2019 Bead Retreat Classes

 

2019 Bead Retreat Class Schedule

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Friday  7:00 pm

 

Class                                           Description                                    Fees and Tools

Jan Kurtz

 Water Etched Pendant 

The fun technique of water etching will be introduced to enhance a basic pendant. We will design a pendant shape and incorporate a design from a stencil or drawn freehand. Nail polish will be added to the parts of the design to remain elevated. After the polish and the piece are dried, we will use water to etch away the recessed spaces. A jump ring will be made to attach to your pendant for hanging on a chain. The pendant will be dried to the leather hard stage, smoothed and fired. After firing, the pendant will be polished and ready for a chain.

 

 $55

Tools Required: Magnifying glasses, light source, wire working tools, chain for the pendant (I will have some available for purchase).

 

Marilyn Ordonez

Polymer Clay 101 Pea Pod

Polymer clay 101. Students will make a beautiful pea pod pendant while learning basic techniques and use of tools for Polymer Clay

 $40 + $35 kit

Tools Required: Pasta machine if you own one. Do not buy it if you don’t
have it, some will be provided.

Ronda Stevens

  Scrollwork Cabochon Pendant

This is a silver soldering class using small butane torches and silver paste solder. You will begin with premade sterling silver cabochon bezel then create your own design with sterling silver wire or you can use a pattern to duplicate my design. You will cut, form and solder each piece. The pendant will then go through a polishing process, then you will set your cabochon. We will cover basic wire techniques in this workshop:

  • Learn to solder with paste solder and a butane torch
  • Learn to shape wire in freeform shape
  • Learn to set a stone
$20 + $15 kit

Tools required: Will be provided by instructor for students use

Diane Ostrander

  The Hexi Donut

Explore prismatic Right Angle Weave. Create a delightful two-sided focal piece while exploring cubic and prismatic RAW. This double-sided pendant can be made with a variety of bead types, although class kits will include exclusively size 6/o seed beads.  More info in the attached Class Description Sheet.

 $35

Tools Required: See Class Description Sheet

 

Saturday 9:00 am

 

Jan Kurtz

Toggle Clasp, Bracelet & Charms

A workshop designed to make toggle clasps of your own that can be added to bracelets of your design.  Why make nice beads and beaded pieces and use an ordinary purchased clasp when you can make an original and unique one? We will make the clasp and  charms, dry to the leather hard stage, smooth and torch fire the charms, and kiln fire the clasp. While the kiln is firing, we will assemble the charms and bracelet elements.  Basic techniques including rolling, texturing, shaping, cutting, forming, and finishing will be used.  Students will construct the bracelet and add the clasp after firing.

 $65

Tools Required: Magnifying glasses, light source, wire working tools, special beads or charms you may want to use.

Mary K McGraw

Enameling is Magic – Part 1

Create a unique new look for copper enamel designs by drawing with graphite pencils directly onto fired glass enamel surfaces and color with special enamel paints. Students will learn the technique step-by-step to create small scale art pieces that will be incorporated into jewelry. Drawing skills not necessary, as templates and stencils will be available. All metal experience levels welcome.

$95 (covers both parts 1 and 2)

Tools required: Will be provided by instructor for            students

Ronda Stevens

Twisted Wrap Bracelet & Ring

This was one of my popular classes in 2018.  Was it the beautiful beads wrapped in silver wire or was it the matching ring?  Whatever the reason, this is a fun class that works up quickly and will definitely be one that you make many more for gifts or to sell.   We will cover basic wire techniques in this workshop:

  • Learn to wrap with half round wire
  • Learn to center your focal on your bracelet
  • learn to make a 1 wire ring
 $20 + $12 kit

Tools required: Will be provided by instructor for students

Susan Larsen

 Champagne Sparkle Bracelet

Students will use two sizes of pearls, bicones and size 11 seed beads to create a beautiful pearl bracelet.

 $30

Tools Required: Bead mat, Scissors, Size 10 or 12 needle, Fireline, Task light

 

Saturday 2:00 pm

 

Mary K McGraw

Enameling is Magic – Part 2

Create a unique new look for copper enamel designs by drawing with graphite pencils directly onto fired glass enamel surfaces and color with special enamel paints. Students will learn the technique step-by-step to create small scale art pieces that will be incorporated into jewelry. Drawing skills not necessary, as templates and stencils will be available. All metal experience levels welcome.

 $95 (covers both parts 1 and 2)

Tools required: Will be provided by instructor for            students

Marilyn Ordonez

Monarch Butterfly Cocoon

Students will make a very realistic Monarch cocoon in polymer clay while learning to develop techniques with translucent clay. Monarch cane will be provided in your kit.

 $50

Tools Required: Poly
roller

Meredith Hartsfield

Focal on the Fringe

Create a stunning necklace using simple macrame knotting and fringing to complement Meredith’s lampwork glass focal bead. This wonderful technique may be used to transform a myriad of materials into beautiful jewelry. You’ll be amazed at how great that” bead soup” of yours can look.

Kits are required and include : focal bead, lots of glass beads for the necklace, seed beads for fringe, findings and cotton and linen stringing materials. Additional kits will be available.

$50 (Includes class fee & 1 kit)

Tools required: Clipboard, scissors, ruler, bead mat, task light and magnifiers if you need them

Ronda Stevens

Concentricity Earrings

This class is all about concentric circles and teardrops.  The silver circle earrings  are enhanced with gold filled wraps.  The movement in the teardrop earrings catches the light.  You will have the opportunity to work with round, half round and square wire when creating these earrings.  This class does require attention to detail when creating the teardrop earrings so that they fit within each other and move properly.  We will cover basic wire techniques in this workshop:

  • Learn to wrap with half round wire
  • Learn to keep square wire “on square”
  • Learn to create different types of loops

 $20 + $10 kit

Tools required: Will be provided by instructor for students

 

Saturday 7:00 pm

 

Ronda Stevens

Herringbone Bracelet

This is a classic wire pattern that can be used in a bracelet, pendant or earrings.  We will create a bracelet in class so that you have an opportunity to make this weave several times.  You will first practice your weave with copper, then once comfortable, you can move on to your silver filled wire.   We will cover basic wire techniques in this workshop:

  • Learn to create wrapped loops
  • Learn the wire herringbone weave
  • will be given suggestions on making earrings and pendants using this technique
 $20 + $8 kit

Tools required: Will be provided by instructor for students

Deborah Wear-Finkle

Tile Trio Drop Earrings

This earring tutorial uses Czechmate tile, superduo, dagger, and Miyuki seed beads to create delicate yet striking drop earrings in a unique pattern.  They go equally well with jeans or that little black dress. The finished length is 2 inches/5 cm (not including ear wire) and 5/8 inch at widest point. The skill level is intermediate beginner with some experience in basic bead weaving.  You will be able to complete one or both earrings during the class.

 

$15 + $10 kit

Tools required: Needles; Fireline (or similar) – 6 or 8lb; beading surface; light if needed; pliers to attach earwires

 

Diane Ostrander

Introduction to Lucet Braiding

The instructions will focus on the traditional tight cord method, the no-twist method, and how to bind off. Always have the perfect cord for any focal bead, pendant, or wrap bracelet. Need a specific color, fiber, or braid for bead and soutache embroidery? Make your own! Choose from an unlimited palate of fibers and colors and make exactly what you need to complete your project. The braids are beautiful, sturdy, and do NOT unravel when cut. Lucet braids work wonderfully for traditional knot tying, and are lovely on their own.  Add this skill to your jewelry making repertoire, and find many other uses in fiber crafts, scrapbooking, sewing, etc

 $40

Tools Required: Please bring a task lamp, sharp scissors, and any vision enhancement devices you usually use when crafting or beading. You may wish to bring a work surface, although this is not essential.

 

Sunday 9:00 am

 

Marilyn Ordonez

Painting with Polymer Clay

Student will make a cherry blossom miniature with polymer clay. We’ll learn blending color and texture require for painting with clay .

 $75

Tools Required: Pasta machine if you own one (if you don’t ,I’ll have extras), Poly roller

Mary K McGraw

Intro to Torch Fired Enameling

Looking for a new jewelry technique? Discover the ancient craft of enameling – the fusion of glass, copper and fire. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to enamel onto copper, using powdered enamels and create unique and fun earrings. All metal experience levels welcome.

 $40

Tools required: Will be provided by instructor for students

Ronda Stevens

Sharks Tooth & Arrowhead Pendants

Most people working with wire would like to be able to wrap a sharks tooth or an arrowhead in a quick easy way that will look great.  This 1 wire wrap will do just that.  You will make 2 pendant in the class, 1 arrowhead and 1 sharks tooth.  You will be shown how to change the piece up to make it suitable for a man or woman.   We will cover basic wire techniques in this workshop:

  • Learn to make a 1 wire wrap on a sharks tooth and an arrowhead
  • Learn to modify the technique to make it suitable for a man or woman

$20 + $8 kit

Tools required: Will be provided by instructor for students

Deborah Wear-Finkle

Herringbone Collar Necklace

Uses size 8-0 and 6-0 seed beads to create a perfectly curved collar that is embellished with 11-0 seed beads and drops/daggers.  The look can go from casual to elegant based on choice of bead colors/finishes. The finished length is 12.5 inches long and one inch wide with a 2-inch extender and lobster clasp.

The skill level is intermediate beginner with some experience in basic bead weaving.  You do not need to already know herringbone stitch.  You will be able to complete at least half the necklace during the class and will be taught how to finish it.

 $20 + $15 kit

Tools Required: needles, Fireline (or similar) – 6 or 8lb, beading surface, light if needed, pliers to attach clasp

 

Sunday 2:00 pm

 

Ronda Stevens

Whimsical Bracelet & Earrings

This bracelet is one of my most versatile wire patterns.  You can use so many different bead shapes and sizes.  I have created the earrings using the same technique with some modifications to incorporate sterling ear wires.  We will cover basic wire techniques in this workshop:

  • Learn to weave wire with beads
  • Learn to modify the technique to make earrings
 $20 + $12 kit

Tools required: Will be provided by instructor for students

Sheri Snoddy

Byzantine Chainmaille Bracelet

 

 

 $25 + $21 kit

Tools required: 2 pairs of flat nosed pliers

Bobbie Dorner

Take a Walk on the Wild Side Resin Jewelry

Take a walk on the ‘Wild Side’…a class devoted to Nature.  After an introduction to collecting flowers and Roadside Lovies, the different drying processes, and making Resin Jewelry (several methods), you will make and take home 2 completed Jewelry pieces that can be used for a necklace, earrings, pin/broach, or handbag ‘dangles.’  (Jewelry findings are not included.)  We will be working with medium sized flowers, leaves, grasses, and embellishments.

 $30 + $20 kit

Tools Required:

PLEASE bring the glasses or magnifying things you use to make jewelry.  You won’t be wearing them all the time during the class, but you will need them.  Also, a light source to see true colors. We have the electrical connections if you need a plug.

 

Diane Ostrander

The Aenaid Bracelet in Zipper Stitch

Learn a Brand-New Stitch! Make an elegant, bracelet featuring an exciting new off-loom stitch. Never before published, be one of the first to learn this stich. Easy to master, versatile, with a luscious drape and attractive texture, it will become your new favorite go-to stitch.

 $38

Tools Required: See linked class info sheet