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CATERPILLAR ESPIRITU BRACELET CLASS (class fee; kit purchased separately)

$35.00

CATERPILLAR ESPIRITU BRACELET CLASS (class fee; kit purchased separately)

$35.00
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To 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 option.
Before registering, please review our online CALENDAR for upcoming, scheduled courses.
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 in Nashville.

 

PURCHASE KITS AND INSTRUCTIONS:

Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download

 

DESCRIPTION:

Capture an aspiring, spiritual essence! Learn to create an expressive fringe bracelet using a very large palette of colors and shapes.

 

 

In this project, we use a Simple or Straight Fringing technique. But there are many types of fringing techniques, and you can also create your own fringing strategies. 

Perhaps one of the most widely used types of fringe is adding a Picot Edge. Here you would add some beads (typically, but not necessarily, 3 beads) between each bead on your edging, or add 3 beads at the end of a line of beads. NOTE: In our project, we add what is called a “stop bead” to each fringe, and this is the same as adding a “1-bead picot”.

Other types of fringe include Netting, Branching, Looping, Creating Leaves or Petals, Twisting or Spiraling, or Kinky.

Fringes can be the same length, or different lengths, or graduated lengths. They can be composed of the same beads, or different beads.

How you do your fringe will depend on the piece to which are you attaching it. 

There may be odds/evens issues with your fringe, such as when graduating your fringe so that there is a clear middle-point. You may have to coordinate the numbers of your fringes with the numbers of rows in your piece. 

The technique is easy to do, and offers many possibilities, only limited by your imagination.

Fringe projects are good projects for using up your bead stash.

In the Caterpillar Espiritu Bracelet, the fringe pattern and colors are supposed to capture the essence of the image on the button – the focal point of the bracelet -- , without overwhelming that image. 

There is an unfortunately tendency of many bead artists to overdo their fringe and thus, over-embellish their pieces.

This bracelet involves creating a line of beads, called a “Train”, and then adding fringe between each of the beads in this Train.

The button is the focal point, so its choice is critical. Begin by choosing your button, and then find colors that coordinate well with the button.

I wanted to use a mix of sizes and shapes of glass beads, including sizes 8/0, 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads, berry beads, peanut beads, and 4mm round crystal pearls and druks, as well as 4mm crystal bicone beads.

I decided to use over 40 colors/shapes/sizes of beads to create a high level of interest and wonder. It’s very exciting for a viewer to interact with so many well-coordinated colors – and much unexpected. I wanted to pick up on the stronger colors in the button, but not in a “strong” way – “subtlety” was my mantra. The stronger colors in the button needed to be present and repeated and well-distributed throughout the entire bracelet. – but not necessarily call your attention to them. I didn’t want any of the 4mm size beads to be in one of the stronger colors – the 4mm area of these beads would take up too much area and volume, and if in a stronger color, would divert the viewer’s attention away from the button. 

 

 

SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED:

Beginner Level

 

PREREQUISITES:

 

ORIENTATION TO BEADS AND JEWELRY FINDINGS
(All students are required to begin our curriculum with this ORIENTATION CLASS.    The Orientation Class is offered once a month.)

 

BEAD WEAVING BASICS (or equivalent)

 

 

 

 

GOALS:

LearnToBead Goals:
What You Will Learn:
- Basic Fringing Technique for embellishment
- Managing Thread Tension
- Reading simple diagrams
- Attaching a button clasp
- Embellishing a button loop
- Working with a very large palette of colors, shapes and sizes

 

PROJECT/TASKS:

Manage a large color palette.
Create "train" off of which to fringe.
Work three passes of fringe along the train.
Attach a button on one end, and create an embellished loop on the other.

 

SKILLS LEARNED:

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

BEAD WEAVING 
CATERPILLAR ESPIRITU BRACELET
BW1-SOM-08-FRINGE

 

BEGINNER

INTERMEDIATE

ADVANCED

TECHNICAL MECHANICS

1. Managing Thread Tension

BEGINNER

 

 

2. Holding Your Piece To Work It

BEGINNER 

 

 

3. Reading Simple Pattern, Figure and/or Graph

BEGINNER

 

 

4. Selecting Materials

BEGINNER 

 

 

5. Identifying Areas of Potential Weakness, and 
Strategies for Dealing With These

BEGINNER

 

 

6. Determining Measurements, including Width and Length of a Piece, Especially In Relationship To Bead Sizes

BEGINNER  

 

7. Finishing Off Threads in Piece or Extending by Adding Threads

BEGINNER 

 

 

    

    

UNDERSTANDING CRAFT BASIS OF STITCH

1. Starting the Stitch

 BEGINNER

 

 

2. Implementing the Basic Stitch

 BEGINNER

 

 

3. Finishing Off Your Piece With A Clasp Assembly

 BEGINNER

 

 

4. Creating Simple Surface Embellishment

 

  

 

5. Creating a Simple Edging or Fringe

 BEGINNER 

 

 

6. Working Stitch in Flat Form

 BEGINNER

 

 

7. Increasing and Decreasing

 

 

 

8. Working Stitch in Tubular Form

 

 

 

9. Working Stitch To Create Open (Negative Spaces), and Split Forms

 

 

 

10. Elaborately Embellishing the Stitch, including Fringes, Edge Treatments, Bails, Straps and Connectors

 

 

 

11. Working Stitch in Circular Form

 

 

 

12. Working Stitch in Spiral Form

 

 

 

13. Working Stitch in Diagonal Form

 

 

 

14. Working Stitch in 3-Dimensions (sculptural)

 

 

 

  

  

UNDERSTANDING ART & DESIGN BASIS OF STITCH

1. Learning Implications When Choosing Different Sizes/Shapes of Beads, or Using Different Stringing Materials

 

 

 

2. Understanding Relationship of this Stitch in Comparison to Other Types of Bead Weaving Stitches

 

   

3. Understanding How Bead Asserts Its Need For Color, Using This Stitch

 BEGINNER   

 

 

4. Creating Your Own Design with This Stitch, in Reference to Design Elements and Jewelry Design Principles of Composition

 

 

 

5. Creating Shapes, Components and Forms with This Stitch, and Establishing Themes

 

 

 

6. Building in Structural Supports, and Other Support Elements, into the Design

 

 

 

  

  

BECOMING BEAD WEAVING ARTIST

1. Developing A Personal Style

 

 

 

2. Valuing or Pricing Your Work

 

 

 

3. Teaching Others The Stitch

 

 

 

4. Promoting Yourself and Your Work

 

 

 

5. Advocating for Jewelry as "Art" and as "Design"

 

 

 

    

 

 

SUPPLIES REQUIRED:

8/0 seed beads (4 grams)
8/0 seed beads (10 grams)
8-12 colors of 11/0 seed beads (8 grams)
8-12 colors of 15/0 seed beads (3 grams)
4-5 colors of berry beads, peanut beads (5.5 grams)
8-12 colors of 4mm size beads (290 beads), including 4mm crystal bicones, 4mm crystal pearls, 4mm round druks
23mm button with shank on back
ONE-G thread

 

 

With This Kit, You Will Receive...

 

- Step by Step instructions 
with text, diagrams and images
- Several colors of Japanese 11/0 seed beads
- Several colors of Japanese 15/0 seed beads
- many colors of Japanese Berry and Peanut Beads
- Swarovski series 5328, 4mm bicones
- Swarovski series 5810, 4mm crystal pearls
- Czech druk round beads
- ONE-G nylon beading thread
- size #10 and size #12 English beading needles 
- one 23mm designer button
- Plastic case with lid for carrying these supplies



What You Will Need To Have On Hand...
- Bees wax or microcrystalline wax
- Scissors
- Ruler, pencil and paper
- Work Surface
- Bic lighter or thread zapper
- chain nose or flat nose pliers 
- bracelet sizing cone or some way to measure your wrist
- Sufficient lighting, magnification, chair cushioning, if needed

 

 

 

 

This class is typically offered once every other year.  

VIEW OUR CALENDAR SCHEDULE ONLINE.

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

When registering online, select the WILL PICK UP AT BE DAZZLED shipping option.

 

 

 

 

 

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