-made “stained glass” polymer components to create a unique floral pendant! Caution: very addictive technique! Quick, easy and fun! (read more)

Workshop PhotoMake Your Own Memento; Earrings in White Bronze
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $90 » includes 50 grams of Prometheus White Bronze clay, findings and use of materials and tools
Learn the basics of Prometheus White Bronze Clay in this fun beginner's class. Learn how to condition, shape, refine, fire and polish white bronze metal clay. Class will include basic information on the composition of Prometheus metal clays, tools needed, tips for success, various methods for firing and polishing. Carrie will provide design... (read more)

Workshop Photo“Fly” Bracelet
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Jen Cushman is a natural storyteller who found mixed media art 15 years ago and never looked back. She’s the author of two books: Making Metal Jewelry; How to Stamp, Forge, Fold and Form Metal Jewelry Designs and Explore, Create, Resinate Jewelry: Mixed Media Techniques Using ICE Resin. Her... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$15 » kit fee, includes bezel, ICE Resin, organic inclusions, 20 gauge bronze wire, consumables
The soul wants to soar. Remind yourself of this every time you wear this unique mixed-media bracelet that includes a real egg encased in ICE Resin. Class focuses on techniques for guaranteed success when working with a jeweler’s grade, two-part epoxy resin, such as how to embed without getting air bubbles, using organic elements, incorporating charms... (read more)

Workshop PhotoOrganic Metal Patinas
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, 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 Photo“Charming Monster” - teensy lil’ monster charm
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees: $10 » All materials provided!
In this one-hour mini class, you will make a sweet little monster charm. Look at those eyes! Those these! Those fur! You know you want to make one! Quick, easy and fun! (read more)

Workshop PhotoTailor-Made Bronze Tassels
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $85 » includes 20g Prometheus Bronze, thread, chain, and use of materials and tools
Learn the basics of Prometheus Bronze Clay in this fun beginner's class. Learn how to roll, shape, refine, fire and polish bronze metal clay. Class will include basic information on the composition of Prometheus metal clays, tools needed, tips for success, various methods for firing and polishing. Carrie will provide design considerations that will... (read more)

Workshop PhotoOmbre Effects with Iced Enamels™
Instructor: Heather Widener
(read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$15 » kit fee
Learn techniques to create gorgeous ombre color patterns in your work using Iced Enamels™ cold enameling powders. The techniques are adaptable to any dry color agent, including glitter, pigments, spices...you name it! Students will also learn tips and tricks on how to incorporate textiles in ICE Resin, as well as the basics of using ICE Resin®.... (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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm
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 PhotoTransverse Landscape; Drawing with Copper Syringe
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $95 » includes 50g Prometheus Copper and Syringe, chain and findings, and use of materials and tools
Learn the basics of Prometheus Copper Clay in this fun beginner's class. Learn how to design a landscape picture across panels to create this stunning bracelet. Carrie will provide design considerations that will lead to successful finished pieces. Using a syringe of copper, you will draw your design allowing for movement within the image. . Students... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCrystal Clear Necklace
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Jen Cushman is a natural storyteller who found mixed media art 15 years ago and never looked back. She’s the author of two books: Making Metal Jewelry; How to Stamp, Forge, Fold and Form Metal Jewelry Designs and Explore, Create, Resinate Jewelry: Mixed Media Techniques Using ICE Resin. Her... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$15 » kit fee includes Chandelier Crystal, ICE Resin, Iced Enamels and all cold enameling supplies, image transfers to choose from, consumables
Vintage and new chandelier crystals are gorgeous components when it comes to making elegant jewelry. But to create truly unique adornment learn how to apply mixed-media techniques, such as image transfers, cold enameling, foils and resin to glass crystals. Showcase the focal with handmade copper wire links, wirewrapped bead links and hand formed clasp.... (read more)

Workshop PhotoWire Sculpure Gemstone Donut
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$85 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after January 12, 2016.)
$50 » materials fee includes your choice of gemstone donut, sterling silver wire, jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and your choice of crysals as well as a copy of her 12 page gemstone donut book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home.
So now you’ve come to Tucson and you see wonderful gemstone donuts. But, what to do with them? This class will each you how to create a spectacular piece of jewelry showcasing this stone. You will also learn about wire temper, gauges, and shapes as well as tools. You will learn how to measure enough wire, how to bind your bundle of wire, how to do wire... (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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 9:30am to 12:30pm
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 Photo“Color Me Impressed” - tinted polymer beads
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 10:00am to 11:00am
Fees: $10 » All materials provided!
In this one-hour mini class, you will create beads with a freeform incised design, colored with powders using a clever trick. Make a handful! Quick, easy and fun! (read more)

Workshop PhotoRiveting
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $69 » all 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 PhotoLunar Flowers
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Fees: $75
This workshop will focus on using a simple everyday kitchen tool to create organic 3D beads that burst with color and texture! ... (read more)

Workshop Photo“Glow Within” – polymer-covered votive glass
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Fees: $15 » All materials provided!
In this one and a half-hour mini class, you will create a translucent clay blend, impress it with stamped patterning and use it to cover a small glass votive. Adding accent stones and coloring with powders will complete the look – simple but classy. Perfect for a little candle (or one of those nifty electronic ones!) to glow so prettily. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoBeez Beads 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate. Prerequisite: Completion of several previous projects.
Dates/Times: February 1, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees:
$50 » workshop
$67 » silver filled (925/10) necklace kit
$46 » jewelers’ bronze necklace kit
$30 » copper necklace kit
These chainmail beads are so striking when combined with large-hole beads and a neck chain. People always comment when I wear mine! ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoLight as Feather earrings
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Jen Cushman is a natural storyteller who found mixed media art 15 years ago and never looked back. She’s the author of two books: Making Metal Jewelry; How to Stamp, Forge, Fold and Form Metal Jewelry Designs and Explore, Create, Resinate Jewelry: Mixed Media Techniques Using ICE Resin. Her... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$15 » kit fee, and includes molding putty, ICE Resin, foils, tints and patina.
Fun, whimsical, boho resin feather earrings are as fun to wear as they are to make. Class focuses on molding, casting, coloring and foiling techniques with ICE Resin and molding putty. Students will make their own hoop earrings and wireworked cold join attachment from sterling silver wire. You will complete your earrings in class, as well as leave with cast... (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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, 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 PhotoKumihimo 101
Instructor: Rebecca Combs
Rebecca Ann Combs has always had a passion for adventuring, creating, and teaching. The combination has led her around the world to her new home in Tucson, Arizona. There she founded Design & Adorn in 2008, a jewelry supply store specializing in Kumihimo and beadwork. A well-respected... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $59 » includes all materials
Learn how to make beautiful braids for necklaces, bracelets, key chains, and more! Kumihimo braids are beautiful on their own and are a fabulous backdrop for focal beads, pendants, and charms. ... (read more)

Workshop Photo“Jeweled Insect” : mixed media sculpture
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $75 » All materials provided!
This is three-hour class in which you will create a jewel-encrusted insect, complete with wire legs and antenna then add clear, jeweled wings. You will use polymer clay, epoxy clay, glues and resins in this innovative workshop All skill levels welcome, but you’ll find it easier if you’re familiar with polymer clay already. (read more)

Workshop PhotoViper Basket 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Beginner
Dates/Times: February 1, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees:
$50 » workshop
$73 » Argentium® sterling silver, round and twisted kit
$43 » silver filled (925/10) and jewelers’ bronze kit
Yes, it's a weird name for this quietly elegant chainmail pattern! The contrast of mixed metals enhances a charming, delicate bracelet. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoExtreme Layering with ICE Resin®
Instructor: Heather Widener
With a background in many different media, Heather Widener found her passion in jewelry. A trained gemologist and GIA graduate, Heather loves color, non-traditional jewelry materials, and transforming unexpected materials. She is obsessed with process, and enjoys teaching techniques to create a... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$15 » kit fee
Take the mystery out of controlling where things go in ICE Resin®. Learn how to create lots of layers in a bezel using several different techniques, as well the basics of using ICE Resin®. Samples are for description purposes only; students will leave class with one or more unique bezels, and will have learned the techniques to create all three... (read more)

Workshop PhotoAdvanced Torch 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, 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 PhotoRiveted Rainbows
Instructor: Beth Shea
Owner of Echo Artworks: http://www.echoartworks.com/ (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees:
$65 » workshop fee
$30 » kit fee
Mixed media is all about combining a wide range of elements to make creations that are unexpected and unique. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways of combining metals to make visually complex and textured jewelry components. We’ll learn different techniques to hand color vintage metal stampings, stack them with vintage crystal components and... (read more)

Workshop PhotoFossilized Ammonite 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 8:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$85 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after January 12, 2016.)
$50 » materials fee includes your choice of ammonite, 14K gold fill and sterling silver wire, jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and your choice of crysals as well as a copy of her 12 page instrucion book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home.
This class combines the techniques learned in the basic pendant class along with the basic bangle bracelet class. In this class you will be learning some of both techniques. Some wire wrapping experience would be helpful but not absolutely necessary. Advanced wire wrappers can also benefit from learning new techniques. We will work on half the bracelet,... (read more)

Workshop PhotoLove Knot Crystal 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Beginner Plus. Prerequisite: Completion of a few previous projects.
Dates/Times: February 2, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees:
$50 » workshop
$73 » Argentium® sterling silver bracelet kit
$30 » jewelers’ bronze bracelet kit
$20 » copper bracelet kit
Exquisite metal love knots frame large Swarovski® crystal rondelles, creating a special bracelet to cherish. In addition to learning to make chain mail love knots, you will add wirework skills as you wire wrap the simple loops and add the sparkling crystals. Sponsored by Swarovski®. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCaging and Brazing Hollow Forms
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
As a silversmith and artist of over 20 years, I create pieces that reference history, as well as contemporary urban life. My work tells stories of real people living real life through the use of silver, metal, glass, resin, wood and other mixed media materials. I create expressive pieces that come... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$15 » kit fee, includes 1”+1” 24 gauge square silver, silver filigree bezel wire, 16 gauge wire, expendables such as solder, pickle, sandpaper, and other brazing supplies. Leather necklace
Explore the cage form in sterling silver as small wearable relics by creating your own unique hollow form pendant. In this 3-hour hands-on workshop learn or polish up on proper metalworking techniques for soldering, shaping and clean up. Discover some short cuts and ideal techniques for teaching soldering in the classroom. Understand the process of... (read more)

Workshop Photo“Fun with Stamps & Powders!”
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 10:00am to 10:30am & February 2, from 10:30am to 11:00am
Fees: $0
Hey! You have half an hour? Well, come on in and do this FREE quickie project! Make a little pendant/brooch while you explore polymer clay, stamp sheets, mica powders and crystals! Quick, easy and fun! All skill levels welcome! All materials provided! NO signup, just showup – first come, first served! (read more)

Workshop PhotoLAVISH BARREL
Instructor: Fatima Mensen-Potter
I am a published artisan and I love what I do. I have a particular routine for working on my creations. First, they need to be pretty and well made, then they need a very good tutorial. It doesn't matter how long it takes. I enjoy perfecting the art and beauty of my designs. ... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: February 2, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$50 » class fee
$25 » $25-35 depending on kit size
This lavish, vintage-inspired piece can become the stunning centerpiece to a simple rope necklace. You will learn to combine a selection of different sizes of crystal and glass beads to cover a wood barrel. (read more)

Workshop PhotoManipulate Metal
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $69 » all supplies including instructional handout are provided.
Join us as we explore the world of texturing, hammers, and METAL. We are looking into the “Why’s, How’s, and What’s” when dealing with sheet metal. We will be manipulating metal to create components that are entirely unique, with gorgeous patinas that enhance any piece of jewelry. We will explore a multitude of tools showing how... (read more)

Workshop Photo“Lump Mutts” – doggone cute mini polymer sculptures
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Fees: $10 » All materials provided!
In this one-hour mini class, you’ll have great time making a loveable mutt out of a lump of polymer! Bow WOW! Quick, easy and fun! All skill levels welcome! All materials provided! (read more)

Workshop PhotoBeginners Silver Clay
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $95 » includes fine silver and use of materials and tools
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, texture, cut, 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 that you can work... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCaging Structures: A Neck Form
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
As a silversmith and artist of over 20 years, I create pieces that reference history, as well as contemporary urban life. My work tells stories of real people living real life through the use of silver, metal, glass, resin, wood and other mixed media materials. I create expressive pieces that come... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$15 » kit fee includes 16 gauge bronze wire, 8 or 10 gauge bronze wire, soldering materials, sandpaper and expendables.
In this 2-hour silversmithing class learn to Forge and Braze both 8 gauge ad 16 gauge wire to create a beautiful, wearable, wire neck structure. Anneal, solder, pick solder, shape, draw a bead and all skills to create cage-like jewelry. Learn proper metalworking techniques for soldering, shaping and clean up, as well as some short cuts and ideal techniques... (read more)

Workshop PhotoSEA STAR – It is All About the Shape
Instructor: Fatima Mensen-Potter
I am a published artisan and I love what I do. I have a particular routine for working on my creations. First, they need to be pretty and well made, then they need a very good tutorial. It doesn't matter how long it takes. I enjoy perfecting the art and beauty of my designs. ... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: February 2, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees:
$50 » class fee
$25 » kit fee ranges $25-40
All of us have seen beaded Sea Stars (or Starfish) everywhere. What makes my design special is the shape. One day I put a Sea Star on my desk and started “talking” to it until I came up with a design that pleased me. (Gladly it never answered me back :) Then I needed to make sure that it would hold the shape not to ruin the finished piece. More... (read more)

Workshop PhotoSoft Soldered Jewelry
Instructor: Kelsey Blaine
http://Www.stringbead.com (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies included.
Using a lot of old skills and new skills, old techniques and new techniques, old tools and new tools, old components and new components, we will create some really fun and functional jewelry. Great tips on which tips to use for what technique, how to keep your iron efficient, and how to hold your pieces still while not burning yourself ๏Š. Different ways to... (read more)

Workshop PhotoLeather Wrap Bracelet : Flat Kumihimo on the Round Disk
Instructor: Rebecca Ann Combs
Rebecca Ann Combs has always had a passion for adventuring, creating, and teaching. The combination has led her around the world to her new home in Tucson, Arizona. There she founded Design & Adorn in 2008, a jewelry supply store specializing in Kumihimo and beadwork. A well-respected... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Beginner Plus. You've got a few kumihimo projects under your belt. You've made a few things and are looking to increase your knowledge.
Dates/Times: February 2, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $69 » (includes all materials)
Using a foam kumihimo disk, students will create an 8-warp flat braid using leather cord. ... (read more)

Workshop Photo“Darling Dragonflies” - polymer pendants
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $10 » All materials provided!
In this one-hour mini class, you will make a sweet little dragonfly that can be a pendant or adorn a wall! You’ll learn quick sculpting tricks and coloring techniques! Quick, easy and fun! All skill levels welcome! All materials provided! (read more)

Workshop PhotoPrometheus Copper & Bronze Clay Certification
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm & February 3, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $150 » includes 50g Prometheus Copper and Bronze, copper and bronze syringes, pre-made pieces and use of materials and tools
Learn everything you need to know about Prometheus Copper and Bronze clays, as well as how to hold classes yourself! 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. Carrie will discuss the clay properties and provide samples to... (read more)

Workshop Photo“Swellegant Samplers” – exploring metal coatings, patinas and colorants
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $10 » All materials provided!
In this one-hour mini class, you will explore the effects you can create with Swellegant metal coatings, patinas and dyes. You will work on pre-made pieces (we’ve done all the work, you have all the fun!). See how metallicious this product is! Quick, easy and fun! All skill levels welcome! All materials provided! (read more)

Workshop PhotoSlide Mount Necklace
Instructor: John Creighton Petersen
John is a mixed media fusion artist who has been teaching classes combining paper arts, beading, and other techniques for over fifteen years. "The ICE Prince" is a Certified ICE Resin® Instructor. (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$15 » kit fee.
This doubled sided necklace will captures your creative personality and transform it into this stunning mixed media jewelry piece! You will learn how to use ICE Resin® with non-traditional forms, along with coloring/layering embellishments and working with Iced Enamels for creating a cold enameling technique. While the resin is setting, we will create... (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 2, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $85 » Includes kit
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 PhotoHeavy Wire Multi-Bangle 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $69 » most 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 (a HARD thing to do with the heavier gauges!!!), proper texturing techniques, a few extras in sheet metals, and there's even a... (read more)

Workshop PhotoThe Latest & Greatest from Craft Fantastic
Instructor: Craft Fantastic Instructor
(read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $28 » all materials included
Create heirloom quality pieces of art using Fantastic Art Images, family photos or any kind of paper ephemera. In minutes, make one-of-a-king jewelry and unusual embellishments for any projects. Easy, fast and safe to use! With Fantastic Glaze & Glue, get the look of resin without the mess, time or toxicity of resin! Work with over $60 worth of product.... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCaribbean Green Mobius 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Beginner
Dates/Times: February 3, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees:
$50 » workshop
$49 » silver filled (925/10) bracelet kit
$30 » copper bracelet kit
The sparkling greens of the Caribbean Sea inspired this bracelet. It features the reflective vitrail greens of Swarovski® Rivoli Crystals set into copper or silver links and connected with Möbius balls of intertwined rings. Outstanding! ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoFree Form Structures: Resin and Wire
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
As a silversmith and artist of over 20 years, I create pieces that reference history, as well as contemporary urban life. My work tells stories of real people living real life through the use of silver, metal, glass, resin, wood and other mixed media materials. I create expressive pieces that come... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$15 » kit fee and includes 16 gauge round bronze wire, neck form, Ice Resin, collage transparencies, use of expendables such as rubber cement, resin tape, oxidizer, hand out
Using Wire and Resin students will be challenged to think beyond traditional jewelry design to create jewelry that is both sculptural and wearable while attaining techniques for annealing, hand hammering, flattening and forging of round wire to create unique bezel forms. Learn control with appropriate tools, safety and shaping techniques with correct stance... (read more)

Workshop PhotoElegant Designer 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$85 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after January 12, 2016.)
$50 » materials fee includes sterling silver pattern wire, as well as 14K gold fill and regular sterling silver wire, jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page instrucion book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home.
Bracelets are a hot commodity right now and are currently my best seller. In this class you will learn how to determine what gauge square wire to use with different pattern wires, how to bundle all the wires together and hold everything in place with stragetically placed wraps, how to make the clasp and how to determine bracelet sizes for small, medium and... (read more)

Workshop Photo“Easy Steampunk Heart”
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 10:00am to 11:00am
Fees: $10 » All materials provided!
In this one-hour mini class, you will make a heart pendant with a steampunk design on the front, accented with vintage watch parts. Steampunktastic! Quick, easy and fun! All skill levels welcome! All materials provided! (read more)

Workshop PhotoSoldered Frames & Hinges
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies included.
A new class to our soldering lineup! We all agree that webs of beads and stones look fantastic but are always diminished by their bulky attempts at a home-made frame. So lets get away from that homemade look and solder some amazing, elegant frames with clean and simple hinges. This simple looking frame can be adapted to thousands of projects and designs!... (read more)

Workshop PhotoSimone - Bead Weaving Bracelet
Instructor: Lois Manza
Lois has always been interested in all types of crafts and creating. When she started beading 12 years ago, something “clicked”. Lois incorporates different beading stitches in her designs, but her favorite is herringbone. She has won first place in the jewelry category, twice at the... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$40 » class fee
$25 » kit fee
Odd-count peyote bracelet with embellishments using triangle beads, fire polished and seed beads. (read more)

Workshop Photo“Bright Little Butterflies” - polymer pendants
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Fees: $10 » All materials provided!
In this one-hour mini class, you will use easy sculpting techniques to create a colorful, simple butterfly pendant. And hey, did we say that you can use crystals to decorate it? Cuz you totally can! Quick, easy and fun! All skill levels welcome! All materials provided! (read more)

Workshop PhotoOpulent Accessories; Earrings in Bronze
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $85 » includes 20g Prometheus Bronze, wire and findings, and use of materials and tools
Learn the basics of Prometheus Bronze Clay in this fun beginner's class. Learn how to condition, shape, refine, fire and polish bronze metal clay, as well as create your own earring wires. Class will include basic information on the composition of Prometheus metal clays, tools needed, tips for success, various methods for firing and polishing. Carrie... (read more)

Workshop PhotoConstructing + Fashioning Leather Forms in Jewelry
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
As a silversmith and artist of over 20 years, I create pieces that reference history, as well as contemporary urban life. My work tells stories of real people living real life through the use of silver, metal, glass, resin, wood and other mixed media materials. I create expressive pieces that come... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$15 » kit fee and includes leather for 3 different necklace assignments, glovers needle, colorful and/or neutral threads, bronze 16 gauge round wire, end caps, jeweler’s glue, metal rivet.
Learn to build and complete three distinctive and unusual leather neck forms that I use in my work and fashion assignments. Expand your leather vocabulary and allow it to add comfort, durability, sophistication and a trendy edge to your finished work in this 3 hour class. Walk away with these three leather neck forms. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoHill Tribes Silver Bracelet Trio
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees: $50 » Kit fee of $50 is additional, payable in class
Come play with beautiful handcrafted Hill Tribes Silver beads and delicious large hole pearls, and create a gorgeous trio of nesting leather and pearl bracelets. Earthy and contemporary, these bracelets are sure to get attention! Practice basic assemblage and design concepts as you combine pearls and beautiful handmade beads with 2mm leather cord. We will... (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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate. Beginning torch soldering skills HIGHLY recommended.
Dates/Times: February 3, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies included.
Stringbead is excited to be teaching how to make these trendy stackable rings! Learn how to make a set of five rings in our workshop. 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. First a plain ring, then a hammered ring. You will get a shot at a tube... (read more)

Workshop Photo“Swellegant Treasure Box” - exploring metal coatings, patinas and colorants
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees: $10 » All materials provided!
In this one-hour mini class, you will explore the effects you can create with Swellegant metal coatings, patinas and dyes. You will transform a small paper mache box into a metallicious treasure! ... (read more)

Workshop Photo“Swellegant Samplers” – exploring metal coatings, patinas and colorants
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $10 » All materials provided!
In this one-hour mini class, you will explore the effects you can create with Swellegant metal coatings, patinas and dyes. You will work on pre-made pieces (we’ve done all the work, you have all the fun!). See how metallicious this product is! Quick, easy and fun! All skill levels welcome! All materials provided! (read more)

Workshop PhotoClass Frozen In Time
Instructor: John Creighton Petersen
John is a mixed media fusion artist who has been teaching classes combining paper arts, beading, and other techniques for over fifteen years. "The ICE Prince" is a Certified ICE Resin® Instructor. (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee.NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$25 » kit fee.
This doubled sided necklace will captures your creative personality and transform it into this stunning mixed media jewelry piece! You will learn how to use ICE Resin with non-tradition forms, along with coloring/layering embellishments and working with Iced Enamels for creating a cold enameling technique. While the resin is setting, we will create the... (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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate. Torch soldering skills necessary.
Dates/Times: February 3, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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. Working with different gauges, shapes and wire kinds, learning to fit... (read more)

Workshop PhotoResin, Relics and Ancient Artifacts
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
As a silversmith and artist of over 20 years, I create pieces that reference history, as well as contemporary urban life. My work tells stories of real people living real life through the use of silver, metal, glass, resin, wood and other mixed media materials. I create expressive pieces that come... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 1:00am to 4:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$15 » kit fee and includes bronze sheet metal, rubber silicone, bezels, ICE Resin to use in class, mica flakes, powders and cold enamels, solder, sand paper, wire and expendables.
Focus on new works in jewelry and Resin as it has never been presented before….sand, scratch, cast and sgraffito 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 PhotoTwisted Love Knot 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Dates/Times: February 4, from 8:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$85 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after January 12, 2016.)
$50 » materials fee includes over an ounce of sterling silver wire, jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page "Love Knot"instrucion book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home.
This bracelet is a show stopper. We will be completing this bracelet using over 22 feet of sterling silver wire (that’s over 264 inches)! You will be twisting, bending, shaping and interlocking multiple pieces of wire simultaneously. You will be using multiple shapes of wire, learn how to make the clasp and how to determine bracelet sizes for small,... (read more)

Workshop PhotoPatina Paint Techniques
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $85 » includes 3 pre-made metal components, selection of patinas and use of materials and tools
Get creative while exploring the wonderful world of color! Learn to utilize three different patina techniques to enhance and add color to your metal clay creations. Students will work with Vintaj patinas and practice applying to achieve dimension and depth. A selection of pre-made copper and bronze clay charms will be available to allow creative expression.... (read more)

Workshop PhotoLayering Transparent: Foils, Tints and Imagery in Resin
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
As a silversmith and artist of over 20 years, I create pieces that reference history, as well as contemporary urban life. My work tells stories of real people living real life through the use of silver, metal, glass, resin, wood and other mixed media materials. I create expressive pieces that come... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$15 » kit fee and includes ICE Resin, metal bezels, metallic foils, (finished piece with foil) 2 mixed metal bezels, bronze sheet metal, sandpaper, 16 gauge round wire, plastic gloves, image transfers
Be exposed to the ultimate transparency that only resin can offer in jewelry. Create layers of extraordinary jewelry by use of transparent images, text and photo transfers. 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... (read more)

Workshop Photo“Glow Within” – polymer-covered votive
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 10:00am to 11:30am
Fees: $15 » All materials provided!
In this one and a half-hour mini class, you will create a translucent clay blend, impress it with stamped patterning and use it to cover a small glass votive. Adding accent stones and coloring with powders will complete the look – simple but classy. Perfect for a little candle (or one of those nifty electronic ones!) to glow so prettily. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoOPEN WORKSHOP
Instructors: Lois Manza & Fatima Mensen-Potter
(read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$50 » class fee
$25 » kit fee
$40 » depending on kit selected
If you missed any of our scheduled workshops, now is your second chance! Choose from several of our projects and we will be here to assist you!Each of the projects has an illustrated tutorial and beads.โ€‹ (read more)

Workshop PhotoEnameled Flowers
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies included.
In this class we will be making these darling little enameled flowers from scratch! Stamping, shaping, and enameling these little beauties then forming them into this easy to make cuff, or a Clustered Necklace. These happy little flowers are a great addition that will perk up the most dour pieces. There is enameling involved but if you truly want to... (read more)

Workshop PhotoJapanese Stepping Stones 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Beginner Plus. Prerequisite: Completion of a couple of previous chain mail projects.
Dates/Times: February 4, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees:
$50 » workshop
$84 » Argentium® sterling silver bracelet kit
$27 » copper bracelet kit
Create an unusual and contemporary bracelet that originates from the tradition of Japanese chainmail. It’s easy to make and versatile—you could add charms to the large rings if you wished. ... (read more)

Workshop Photo“Polymer 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Fees: $10 » All materials provided!
In this one-hour mini class, you will use pre-made polymer clay sheets of color, pattern and accents to assemble your own unique floral design that can be a pendant, brooch or wall piece. Very addictive technique! Quick, easy and fun! All skill levels welcome! All materials provided! (read more)

Workshop PhotoRiveting
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $69 » all 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 Photo“Making a Good Impression” – making and using molds
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees: $10 » All materials provided!
In this one-hour mini class, you will make your own silicon mold, then learn interesting ways to use molds creatively. Quick, easy and fun! All skill levels welcome! All materials provided! (read more)

Workshop PhotoLAZY MORNING ON THE BEACH / MOULIN ROUGE
Instructor: Fatima Mensen-Potter
I am a published artisan and I love what I do.I have a particular routine for working on my creations. First, they need to be pretty and well made, then they need a very good tutorial. It doesn't matter how long it takes. I enjoy perfecting the art and beauty of my designs. To have the... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees:
$50 » class fee
$30 » (the kits include, step-by-step, illustrated instructions).
A very smart way to bezel a cabochon. Simple to make. Sophisticated result. A combination of crystals, beads, and seed beads to enhance the inner glow of a Lunasoft pendant, and place it on a diamond-shaped necklace. Lovely!โ€‹ (read more)

Workshop PhotoClassic Chains 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: February 4, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees:
$50 » workshop
$127 » Argentium® sterling silver bracelet kit
$36 » jewelers’ bronze bracelet kit
$33 » copper bracelet kit
A classic, elegant, multi chain bracelet! The two outer chains are linked Chinese Knots, and the center chain is Jens Pind. Three metal choices. ... (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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $69 » some 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. in her “Know Your Saw” class we will be going over everything from broken saw blades to bench pins. Comfortable ways to hold your pieces and your saw are the focus in this workshop. Teaching you... (read more)

Workshop PhotoMake and Take Dangles
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Beginner
Dates/Times: February 5, from 8:30am to 9:30am & February 5, from 10:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $9 » FREE workshop + jewelers’ bronze kit
Dangles are pieces of blingy jewelry that will clip onto your purse, a zipper pull, or even onto a neck chain as a pendant. They are easy to make, and a perfect introduction to chain mail. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoFaux Dichro Bezels
Instructor: John Creighton Petersen
John is a mixed media fusion artist who has been teaching classes combining paper arts, beading, and other techniques for over fifteen years. "The ICE Prince" is a Certified ICE Resin® Instructor. (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$15 » kit fee.
Learn how to create jewelry and bezels that have the look of dichroic glass without using a kiln. Choose your own color palette for creating the background using inks, texture pastes and other inclusions before setting the bezel using ICE Resin. All materials and tools will be provided, along with a ball chain necklace. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoWire Wrap Earrings
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$85 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after January 12, 2016.)
$50 » materials fee includes 14K gold fill wire, sterling silver wire, a pair of sterling silver ear wires, jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page earring instrucion book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home.
We will be using both sterling silver and gold filled wire to create beautiful earrings that will likely become your favorite earrings! They are eye catching but are very light so they will not pull your ear lobes down. You will want to create additional pairs when you go home, some in solid silver, some in gold. You could even make these in copper which... (read more)

Workshop Photo“Thar She Blows” Steampunk Whale polymer pendant
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Fees: $45 » All materials provided!
This is a two-and-a-half hour class, and you will have HUGE fun with this project. Your whale will be embellished with steampunk accents (but if you prefer, you can make yours unadorned… or maybe covered with crystals instead!). Quick, easy and fun! All skill levels welcome! All materials provided! (read more)

Workshop PhotoEtching
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, 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 discussing 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 PhotoCeltic Maze 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate. Prerequisite: Completion of several previous projects.
Dates/Times: February 5, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees:
$50 » workshop
$67 » silver filled (925/10) bracelet kit
$20 » jewelers’ bronze bracelet kit
An out-of-the-ordinary bracelet! You’ll love these square mazes that lay flat and link together to make a design that only looks complex. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoICE Resin Window Frame
Instructor: John Creighton Petersen
John is a mixed media fusion artist who has been teaching classes combining paper arts, beading, and other techniques for over fifteen years. "The ICE Prince" is a Certified ICE Resin® Instructor. (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$20 » payable in class.
Create a spectacular bezel that will be your window frame to fill with amazing embellishments and then set with ICE Resin. While the resin is curing, you’ll be busy creating a wrapped ball chain necklace. All materials and tools will be provided. (read more)

Workshop PhotoModern Mala
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Fees: $75 » all materials included
Create a personal mixed media power piece for yourself or a loved one that expresses a specific quality, intention or message. Design it as a special touchstone for support on a personal journey, or as a memento to honor a special friend or experience. We will use a combination of stringing, freeform wirework and metal stamping techniques in this fun and... (read more)

Workshop Photo“Tentacle Rings”
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Fees: $10 » All materials provided!
In this one-hour mini class, you will make a wicked cool tentacle to wrap around your finger. Quick, easy and fun! All skill levels welcome! All materials provided! (read more)

Workshop PhotoOrganic Metal Patinas
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, 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 Photo“Mosaic Tin” - epoxy clay assembly
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $10 » All materials provided!
In this one-hour mini class, you will use epoxy clay to cover the lid of a small metal tin with beads, buttons, crockery and other fun things to create a freeform mosaic pattern. Quick, easy and fun! All skill levels welcome! All materials provided! (read more)

Workshop PhotoDepth & Dimension; Firing Glass & Bronze Clay
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: February 5, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $120 » includes 50g Prometheus Bronze, glass cabochons and use of materials and tools
Glass and metal clay mix together beautifully to create stunning jewelry components. Learn to utilize the attractive properties of glass against your bronze metal clay components. Carrie will provide in-depth design considerations and firing guidelines while encouraging your creativity. Proper firing techniques and equipment will be discussed in depth.... (read more)

Workshop PhotoIntro to Gemology
Instructor: Heather Widener
With a background in many different media, Heather Widener found her passion in jewelry & gems. A trained gemologist and GIA graduate, jeweler, international mineral consultant, and lecturer, Heather has been working in the industry for fifteen years. She has lived abroad for many years, getting... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Fees: $50 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
Learn all about gems, treatments, and suitability for jewelry, buying tips, and more. This engaging, informative lecture is presented in layman's terms, and is suitable for all ages. Supplies to bring: None (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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate. Beginning torch soldering skills HIGHLY recommended.
Dates/Times: February 5, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $69 » some 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 PhotoThe Latest & Greatest from Craft Fantastic
Instructor: Craft Fantastic Instructor
(read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 5, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $28 » all materials included
Create heirloom quality pieces of art using Fantastic Art Images, family photos or any kind of paper ephemera. In minutes, make one-of-a-king jewelry and unusual embellishments for any projects. Easy, fast and safe to use! With Fantastic Glaze & Glue, get the look of resin without the mess, time or toxicity of resin! Work with over $60 worth of product.... (read more)

Workshop PhotoBeginners Silver Clay
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $95 » includes fine silver and use of materials and tools
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, texture, cut, 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 that you can work... (read more)

Workshop PhotoChain Wrap Bracelet
Instructor: John Creighton Petersen
John is a mixed media fusion artist who has been teaching classes combining paper arts, beading, and other techniques for over fifteen years. "The ICE Prince" is a Certified ICE Resin® Instructor. (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$20 » payable in class.
Learn how to create this stunning bracelet that can be easily recreated in a variety of different ways including necklaces! You’ll learn how to create the wrapped ball chain base, then add your choice of glass, fire polished, crystal or other beads for some bling! All materials and tools will be provided. ... (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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$85 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after January 12, 2016)
$50 » materials fee include 12 page earring instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home.
Learn about tools, wire, gauges, how to bundle your wire, and many tips to produce a beautiful silver and gold bracelet. Learning about straightening, bundling and wrapping wire is a necessary step to moving on to more advanced projects. It is necessary to learn to create the basic bracelet in order to move on to produce a more complex bracelet encompassing... (read more)

Workshop PhotoMake Your Own Findings!
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, 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 PhotoSweetpea 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: February 6, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees:
$50 » workshop
$72 » Argentium® sterling silver & black necklace kit
$29 » jewelers’ bronze and black necklace kit
Casual sophistication at its finest! This necklace conjures up a seductive image of a strand of silver and black pearls or gold and black pearls. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoVintage Findings: Surface Patina and More
Instructor: John Creighton Petersen
John is a mixed media fusion artist who has been teaching classes combining paper arts, beading, and other techniques for over fifteen years. "The ICE Prince" is a Certified ICE Resin® Instructor. (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$20 » payable in class.
Introduce yourself to the unique line of Relics and Artifacts findings by Artist Sandra Evertson. In class you’ll learn how to color and finish these exquisite statement pieces that can be worn as jewelry or incorporated into your mixed media artwork. Supplies: None all materials and tools will be provided. (read more)

Workshop PhotoMacramé Knotting: Bohemian Gem Wrap Bracelet or 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Fees: $75 » all materials included
Combine Waxed Linen cord and mixed gemstones, seeds and pearls to create an earthy and one of a kind piece you’ll want to wear every day. Wrap it, Double it, or Wear it long for an on-trend look of casual elegance. Learn the basics of three strand macramé knotting to create an artistic and bohemian style bracelet or necklace. We will learn... (read more)

Workshop PhotoTorch 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, 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 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
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. Carrie will discuss the clay properties and provide samples to use during class. You will work in the wet... (read more)

Workshop PhotoIntro to Gemology
Instructor: Heather Widener
With a background in many different media, Heather Widener found her passion in jewelry & gems. A trained gemologist and GIA graduate, jeweler, international mineral consultant, and lecturer, Heather has been working in the industry for fifteen years. She has lived abroad for many years, getting... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 6, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Fees: $50 » class fee
Learn all about gems, treatments, and suitability for jewelry, buying tips, and more. This engaging, informative lecture is presented in layman's terms, and is suitable for all ages. Supplies to bring: None (read more)

Workshop PhotoSoldered Clusters
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate. Torch soldering skills Absolutely necessary
Dates/Times: February 6, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $69 » all supplies including instructional handout are provided.
Stringbead’s new workshop, Soldered Clusters, teaches you to make this whimsical multi-soldered piece. We will be learning how to gracefully solder multiple flat, round, and odd pieces together. This class is for building your soldering skills! After this class, you will know exactly what to do with lots of sizes, shapes, and weird angles in the same... (read more)

Workshop PhotoMonogram Focal; Bronze Lentil Pendant
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: February 7, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $120 » includes 50g Prometheus Bronze, Bronze Syringe and use of materials and tools
This is a great class for students who are ready to take the next step with metal clay. In this class, you will learn how to dry the clay in form and join dried pieces to create original focal beads in the classic lentil shape. Students will learn to use the syringe for drawing and see a demonstration of the new syringe pen. Carrie will discuss the clay... (read more)

Workshop PhotoMini Bezel Books
Instructor: John Creighton Petersen
John is a mixed media fusion artist who has been teaching classes combining paper arts, beading, and other techniques for over fifteen years. "The ICE Prince" is a Certified ICE Resin® Instructor. (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$25 » payable in class.
Combine your love of jewelry making with a simple book binding technique to create this book that can be worn as a piece of jewelry or be used as a mini keepsake. You’ll create two bezels (one for each cover of the book) filled with background papers, inclusions and other findings before being set with ICE Resin. While the bezels are setting,... (read more)

Workshop PhotoBasic Introductory 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$85 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after January 12, 2016.)
$50 » materials fee includes your choice of a dichroic glass cabochon, sterling silver wire, jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page pendant instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home.
No experience required! This is a basic class and a foundation for many other types of wire wrapping. I will discuss tools, wire, gauges and provide many tips to produce a beautiful silver wrapped pendant. A black silk cord will also be provided so you can wear your creation home in style! Learning about straightening, bundling and wrapping wire is a... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCold Connections
Instructor: Leanne Huddleston
After a few years away Leanne is back on the String Bead team! She has been spending every waking moment preparing to be a String Bead Instructor. Her attention to detail and delicate touch makes her the perfect choice for all things riveted! She loves being creative and helping others use their... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, 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 Photo “But I Don’t Have a Kiln”…Glass Fusing for all!
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $69 » some 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. Glass is awesome and we love it so much it will be a fun, fun, FUN... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCharms, Charms, Charms!
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees: $80 » all materials included
A charming woman... doesn't follow the crowd. She is herself. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoCleopatra Reigns 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Beginner
Dates/Times: February 7, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees:
$50 » workshop
$84 » Argentium® sterling silver bracelet kit
$32 » jewelers’ bronze bracelet kit
$27 » copper bracelet kit
This is an elegant classic! It's a flat weave with a row of shiny, round beads marching down the center. This class is a perfect choice for learning chain mail, or for anyone who wants to add a timeless bracelet to their collection. Three metal choices. ... (read more)

Workshop PhotoEmbossed Metal Bezels
Instructor: John Creighton Petersen
John is a mixed media fusion artist who has been teaching classes combining paper arts, beading, and other techniques for over fifteen years. "The ICE Prince" is a Certified ICE Resin® Instructor. (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees:
$75 » class fee. NO REFUNDS AFTER DEC. 31ST
$15 » payable in class.
Learn how to emboss and color metal with your basic crafting and scrapbooking supplies to create an eye catching bezel that is set with ICE Resin. Choose your own pattern to emboss your metal in class and then learn how easy it is to color the metal. These pieces will be used as the background of the bezel which will be set with ICE Resin along with... (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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, 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, burnishers, compounds, pressure, power, protocol, and OH SO MUCH MORE! All tools are provided. Your... (read more)

Workshop PhotoTransverse Landscape; Drawing with Copper Syringe
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $95 » includes 50g Prometheus Copper and Syringe, chain and findings, and use of materials and tools
Learn the basics of Prometheus Copper Clay in this fun beginner's class. Learn how to design a landscape picture across panels to create this stunning bracelet. Carrie will provide design considerations that will lead to successful finished pieces. Using a syringe of copper, you will draw your design allowing for movement within the image. . Students... (read more)

Workshop PhotoTab Captured Pendants
Instructor: Beth Shea
Owner of Echo Artworks: http://www.echoartworks.com/ (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees:
$65 » workshop fee
$20 » kit fee
Sometimes you have a stone or found object that needs a special setting to follow weird contours, changes in elevation or funky shapes. Or the stone is simply too pretty to drill a hole or cover with a wire wrap. In this workshop, we’ll cut and fold tabs to capture your object is a safe and sturdy setting, leaving the real beauty of your stone to... (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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm
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 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 8, from 8:30am to 11:30am
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. Carrie will discuss the clay properties and provide samples to use during class. You will work in the wet... (read more)

Workshop PhotoMaking Unique Leather Findings
Instructor: Leanne Huddleston
After a few years away Leanne is back on the String Bead team! She has been spending every waking moment preparing to be a String Bead Instructor. Her attention to detail and delicate touch makes her the perfect choice for all things riveted! She loves being creative and helping others use their... (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 8, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $69 » some supplies included.
What do you get when you mix leather, metal, and a little bit of riveting? A gorgeous, trendy, bracelet of course! But who wants findings that anyone can by in a store or at a show? This class will take you through the steps and techniques to altering and manipulating your metal into unique hinges, endings, and clasp. We will do some easy riveting and... (read more)

Workshop PhotoStarry Night/Sunny Day 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: Beginner
Dates/Times: February 8, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees:
$50 » workshop
$45 » silver filled & black bracelet kit
$27 » jewelers’ bronze & black bracelet kit
Create a trendy, flat, slinky bracelet with a "charming" toggle. If you've never tried chain mail, this would be an excellent choice. Learn chain mail basics plus the vertebrae weave —with interesting metal jump ring combinations. ... (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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 8, 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 PhotoPaint with Metal; Pen Plating
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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 8-February 4, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $85 » includes 2 pre-made metal components, 24k gold and rhodium plating solution and use of materials and tools
Learn to use a pen plating machine and plate your choice of copper, bronze and white bronze components. Students will practice plating techniques with 24k gold and rhodium plating solution. This is the most cost effective way to highlight your metal clay work with true metals. Carrie will provide design considerations that will lead to successful finished... (read more)

Workshop PhotoNugget Hoops
Instructor: Margaret Aden
Http://www.originalsinjewelry.com/blog/ (read more)Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: coming soon
Fees:
$60 » Workshop fee
$40 » Kit fee
This workshop will focus on creating hoops from sheet with soldered cage settings. Many types of nuggets and items can be captured within the cages. We will use Little Torches to create our settings and traditional silver smith techniques to shape and smooth the metal. We are going to talk about torches, files, hammers, bench blocks, how to add texture and... (read more)

Nunn Design Workshops
Instructor: Becky Nunn
(read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31-February 8, 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)

Tips & Techniques for Wirelace™
Instructor: Linda Hartung
Designer and owner of Alacarte Clasps™ and Wirelace™. (read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31-February 8, 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)

PARAWIRE Wire and Jewelry Design Demos
Instructor: Parawire Design Team
(read more)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31-February 8, 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 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)Currently not available.
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31-February 8, ongoing.
Fees: $0
Stop by booth #G182 for on-going kumihimo demonstrations. (read more)

Also see The Tucson Bead Show Workshop List February 1 - 6, 2016

500 Exhibitors · Galleries · Merchant Displays · Wholesale & Retail
January 31 – February 8, 2016 · 10am to 6pm · Complimentary On-site Parking
Doubletree Reid Park | 445 S Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ | Special To Bead True Blue Room Rate