Basic

These workshops are for the beginner, taught from the perspective that the student has no experience in beading and needs help getting started. They are also suitable for anyone who has started beading but would like clarification with the basic techniques of attaching a clasp or making a wire loop on an earring.

Design and assemble jewelry
Design and assemble jewelry
Design/string a necklace on flexible beading wire. Learn to attach a clasp using crimps, crimp covers, wire protectors. Learn types of tools, findings and flex wire. Skill Level: Basic. $25.00 + supplies
Introduction to wire work
Introduction to wire work
Design and assemble 2 styles of earrings. Learn about findings used in making earrings, forming a loop and how to make earrings in sections. Skill Level: Basic. $25.00 + supplies

Bead Knotting

Knotting can be incorporated into your designs to achieve many different looks. The project in each workshop will be done in a different technique or material.

The Bead Couture is a wonderful resource

Beads, jewelry, supplies, tools and much more. Joy, the owner, is extremely talented in all phases of custom jewelry designing, repairs, teaching and class instruction. Visit the store soon, you won’t be disappointed.

—Ginger Parks

Knotting is NOT just for pearls
Knotting is NOT just for pearls
The project for this class is a necklace and the ends are finished with French Wire and a clasp. Skill Level: Basic. $25.00 + supplies
One of the hottest jewelry fashion trends!
One of the hottest jewelry fashion trends!
Design a necklace using leather and beads. Finish with crimps a clasp or slip knot. Skill Level: All. $25.00 + supplies
Popular bracelets are easy to make
Popular bracelets are easy to make
Square knot between beads with Chinese knotting cord. Finish with square knots or leather crimps and a clasp. Skill Level: Intermediate. $25.00 + supplies
Knot with silk or nylon thread
Knot with silk or nylon thread
Learn to knot leaving spaces between knotted sections of beads. Finished with knot covers and clasp. Skill Level: Basic. $25.00 + supplies

Designing with Resin

Resin is fun, easy and is the perfect outlet for your creative soul. Add something new to your jewelry designs with resin.

 

Bead Weaving

Get started in off loom weaving with a bead weaving workshop. Bead weaving is popular and has endless possibilities.

Weaving introduces students to Even Count Flat Peyote Stitch
Weaving introduces students to Even Count Flat Peyote Stitch
Weave a cuff bracelet using several colors of size 8 seed beads. Random pattern lets you concentrate on learning the stitch. Skill Level: Basic. $25.00 + supplies
Endless possibilities
Endless possibilities
Resin adds dimension to jewelry designs. Learn to mix, add resin to metal frames. Make pendants, earrings, rings, connectors. Due to drying, pick up project on next business day. Skill Level:Basic. $40.00+ supplies

Metal

Metal fabrication has become very popular among beaded jewelry artist and is now much easier to learn due to the ever growing use of butane torches. The following workshops can all be completed using one or the other of two size torches. Basic Folding and Basic Soldering are the 2 classes I recommend starting with if you have no experience in soldering.

Make pendants, earrings and/or a bracelet
Make pendants, earrings and/or a bracelet
Beginning metals workshop. Learn to use a butane torch. Prior jewelry making experience recommended. Skill Level: Basic. $75.00 + supplies
Make beautiful jewelry from metal
Make beautiful jewelry from metal
Learn to fuel/operate a butane torch. Solder jump rings to make chains, draw a bead on wire to make a clasp. Necessary for advanced classes. Skill Level: Basic. $75.00 + supplies
Construct a sterling silver bezel for a cabochon
Construct a sterling silver bezel for a cabochon
Learn soldering techniques. using a jumbo butane torch. Prerequisite: Basic Soldering, students need to feel comfortable with soldering and fabrication skills. $75.00 + supplies
Enhance your metal jewelry
Enhance your metal jewelry
Make dies from soft wooden material to transform sheet metal into a pendant using the die. Pendant is completed with cold connection techniques. Prerequisite: Cold Connection. $50.00 + supplies
Fabricate your own pendant
Fabricate your own pendant
Design and fabricate a pendant using rivets and cold connection techniques. No need for soldering or adhesives. Some knowledge of jewelry design helpful. $40.00 + supplies
Looking for a new project?
Looking for a new project?
Try this technique to attach a stone to sheet metal. Some metal forming or Intro to Cold connection recommended. $45.00 + supplies
Make beautiful metal beads
Make beautiful metal beads
Put your soldering skills to work in this intermediate bead making class. Students learn to cut, shape and solder metal to make these decorative beads. Prerequisite: Basic Soldering. $75.00+ supplies
Etch your designs
Etch your designs
Workshop teaches how to chemically etch designs into sheet metal. Etching solution provided. Skill Level: Basic. $75.00+ supplies
Prong set a stone in silver
Prong set a stone in silver
If you have taken the Basic Soldering Workshop and are ready to tackle a new project, this is a great next step. Prerequisite: Basic Soldering. Tuition $75.00 + supplies
Make rings for yourself or others
Make rings for yourself or others
Fabricate a set of stack rings, textured bands and meditation/spin rings. Prerequisite: Basic Soldering. $75.00 + supplies
Personalize charms, pendants, necklace or bracelet components
Personalize charms, pendants, necklace or bracelet components
Tools required are metal stamps, bench block, 1 lb. brass hammer. Have these tools? Bring them. Stamps, tools are available to share. Skill Level: Basic. $25.00 + supplies
Add this technique to your jewelery making
Add this technique to your jewelery making
Sweat soldering is the process of soldering 1 piece of metal on top of another. Prerequisite: Basic Soldering. $75.00 + supplies

I have been making jewelry for 14 years

I began the process with basic classes with Joy as my teacher. She provided instruction about techniques, materials and tools. Her store was a provider of all my jewelry supplies and lots of creative inspiration. I have come to visit her store every Saturday for supplies. We have become good friends over the years and participated in shows together. Not only does the store provide for needed supplies, but Joy’s jewelry offers great inspirations. To say she is a talented person is an understatement.

—Arnie Ellison

Wire Wrapping

Wire Wrapping classes are definitely some of the most popular classes. There is a wide range to choose from. If you have limited or no experience in wire wrapping, Link-to-Link is a great place to start.

Make beautiful earrings and drops
Make beautiful earrings and drops
Struggling with the technique of wrapping top-drilled beads? Let me show you how. Use technique to make beautiful earrings, drops for necklaces. Skill Level: Basic. $25.00 + supplies
Coils as connectors, charms, beads or wrapped around a bead
Coils as connectors, charms, beads or wrapped around a bead
Wire, a basic set of jewelry pliers, and imagination are all it takes to make coils. Bracelet shown is made with wire wrapped loops (link-to-link). Skill Level: Intermediate. $25.00 + supplies
You won’t want to hide these toggles
You won’t want to hide these toggles
Make a frame from heavy gauge wire and embellish it with small gauge wire and beads. Great as the centerpiece on a necklace or bracelet. Skill Level: All. $25.00 + supplies
Wire wrap and chain designs
Wire wrap and chain designs
Make wire connections on your pieces secure. Add chain between beaded sections or layer chain with wire wrapped single or multiple strand design. Skill Level: Basic. $25.00+ supplies
Learn a new way to enhance your beads with wire
Learn a new way to enhance your beads with wire
Like the rings of Saturn, wire circles the beads to create beautiful wire frames. Prerequisite: A working knowledge of loop/wrap required. $25.00+ supplies
For or a novice or seasoned wire wrappers
For or a novice or seasoned wire wrappers
18 gauge wire forms the band and is embellished with beads, coiled on the ends to finish. Skill Level: Intermediate. $25.00+ supplies
Make a cuff frame from heavy gauge wire
Make a cuff frame from heavy gauge wire
Frame is then hammered to add texture, embellish with small gauge wire and beads. Bracelets can be made any width and you can use a wide variety of beads for the embellishment. Skill Level: All. $25.00+ supplies
Proficient with loop and wrap?
Proficient with loop and wrap?
Try an extra wire embellishment that wraps around the bead. Works best on round beads, can be used on other shapes. Skill Level: Intermediate. $25.00+ supplies
Construct a wire cage and bail for a stone or glass (flat back) cabochon
Construct a wire cage and bail for a stone or glass (flat back) cabochon
Some wire wrapping experience suggested. Skill Level: Intermediate. $25.00 + supplies

The Bead Couture is a wonderful resource

Beads, jewelry, supplies, tools and much more. Joy, the owner, is extremely talented in all phases of custom jewelry designing, repairs, teaching and class instruction. Visit the store soon, you won’t be disappointed.

—Ginger Parks