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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.

 

NASHVILLE CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

ORIENTATION

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REGISTER FOR THE NEXT ORIENTATION TO BEADS & JEWELRY FINDINGS CLASS

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to a common language and understanding of beads, jewelry findings and tools that they will be working with, from The Design Perspective.

This course acquaints the student with the world of beads, and what kinds of choices the bead artist and jewelry designer need to make.

 

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

BEAD STRINGING

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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. 

 

 

BEAD WEAVING

 

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THE FIRST CLASS IN THIS SEQUENCE IS BEAD WEAVING BASICS.

 

Bead weaving is a collection of hundreds of different stitching techniques and strategies for creating pieces that approximate a piece of cloth.

 


Stitches and beads. Create simple or elaborate forms using different techniques for connecting, interlocking and embellishing beads and beadwork. 

That's beadweaving, and you see the results in amulet bags, beaded sculptures, beaded vessels, necklaces, bracelets, loomwork, appliqués and more. Many projects attempt to emulate a piece of cloth or textile. 

Other projects are more figural or sculptural.

There are many different techniques of bead weaving. The most popular are peyote stitch, right angle weave, loom work, brick stitch, ndebele, square stitch, and netting.

 

 

WIRE WORKING

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THE FIRST CLASS IN THIS SEQUENCE IS WIRE MIX N' MATCH BRACELET.

Working with wires of different thickness, hardness, shape, color, materials, strength in fashioning jewelry and other objects is a very desirable skill. It takes experience with the feel of wire, how it is shaped, how it's strength can be structurally enhanced, and how it can be interlinked, interlocked and interconnected with other wire, with beads, with other materials. This "feel" will vary a bit with the type of metal. For example, brass is harder than sterling silver.

There are two approaches.

The first is called Wire Work. In wire working, the artist creates shapes, using various sizes of wire. The artist can create jewelry findings, such as clasps, headpins and earwires. S/he can create chains of linked wire shapes. S/he can create unusual shapes to dangle from earrings, or to embellish pieces as decorative components. SHAPE is the key word here.

The second is called Wire Wrap. In wire wrapping, the artist uses wire to create structural components, then assembles these into a supporting system. This is similar, though on a micro-scale, to building and engineering a bridge. The artist might create a setting for a stone, or a piece of jewelry which depends on controlling the tensile strength of the wire in some way, to hold the stone in place, and keep it from popping out. STRUCTURE is the key word here.

 

SILVER SMITHING

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Silversmithing involves using metal wire and metal sheet to create objects held together in full or in part with the use of solder and a torch.

BUSINESS OF CRAFT

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Many people learn beadwork and jewelry-making in order to sell the pieces they make. The elective courses here provide skills and knowledges which will assist the student toward this end, whether selling in bricks and mortar settings, selling at craft shows, or selling on-line.

 

OTHER CLASSES

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From time to time, we offer classes in Fused Glass, Lampworking, Metal Clay, Polymer Clay, Fiber Arts, Micro-Macrame

WORKSHOPS

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Several times during the year, we offer more intensive classes and workshops, most often in the interest area of Bead Weaving.

 

Our Land of Odds...LEARN TO BEAD program
is based on 
The Design Approach:


- Focused on teaching how to make smart choices
- Developmentally-based, where you learn skills in an orderly way, and understand how skills build upon each other
- Easy to follow 

JEWELRY DESIGN

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THE FIRST CLASS IN THIS SEQUENCE IS INTRODUCTION TO BEADS & COLOR

Jewelry Design is the application of basic principles of artistic expression and construction. The jewelry artist applies these principles or rules when making choices about how best to manipulate the elements of the piece. 

 

Read about:  Good Jewelry Design: Principles of Composition

 

 

 

 

JEWELRY DESIGN CAMP 
Sessions TBA

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TBA

Session 1: The Architectural Basis of Bead Weaving Stitches

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TBA

Session 2: Fringe, Edge, Strap, Bail, Surface Embellishment in Jewelry -- Art or Not?

Immerse yourself into a week-long study of jewelry design theories, and their applications and manipulations with various materials, techniques and strategies.

 

 

Application and Fees
Location and Accomodations
About The Instructor
Program Philosophy

 

 



 

 




ONLINE VIDEO TUTORIALS

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ORIENTATION

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BEAD STRINGING

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BEAD WEAVING

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BUSINESS OF CRAFT

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CraftArtEdu is a truly unique 
online craft and fine art e-learning community

 

 

 

TYPES OF BEADING AND JEWELRY MAKING

 

 

3 APPROACHES TO THE TEACHING OF BEADING AND JEWELRY MAKING

Review all our ORIENTATION VIDEO TUTORIALS

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

JEWELRY DESIGN CAMP 
TBA

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TBA

Session 1: The Architectural Basis of Bead Weaving Stitches

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TBA

Session 2: Fringe, Edge, Strap, Bail, Surface Embellishment in Jewelry -- Art or Not?

Immerse yourself into a week-long study of jewelry design theories, and their applications and manipulations with various materials, techniques and strategies.

 



 KITS make great gifts!
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LEARN TO BEAD BLOG

 

 

 

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.