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Welcome to my jewelry teaching schedule for 2009, leading 32 classes in 8 cities.

PDF of new jewelry workshops offered for 2009.

To view the full 2008 schedule, to view the past 2007 schedule.


February 23 - March 30, 2009
Santa Fe School of Art
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

The Santa Fe School of Art is a small privately owned school situated in the beautiful Railyard district of downtown Santa Fe. We conduct ongoing 6-week art classes in a variety of different mediums for all levels of expertise. The Santa Fe School of Art is for those creative and adventurous individuals who want something more out of their vacation than just shopping, site-seeing or eating constantly. We offer you a creative, inspiring and adventurous fun-filled vacation that will awaken that passion and bring enthusiasm back into your life! Register for this six-week course today with Kelly at (505) 989 - 7311.




Monday, February 23rd
1:30pm - 4pm

Week 1: Handtool uses, cutting jump rings, and Double chain earrings

This workshop series will begin with an introduction to a variety of hand tools and how they are utilized for specific wire bending needs. With a demonstration on how to wrap and cut jump rings; we will use pre-cut rings to assemble a simple Double chain to practice proper jump ring techniques. We will then discuss how to make a matching pair of earring backs to complete the first pair of chain earrings.



Monday, March 2nd
1:30pm - 4pm
Week 2: Chain patterns, Byzantine assemble, and beaded chain earrings

The second session will cover the similarities and difference of many chain patterns from radial chain-maille to repetitive and sequential linear chains. We will then go into the detail of the age-old Byzantine chain and each student will assemble two sections of chain. With a demonstration on setting beads by cable and crimp, each student will embellish their chains sections to complete a pair of beaded chain earrings.


Monday, March 9th
1:30pm - 4pm
Week 3: Byzantine chain bracelet, and gemstone color theory.

The third session will be work time to assemble a bracelet length of Byzantine chain; with a focus on an efficiency of motion to increase consistency and productivity to the chain assemble process. We will discuss a variety gemstone beads by color, translucence, hardness, and how to coordinate like minerals together.

Demystify this age-old pattern by taking the Byzantine chain tutorial.


Monday, March 16th
1:30pm - 4pm
Week 4: Proper bracelet sizing, and Zigzag bead embellishment

The fourth session will deal with proper sizing of the Byzantine chain bracelet and then focus on the embellishment of gemstone beads in a Zigzag beading pattern, as shown on the first book’s cover. We will deal with the aesthetics of hiding the crimp tubes and obtaining just the right tension to the beading cable as to not restrict the flexibility of the silver chain to complete a Zigzag Byzantine bracelet.

Zigzag Byzantine Necklace set with lapis lazuli beads.


Monday, March 23rd
1:30pm - 4pm
Week 5: Celtic Byzantine Keyfob

The fifth session will continue the bead embellished Byzantine theme by completing a Celtic Keyfob. Taking the Byzantine chain to the next level by adding Crown formations to create four voids within a large chain square to be fulfilled with four beads set by cable and crimps in an overlapping circle technique.

Celtic Byzantine Bracelet as illustrated in the first book, page 114.


Monday, March 30th
1:30pm - 4pm
Week 6: Clasp demonstrations, and Tornado-wrapped earrings

The sixth session will allow one-on-one time to follow up and complete all the beaded chain projects. Detailed demonstrations will be provided on how to forge an s-clasp by hammer and anvil and how to handcraft my patented magnetic clasping system. We will conclude with the Tornado wire-wrapping technique and each student will get to handcraft a pair of Tornado-wrapped earrings.

Tornado Byzantine Bracelet, to be published in my upcoming second book.



April 30 - May 4, 2009
Art & Soul
Hampton, Virginia, USA

Art & Soul is a paper, fabric, jewelry and fiber arts retreat that brings a wide variety of skills and artistic talent together for a 5th year! Choose from dozens of mixed media workshops taught by internationally recognized instructors—designed to energize your creative spirit and reveal the secrets of your soul.

 


Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
9am - 4:30pm
Beaded Chaos Bracelet - 3071

In this wire jewelry workshop, we will explore the potential of wrapping wire with an electric screwdriver. This low-tech gizmo allows quick and spontaneous spinning of wire around wire into a bead structure to be embellished with gemstone beads, adding color to the implied motion. These beaded beads are then curved into an S-shape and combined with interwoven jump rings, creating a unique bracelet with texture and silver pizzazz. Bracelets will be completed with student choice of forged s-clasp or magnetic clasp. No experience necessary, you will leave with a bracelet on your wrist and a healthy hobby under your hat.


Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
6:30 - 9:30pm
Soldering With Silver - The Easy Way - 3070

Come and discover the simplified soldering techniques of a new silver alloy known as Argentium® Sterling Silver. With a simple propane torch, participants will design and create their own unique pendant centerpiece from Argentium sheet, wire and rings. With a full explanation of this alloy’s amazing working properties, we will explore repetition pattern created by bulls-eye and infinity designs and add overhanging rings to connect into a chain pattern. No experience necessary; just a big smile and willingness to conquer the fear of flame.



Monday, May 4th, 2009
9am - 4:30pm
Zigzag Byzantine Bracelet - 3069

Come explore the potential of silver jump rings and simple hand tools in this beaded chain workshop. With a demonstration on how to wrap and hand-cut your own jump rings, we will assemble pre-cut silver jump rings into the age-old Byzantine chain. This sequential chain pattern will then be embellished with gemstone beads in a zigzag pattern, as seen on the first book’s cover. Bracelets will be completed with student choice of forged s-clasp or magnetic clasp. No experience necessary, you will leave with a bracelet on your wrist and a healthy hobby under your hat.




June 1 - 7, 2009 - Bead&Button Show
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

This weeklong event features 500 classes and workshops for all skill levels and 360 vendors from around the world. Known as the world’s largest consumer bead show, attracting attendees from all 50 states, and 26 countries. This brilliant venue is made possible by the hard work and dedication of the staff at Kalmbach Publishing, know for their excellent publication of Art Jewelry and Bead&Button magazines.

Online registration opens on Tuesday, January 13


Wednesday, June 3rd
8pm - 11pm
Meet the Teachers Reception

Come visit with your favorite instructors, get your books signed, and view the latest supply kits, hand tools, and finished jewelry that myself and the nations top jewelry educators has to offer. Personally, I am hoping to have an advanced supply of my second book on hand to sell and sign - cross your fingers for me.





Thursday, June 4th
8am - 3pm
Zigzag Byzantine Bracelet - B09137

Come explore the potential of silver jump rings and simple hand tools in this introductory to beaded chain workshop. With a demonstration on how to wrap and hand-cut your own jump rings; we will assemble pre-cut silver jump rings into the age-old Byzantine chain. This chain pattern will then be embellished with gemstone beads in a zigzag pattern, as seen on the first book’s cover. Bracelets will be completed with an s-clasp, and the class will conclude with a forging demonstration by hammer and anvil. No experience necessary, you will leave with a bracelet on your wrist and a healthy hobby under your hat.





Friday, June 5th
5pm - 8pm
Tri-metal Infinity Bracelet - B09136

Come explore the potential of jump rings in this introductory workshop into chain jewelry design. Using simple hand tools we will assemble a basic two-on-one chain with silver and bronze jump rings. The final embellishment of copper infinity rings will overlap each silver ring adding visual depth and hypnotic pattern. Bracelets will be completed with an s-clasp, and the class will conclude with a forging demonstration by hammer and anvil. No experience necessary, you will leave with a bracelet on your wrist and a healthy hobby under your hat.


Sept 11 - 13, 2009
The Best Bead Show
Tucson, Arizona, USA

The Best Bead Show is a bead-a-holics nirvana, showcasing the best crafting talent nationwide, selling and teaching their talents across the spectrum of beading mediums. This shopping extravaganza is located at the Kino Veterans memorial Community Center (2805 East Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 87513). For more information and workshop registration, call (602) 435 - 2182, or please visit: The Best Bead Show .

 

Friday, September 11th
9am - 12pm
Beaded Infinity Bracelet

For this introductory workshop into beaded chain jewelry design, we will be exploring how to set gemstone beads into the tri-metal Infinity chain pattern, as shown in my 2nd book. Using the new mandrel-tip pliers, we will set gemstone beads onto headpins and assemble them into a simple two-on-one chain of bronze and silver rings. The final embellishment of copper infinity rings will overlap each silver ring adding visual depth and pattern. Bracelets will be completed with an s-clasp, and the class will conclude with a forging demonstration by hammer and anvil. This is a project class with many valuable chain and bead techniques along the way; you will leave with a bracelet on your wrist and a healthy hobby under your hat.

Skill Level: Beginner -- moderate hand-eye coordination helpful but no prerequisite.
Supply List: beading mat, optivisor, task lamp, and extension cord.
Pliers: 2x flat-nose, round-nose (instructor will bring pliers to share).
Material Fee Includes: printed handout, bronze, copper, and silver jump rings, headpins, beads, and S-clasp.

 

 

Friday, September 11th
12pm - 2pm
Book Signing

I will be selling and signing my best-selling 1st book

and newly released 2nd book at the Teacher's Table in the Kino Center.

 

Friday, September 11th
2pm - 6pm
Triangle Key Fob

Looking for a creative boost to your jewelry repertoire to get you thinking outside the box? Come take a glimpse into the geometric chain jewelry patterns from my upcoming 3rd book. Without the need for a hot torch or electricity, we will use simple hand tool pliers to construct three tripoli formations that will be assembled into a larger triangle shape with a tri-metal spiral in the center. This triple tripoli triangle formation can be utilized as an individual necklace pendant with drop crystal embellishment or repeated into a wide, repeating triangle bracelet. This is a project class with many valuable chain techniques along the way; you will leave with a pendant on your key ring and a healthy hobby (perhaps geometric obsession) under your hat.


Skill Level Intermediate -- basic chain working and moderate hand-eye coordination.
Supply List: beading mat, optivisor, task lamp, and extension cord.
Pliers: 2x flat-nose, (instructor will bring pliers to share).
Material Fee Includes: printed handout, silver, bronze, copper jump rings, and keyring.

 

 

Saturday, September 12th
9am - 12pm
Celtic Byzantine Key Fob

Learn the hands-on techniques of the age-old Byzantine chain and then take it to the next level of embellishment, as illustrated in my 1st book. For this introductory workshop into beaded chain jewelry design, we will use simple hand tools to assemble pre-cut silver jump rings into the Byzantine chain with four Crown formations. This chain pattern is then combined into a large square pendant with four voids to be completed with gemstone beads. Optional patina and polish will be available for those that want an antiqued look. This is a project class with many valuable chain and bead techniques along the way; you will leave with a pendant on your key ring and a healthy hobby under your hat.


Skill Level: Beginner -- moderate hand-eye coordination helpful but no prerequisite.
Supply List: beading mat, optivisor, task lamp, and extension cord.
Pliers: 2x flat-nose (instructor will bring pliers to share).
Material Fee Includes: printed handout, silver jump rings, beads, cable, crimp, keyring.

 

first book

 

Saturday, September 12th
12pm - 2pm
Book Signing

I will be selling and signing my 1st book, shown at left,

and newly released 2nd book at the Teacher's Table in the Kino Center.

 



 

Saturday, September 12th
2pm - 6pm
Japanese Key Fob & Twin Earrings

Come discover the intrigue of the ancient Japanese 12-1 radial chain patterns used by Samurai warriors for protection in battle. For this introductory workshop into beaded chain jewelry design, we will use simple hand tools to assemble pre-cut silver and bronze jump rings into a triangular key fob. We will then set carnelian tube beads onto wire and assemble a small section of Japanese 12-1 chain at both ends to create a stunning pair of earrings. Finally, we will be bending silver headpins into matching earring wires to wear your creations. This is a project class with many valuable chain and bead techniques along the way; you will leave with a pendant on your key ring, a pair of earrings, and a healthy hobby under your hat.

Skill Level: Intermediate -- basic chain working and moderate hand-eye coordination.
Supply List: beading mat, optivisor, task lamp, and extension cord.
Pliers: 2x flat-nose, round-nose, side-cutters (instructor will bring pliers to share).
Material Fee Includes: printed handout, silver and bronze jump rings and wires, beads, and key ring.


 

Sunday, September 13th
9am - 12pm / 2pm - 5pm
PMC Byzantine Bracelet

Discover the many expressions of silver in this mixed-media Precious Metal Clay and Byzantine chain workshop; co-taught by accredited PMC Senior instructor Sheila Merica and book author Scott David Plumlee. Learn a bit more than the basic techniques to stamp and mold PMC silver to create a richly textured and softly curved metal clay toggle clasp that will be kiln fired and finished over lunch. After the break we will utilize simple hand tools to assemble a bracelet's length of Byzantine chain, composed of pre-cut and tumbled sterling silver jump rings, to be completed with your detailed and unique PMC toggle clasp. This workshop is jam packed with valuable techniques to inspire and drive your jewelry repertoire, complete with optional patina darkening for more visual depth to your finished bracelet.

Skill Level: Beginner -- moderate hand-eye coordination helpful but no prerequisite. Supply List: beading mat, optivisor, task lamp, and extension cord + PMC supplies. Pliers: 2x flat-nose (instructor will bring pliers to share).
Material Fee Includes: printed handout, silver jump rings + PMC.

I will be co-teaching this class with accredited PMC Senior instructor, Sheila Merica

 

second book

Sunday, September 13th
12pm - 2pm
Book Signing

I will be selling and signing my 1st and newly released

2nd book, shown at left, at the Teacher's Table in the Kino Center.

   




September 19 - 20, 2009
Blue Buddha Boutique
Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Blue Buddha Boutique is founded by the brilliant chain artist Rebeca Mojica, who has kindly agreed to host a weekend of workshops to promote my 2nd book title. More information is available on her website under the special classes section. To register for these workshops, please call Blue Buddha Boutique at 773.478.3767.

Download PDF of beaded chain weekend workshop schedule





Saturday, September 19th
10am - 1pm

Celtic Key Fob

Discover the cold-connecting techniques of the age-old Byzantine chain and then take it to the next level of embellishment. For this introductory workshop into beaded chain jewelry design, we will use simple hand tools to assemble pre-cut silver jump rings into the Byzantine chain with Crown formations. This chain pattern is then combined into a large square pendant with four voids to be completed with gemstone beads. Optional patina and polish will be available for those that want an antiqued look. No experience necessary; you will leave with a pendant on your key ring and a healthy hobby under your hat.

Tools to Bring: Two pliers for closing jump rings (most students prefer flat or chain-nose, but some like bent-nose...whatever works for you!). The instructor will have pliers available for student use. We have task lamps and bead mats in the studio for your convenience.

Kit: Kit includes silver jump rings, key ring, beading cable, four 6mm semi-precious beads, and a crimp tube. (Students may bring their own beads, but the kit price remains the same.)

Fee: $65 total — $30 for the class (due at registration), plus $35 for the kit (pay kit fee directly to the instructor on the day of class)

Celtic Byzantine Bracelet as illustrated in the first book, page 114.



Saturday, September 19th
1pm - 3pm
Lunch and Book Signing

A mini-open studio! Purchase a book and kit from Scott and tackle a new project, or bring other projects from home to finish. Even if you're not taking classes today, feel free to stop in and purchase an autographed copy of Scott's book, along with kits and other supplies.

Blue Buddha will be open to the public during this time, and customers can purchase the chainmaille supplies and instructions we normally stock. Blue Buddha Boutique Customer Discount for this weekend: 15% off all base metal jump rings and findings, and 10% off all precious (niobium and sterling) rings and findings.

Several amazing restaurants are within walking distance from the studio. We're happy to point you in the direction of whatever food you're craving, be it Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Pizza, Thai....this neighborhood has just about everything!




Saturday, September 19th
3pm - 6pm
Beaded Infinity Bracelet

Discover the hidden potential of jump rings as you explore how to set gemstone beads into the tri-metal Infinity chain pattern. Using new mandrel-tip pliers conceived by Scott, you will set gemstone beads onto headpins and assemble them into a simple two-on-one chain of bronze and silver rings. The final embellishment of copper infinity rings will overlap each silver ring, adding visual depth and pattern. Bracelet will be sized to fit and completed with a choice of traditional s-clasp or modern magnetic clasp.

Tools to Bring: The instructor will have chainmaille pliers and wire-wrapping pliers for student use. If you prefer to use your own pliers to close the jump rings, please bring two pliers (most students prefer flat or chain-nose, but some like bent-nose...whatever works for you!). We will have task lamps and bead mats in the studio.

Kit: Silver, bronze, and copper jump rings, silver headpins, eighteen 8mm semi-precious beads, and choice of s-clasp or magnetic clasp. (Students may bring their own beads, but the kit price remains the same.)

Fee: $70 total — $30 for the class (due at registration), plus $40 for the kit (pay kit fee directly to the instructor on the day of class)





Sunday, September 20th
10am - 1pm
Double Chaos Bracelet

In this wire jewelry workshop, we will explore the potential of wrapping wire with an electric screwdriver. This low-tech gizmo allows quick and spontaneous spinning of wire around wire into a bead structure to be embellished with gemstone beads, adding color to the implied motion. These beaded beads are then curved into an S-shape and combined with a mixed metal double chain, creating a unique bracelet with texture and silver pizzazz. Bracelets will be completed with a forged s-clasp with a hammer and anvil demonstration. You will leave with a bracelet on your wrist and can apply the techniques you've learned to create an intricate Chaos bracelet, like that shown on the cover of Chain and Bead Jewelry: Creative Connections

Tools to Bring: Two pliers, optivisor, task lamp, and 3.6-volt electric screwdriver with 3-prong chuck adaptors (more info at: www.davidchain.com/toolkit.html). The instructor will have pliers available for student use, and we have task lamps and bead mats in the studio for your convenience.

Kit: silver and bronze jump rings, silver and bronze wires, beads, and choice of forged S-clasp or new magnetic clasp . (Students may bring their own beads, but the kit price remains the same.)

Fee: $65 total — $30 for the class (due at registration), plus $35 for the kit (pay kit fee directly to the instructor on the day of class)

 

Sunday, September 20th
1pm - 3pm
Lunch and Book Signing

A mini-open studio! Purchase a book and kit from Scott and tackle a new project, or bring other projects from home to finish. Even if you're not taking classes today, feel free to stop in and purchase an autographed copy of Scott's book, along with kits and other supplies.

Blue Buddha will be open to the public during this time, and customers can purchase the chainmaille supplies and instructions we normally stock. Blue Buddha Boutique Customer Discount for this weekend: 15% off all base metal jump rings and findings, and 10% off all precious (niobium and sterling) rings and findings.

Several amazing restaurants are within walking distance from the studio. We're happy to point you in the direction of whatever food you're craving, be it Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Pizza, Thai....this neighborhood has just about everything!

 



Sunday, September 20th
3pm - 6pm
Tornado-wrapped Earrings & Pendant

Learn to apply a variety of innovative bead embellishment techniques in this wire-wrapping workshop. We will be completing a pair of Tornado-wrapped Earrings and a Triple-wrapped Pendant from Scott’s second book, Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections. After a demonstration with a hot torch on how to make perfect headpins with 19-gauge Argentium silver wire, the class will use pre-made headpin wires to secure a 6mm gemstone bead with a fine wire wrapping of implied tornado vortex and then shape the remaining headpin wire into earring backs. We will then step-up to using a larger gauge silver headpin to hold a larger 15mm bead and then embellish with three strands of fine wire and finally shape the remaining headpin wire to create a centerpiece Pendant. This is a project class with many valuable wire and bead techniques along the way.

Tools to Bring: Chain-nose, round-nose, wire cutters, optivisor, task lamp, and one 15mm bead. The instructor will have pliers available for student use, and we have task lamps and bead mats in the studio for your convenience.

Kit: 19- & 16-gauge silver headpins, 24-gauge silver or gold wires, and gemstone beads. (Students may bring their own beads, but the kit price remains the same.)

Fee: $65 total — $30 for the class (due at registration), plus $35 for the kit (pay kit fee directly to the instructor on the day of class)

 

 






September 26 - 27, 2009
Beadclub Beadshop
Woodinville, WA, USA

The Beadclub is a mother/daughter beading education epicenter, located in the lush ever-verdant Seattle suburbia (17616 140th Ave NE, Woodinville, Washington, 98072) in the Woodinville Town Center, located on the street directly behind the movie theater. For more information, you can reach a friendly voice at 425-949-1080.

Download PDF of beaded chain weekend workshop schedule




Saturday, September 26th
9am - Noon

Celtic Byzantine Key Fob

Discover the cold-connecting techniques of the age-old Byzantine chain and then take it to the next level of embellishment. For this introductory workshop into beaded chain jewelry design, we will use simple hand tools to assemble pre-cut silver jump rings into a circle of Byzantine chain. This chain pattern is then combined into a large square pendant with four voids to be completed with gemstone beads. Optional patina and polish will be available for those that want an antiqued look to their sterling silver chain. This is a project class with many valuable chain and bead techniques along the way; you will leave with a pendant on your key ring and a healthy hobby under your hat.


Skill Level: Beginner -- moderate hand-eye coordination helpful but no prerequisite.
Supply List: beading mat, optivisor, task lamp, and extension cord.
Pliers: two flat-nose (instructor will bring pliers to share).
Material Fee Includes: printed handout, silver jump rings, beads, cable, crimp, and key ring.

Celtic Byzantine Bracelet as illustrated in the first book, page 114.

 


Saturday, September 26th
1pm - 5pm

Rhombus & Beaded Snake Key Fobs

Come explore the potential of silver and bronze jump rings in this introductory to beaded chain workshop where we will complete a European 4-1 Rhombus keyfob and a Beaded Snake keyfob from Scott’s second book, Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections. We will start by assembling large 15-gauge silver and bronze jump rings into the ancient European 4-1 pattern, to create a rhombus-shaped chain-maille sheet. For the second, more challenging keyfob, we will set three 6mm beads with a single-loop-around technique on headpins. From these beads we will assemble a five-row European 4-1 chain pattern to be rolled up and completed with a sixth row to create the six-sided Snake chain. This is a project class with many valuable chain and bead techniques along the way; you will leave with Rhombus, Beaded Snake key fobs, and a healthy hobby under your hat.

Skill Level: Intermediate -- basic chain working and moderate hand-eye coordination.
Supply List: beading mat, optivisor, task lamp, and extension cord.
Pliers: two flat-nose, round-nose, and wire cutters.
Material Fee Includes: silver and bronze jump rings, silver wires, beads, and keyrings.



Sunday, September 27th
9am - Noon
Double Chaos Bracelet

In this wire jewelry workshop, we will explore the potential of wrapping wire with an electric screwdriver. This low-tech gizmo allows quick and spontaneous spinning of wire around wire into a bead structure to be embellished with gemstone beads, adding color to the implied motion. These beaded beads are then curved into an s-shape and combined with a mixed metal double chain, creating a unique bracelet with texture and silver pizzazz. Bracelets will be completed with student choice of forged s-clasp or magnetic clasp. This is a project class with many valuable chain and bead techniques along the way; you will leave with a bracelet on your wrist and a healthy hobby under your hat.


Skill Level: Beginner -- moderate hand-eye coordination helpful but no prerequisite.
Supply List: beading mat, optivisor, task lamp, and 3.6-volt electric screwdriver with 3-prong chuck adaptors (more info at: www.davidchain.com/toolkit.html).
Pliers: two flat-nose,chain-nose, and round-nose (instructor will bring pliers to share).
Material Fee Includes: printed handout, silver and bronze jump rings, silver and bronze wires, beads, and choice of forged S-clasp or new magnetic clasp


Sunday, September 27th
1pm - 4pm
Japanese Rose Bracelet

Looking for a creative boost to your jewelry repertoire? Come discover the intrigue of the ancient Japanese 12-1 radial chain patterns used by Samurai warriors for protection in battle. Taking an organic look at this radial chain pattern, we will make rounded rose forms to be connected in sequence into a finished bracelet. For this introductory workshop into chain jewelry design, we will use simple hand tools to assemble pre-cut silver and bronze jump rings. Bracelets will be completed with student choice of forged s-clasp or magnetic clasp. This is a project class with many valuable ring and chain techniques along the way; you will leave with a bracelet on your wrist and a healthy hobby under your hat.

Skill Level: Beginner -- moderate hand-eye coordination helpful but no prerequisite.
Supply List: beading mat, optivisor, task lamp, and extension cord.
Pliers: two flat-nose (instructor will bring pliers to share).
Material Fee Includes: printed handout, silver and bronze jump rings, and choice of forged S-clasp or new magnetic clasp


   
   

September 30 - October 5, 2009
Art & Soul
Portland, Oregon, USA

Art & Soul is a paper, fabric, jewelry and fiber arts retreat that brings a wide variety of skills and artistic talent together for a 5th year! Choose from dozens of mixed media workshops taught by internationally recognized instructors—designed to energize your creative spirit and reveal the secrets of your soul.

 

 


Wednesday, September 30th
9am - 4:30pm
Beaded Chaos Bracelet - #297

In this wire jewelry workshop, we will explore the potential of wrapping wire with an electric screwdriver. This low-tech gizmo allows quick and spontaneous spinning of wire around wire into a bead structure to be embellished with gemstone beads, adding color to the implied motion. These beaded beads are then curved into an S-shape and combined with interwoven jump rings, creating a unique bracelet with texture and silver pizzazz. Bracelets will be completed with student choice of forged s-clasp or magnetic clasp. No experience necessary, you will leave with a bracelet on your wrist and a healthy hobby under your hat.



Wednesday, September 30th
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Soldering with Silver - the easy way! - #296

Come and discover the simplified soldering techniques of a new silver alloy known as Argentium® Sterling Silver. With a simple propane torch, participants will design and create their own unique pendant centerpiece from Argentium sheet, wire and rings. With a full explanation of this alloy’s amazing working properties, we will explore repetition pattern created by bulls-eye and infinity designs and add overhanging rings to connect into a chain pattern. No experience necessary; just a big smile and willingness to conquer the fear of flame.

 

Thursday, October 1st
9am - 4:30pm
Zigzag Byzantine Bracelet - #295

Come explore the potential of silver jump rings and simple hand tools in this introductory to beaded chain workshop. With a demonstration on how to wrap and hand-cut your own jump rings; we will assemble pre-cut silver jump rings into the age-old Byzantine chain. This chain pattern will then be embellished with gemstone beads in a zigzag pattern, as seen on the first book’s cover. Bracelets will be completed with an s-clasp, and the class will conclude with a forging demonstration by hammer and anvil. No experience necessary, you will leave with a bracelet on your wrist and a healthy hobby under your hat.





Thursday, October 1st
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Beaded Infinity Bracelet - #298

For this introductory workshop into beaded chain jewelry design, we will be exploring how to set gemstone beads into the tri-metal Infinity chain pattern. Using the new mandrel-tip pliers, we will set gemstone beads onto headpins and assemble them into a simple two-on-one chain of bronze and silver rings. The final embellishment of copper infinity rings will overlap each silver ring adding visual depth and pattern. Bracelets will be completed with an s-clasp, and the class will conclude with a forging demonstration by hammer and anvil. No experience necessary, you will leave with a bracelet on your wrist and a healthy hobby under your hat.

 


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October 3 - 4, 2009
DIY Lounge at Collage
Portland, Oregon, USA

The DIY Lounge located within the Collage craft shop (1639 NE Alberta), located in the heart of the ultra-hip Alberta Arts District of Portland. The DIY Lounge offers an interdependent relationship between artists/designers and people wanting to learn to do-it-themselves fostering creative connections, and enriching our community. To register for these workshops, call Jen Neitzel at 503.804.2526 or send her an email.

Download PDF of beaded chain weekend workshop schedule


Saturday, October 3rd
10am - 1pm
Celtic Key Fob

Discover the cold-connecting techniques of the age-old Byzantine chain and then take it to the next level of embellishment. For this introductory workshop into beaded chain jewelry design, we will use simple hand tools to assemble pre-cut silver jump rings into a circle of Byzantine chain. This chain pattern is then combined into a large square pendant with four voids to be completed with gemstone beads. Optional patina and polish will be available for those that want an antiqued look to their sterling silver chain. No experience necessary, you will leave with a pendant on your key ring and a healthy hobby under your hat.

Skill Level: Beginner -- moderate hand-eye coordination helpful but no prerequisite.
Supply List: beading mat, optivisor, task lamp, and extension cord.
Tools Needed: two flat-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, and wire cutters.
Material Fee Includes: silver jump rings, beads, cable, crimp tube, and a key ring.

Celtic Byzantine Bracelet as illustrated in the first book, page 114.

 

 



 


Saturday, October 3rd
2pm - 5pm
Tornado-wrapped Earrings & Pendant

Learn to apply a variety of innovative bead embellishment techniques in this wire-wrapping workshop. We will be completing a pair of Tornado-wrapped Earrings and a Triple-wrapped Pendant from Scott’s second book, Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections. After a demonstration with a hot torch on how to make perfect headpins with 19-gauge Argentium silver wire, the class will use pre-made headpin wires to secure a 6mm gemstone bead with a fine wire wrapping of implied tornado vortex and then shape the remaining headpin wire into earring backs. We will then step-up to using a larger gauge silver headpin to hold a larger 15mm bead and then embellish with three strands of fine wire and finally shape the remaining headpin wire to create a centerpiece Pendant. No experience necessary, you will leave with a pair of earrings, a necklace pendant, and a healthy hobby under your hat.

Skill Level: Beginner -- moderate hand-eye coordination helpful but no prerequisite.
Supply List: beading mat, optivisor, task lamp, extension cord, and one 15mm bead.
Tools Needed: chain-nose pliers, wire cutters.
Material Fee Includes: 19- & 16-gauge silver headpins, 24-gauge silver or gold wires, and 6mm gemstone beads.

 

 

 



 


Sunday, October 4th
10am - 1pm
Japanese Key Fob & Twin Earrings

Looking for a creative boost to your jewelry repertoire? Come discover the intrigue of the ancient Japanese 12-1 radial chain patterns used by Samurai warriors for protection in battle. For this introductory workshop into beaded chain jewelry design, we will use simple hand tools to assemble pre-cut silver and bronze jump rings into a triangular key fob. We will then set carnelian tube beads onto wire and assemble a small section of Japanese 12-1 chain at both ends to create a stunning pair of earrings. Finally, we will be bending 19-gauge silver headpins into matching earring wires to wear your creations. No experience necessary, you will leave with a triangle keyfob, a pair of earrings, and a healthy hobby under your hat.

Skill Level: Beginner -- moderate hand-eye coordination helpful but no prerequisite.
Supply List: beading mat, optivisor, task lamp, and extension cord.
Tools Needed: two flat-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, wire cutters.
Material Fee Includes: silver and bronze jump rings, bronze wires, silver headpins, carnelian tube beads, and a key ring.


 



 


Sunday, October 4th
2pm - 5pm
European Rhombus & Beaded Snake Key Fobs

Come explore the potential of silver and bronze jump rings in this introductory to beaded chain workshop where we will complete a European 4-1 Rhombus keyfob and a Beaded Snake keyfob from Scott’s second book, Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections. We will start by assembling large 15-gauge silver and bronze jump rings into the ancient European 4-1 pattern, to create a rhombus-shaped chain-maille sheet. For the second, more challenging key fob, we will set three 6mm beads with a single-loop-around technique on headpins. From these beads we will assemble a five-row European 4-1 chain pattern to be rolled up and completed with a sixth row to create the six-sided Snake chain. This is a project class with many valuable chain and bead techniques along the way; you will leave with Rhombus and Beaded Snake key fobs, and a healthy hobby under your hat.

Skill Level Intermediate -- basic chain working and moderate hand-eye coordination.
Supply List: beading mat, optivisor, task lamp, and extension cord.
Tools Needed: two flat-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, wire cutters.
Material Fee Includes: silver and bronze jump rings, silver wires, beads, and key rings.

 

 




 

To view the full 2008 schedule, to view the past 2007 schedule.

Here are a variety of workshops that I taught in 2008

Byzantine Fish Keyfobs


Double Chaos Bracelet


Tri-metal Infinity Bracelet


Soldering with Argentium


Triple Tripoli Triangle

Beaded Chaos Bracelet

Tornado Byzantine Bracelet

Zigzag Byzantine Bracelet


Beaded Tripoli Bracelet

Beaded Flower Bracelet

Serrated Byzantine Bracelet

PMC Byzantine Bracelet

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