Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July is heating up....

...And I meant that quite literally. It's crazy hot out there - be careful doing anything out in that heat.

We hope you'll join us tomorrow (Wednesday) evening for our regular Open Beading Night  hosted by our in house sparkle diva - Stephanie Dixon.  6pm to 8pm. Please register!

And don't be afraid to join us on Thursday for our Happy Hour Torching in this heat. Dwyn tells us the new studio is quite comfortable with our air conditioning!

We've also got quite a few classes lined up for you this weekend.

Saturday July 21st

Bead Stringing Basics - Gemstone Necklace with Marilyn Gardiner. 10am to 12:30 pm

If you've never used beading wire to make jewellery, this is the perfect class to take. You will learn how to use crimps to keep the beads secure, how to add a clasp, how to choose beading wire and how to use wire protectors and crimp covers for a professional finish.
The beads and the jasper pendants are hot from the gem shows in Tucson. Choose from 5 colourways - limited quantities, so reserve yours now! Fushsia, Blue, Turquoise, Pink and Purple.
Tools will be provided, but if you have your own, please bring them. We'll be using crimp pliers, cutters, chain nose pliers and flat nose pliers.
Skill Level:Beginner
Technique Focus: Bead stringing techniques
Prerequisite: None

Saturday July 21st

 Barrel of Pearls Bracelet with Marilyn Gardiner. 1:30 to 4:30

Course Outline: Start with a lovely, open-work Barrel Weave bracelet made with a heavy gauge of metal rings - then add a profusion of Swarovski crystal pearls in complementary colours. The result? A truly spectacular bracelet. Marilyn will bring several samples of jewelry to show a range of ways to use the barrel weave segments.
Skill Level:Beginner Plus (Need to have experience with chain mail and wrapped loops)
Technique Focus:Wirework - Chain Mail

Saturday July 21st

Hot Connections 2 - Rings and Chain with Iris Melamed. 10am to 2pm

Course Outline:
In this class you will learn how to solder multiple rings in a chain and then connect them with a soldering joint to other components.
You will start by forming the components of our chain necklace, including a hook clasp. After the design has been checked for balance and fit, we will start our multi-stage soldering process, including soldering with a third hand. Finally we will finish and polish the necklaces.
Technique Focus: Soldering connections and multiple ring.
Skill Level: Beginner
Pre-requisites: You have done the Hot Connections 1 class or experience soldering with a micro torch. Ability to close jump rings is an asset.

Sunday July 22nd

 Introduction to Viking Knit with Carol Ann Savage. 11am to 2pm

Course Outline:
This class will take you through the steps needed to learn single and double Viking knit using one or two colors of 26 gauge wire. Techniques for finishing the bracelet will also be demonstrated so you will be able to complete your piece at home.
Skill Level: Beginner
Focus Technique: Single and double Viking knit.

Monday July 23rd

Freeform 101 with Robert Burton.   6pm to 9pm

Course Outline
In this class you will make a beaded freeform cuff bracelet using 4mm and 6mm assorted beads or you can bring your own beads. You will also make a minimum of 2 pendants, possibly 4 (time permitting) using a cabochon and natural stones. If you have your own stones, crystals, etc, bring them with you to wrap them. You will also learn basic wire techniques, wrapping forming and wire smithing.
Skill Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

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