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Jewelry Workshop: Bead, Wrap, Chain & Etch

Tutor:  Max Goodman

Build a broad skill base for getting started making beautiful, timeless jewelry. This is the perfect class for beginners to test many different types of techniques, from beading to wire wrapping and beyond.

Jewelry artist Max Goodman will lead you through four fundamental techniques you can use to create a variety of unique accessories.

Max will show you how to string pearls, stones and beads as you master pearl knotting, as you learn about rhythm and flow in jewelry design. Discover wire wrapping as Max leads an up-close demonstration on how to link various elements using silver wire, then get into chain making — a seemingly intricate process that turns simple metal jump rings into exquisite strands. Finally, Max shares her tips and tricks for photo etching, an exciting technique used to transfer images to metal.

All of the projects in this course are designed for jewelers with a home studio, and include detailed information on tools and materials. Max's expert advice and encouragement will set you on the path to creating your own elegant jewelry.

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Jewelry Workshop: Bead, Wrap, Chain & Etch

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Essential Seed Bead Techniques

Tutor:  Leslie Rogalski

Learn five essential seed bead stitches and start making one-of-a-kind jewelry today! From peyote to right-angle weave, you’ll unlock endless creative possibilities.

Join jewelry designer Leslie Rogalski as she shares five foundational seed bead techniques to help you get started beading beautiful jewelry! Dive in with the popular peyote stitch as you learn how to work flat even- and odd-count stitches and zip them up into quick and easy beaded beads. Then, learn how to start the brick stitch with a ladder and work back-to-front thread paths with ease. Next, learn the basic herringbone stitch and then explore tubular techniques, expertly joining your ends to make a beautiful bangle. Moving on, master the right-angle weave and combine two separate pieces into a lovely, dimensional faux cubic pendant or bold bracelet. Finally, have fun with geometric patterns as you learn the square stitch, increasing and decreasing by one or two rows to make lovely stepped edge detailing and Leslie’s favorite ziggurat rings. Leslie will even show you how to create custom closures that flawlessly finish any piece! 

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Essential Seed Bead Techniques

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Jewelry Design for Bead Artists

Tutor:  Margie Deeb

Master the elements of successful jewelry design and confidently create stand-out, signature pieces!

Learn how to design jewelry that makes a statement with world-renowned bead artist Margie Deeb! Discover the key elements behind beautiful beaded creations and find out how to successfully integrate these guiding principles in your designs. Next, learn how to strategically incorporate interesting shapes and negative space to enhance and accentuate your work. Find out how to design harmonious, well-balanced work, and add expressive movement using various techniques. Then, learn Margie's foolproof color secrets to banish boring palettes for good! Along the way, discover easy fixes for common designer challenges and gain a comprehensive, customizable approach that will improve all your future designs.

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Jewelry Design for Bead Artists

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Beading with Wire, Chain and Leather

Tutor:  Candie Cooper

Whether you’re new to jewelry making or looking for some fresh ideas, Candie Cooper will give you the confidence to bead with style.

Beading with Wire, Chain & Leather is a treasure chest of information on techniques and style for both beginning and experienced bead artists. In addition to basic techniques such as crimps and loops, you'll learn to design multi-strand pieces, combine textures for unique lariat necklaces, wrap specialty beads with wire, crochet a beaded necklace, and more! You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create distinctive bracelets and necklaces. This isn’t simply one beading class; each lesson provides you with a new technique and several design ideas. You'll love Candie Cooper's fun, personable personality combined with her clear, comprehensive instruction. Sign up today and dazzle friends and family with the handcrafted jewelry you'll be able to make right away! 

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Beading with Wire, Chain & Leather

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Bead Stitching: Right-Angled Weave

Tutor:  Barb Switzer

Learn how to make beaded jewelry with designer Barb Switzer, using a versatile beading stitch to produce ornate and gorgeous works of art.

Right-angle weave can look complicated, but it starts with a straightforward series of stitches to which beautiful embellishments are added. Follow along with Barb to master the foundations of this stunning stitch, starting with the basic weave, then moving on to two-drop right-angle weave. You'll make lovely bangles and bracelets along the way! You'll also learn tubular right-angle weave that's perfect for necklaces, and cubic stitching to create elegant, geometric beaded beads. Turn a handful of beads into an array of dazzling jewelry!

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Bead Stitching: Right-Angle Weave

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Bead Stitching: Shaped Peyote

Tutor:  Nancy Cain

Shape up your jewelry-making skills and move beyond flat peyote to add sculptural drama to your beadwork with Nancy Cain's expert instruction.

Nancy stitches her way through the creation of a basic channel bead, working with larger beads for easy viewing. You'll be able to stitch right alongside using more traditional beads. Once you've mastered building circular walls and embellishing your beads with crystals, you'll move on to the square beads, and learn how to join your squares with loops and clasps to make a stunning bracelet. Finally, Nancy demonstrates how to create triangular peyote-stitch beads, embellish them with beaded fringe and add bails and earring wires to create eye-catching jewelry pieces that will be admired by all.

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Bead Stitching: Shaped Peyote

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Bead and Tapestry Cuffs

Tutor:  Claudia Chase

Combine beadwork with weaving for beautiful cuffs that are accessible and eye-catching! Create jewelry designs that fit your style and learn to weave with beads on three different looms, including one you make yourself.

Take the plunge into a beautiful new form of fiber art! Claudia Chase helps new crafters get started and even shows experienced beaders and weavers fresh tricks. These addictive bracelet designs whip up in as little as 45 minutes and make the perfect handmade gift. Cotton or silk, clay or crystals, you'll love the results. With Claudia's guidance, make designs that match your style, from delicate and luxe to bold and tribal. You'll even learn how to make a basic bead loom using a picture frame!

 

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