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Basic Workshops

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.

Begin designing and assembling your own jewelry.
Begin designing and assembling your own jewelry.
Students will design and string a necklace on flexible beading wire, then learn how to attach a clasp using crimps, crimp covers and wire protectors. There is also a brief lecture on the types of tools, findings and flex wire used in class. Basic Bead Stringing: Skill Level: Basic. Tuition $25.00 + supplies
Introduction to wire work
Introduction to wire work
In this 2 hour workshop, you will design and assemble 2 styles of earrings. Students will learn about findings used in making earrings, the steps for forming a loop on a headpin, how to make earrings with multiple sections, and how to make a headpin. This class is a basic introduction to wire work. Skill Level: Basic Tuition $25.00 + supplies

Bead Knotting Workshops

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.

Knotting between beads is NOT just for pearls
Knotting between beads is NOT just for pearls
Many beaded designs can be enhanced with knotting. The project for this class is a necklace and the ends are finished with French Wire and a clasp. Skill Level: Basic Tuition $25.00 + supplies

I absolutely adore The Bead Couture!

I not only love the beads, pendants, jewelry and supplies, I appreciate the classes Joy offers. I have learned how to make many different kinds of necklaces, bracelets, and rings and I still haven’t taken all of her classes. Great place to visit to check out what’s new.

—Sandy McCollum

These wildly popular bracelets are easy to make
These wildly popular bracelets are easy to make
Learn to square knot between your beads with Chinese Knotting cord (available in a variety of colors). Your bracelet can be finished with sliding square knots that make the bracelet adjustable or leather crimps and a clasp. Skill Level: Intermediate Tuition $25.00 + supplies
Leather is one of the hottest jewelry fashion trends!
Leather is one of the hottest jewelry fashion trends!
Students will design a necklace using leather and large hole beads, then finish it with leather crimps and a clasp or a fancy slip knot. Skill Level: All. Tuition $25.00 + supplies
Learn to knot with silk or nylon thread
Learn to knot with silk or nylon thread
Students learn to knot with silk or nylon thread, leaving perfect spaces of colored thread between the knotted sections of beads. The necklace can be one or more strands and is finished with knot covers and a clasp. Skill Level: Basic. Tuition $25.00 + supplies

Bead Weaving Workshop

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

Designing with Resin Workshop

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

 

This is a basic weaving class that introduces students to Even Count Flat Peyote Stitch
This is a basic weaving class that introduces students to Even Count Flat Peyote Stitch
Students will weave a cuff bracelet using several colors of size 8 seed beads. These larger seed beads and the random pattern (no graph to follow), will let you concentrate on just learning the stitch. Skill Level: Basic. $25.00 + supplies
The possibilities are endless
The possibilities are endless
Doming resin will add a whole new dimension to your jewelry designs. Students will create tiny works of art in metal frames and learn to properly mix and add the resin to the frames. Students can make pendants, earrings, rings and connectors. NOTE: Due to drying time, resin projects will be ready for pick up on the next business day. Skill Level:Basic but some jewelry design recommended Tuition $40.00+ supplies

Metal Workshops

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
In this beginning metals workshop, you'll learn how to use a micro torch. Some type of prior jewelry making experience is recommended. Skill Level: Basic. Tuition $75.00 + supplies
Make beautiful jewelry from metal
Make beautiful jewelry from metal
Wish you could make beautiful jewelry fabricated from metal? Get started! Learn how to fuel and operate a butane torch, solder jump rings to fabricate chains, and draw a bead on wire to be used to make a clasp. Basic soldering skills are necessary to advance to workshops in metal fabrication. Skill Level: Basic. Tuition $75.00 + supplies
Construct a sterling silver bezel for a cabochon
Construct a sterling silver bezel for a cabochon
A working knowledge of basic soldering techniques using a butane torch is required. Note: The jumbo size butane torch is required for this workshop. Prerequisite:Basic Soldering, students need to feel comfortable with their soldering and fabrication skills to master this class. Tuition $75.00 + supplies
Learn a new technique
Learn a new technique
If you would like to learn a new technique that will enhance your metal jewelry, this workshop is for you. Learn how to make dies from a soft wooden material and then transform sheet metal into a beautiful pendant using the die. The pendant is completed with cold connection techniques. Prerequisite: Cold Connection. $50.00 + supplies
Fabricate your own pendant
Fabricate your own pendant
In this workshop, you will enjoy designing and fabricating your own pendant using rivets and cold connection techniques. There is no need for soldering or adhesives. Skill Level: Some knowledge of jewelry design is helpful. Tuition $40.00 + supplies
Looking for a new project?
Looking for a new project?
If you enjoy cold connection and are looking for a new project, try this great technique for attaching a stone to sheet metal. Prerequisite: Some metal forming or Intro to Cold connection is recommended. Tuition $45.00 + supplies
Make beautiful metal beads
Make beautiful metal beads
Put your soldering skills to work in this intermediate bead making class. Students will learn how to cut, shape and solder metal to make these beautiful decorative beads. Prerequisite: Basic Soldering. Tuition $75.00+ supplies
Learn to etch your designs
Learn to etch your designs
This 3.5 hour workshop teaches students how to chemically etch designs into sheet metal. Etching solution is provided for students during class. Skill Level: Basic. Tuition $75.00+ supplies
Learn to prong set a stone in silver
Learn to prong set a stone in silver
1:00-5:00 PM; If you have taken the Basic Soldering Workshop and are ready to tackle a new project, this is a great next step. Students will prong set a stone in Sterling Silver. Prerequisite: Basic Soldering. Tuition $75.00 + supplies
Make rings for yourself or others
Make rings for yourself or others
Students will fabricate a set of stack rings, textured bands and meditation/spin rings in this 4 hour workshop. Prerequisite: Basic Soldering. Tuition $75.00 + supplies
One of the hottest techniques in beading!
One of the hottest techniques in beading!
Use metal stamps to personalize charms, pendants, necklace or bracelet components with names, dates, or sayings. Tools required for this class are metal stamps, bench block, and 1 lb. brass hammer. Have any of these tools? Bring them to class. I have stamps and tools for students to share. Skill Level: Basic. Tuition $25.00 + supplies
Add this technique to your jewelery making
Add this technique to your jewelery making
1:00-5:00 PM; Sweat Soldering is the process of soldering 1 piece of metal on top of another. Prerequisite: Basic Soldering. Tuition $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 Workshops

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
If you are struggling with the technique of wrapping top-drilled beads, let us show you how. This technique can be used to make beautiful earrings and drops for necklaces. Skill Level: Basic. Tuition $25.00 + supplies
Coils can be used as connectors, charms, beads
Coils can be used as connectors, charms, beads
Wire, a basic set of jewelry pliers, your fingers and imagination are all it takes to make coils. Use as connectors, charms, spacer beads, or wrapped around a bead. The bracelet shown is made with wire wrapped loops (link-to-link). To make it be proficient at loop/wrap. Skill Level: Intermediate. $25.00 + supplies
You won’t want to hide these toggles on the back of your neck
You won’t want to hide these toggles on the back of your neck
Students will make a toggle frame from heavy gauge wire and embellish it with small gauge wire and beads. They look great as the center piece on a necklace and are functional as a clasp. They also look great on bracelets. Skill Level: All. Tuition $25.00 + supplies
Start wire wrapping and using chain in designs
Start wire wrapping and using chain in designs
Learn how to make a loop on wire and wrap the wire under the loop. This adds interest to your designs, and makes wire connections on your pieces secure. Also add chain between the beaded sections or layer chain with your wire wrapped strands. Your project can be a single or multiple strand design. Skill Level: Basic. Tuition $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, the wire circles the beads to create beautiful wire frames. Prerequisite: A working knowledge of loop and wrap is required. Tuition $25.00+ supplies
Simple for a novice, cool enough for even seasoned wire wrappers
Simple for a novice, cool enough for even seasoned wire wrappers
You will want to make one! 3 pieces of 18 gauge wire are wrapped around a ring mandrel and twisted together to make the band. The wire is then embellished with beads and coiled on the ends to finish the ring. Skill Level: Intermediate. Tuition $25.00+ supplies
Make a cuff frame from heavy gauge wire
Make a cuff frame from heavy gauge wire
The frame is then hammered to add texture and embellished with small gauge wire and beads. These bracelets can be made any width and you can use a wide variety of beads for the embellishment. Skill Level: All. Tuition $25.00+ supplies
Proficient with the technique of loop and wrap?
Proficient with the technique of loop and wrap?
Try adding an extra wire embellishment that wraps around the bead. Technique works best on round beads but can be used on other shapes. Skill Level: Intermediate. Tuition $25.00+ supplies
Learn how to construct a beautiful wire cage and bail for a stone or glass (flat back) cabochon
Learn how to construct a beautiful wire cage and bail for a stone or glass (flat back) cabochon
Some wire wrapping experience suggested. Skill Level: Intermediate. Tuition $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