2020 Bead Retreat Classes

2020 Bead Retreat Class Schedule

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Friday  7:00 pm

Class                                           Description                                    Fees and Tools

Melody MacDuffee

Jeweled Ring

Out of wire, glass crystals and seed beads , make a dressy “jeweled” ring that looks like emeralds, rubies or sapphires set in a channel of diamonds (if you squint just a little).

 $25 + $4 kit

Tools Required: Chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, flush cutter

Ronda Stevens

Magical Mystery Pendant

Learn basic wire weaving techniques that will include proper tension and wire handling all while making this beautiful pendant that captures a faceted crystal.  Each student will receive a complete tutorial, use of instructors tools while in class and all materials required to complete project.

 $20 + $10 kit

Tools Required: Will be provided by instructor

Jan Kurtz

  Mixed Metal Earrings

Students will fabricate textured silver elements by rolling out metal clay, texturing, and cutting the clay into shapes.  Silver pieces will be dried to the leather hard stage, holes will be added, and pieces will be sanded and torch or kiln fired.  Then pieces will be finished by buffing and patina-ing with liver of sulfur.  Finished pieces will be combined with copper elements provided in a kit along with earwires and jump rings so that at least one pair of earrings can be completed in class.  Advanced students may complete two pairs

$55

Tools required: Magnifying glasses, light source, wire working tools, and any metal clay tools you like to use (texture plates, shape cutters, etc, though there will be some available in class for your use

Tracy Nelligan

  Sterling Silver Pearl Earrings

Students measure, cut, bend, and hammer sterling silver pearl earrings

 $35

Tools Required: Ruler, wire cutter, round nose & flat nose pliers

Tara Gifford

Heart of the Ocean Pendant

Solder, Anneal & Hammer Copper wire, ball end copper wire and wrap a piece of sea glass, abalone or stone to make this beautiful coastal inspired pendant.

$50

Tools Required: Round nose pliers, wire cutters, files

Paula Parker

Stamped Cold Connection Earrings

Stamped cold connection earrings, up to three pairs time permitting.

$40

Tools Required: Please see the Project description form

Saturday 9:00 am

Ronda Stevens

Golden Waves Bracelet

This is an elegant bracelet that incorporates sterling silver and 14kt gold filled wire.  You will use wire wrapping tools on the base of the bracelet, but will use only your hands to create the beautiful golden waves throughout.  You should be comfortable working with wire and wire tools.  Each student will receive a complete tutorial, use of instructors tools while in class and all materials required to complete project.

 $20 + $28 kit

Tools Required: Will be provided by instructor for students

Mary K McGraw

Enameled Jewelry Part 1

Discover how to create colorful patterned surfaces on copper by torch-firing  powdered enamels onto the metal to create earrings and pendants. A variety of surface design techniques, such as shading, stenciling, and sgrafitto will be covered and students are encouraged to experiment.  All levels are welcome.

$95 (covers both parts 1 and 2)

Tools required: Will be provided by instructor for students

Melody MacDuffee

Colorful Swoop Earrings

These unique “Swoopy” earrings will start conversations wherever you wear them. Made of wire and size 11 seed beads, you can choose in up to eight colors that shade into each other and customize them for size. Three hour class for adventurous beginners.

 $35 + $5 kit

Tools required: Chain nose and round nose pliers, flush cutter

Meredith Hartsfield

“Sea” Glass Anklet

If you can tie knots, you can create your own beachy ankle bracelet! We will combine recycled drilled glass, lampwork and glass beads with fiber  for this breezy pastel project. Can be made as a bracelet, if you prefer.

 $35

Tools Required: Scissors, jewelry pliers, work surface

Tara Gifford

Crazy Lacey Wire Cuff

Anneal & Hammer Copper wire, Rivet and learn to attach a piece of sea glass, abalone or stone to make this beautiful crazy Lacey cuff bracelet.

$55

Tools Required: Round nose pliers, wire cutters, files

Tracy Nelligan

Leather Inspiration Bracelet

Students will stamp, cut, rivet, punch into copper and attach to leather bracelet. Two hours.

$40

Tools Required: If possible EZ Rivet tool, flat nose and round nose pliers

Saturday 2:00 pm

Melody MacDuffee

Quick and Easy Bezel

Easy no matter the size or shape of your cabochon, this bezel is attractive yet easy to make. You will make your own to fit the cab, line it with tiny seed beads, and then create the surface design that you like best.

$25 + $3 kit

Tools Required: Chain nose and round nose pliers, flush cutter

Barbara Dunham

Double Diamondback Bracelet

This bracelet is a mastery of design, the peyote stitch but in a unique, sophisticated style.  It is executed in a circular peyote stitch, beginner-intermediate level.  It connects individual peyote-stitched components to create a seamless bracelet easily adapted to various widths and lengths.  It uses Delicas size 11, seed bead 15’s and a 3 or 4mm bicone or round crystals.

$35 + $15 kit

Tools Required: Small needle nose pliers

Ronda Stevens

Reversible Nugget Pendant

This is a unique sterling silver pendant that is reversible and completely different for each person that completes the wrap around a natural stone nugget.  You will learn traditional and modified wire wrapping and wire weaving techniques.  You will have many choices of  natural stone nuggets.  Each student will receive a complete tutorial, use of instructors tools while in class and all materials required to complete project.

$20 + $20 kit

Tools Required: Will be provided by instructor for students

Mary K McGraw

Enameled Jewelry Part 2

Discover how to create colorful patterned surfaces on copper by torch-firing  powdered enamels onto the metal to create earrings and pendants. A variety of surface design techniques, such as shading, stenciling, and sgrafitto will be covered and students are encouraged to experiment.  All levels are welcome.

 $95 (covers both parts 1 and 2)

Tools required: Will be provided by instructor for students

Tara Gifford

Found Object Stamped Pendant

Cut, shape, file, stamp and rivet a pendant using found objects and your favorite quote!

 $60

Tools Required: Round nose pliers, wire cutters, files, metal shears and bench block if possible

Tracy Nelligan

Leather Earrings

Students will trace, cut, punch and design three different leather earring sets.

$40

Tools required: Ballpoint pen, flat nose pliers

Saturday 7:00 pm

Ronda Stevens

Woven Ring

You will learn to weave sterling silver wire to create this simple, classic design.  Once woven, you will make one solder joint that will complete your piece.  You will use patina to give your piece an antique finish.  You will have the opportunity to add a bead using gold filled wire or simply wear your ring as a woven band.  Each student will receive a complete tutorial, use of instructors tools while in class and all materials required to complete project.

 $20 + $12 kit

Tools required: Will be provided by instructor for students

Melody MacDuffee

Tree of Life

An iconic symbol of life and robust health, the Tree of Life symbol crosses cultural boundaries. This one is made of nothing but wire and small beads, and can be customized for size and shape.

$35 + $5 kit

Tools required: Chain nose and round nose pliers, flush cutter

Marilyn Ordonez

Rolled Beads Polymer 101

This workshop will teach you all the basics, do’s and don’ts of Polymer Clay while making beautiful rolled beads.

 $65 + $50 kit

Tools Required: Pasta machine if possible, all tools provided by instructor

Sunday 9:00 am

Melody MacDuffee

Shoulder Sweepers

These long, fashionable earrings can be customized to any length you like. Slender and graceful, they can be made in colors that blend into each other or just a single color. All it takes is wire, seed beads, knotting cord and crimps.

 $25 + $5 kit

Tools Required: Chain nose and round nose pliers, flush cutter

Jan Kurtz

Pearl & Charm Pendant

Students will fabricate a metal clay pendant from PMC3 silver clay.  The piece will be dried to leather hard stage, sanded, fired and buffed.  Then the pendant base will be enhanced by wiring on pearls and charms to create a statement piece that can be suspended from a chain. Three 5 or 6 mm jump rings of at least 20 gauge will be needed, along with a chain of the length you prefer.  Chain and jump rings will be available for purchase.

 $55

Tools required: Magnifying glasses, light source, wire working tools, and any metal clay tools you like to use.  Students may also wish to bring charms of their liking to incorporate into their design.

Ronda Stevens

Ammonite Pendant

Have fun creating a sterling silver open frame pendant that captures an ammonite while using silver soldering techniques.  You will learn to solder sterling silver wire, clean and polish finished piece, then set your ammonite.  This technique is very versatile and can be used in the future to capture many different items. Each student will receive a complete tutorial, use of instructors tools while in class and all materials required to complete project.

$20 + $17 kit

Tools required: Will be provided by instructor for students

Mary K McGraw

Torch Fired Enamel Earrings

In enameling, powdered glass is sifted onto to metal and then fired to its melting point. The result leaves you with brilliant colors making an amazing decoration on your metalwork. In this workshop, you will learn how to apply enamel properly and, using a torch, fire to the correct temperature to create beautiful earrings. All levels are welcome.

 $45

Tools Required: Will be provided by instructor for students

Marilynn Ordonez

Butterfly Cane

This workshop will teach about this Skinner blend technique in PC and the principles of Cane work.

*NOTE*  If you don’t have any or very limited polymerclay knowledge, this workshop is not recommended

$55 + $50 kit

Tools Required: Pasta machine if possible, all tools provided by instructor

Sunday 2:00 pm

Melody MacDuffee

Ladder Earrings

These straight-up-and-down, slender earrings are made of wire and size 11 seed beads (or 3mm beads if you prefer). They can be customized for both length and width to fit your tastes.

 $25 + $4 kit

Tools required: Chain nose and round nose pliers, flush cutter

Mary Jordan

Jazz Art

You will make a fun project to frame utilizing scraps of fabric, ribbons, yarn, buttons, beads and other objects.

 $25

Tools required: Please see project description form

Marilynn Ordonez

Landscape Beads

In this workshop we will learn how to make a mini landscape all in Polymer Clay.

*NOTE* If you don’t have any or very limited polymerclay knowledge, this workshop is not recommended

 $65 + $50 kit

Tools Required: Will be provided by instructor for students