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       BEAD CORNERä DESIGN ACADEMY

Jewelry Classes at Michaels Arts & Crafts

Rutland, Vermont

Sign up for your Bead Cornerä Design Academy class at the Rutland Michaels store.  When you register and pay for your class, you will be given a Class Syllabus with a list of required tools and supplies.

Present your Registration Receipt and Class Syllabus to receive 10% off regular-priced class supplies.  This 10% discount may not be combined with any other discounts or offers.  However, it is acceptable to use a 40%-off coupon on one regular-priced item instead of using the 10% discount on that item.  Use the 10% discount on the remainder of the supplies.  The 10% discount expires at the end of the class.

Michaels encourages you to express your creativity by purchasing beads and findings in your choice of colors and finishes.  Your finished project may differ from the example shown in class or on this website.

Please arrive at your class on time, with your tools and supplies.  I will be in the building before class begins if you need help choosing tools and supplies to purchase before the start of class.

A minimum of 2 students must sign up for a class in order for it to be held.  Sign up with a friend!

 

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Scroll down for Class Descriptions

NOTE--If you are a beginner, I recommend that you start with the following three classes:

  • Elegance Earrings (Fundamentals of Wire-Work)
  • Elegance Necklace (Fundamentals of Crimping)
  • Elegance Necklace (Fundamentals of Bead Stringing)

Those three classes will provide you with the basics upon which most other classes depend. 

 

                       BEAD NIGHT

Appropriate for all skill levels.......Reserve your spot today for only $5!

Grab your friends and your unfinished bead projects and meet us at Michaels for Bead Night!

THIS IS NOT A CLASS!

Instead it's a fun night of socializing and beading.  Tinker with our tools.  Get some inspiration and project ideas to begin or finish your jewelry projects. Chat with me, your bead instructor, and with fellow beaders to solve your design dilemmas. 

I schedule a Bead Night on the last Tuesday of every month.

 

            ELEGANCE EARRINGS 

Fundamentals of Wire-Work  

Appropriate for all skill levels.............$25

In this introductory class you'll learn the fundamentals of wire-work and create Elegance Earrings with bead dangles.  You'll learn how to use the appropriate tools and supplies necessary to complete three different styles of earrings.  You'll learn how to design your earrings, as well as the techniques for creating simple loops, adding beads and dangles, and attaching ear wires.  

At the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Create eye pins, using wire
  • Use wire to create loops
  • Complete a pair of earrings featuring wire-working techniques

The sample earrings have been created with one bead hanging from the earwire and a second bead hanging from the first bead--a double-dangle, so to speak!  You'll love the movement that this design creates.

 

Creating simple loops and wire-wrapped loops are skills that can be used to create many different jewelry-design elements.  Along with earrings, simple loops are often used to create necklaces and bracelets.  Wire-worked loops are the main design element used for making rosary beads.

There are multiple Intermediate Wire Wrapping classes, which are follow-ups to this class.   Scroll down for details.

 

           ELEGANCE NECKLACE         

Fundamentals of Crimping 

Appropriate for all skill levels.............$25

In this introductory class, you will create an Elegance Necklace.  You will learn how to use the tools and supplies necessary to create this necklace, which involves using crimp tools and attaching beads, sliders, jump rings, and clasps.

At the end of this class you will be able to:

  • Select the proper length of wire for a jewelry project
  • Create designs using a bead board
  • Use a crimping tool, crimp beads, and finding to complete a jewelry project
  • Complete a necklace on flexible jewelry wire
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Here is a sample of a necklace made with this techinque: 

  • Crimping techniques are necessary for any jewelry project that includes flexible beading wire.  Knowledge of crimping techniques will be useful for many necklaces and bracelets and sometimes can be used for earring elements.

     

                ELEGANCE BRACELET          

     Fundamentals of Bead Stringing

    Appropriate for all skill levels.............$25

    In this introductory class you will use beads and memory wire to make an Elegance Bracelet.  You will learn how to use the appropriate tools and supplies necessary to complete a memory-wire bracelet with beads and sliders, as well as how to measure, cut, and finish memory wire.

    At the end of this class you will be able to:

    • Plan designs using a bead board and color wheel
    • Create patterns for basic jewelry projects
    • Identify basic stringing materials
    • Select the proper length of memory wire for a jewelry project
    • Complete a memory wire bracelet 

     

    You can see how memory wire allows you to create a bracelet with no need to worry about size.  Memory wire is also used for necklaces and rings.

    The follow-up to this class is Intermediate Bead Stringing.   Scroll down for details.

     

           FUNDAMENTALS OF WIRE                         CROCHET

    Appropriate for all skill levels...........$25

    In this introductory class you will use the single-crochet stitch to create chains from wire, while incorporating beads to create a necklace.

    At the end of this class, participants will be able to:

    • Complete a single crochet stitch
    • Use a crochet hook to create chains with wire
    • Incorporate beads into wire crochet designs
    • Complete a necklace featuring the wire crochet technique

    Here is a sample of what you can accomplish in this class: 

     

               INTERMEDIATE PEARL                            STRINGING

    Appropriate for all skill levels.............$25

    In this introductory class you will learn how to use a knotting tool on silk cord to create the traditional knots between pearls.  You will also learn how to finish the ends and add a clasp.  Knot a classic pearl necklace--or design and create another style necklace, adding a section of knotted pearls to crystals, beads, chain, and other elements.

    At the end of this class, you will be able to:

    • Use a knotting tool
    • End a strand of pearls
    • Add a clasp
    • Add a strand of pearls to other elements

    Sample photos are coming soon.

     

      FUNDAMENTALS OF KNOTTING

    Appropriate for all skill levels.............$25

    In this introductory class you will create a bracelet of cord and beads.  This is NOT your grandmother's macrame!!

    You will learn how to use the tools and supplies necessary to create this bracelet.  This project does not require the traditional jewelry-making tools, so it's a great introductory class for a beginner.

    At the end of this class, participants will be able to:

    • Use stringing techniques with cord and findings to create designs
    • Make a square knot
    • Include beads in a knotting design
    • Complete a bracelet using knotting techniques and beads

    Here is a sample of what such a bracelet might look like:

     

    There are several well-respected bead designers who have created gorgeous jewelry by adding beads to a variety of beautiful cords, by using knots.  They call it Micro-macrame.  You will learn the basics for those types of designs in this class.

     

            INTERMEDIATE BEAD STRINGING

    It is recommended that you complete the Fundamentals of Crimping Techniques class first, unless you are experienced with successful crimping......................................................................................$25

    At the end of this class, participants will be able to:

    • Plan designs using a bead board
    • Design patterns for jewelry projects
    • Complete a three-strand necklace incorporating a three-strand clasp and crimps

    This is a sample three-strand necklace:

      

             INTERMEDIATE WIRE WRAPPING

    It is recommended that you complete the Fundamentals of Wire Wrapping class first, unless you already have experience with wire wrapping........................................................................................$25

    At the end of this class, participants will be able to:

    • Identify the different styles of wire used for wire wrapping projects
    • Bend and shape wire
    • Make curls with square wire to create designs
    • Complete a wire wrapped bracelet

    This is a sample of a bracelet made with this technique:

                    CAMP CHIC--THE EMMA

    A SUEDE CHAIN WEAVE-IT BRACELET 

    Appropriate for all skill levels...............................$25

    In this Camp Chic class you will weave elements to make a lovely bracelet. 

    At the end of this class, participants will be able to:

    • Design a bracelet using suede, chain, and the Weave-It components
    • Learn to weave chain with leather to make a bracelet
    • Complete a trendy unique bracelet

     

                  KIDS' FRIENDSHIP BRACELET

    For Kids from Age 6 and Up.....................Kids pay $15 for this class

    In this Kids' Class, students will learn to knot floss to make a friendship bracelet.  This is a great class for children and teenagers because it doesn't require expensive tools or supplies.

    At the end of this class, students will be able to:

    • Create forward knots
    • Make a friendship bracelet