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BEAD STRINGING

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VIEW OUR CALENDAR SCHEDULE ONLINE.

You may register online for the next date this class is offered.   
Add course to your shopping cart, then continue with the checkout process.
Select the WILL PICK UP AT BE DAZZLED shipping otpoin.
After you register, we will send you an email confirmation.

You may also register 
- by phone (615-292-0610), or 
- in person at Be Dazzled Beads, 718 Thompson Lane, Ste 123, Nashville, TN 37204.

 

 

THE FIRST CLASS IN THIS SEQUENCE IS BASICS OF BEAD STRINGING AND ATTACHING CLASPS.

There is an art and skill to stringing beads on cord. First, of course, is the selection of beads for a design, and the selection of the appropriate stringing material. Then is the selection of a clasp or closure, appropriate to the design and use of the piece. This continues with choosing the strategy for stringing beads with cord, including choices about knotting, braiding, using multiple strands and a single tie-off, multiple strands with multiple tie-offs. 

 

After the ORIENTATION TO BEADS & JEWELRY FINDINGS CLASS Class...

Begin with Basics of Bead Stringing and Attaching Clasps (Part 1 - Crimping, and Part 2 - Needle and Thread)
Then learn to Pearl Knot
Learn the basic steps in Wire Working, and making a coiled loop
Pick up principles about beads and color, and jewelry design
Select any electives that you might be interested in  


BASICS OF BEAD STRINGING AND ATTACHING CLASPS

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Learn all about the pros and cons of using different kinds of clasps and other jewelry findings.   Then practice using the Crimping Approach to bead stringing, and then make a bracelet using the Needle and Thread Approach.

BEGINNER

 

Crimping is one of the fastest and easiest ways to string beads. However, you need to learn some jewelry design tricks to help it move and drape better, when worn.

Needle and Thread is a more involved approach to stringing beads, but usually leads to your best outcomes in terms of movement, drape, durability and flow.

 

INTRO TO PEARL KNOTTING

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Classic Elegance! Learn a simple Pearl Knotting technique anyone can do. No special tools. Beautiful. Durable. Wearable.

BEGINNER

This non-traditional pearlp-knotting instructional guide teaches this technique from the design perspective -- that is, an easy-to-do method which takes into account both aesthetic as well as functional considerations.

 

 MAHJONG TILE ELASTIC STRING BRACELET

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BEGINNER

In this class, we learn how to use elastic string to make a Mahjong Tile Bracelet, using a mix of 2-hole-drilled bone Mahjong tiles from China and round wood beads from Germany.   Elastic string is used to make stretchy bracelets.    Stringing with this material involves preparing the elastic string for stringing, how to create a self needle or use a collapsible eye needle, sliding beads onto the string, finishing off the string in a surgeons knot with glue, selecting the appropriate glue, and securing this knot within the hole of a bead.    

 

   

 

Learning Goals for 
Bead Stringing

CRITICAL SKILLS TO LEARN:

- Knowing what all the parts (jewelry findings) are, how they are used, and their strengths and weaknesses

- Knowing about the quality of beads, and what happens to beads (and their finishes) over time

- Knowing about the quality of metals, and what happens to metals (and their finishes) over time

- Knowing about stringing materials, and when and when not to use specific ones

- Some understanding of how and when to use different types of glues

- Some understanding of tools and needles

- Understanding how to choose clasps, and what a "clasp assembly" and what a "support system" are

- Learning how to use cable wires, crimp beads, crimp covers and horseshoes in crimping

- Learning how to use needle, thread and beeswax in bead stringing

- Learning how to put knots between beads

- Learning about wires, metals, tools to make shapes and structural components, including loops and coiled loops

- Learning basics of jewelry design principles

--- Learning how the bead asserts its need for color

--- Principles of Composition

--- Principles of Form and Function

 

 

 

SUPPLIES AND TOOLS
To KEEP ON HAND

Flex Wire Cable wires in .010, .014, .019 and .024 thicknesses

Nymo or C-Lon thread, in black, white and assorted other colors in size D

FireLine in smoke grey and crystal in size D

Size #10 and Size #12 English beading needles

Chain nose pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Side Cutters or Flush Cutters
Scissors
Crimping Pliers

Ruler (marked in both inches and millimeters)
Bracelet and Necklace Sizing Cones
Bead Stoppers
Bead Board

Assortment of:
Clasps
Jump Rings
Split Rings
Soldered Rings
End bars
Crimp beads, crimp covers and horseshoe wire protectors
Bails
Crimp ends
Clamps
Connectors and Linkables

Bic lighter or thread zapper

Work surface
Trays

Pen and Paper


 

 

THE JEWELRY DESIGN DISCUSSION GROUP
Please join our new group on facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/jewelrydesign/

 

 

 

KITS make great gifts!
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VIEW OUR CALENDAR SCHEDULE ONLINE.

You may register online for the next date this class is offered.   
Add course to your shopping cart, then continue with the checkout process.
Select the WILL PICK UP AT BE DAZZLED shipping otpoin.
After you register, we will send you an email confirmation.

You may also register 
- by phone (615-292-0610), or 
- in person at Be Dazzled Beads, 718 Thompson Lane, Ste 123, Nashville, TN 37204.