|Join us for Late Night! Every second and fourth Wednesday night from 6-8pm, come in and bead, chat, snack and shop with friends! Late Night is free to attend, just call ahead to let us know you'll be coming. See you there!|
|INTRODUCTORY CLASS: STRINGING|
|Learn to design and make your own necklace or bracelet. This class will introduce you to all the different types of stringing materials and tools as well as how to attach a clasp. You will design and make one bracelet in the class using semi precious stones. Absolutely no experience necessary. Instructors: Staff. 2 hours; $40(includes all materials.|
|INTRODUCTORY CLASS: WIRE WRAPPING|
|In this class you will design and make a pair of dangling earrings (either 2-drop or 3-drop) using semi precious stones. You will learn how to select the best wire for your project and two approaches to attaching beads so they dangle from your piece. No pre-requisites or experience is necessary to take this class, but we suggest that you take Introduction to Stringing first. Instructors: Staff. 2 hours; $40(includes all materials.)
|INTRODUCTORY CLASS: KNOTTING WITH SILK|
|Knotting not only protects delicate beads, but the knots can be used as a design element; knotting with leather is especially popular today. In this class you will make a 'tin cup' style necklace with large fresh water pearls, Swarovski bicones, and a sterling silver clasp. Basic stringing/crimping knowledge required. Instructors: Staff. 2 hours; $45(includes all materials).|
|FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS BRACELET|
|This versatile bracelet can work up as a bangle or be made with a magnetic clasp. Perfectly in time for any celebration or holiday, it can be made in any colorway. It uses a combination of superduos, 11’s, 15’s and 4mm bicones. Maybe you’ll get bit by the bug and make one for each season! This pattern was a holiday gift to us by the talented Jill Wiseman (taught with permission by our staff). 2-3 hrs. $35 plus materials.|
|Whether your personal style is earthy or glitzy, or somewhere in between, we'll teach you to the techniques needed to make shamballa your own. You'll select your beads, then discover it's "knot" all that hard to finish this project. Makes a great gift for a guy, too! NEW! Learn to shamballa with fancy links. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Please arrive 5 minutes early to select your materials. Instructors: Staff; 2 hours; $35 plus materials.|
|MALA MAKING BASICS|
|Learn how to make your own mala necklace. These meditation beads can be made in various set lengths. Get all you need to know about how to make & use a mala, what a guru bead is for, and why they are so popular these days. Instructor: Iti. 2 hours. $35 plus materials.
|TREE OF LIFE|
|Open to beginners but some wire wrapping skill is advisable. Learn to distinguish different gauges of wire to create an open form and twist wire to create a tree within in. Adding beads is optional and you can scale it up or down as you please. Wire is included, additional beads/chain extra. Can be made to any length you prefer or even adapted to make earrings. $40. 2 hrs.|
|Ambrosia Bracelet uses seed beads and chaton montees to create a stunning piece that will look great with just about any outfit. Created & taught by Edwin Batres of ACL Patterns & More. Approx. 4 hours. Knowledge of Right Angle Weave and Netting stitches helpful. $60 plus materials. Materials list available at registration.|
|KUMIHIMO WITH BUTTON|
|Learn the Japanese braiding technique of Kumihimo in a new way. Attach a button as a clasp instead of bead caps for a closure for a neat, contemporary look. Size 8 seed beads are used in this project. Instructor: Staff. 3 hours. $35.00 (plus materials). You may bring your own disk or buy one from the store.|
|STORMY SEAS EARRINGS|
|Come ride the wave with the new addition to the world of double hole bead shapes, storm duos are in! This earring created and instructed by Sandra Dellano will fit in perfectly with your summer jewelry wardrobe. This is a beginner class, some knowledge of beadweaving helps but is not necessary. Directly following this class will be the Stormy Seas Bracelet class created by Allie at Potomac Beads. $40 each class if taken individually, $35 a class if taken together. Materials not included but storm duos bought for the class will have a 10% discount applied.|
|STORMY SEAS BRACELET|
|Want a bracelet to go with those Stormy Seas Earrings? We’ve got you covered. Created by Allie at Potomac Beads and instructed by Sandra Dellano. This is a beginner class. $40 each class if taken individually, $35 a class if taken together. Materials not included but storm duos bought for the class will have a 10% discount applied.|
|Kieu Pham Gray is coming! Learn enameling and cold connections in one class. You will learn to torch fire enamel on copper and use transparent enamels on silver to create true colors. After firing all the pieces, you will rivet them together. Students will finish at least one pendant. Beginner level. 3 hours, must be at least 18 years old. Taught by the illustrious Kieu Pham Gray! Class fee:$75, Materials fee (kit) $40.|
|WISHES: INTERLOCKING RINGS|
|Kieu Pham Gray is coming! Learn to solder interlocking rings to create this classic ring design. Students will have the choice of making a mixed metal ring or all sterling silver ring. Students who work quickly may have time to make 2 rings. Additional tools may be purchased from the instructor. Taught by the famous Kieu Pham Gray! Beginner level, 3 hours. Must be at least 18 years old. Class fee:$75, materials fee: $30.|
|Kieu Pham Gray is coming! Create delicate works of art with filligree. We will bend, twist and turn sterling silver stock to create an intricate pendant. Students will be challenged to put their creativity to action while continuing to fine tune your skills. Pre-requisite: must have some soldering experience and experince wirh wire working. Intermediate level, 4 hours. Taught by the famed Kieu Pham Gray! Must be at least 18 years old. Class fee:$90, materials fee:$75.|
|STAMP IT UP!|
|Kieu Pham Gray is coming! Join this fast growing trend of metal stamping. Students will learn how to create personalized charms for any occasion. Students will have enough time to finish at least 3 pieces. Beginner level, 90 minutes. Taught by the renowned Kieu Pham Gray! Must be at least 14 years old. Class fee:$45, materials fee:$35|
|SET FOR ROYALTY|
|Kieu Pham Gray is coming! Create a setting fit for royalty. This introductory stone setting class will add another dimension to your glasswork or any stone. Students will have the opportunity to customize a pendant design to thier liking. (Dichro cabachons will vary). Additional tools and materials may be purchased from the instructor. Pre-requisite: must know how to solder with sterling silver. Intermediate level, 4 hours. Taught by the illustrious Kieu Pham Gray! Must be at least 18 years old. Class fee:$90, materials fee:$65.|
|Kieu Pham Gray is coming! Turn simple copper discs into beautifully formed petals to make a pair of earrings or pendant. Learn to form the petals and patina them with a torch. Additional materials and tools may be purchased from the instructor. Beginner level, 3 hours, must be at least 16 years old. Taught by the indomitable Kieu Pham Gray! Class fee:$75, materials fee:$35 (includes kit & chain supplied by store).|
To register for any class, you must call to pre-pay and check availability:
. We don't take reservations via email or from the
website because the attendance books are kept at the front desk, and only prepaid reservations are recorded.
So please telephone during store hours to sign up for any class.
ALL CLASSES MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED AND PRE-PAID
- Advanced registration and full deposit are required for any class.
- Space is limited and reservations will not be held without payment
- Anyone 14 years of age or older may register for a class.
- No refunds or transfers for no-shows or for cancellations made less
than 3 days in advance of your class.
- We reserve the right to cancel any class, in which case we will issue full refunds.
- Use of tools is included.
- We reserve the right to substitute comparable beads and
components in class project kits based on availability of materials.