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Workshop PhotoFIRE AMMONITE PENDANT

Instructor: Merilou Jenkins
Merilou Jenkins has been a professional art teacher for over 40 years as well as a professional craftsman and jewelry designer who has been named as an “Illustrious Artist”. She is also the recipient of numerous awards at art shows and internet competitions. Her work has been featured in... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$85 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration.
$50 » materials fee, includes sterling silver wire, 14K GF wire, 14K GF 3mm beads, fire ammonite fossil, jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home.

Although this design may look complicated it can be done by those with little or no wire wrapping experience. Beginners and accomplished wire workers will both enjoy this project. This dazzling pendant looks far more complicated than it actually is. You will use both 14K GF and sterling silver wire to wrap a wonderful fire ammonite... Read More

Workshop PhotoEtch and Patina Cuff

Instructor: Ann Sanicola
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $85 » (supplies and consumables included)

Explore the world of etching and patina. We will etch a copper cuff blank using electro etching techniques and the patina using a rainbow patina and then form the blank into a cuff. Students can expect to complete one cuff during class. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoJELLY JAR

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 10:00am to 11:00am
Fees: $20

Create a polymer clay jellyfish, captured in a tiny keepsake vessel! All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoSilk Scarves

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

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Workshop PhotoDesigner artisan toggle clasps

Instructor: Laura Stamper
Laura grew up in the expanses of rural Minnesota. The natural beauty of the countryside greatly influenced her creative endeavors. “I was always making things with mud and drawing animals on walls,” Laura says. Today she creates one of a kind wearable sculptures that celebrate... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $110 » kit included

This is the perfect class for beaders to try their hand at basic metalsmith techniques to create one of a kind focal toggle closures for their beautiful beaded creation! Students will design and make two, one of a kind toggles, using some basic fabrication techniques including dapping and soldering. This class will also teach basic tube... Read More

Workshop PhotoMended Heart

Instructor: Robert Lopez
Robert is a self-taught metalsmith. He tries to design his pieces to stand out from everything else out there. He feels he was drawn to fabricating jewelry due to its difficult and physical nature; forcing the metals and stones to transform into what he envisions them to become. He began slowly... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All. Beginner-Intermediate
Dates/Times: January 28, from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Fees:
$135 » class fee
$25 » kit fee

Students will learn to create this unique mended heart from Argentium Sterling Silver. Using Argentium Silver’s unique ability to be fractured when heated to a high temperature, something usually to be cautious of when working with this tarnish resistant silver. Students will then learn how to put the pieces back together learning... Read More

Workshop PhotoRIP-TORN mini vessels

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Fees: $10

Explore polymer clay color blending and create a tiny vessel with ripped clay patterning. All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoLearn to Solder on Metal Clay

Instructor: Carrie Story
Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $110 » includes premade fine silver piece, sterling silver wire, sterling silver bezel cup, choice of stone and use of materials and tools

Learn how to start incorporating traditional metal smith techniques into your metal clay work. By soldering metals to your metal clay, you can create a more versatile design while improving the durability of your finished pieces. You will learn to solder sterling silver onto finished fine silver metal clay and set a simple gemstone. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoOpen Face Ring

Instructor: Laura Stamper
Laura grew up in the expanses of rural Minnesota. The natural beauty of the countryside greatly influenced her creative endeavors. “I was always making things with mud and drawing animals on walls,” Laura says. Today she creates one of a kind wearable sculptures that celebrate... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $175 » kit included

Open face rings are the next new hot thing! They can give the appearance of wearing two rings at once. I will bring my personal stash of unusual and rough stones for students to pick from in creating this versatile statement ring. Imagination knows no bounds! ... Read More

Workshop PhotoStackables

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » some supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

String Bead is excited to be teaching how to make these trendy stackable rings! Instruction on how to make 5 different types of stackable rings. We will be pairing our soldering skills with our design skills to create this timeless, delicate project. We will be using bronze, copper, and sterling. Choose which types of rings best suit your... Read More

Workshop PhotoTHINKING CLEARLY with ThermaClear film

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $40

Explore the NEW ThermaClear film and the exciting ways it can be manipulated All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoPiercing Earrings

Instructor: Ann Sanicola
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: January 28, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $85 » copper (supplies and consumables included)

In this class we will explore piercing metal. We will choose a piercable pattern, transfer to that pattern to metal, saw out the pattern, dome the piece using dapping punches, then create earrings including a basic wrapped bead. Choice of several patterns, option to upgrade to silver at an additional cost. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoArtisan geode/druzy toggle clasp

Instructor: Laura Stamper
Laura grew up in the expanses of rural Minnesota. The natural beauty of the countryside greatly influenced her creative endeavors. “I was always making things with mud and drawing animals on walls,” Laura says. Today she creates one of a kind wearable sculptures that celebrate... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $110 » kit included

This is the perfect class for beaders who would like to try their hand at silversmithing. Students will design and make a one of a kind focal toggle, using a slice from an agate geode. Basic fabrication techniques will be taught including an intro to non traditional stone setting skills and techniques in embellishments. Read More

Workshop PhotoBeginning Torch Soldering

Instructor: Carole Witt
Graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Carole has been teaching for over 15 years. Carole and her remarkable staff have a lineup of more than 50 classes in their extensive Jewelry Supply Store, String Bead, in Chico California. They are always striving to increase their ability to reach... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

This is an in-depth class that will equip you for using soldering torches. Once you understand the soldering process, good torch control, and the proper steps, soldering is a lot of fun. This introductory class focuses on getting you started on the right path, so you can confidently work and troubleshoot on your own. The earrings and... Read More

Workshop PhotoBASIC BANGLE BRACELET

Instructor: Merilou Jenkins
Merilou Jenkins has been a professional art teacher for over 40 years as well as a professional craftsman and jewelry designer who has been named as an “Illustrious Artist”. She is also the recipient of numerous awards at art shows and internet competitions. Her work has been featured in... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$85 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration
$50 » materials fee include 12 page earring instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home.

Learn about tools, wire, gauges, how to bundle your wire, and many tips to produce a beautiful silver and gold bracelet. Learning about straightening, bundling and wrapping wire is a necessary step to moving on to more advanced projects. It is necessary to learn to create the basic bracelet in order to move on to produce a more complex... Read More

Workshop PhotoEtched Silver Cuff

Instructor: Ann Sanicola
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $115 » (including one silver filled bracelet blank)

In this class we will explore silver etching, etching cuff bracelets using heavy weight silver filled, using custom cut stickers. The technique will also transfer to using sterling silver. Choice of sticker patterns available. Upgrade to sterling silver available at an additional cost. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoICE Resin 101

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry.... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 9:00am to 11:00am
Fees: $55

Explore the vast possibilities resins have to offer in jewelry in combination with metal bezels. Learn proper mixing, application, combining and pouring layers and safety tips. This hands on workshop offers many foundational techniques from filling hollow bezel forms with photo text, foil and layering of materials. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoButton Blossom Mixed Media Pendant

Instructor: Julie Picarello
Award-winning artist, author and international instructor known for her color esthetics, design sense, and joyful teaching style. Learn more at http://www.yhdesigns.com. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Fees: $85

Color, texture, and a mix of media...this 6-hour workshop has it all! Students will explore the magic of polymer color mixing and experiment with surface design techniques to create a vibrant array of polymer petals - then layer a combination of vintage buttons, wire mesh, and punched or textured metal disks to form an eye-catching... Read More

Workshop PhotoFREE class: Impress Me pendants

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 10:00am to 11:00am
Fees: $0

Want to know how to make and use silicon molds with polymer clay? Join the fun, and create several pendants too! All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Even though this class is free, seats are limited so sign up to save your spot! Read More

Workshop PhotoEtching

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Always adding new things! We will cover chemical etching, making up to two pairs of earrings. Electric etching, making a pendant, and discussing other ways to achieve the etch you are looking for. We cover a wide range of resists, when and where they work best and which etch to use where. If you have a favorite small rubber stamp…... Read More

Workshop PhotoBroken Dish Bracelet

Instructor: Laura Stamper
Laura grew up in the expanses of rural Minnesota. The natural beauty of the countryside greatly influenced her creative endeavors. “I was always making things with mud and drawing animals on walls,” Laura says. Today she creates one of a kind wearable sculptures that celebrate... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Fees: $225 » materials included

This is a favorite encore class that Laura teaches at Quench Jewelry Arts. In this workshop, students will design and create a one of a kind bracelet using vintage china to make an art bracelet in sterling silver. Laura specializes in non traditional stone setting and in this class, students will gain experience in creating bezels for... Read More

Workshop PhotoTINY TIDEPOOL pendant

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Fees: $15

A tiny underwater world awaits you! Use polymer and resin to create a tidepool pendant using a Nunn Design open bezel. All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoCasting Resin 101

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry.... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Fees: $55

Learn the proper and basic structure and techniques for casting with resin. Create a unique mold with found and uncommon objects. Learn techniques for casting closed and open molds. Color, tint, foil and oxidize your mold in preparation for pouring resin. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoHandsculpting Metal Clay

Instructor: Carrie Story
Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $150 » includes 50 grams of Prometheus Bronze clay, Wood or Horn Bracelet, and use of materials, patinas and tools

Trying to go beyond the stamps and texture sheets with your metal clay? This is the class for you. Learn how to sculpt your metal clay with simple tools right in the palm of your hand. You will learn to create ultra detailed pieces of metal clay, affix them to Creative Foundations and patina to enhance the kiln colors. Carrie will... Read More

Workshop PhotoElectroPlating

Instructor: Symone Beasley
Symone Beasley is one of String Bead’s golden girls. She has worked alongside all the instructors and has played a vital role in helping with all the classes taught at the shop. Symone is patents at its best! and our very best beginners instructor. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » some supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Turn a boring piece into a thing of beauty! Get rid of your solder marks! Fix Grandma’s pieces! After months of research and experimentation, we are confident you will enjoy electroplating- with an extra nod at electroforming. We will pen-plate a section of a piece. We will each emersion-plate an entire piece, and we will discuss... Read More

Workshop PhotoSparkly Silk Tassel Necklace

Instructor: Laura Gasparrini
Teaching the Art of Beadwork for over 15 years and creating jewelry since childhood. She is the principle designer and owner of Om Tara! Temple Arts and Inspired Adornment. Laura offers classes privately in beautiful Santa Barbara, California and beyond. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $75 » all materials included

You’ve seen them around – those easy-to-wear, delicate and beautiful sparkly tassel necklaces. Now you can make your own using basic stringing, wirework and silk-knotting techniques. In this class you’ll combine Czech glass, metal beads, pearls, crystals, wire and silk cord to make a one-of-a-kind necklace for your... Read More

Workshop PhotoGlass Bead Making

Instructor: Carole Witt
Graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Carole has been teaching for over 15 years. Carole and her remarkable staff have a lineup of more than 50 classes in their extensive Jewelry Supply Store, String Bead, in Chico California. They are always striving to increase their ability to reach... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $250 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Lampwork Glass bead making, that’s right—Lampwork Glass BEAD MAKING! We finally got the OK! Yippee! We will get to use our torches, but outside ONLY, so DRESS WARM! We have very LIMITED SPACE so sign up now. StringBead has been lampworking for over 20 years. It’s our favorite thing to do, and we are THRILLED that we get... Read More

Workshop PhotoFABULOUS MR. STEAMPUNK FOX pendant

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 2:30pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $40

Get foxy with steampunk! Create a fabulous pendant with polymer and mixed media. All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoBrazing Bold- Resin & Silver

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry.... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $75

In this workshop, start by focusing on hand-making a sterling silver bezel by braising a simple open back bezel form using gallery wire. Learn practical metalworking skills in brazing, filing, sanding and finishing to create a small open form bezel of traditional bezel wire. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoPiercing Pendant

Instructor: Ann Sanicola
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: January 29, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $85 » copper (supplies and consumables included)

Intermediate – familiarity with a jewelers saw is a must. In this class we will explore piercing metal. We will choose a piercable pattern, transfer to that pattern to metal, saw out the pattern, dome the piece using dapping punches, then create a pendant including a basic forged bail. Choice of several patterns, option to upgrade... Read More

Workshop PhotoMasters Talisman Project

Instructors: Meredith Arnold (mixed media and wire); Marilyn Gardiner (chainmail); Susan Lenart Kazmer (resin); Kate Richbourg (metalwork); Eva Sherman (cold connections); and Carrie Story (metal clay).
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 29, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $60

Come and participate in an adventure with multimedia jewelry experts! You will spend a half-hour with each of three instructors of your choice—and walk away with a special, talisman necklace. Each instructor will teach 3 sessions during the ... Read More

Workshop PhotoBASIC PENDANT

Instructor: Merilou Jenkins
Merilou Jenkins has been a professional art teacher for over 40 years as well as a professional craftsman and jewelry designer who has been named as an “Illustrious Artist”. She is also the recipient of numerous awards at art shows and internet competitions. Her work has been featured in... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$85 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration
$55 » Materials fee

No experience required! This is a basic class and a foundation for many other types of wire wrapping. I will discuss tools, wire, gauges and provide many tips to produce a beautiful silver wrapped pendant. A black silk cord will also be provided so you can wear your creation home in style! Learning about straightening, bundling and... Read More

Workshop PhotoMegara Bracelet (Beginner)

Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
Marilyn Gardiner has a passion for creating beadwork jewelry—and now chain mail jewelry as well. Her jewellery reflects her love of pattern, design and colour from different eras and cultures. She is a teacher who enjoys working with adults to create jewellery. She teaches various jewellery... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees:
$50 » for workshop
$72 » for silver filled (925/10) bracelet kit
$27 » or Copper & Black Enameled Copper bracelet kit

This sassy, smart bracelet combines style with movement. Trivia: it is named after the first wife of the Greek hero Hercules, and the character Meg in the Disney film Hercules. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoRubber Stamping and Transferring onto Epoxy Clay with UV resin

Instructor: Becky Nunn
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 9:00am to 10:00am
Fees: $30 » Class registration is non-refundable – sorry no exceptions. If for any reason you are unable to attend the class we do ask for the courtesy of letting us know as soon as possible by email, fax or phone. • PAYMENT: Payment is due at the time of registration via Visa, MasterCard or PayPal • DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Classes have a limited space and will be based on a first come first serve. If we have more students than spaces, we will start a waiting list and add two additional classes on Thursday, February 3, 2017.

Students will learn to create this faux porcelain look with the use of Crystal Clay, transfer sheets or rubber stamps. I will demonstrate how to use transfer sheets and rubber stamps first, then students will select one of the two techniques to create their own pendants. We will be using Gel du Soleil, a UV resin, to create a high gloss... Read More

Workshop PhotoSTAINED GLASS OCEAN pendant/wall piece

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $15

Create a stained glass effect with polymer clay, and use this easy technique to create an ocean scene to wear or hang in a window to catch the sun! All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoKnow Your Saw

Instructor: Atalia Molaro
Teacher, Designer, and Buyer, for String Bead Chico. Atalia has been creating new classes and teaching the elements of beading skills for over six years. Her open saw work and metal skills are unparalleled. She plays a vital role in helping to create the over fifty classes taught at String Bead. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

You only THINK you hate it…Let String Bead’s Atalia Molaro (fondly known as our saw whisperer) show you how fun Saw Work really is. There is something for everyone in this class. From beginners who have never picked up a saw to experienced folk who just need handy tips and advice on finishing and fine tuning. In her... Read More

Workshop PhotoWearable Journal

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry.... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Fees: $85

Create layers of extraordinary translucent pages using a collection of new ideas and techniques. Alter journal notes and paper by adding image and photo transfers, ink stamps, oil pastel and marker on tissue. Learn the beautiful art form of creating resin paper with rubs, burnings, oil pastel and colored pencil techniques. Learn to mix... Read More

Workshop PhotoCastle Ring

Instructor: Robert Lopez
Robert is a self-taught metalsmith. He tries to design his pieces to stand out from everything else out there. He feels he was drawn to fabricating jewelry due to its difficult and physical nature; forcing the metals and stones to transform into what he envisions them to become. He began slowly... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Fees:
$165 » workshop fee
$35 » kit fee

In this ring workshop students will learn a variation of bezel setting a 20mm round cabochon using tabs. Traditionally cabochons are set with 28-30 gauge bezel wire pushed around the stone. I have found in my work I like to use a heavier gauge bezel cut from 18-20 gauge sheet that I texture to give the piece more body; however, with... Read More

Workshop PhotoGlitter Roxs with UV resin

Instructor: Becky Nunn
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 10:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $30 » Class registration is non-refundable – sorry no exceptions. If for any reason you are unable to attend the class we do ask for the courtesy of letting us know as soon as possible by email, fax or phone. PAYMENT: Payment is due at the time of registration via Visa, MasterCard or PayPal DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Classes have a limited space and will be based on a first come first serve. If we have more students than spaces, we will start a waiting list and add two additional classes on Thursday, February 3, 2017.

Learn how to use Glitter Roxs and UV resin to create fast and easy elegant jewelry. In this class we will be learning about the pros and cons of Gel du Soleil, the brand of UV resin that Nunn Design distributes. After a brief demo, we will be creating 2 pendants with Glitter Rox and Gel du Soleil within the class. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoSOUTHWEST SWIRL pendant

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Fees: $10

Keeping it simple and elegant with polymer. Explore sculptural tricks and a faux mosaic technique to make this southwestern style pendant. All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoImperial Pearl Earrings

Instructor: Marla Salezze
Marla Salezze is a jewelry designer and teacher of bead weaving. Her original beadwork designs have been published in Bead & Button, Beadwork, Beading Daily, Step by Step Wire and Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazines. She is on the Nunn Design Innovations Team and a member of the Bead Society of... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Fees:
$30 » Class fee. Class registration is non-refundable – sorry no exceptions. If for any reason you are unable to attend the class we do ask for the courtesy of letting us know as soon as possible by email, fax or phone. • PAYMENT Payment is due at the time of registration via Visa, MasterCard or PayPal • DEADLINE TO REGISTER Classes have a limited space and will be based on a first come first serve. If we have more students than spaces, we will start a waiting list and add two additional classes on Thursday, February 3, 2017.
$35 » Kit fee

Peyote stitch 24k gold and sterling silver metal seed beads around gold plated channel beads and accent them with Swarovski pearls to create this designer inspired earring set. ... Read More

Identifying dyed versus natural stones

Instructor: Carole White
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Fees: $15

How to navigate the wide world of semi-precious stone treatments. Identify dyed stones versus natural. Arm yourself with information on the various treatments used to enhance the colors of gemstones typical to the bead industry. We will cover Turquoise, Ruby, Sapphire, Carnelian , Agates, Citrine, Smokey quartz, Aura quartz, reconstructed... Read More

Workshop PhotoTorch Enameling

Instructor: Atalia Molaro
Teacher, Designer, and Buyer, for String Bead Chico. Atalia has been creating new classes and teaching the elements of beading skills for over six years. Her open saw work and metal skills are unparalleled. She plays a vital role in helping to create the over fifty classes taught at String Bead. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

A fun class that takes the fear and uncertainty out of torch enameling. This is a remarkably simple technique that will change your metalwork from passé to pizzazz! Very limited class size, so sign up soon! Tools and materials included. Plenty of extra materials and tools are available for purchase. All skill levels are welcome.... Read More

Workshop PhotoKnotted Linen Gemstone Tassel Necklace

Instructor: Laura Gasparrini
Teaching the Art of Beadwork for over 15 years and creating jewelry since childhood. She is the principle designer and owner of Om Tara! Temple Arts and Inspired Adornment. Laura offers classes privately in beautiful Santa Barbara, California and beyond. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $75 » all materials included

Create this earthy and on-trend knotted linen gemstone necklace with a tumbly mixed-chain tassel. For a breezy style, wear it long, or double it for a chunky contemporary look. We’ll cover basic chain, wirework and cord-knotting techniques in this fun and inspiring class! Read More

Workshop PhotoContessa II Pendant

Instructor: Diane Whiting
Is a nationally recognized, award-winning designer and was one of the original CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI Ambassadors. She has been creating innovative jewelry and accessories for more than 10 years. Among other awards she has received, her “Crystal Bow Purse” placed 1st in... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees:
$35 » workshop fee
$28 » kit fee

Filigrees, bead embroidery and traditional bead weaving techniques are all combined to create a unique pendant with Swarovski pearls and crystals. The filigree is treated like fabric in embroidery to support the bead weaving. Read More

Workshop PhotoGood Vibrations Bracelet

Instructor: Marla Salezze
Marla Salezze is a jewelry designer and teacher of bead weaving. Her original beadwork designs have been published in Bead & Button, Beadwork, Beading Daily, Step by Step Wire and Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazines. She is on the Nunn Design Innovations Team and a member of the Bead Society of... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Fees:
$30 » Class fee. Class registration is non-refundable – sorry no exceptions. If for any reason you are unable to attend the class we do ask for the courtesy of letting us know as soon as possible by email, fax or phone. • PAYMENT Payment is due at the time of registration via Visa, MasterCard or PayPal • DEADLINE TO REGISTER Classes have a limited space and will be based on a first come first serve. If we have more students than spaces, we will start a waiting list and add two additional classes on Thursday, February 3, 2017.
$46 » Kit fee

Beadweave a charm out of gemstone beads, Swarovski crystals and metal seed beads and adorn an adjustable bangle with the handmade charm and a few metal charms to make a bracelet filled with good vibrations. A variety of gemstone beads and charms with varying meanings and special intentions will be available for each student to choose... Read More

Workshop PhotoGLOW-IN-THE-DARK GARGOYLE

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees: $10

What’s more fun than a gargoyle? One that glows in the dark! Use polymer and chalk to create this delightfully gruesome mini sculpture. All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoWire Links

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry.... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $65

In this hands on workshop learn the usefulness of this age old technique reminiscent of our ancestors long ago. Using 10 gauge bronze wire, explore the possibilities of how it relates to jewelry design, form and structure. Learn the correct methods for hand hammering and alternately annealing wire for malleability and compliance. This... Read More

Workshop PhotoCreative Foundations

Instructor: Carrie Story
Instructor: Carrie Story Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $65 » includes wood or horn bracelet, bezel, stone selection and use of materials, patinas and tools

Get creative while exploring the wonderful world of color! Learn to use patina paints to create stunning designs on wood, buffalo horn or metal components. Students will work with Vintaj patinas and practice applying to achieve dimension and depth. Once the colors have been finished, you will attach a bezel cup and set a gemstone of your... Read More

Workshop PhotoECLECTIC HEART pendant with epoxy clay

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $15

Have you played with epoxy clay yet? Well, what are you waiting for? It’s awesome stuff! Create a mosaic-y heart pendant with polymer clay and beady bits. All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoAdvanced Torch Enameling

Instructor: Atalia Molaro
Teacher, Designer, and Buyer, for String Bead Chico. Atalia has been creating new classes and teaching the elements of beading skills for over six years. Her open saw work and metal skills are unparalleled. She plays a vital role in helping to create the over fifty classes taught at String Bead. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Taking torch enameling to the next level for all you enthusiasts! Let's take it up a notch. In this advanced class, we will be using stencils, stamps, and shields, as well as exploring wet-packing, painting, and sgraffito. Also included is all sorts of new tips and suggestions for using stringers, millifori, and multiple wires in... Read More

Workshop PhotoDrilling Found Objects

Instructor: Beth Shea
Owner of Echo Artworks: http://www.echoartworks.com/ Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees:
$65 » workshop fee
$10 » kit fee

Ever come back from a beach vacation with your pockets filled with shells, beach stones, sea glass and other bits of flotsam you just had to take home with you? Found a great trinket at the junk shop or on the sidewalk and thought it would be great in a jewelry piece? Dying to use that great druzy or chunk of lapis but it has no hole?... Read More

Workshop PhotoWIRE WRAP FIVE BEAD BANGLE

Instructor: Merilou Jenkins
Merilou Jenkins has been a professional art teacher for over 40 years as well as a professional craftsman and jewelry designer who has been named as an “Illustrious Artist”. She is also the recipient of numerous awards at art shows and internet competitions. Her work has been featured in... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$85 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration
$50 » materials fee includes sterling silver wire, up to 75 3mm 14K GF beads, jeweler's polishing cloth, a fleece work mat and a copy of her 12 page instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home

You will learn about wire temper, wire gauges, and wire shapes as well as tools. I will show you how to make this design in various ... Read More

Workshop PhotoGarter Belt Bracelet (Beginner Plus)

Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
Marilyn Gardiner has a passion for creating beadwork jewelry—and now chain mail jewelry as well. Her jewellery reflects her love of pattern, design and colour from different eras and cultures. She is a teacher who enjoys working with adults to create jewellery. She teaches various jewellery... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees:
$50 » for workshop
$98 » Argentium® sterling silver bracelet kit
$27 » jewelers’ bronze necklace kit

Think sexy, sultry and feminine! The curvy pattern of this weave creates a flat, stylish bracelet that is fun to wear. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoFaux Porcelain

Instructor: Becky Nunn
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 9:00am to 10:00am
Fees: $30 » Class fee. Class registration is non-refundable – sorry no exceptions. If for any reason you are unable to attend the class we do ask for the courtesy of letting us know as soon as possible by email, fax or phone. • PAYMENT Payment is due at the time of registration via Visa, MasterCard or PayPal • DEADLINE TO REGISTER Classes have a limited space and will be based on a first come first serve. If we have more students than spaces, we will start a waiting list and add two additional classes on Thursday, February 3, 2017.

Students will learn to use a silicone molding putty to create a mold, learn how to mix and use Crystal Clay to create an impression in the mold and how to colorize Nunn Design 2-Part Resin and then how to apply it to onto the impression. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoPolymer & Resin Tribal Pendant

Instructor: Julie Picarello
Award-winning artist, author and international instructor known for her color esthetics, design sense, and joyful teaching style. Learn more at http://www.yhdesigns.com. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Fees: $85

In this 6-hour workshop, students will explore an adaptation of an ancient metalsmithing technique to imprint eye-catching designs in polymer clay. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoFREE class: TINY DRAGONFLIES

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 10:00am to 11:00am
Fees: $0

How can you resist this fun and easy class?! Make tiny little dragonflies with polymer clay. All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Even though this class is free, seats are limited so sign up to save your spot! Read More

Workshop PhotoDowntown Lights Convertible Necklace/Bracelet

Instructor: Diane Whiting
Is a nationally recognized, award-winning designer and was one of the original CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI Ambassadors. She has been creating innovative jewelry and accessories for more than 10 years. Among other awards she has received, her “Crystal Bow Purse” placed 1st in... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$25 » workshop fee
$25 » kit fee

Stitch a sparkling, convertible necklace that can be worn with or without tassels or a pendant, or as a bracelet. This project is perfect for beginners who want a quick-to-learn stitch with immediate results, or experienced beaders who want a new project they can whip up for gifts or sales. Read More

Workshop PhotoBeginning Torch Soldering

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 10:00am to 1:30pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

This is an in-depth class that will equip you for using soldering torches. Once you understand the soldering process, good torch control, and the proper steps, soldering is a lot of fun. This introductory class focuses on getting you started on the right path, so you can confidently work and troubleshoot on your own. The earrings and... Read More

Workshop PhotoAltered Surface Bracelet

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry.... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Fees: $125

Add color, layer and style to your metalwork. Learn personal methods, formulas and techniques for altering, patterning and coloring the surface of sheet metal. Work with hand made traditional and nontraditional formulas to create colorful patinas and emulate artifacts from a lost civilization. Build dimensional pieces by dapping,... Read More

Workshop PhotoSculpted Resin

Instructor: Becky Nunn
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 10:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $30 » Class fee. Class registration is non-refundable – sorry no exceptions. If for any reason you are unable to attend the class we do ask for the courtesy of letting us know as soon as possible by email, fax or phone. • PAYMENT Payment is due at the time of registration via Visa, MasterCard or PayPal • DEADLINE TO REGISTER Classes have a limited space and will be based on a first come first serve. If we have more students than spaces, we will start a waiting list and add two additional classes on Thursday, February 3, 2017.

Students will learn to use a silicone molding putty to create a Sculpted Resin Mold and colorize Nunn Design 2 Part Resin with colorants and mica powders. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoCAT& MOUSE

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Fees: $10

Too cute, right? You know you wanna make this sweet little cat and mouse mini sculpture from polymer clay. All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoFaux Raku with Metal Clay

Instructor: Carrie Story
Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $110 » includes 20g Prometheus Copper, 10g Prometheus White Bronze Syringe and use of materials and tools

Learn to use Prometheus metal clay to create earring components that feature a brand new surface coloring technique; a sort of faux raku" on your creations. Just like its ceramic clay cousin, Carrie's faux raku technique can produce iridescent, unpredictable, and gorgeous results. Students will learn to draw with metal clay... Read More

Workshop PhotoStone Heart Pendant

Instructor: Marla Salezze
Marla Salezze is a jewelry designer and teacher of bead weaving. Her original beadwork designs have been published in Bead & Button, Beadwork, Beading Daily, Step by Step Wire and Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazines. She is on the Nunn Design Innovations Team and a member of the Bead Society of... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Fees:
$30 » Class fee. Class registration is non-refundable – sorry no exceptions. If for any reason you are unable to attend the class we do ask for the courtesy of letting us know as soon as possible by email, fax or phone. • PAYMENT Payment is due at the time of registration via Visa, MasterCard or PayPal • DEADLINE TO REGISTER Classes have a limited space and will be based on a first come first serve. If we have more students than spaces, we will start a waiting list and add two additional classes on Thursday, February 3, 2017.
$59 » Kit fee

Create this pendant using stones, peyote stitched beads and a rustic heart pendant, all hanging from deerskin lace that can be adjusted to wear long or short. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoInterchangeable French Tassels

Instructor: Diane Whiting
Is a nationally recognized, award-winning designer and was one of the original CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI Ambassadors. She has been creating innovative jewelry and accessories for more than 10 years. Among other awards she has received, her “Crystal Bow Purse” placed 1st in... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Fees:
$30 » workshop fee
$27 » kit fee

Tassels are this year's biggest trend, and these are the best! Learn the traditional French method for making tassels of any size or width that have a flat, tailored top which offers multiple embellishment possibilities. These tassels have a convertible clasp attached so you can wear them with a variety of ropes or as a pendant. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoMake Your Own Findings

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Simple solder joints, Annealing, Melting, Headpins, Bails, Toggles, Earwires, S-hooks AND SOLDERING!!! We will “basic” solder in this class but do not go into the science behind soldering like we do in “Torch Soldering” We recommend if you are planning to do a lot of soldering you take both. In this class we... Read More

Workshop PhotoFun and Cute Button Earrings

Instructor: Laura Moore
Http://www.billysabadkitty.com/ Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All. Some metal clay experience is helpful but not necessary
Dates/Times: January 31, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees:
$69 » Workshop Fee
$25 » Kit fee

Made from silver clay these post earrings are quick and easy to make. You will learn a way to make and embed your own earring post. I will have some botanic molds and various texture plates available for students to use, or you can bring one of your own. You will leave class with a completed pair of earrings. Read More

Workshop PhotoDoodle Cuff

Instructor: Marla Salezze
Marla Salezze is a jewelry designer and teacher of bead weaving. Her original beadwork designs have been published in Bead & Button, Beadwork, Beading Daily, Step by Step Wire and Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazines. She is on the Nunn Design Innovations Team and a member of the Bead Society of... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Fees:
$30 » Class fee. Class registration is non-refundable – sorry no exceptions. If for any reason you are unable to attend the class we do ask for the courtesy of letting us know as soon as possible by email, fax or phone. • PAYMENT Payment is due at the time of registration via Visa, MasterCard or PayPal • DEADLINE TO REGISTER Classes have a limited space and will be based on a first come first serve. If we have more students than spaces, we will start a waiting list and add two additional classes on Thursday, February 3, 2017.
$42 » Kit fee

Turn the popular style of doodling—known as Zentangle ®—into a bead-embroidered bracelet. Bead-embroider a Zentangle pattern and insert it into a pre-fabricated metal bezel that is then attached to an adjustable leather snap bracelet. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoINSTANT ARTIFACT with Swellegant

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $15

What’s the deal with Swellegant? Find out what all the fuss is about in this two-hour romp using metal coatings and patinas on polymer! All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoDepth & Dimension; Glass & Bronze Clay

Instructor: Carrie Story
Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $120 » includes 50g Prometheus Bronze, glass cabochons and use of materials and tools

Glass and metal clay mix together beautifully to create stunning jewelry components. Learn to utilize the attractive properties of glass against your bronze metal clay components. Carrie will provide in-depth design considerations and firing guidelines while encouraging your creativity. Proper firing techniques and equipment will be... Read More

Workshop PhotoIntermediate Soldering

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $79 » some supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Knowing how to use your torch is just the beginning! Learning proper setup, fit, how to control your solder flow, why joints break sometimes, what metals do what in the flame, and how to troubleshoot all of the above is the focus of this class while giving you loads of time at the torch. Working with different gauges, shapes and wire... Read More

Workshop PhotoMetal Etching

Instructor: Beth Shea
Owner of Echo Artworks: http://www.echoartworks.com/ Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees:
$55 » workshop fee
$20 » kit fee

A new way to add texture & design to metal. Draw or stamp a design on copper or brass sheet metal & use a salt etching solution to cut your design into the metal. Learn the basics of how to choose metals, the setup of your etching bath, and how to create or transfer your images with resists. We will cover, etching safety,... Read More

Workshop PhotoWIRE WRAP SWAROVSI EARRINGS

Instructor: Merilou Jenkins
Merilou Jenkins has been a professional art teacher for over 40 years as well as a professional craftsman and jewelry designer who has been named as an “Illustrious Artist”. She is also the recipient of numerous awards at art shows and internet competitions. Her work has been featured in... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$85 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration
$50 » materials fee includes sterling silver wire, 22 square Swarovski cubes (color of your choice), jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home.

Although these earrings look complicated they can be done by those with little or no wire wrapping experience. Beginners and accomplished wire workers will both enjoy these earrings. The earrings are fairly light so they do not pull on your earlobes but they have a dazzling effect! With a little know-how you can enlarge the pattern to... Read More

Workshop PhotoSilver etched earrings

Instructor: Ann Sanicola
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: Intermediate. Familiarity with basic metalsmithing techniques required (Prior use of a jeweler’s saw, planishing and dapping specifically).
Dates/Times: February 1, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $150 » (supplies and consumables included)

Etch a sheet of sterling silver using electro etch techniques. We will discuss and use several methods of resists that will hold up to the etching process for silver. When out etching is complete we will select several shapes, cut them out from the sheet, dap them for dimension and make ear wires to match. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoWorking with Organics in Resin

Instructor: Becky Nunn
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 9:00am to 10:00am
Fees: $30 » Class fee. Class registration is non-refundable – sorry no exceptions. If for any reason you are unable to attend the class we do ask for the courtesy of letting us know as soon as possible by email, fax or phone. • PAYMENT Payment is due at the time of registration via Visa, MasterCard or PayPal • DEADLINE TO REGISTER Classes have a limited space and will be based on a first come first serve. If we have more students than spaces, we will start a waiting list and add two additional classes on Thursday, February 3, 2017.

Students will learn how to dry and prepare organics for resin use, how to embed organics and then how to mix and use Nunn Design 2-Part Resin. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoWorking with Leather – Macramé Bracelets!

Instructor: Laura Gasparrini
Teaching the Art of Beadwork for over 15 years and creating jewelry since childhood. She is the principle designer and owner of Om Tara! Temple Arts and Inspired Adornment. Laura offers classes privately in beautiful Santa Barbara, California and beyond. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Fees: $75 » all materials included

Learn basic macramé knots for creating simply beautiful leather and pearl bracelets. Make them short to stack together or wear separately; make them long to wrap several times around your wrist or wear as a necklace. We will design several different styles of macrame bracelets in this class. Read More

Workshop PhotoTINTING & ANTIQUING with Swellegant

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Fees: $15

More fun with Swellegant metal coatings, patinas and dyes. In this workshop explore a different way to use these fun products with polymer clay. All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoEar cuffs and Climbers

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » some supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Let’s dress up your ears! With Cuffs and Climbers! Torch Soldering skills are necessary for this class. Let’s play with tube settings and half drilled pearls; prong settings are also available. This is a fun intermediate class where we put your soldering skills to the test! All tools are provided. Your seat in the class is... Read More

Workshop PhotoShell Spiral Bracelet

Instructor: Diane Whiting
Is a nationally recognized, award-winning designer and was one of the original CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI Ambassadors. She has been creating innovative jewelry and accessories for more than 10 years. Among other awards she has received, her “Crystal Bow Purse” placed 1st in... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$35 » workshop fee
$20 » kit fee. Note: Magnetic Clasp is $15.00 more

This easy version of a spiral stitch makes a bracelet you’ll want to wear with everything. Three finishing techniques will be taught: Bangle, Magnetic or Interchangeable clasps so you can choose your own preference. Multiple colorways will be available, as well as a choice of gold or silver clasps. Read More

Workshop PhotoMaking Connections

Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry.... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Fees: $125

Combine layers of metal sheet, found objects and paper to create layers of negative and positive space to complete an unusual wearable charms, Talismans and pendants. Focus on cold joining techniques such as riveting traditional, nut and screw, bundled objects such as a small stack of paper. Also, learn to add height and dimension by... Read More

Workshop PhotoOpen Back Bezels with resin

Instructor: Becky Nunn
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 10:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $30 » Class fee. Class registration is non-refundable – sorry no exceptions. If for any reason you are unable to attend the class we do ask for the courtesy of letting us know as soon as possible by email, fax or phone. • PAYMENT Payment is due at the time of registration via Visa, MasterCard or PayPal • DEADLINE TO REGISTER Classes have a limited space and will be based on a first come first serve. If we have more students than spaces, we will start a waiting list and add two additional classes on Thursday, February 3, 2017.

Students will learn how to mix and colorize Nunn Design 2-Part Resin using bezels that have an open back. Students will have a chance to play with mica powders and Glitter Roxs to create unique pendants. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoFaux Raku with Metal Clay

Instructor: Carrie Story
Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $110 » includes 20g Prometheus Copper, 10g Prometheus White Bronze Syringe and use of materials and tools

Learn to use Prometheus metal clay to create earring components that feature a brand new surface coloring technique; a sort of faux raku" on your creations. Just like its ceramic clay cousin, Carrie's faux raku technique can produce iridescent, unpredictable, and gorgeous results. Students will learn to draw with metal clay... Read More

Workshop PhotoWHAT THE SWELL?! sampler of tiles with Swellegant

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Fees: $15

Let’s create some tiles! This is a great way to sample each of the Swellegant metal colors and the ways the patinas and dyes interact with them! (and, pssst… guess what… the next class uses tiles to decorate a tin… maybe you’ll want to sign up for that class too, and just stay and continue creating!) ... Read More

Workshop PhotoBead and Button Jewelry

Instructor: Helen Driggs
Helen Driggs is the former Jewelry Group Technical Editor for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and an experienced metalsmith. Her popular column “Cool Tools & Hip Tips” and video library: Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Fabrication, Rivets & Cold Connections, Machine Finishing... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Workshop
$25 » Kit. Kit Contents: 2” Button, 1” Button, 2 colors faceted crystal or 8/0 beads,18 ga. Brass core wire/armature, 28 ga. Brass coiling wire/armature, 5 large hole glass beads, 2 colors 28 ga. beaded perimeter wire, Fiber hanging cord

Break out the old button box -- we'll elevate ordinary buttons into wonderful, wearable center-stage focals for all types of jewelry. Learn how to modify old or new buttons using wire and inventive connection methods like wiring, riveting and other cold connections to create button bracelets, pendants or earrings with a modern twist.... Read More

Workshop PhotoProng Setting

Instructor: Carole Witt
Graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Carole has been teaching for over 15 years. Carole and her remarkable staff have a lineup of more than 50 classes in their extensive Jewelry Supply Store, String Bead, in Chico California. They are always striving to increase their ability to reach... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: Intermediate. Torch Soldering skills necessary.
Dates/Times: February 1, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » some supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Okay, you’ve been asking for years, sooooooo… here it is! Prong Settings! We will cover how to make prongs from scratch, how to use pre-made prongs, how to set uneven stones, calibrated stones, etc. Extensive handouts will cover basket setting assembly, prong cutting, and many other aspects. In class we will make a simple... Read More

Workshop PhotoFill the Gap – a 7 Cord Beaded Bracelet

Instructor: Sally Battis
Sally Battis – I have been crafting most of my life. Once I retired from my full time job, beading (Kumihimo mostly) has been my thing. I have an online store where I make and sell Kumihimo bead kits. I fell in love with a 7 cord braid called Fill the Gap a few years ago. I created a 7... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Workshop
$35 » Kits, will include the braiding disk, 7 cord template, beads, cord and clasp. Additional kits of just beads and cord are $25

Class is for a beaded bracelet of 7 different beads. There will be many different kits to choose from. Students will learn how to load and braid a beaded bracelet using only 7 cords as compared with the normal 8 cord Kumihimo round braid (Kongo Gumi). The finished braid looks very much like a kumihimo braid, but is much easier to... Read More

Workshop PhotoHigh Society Bracelet

Instructor: Diane Whiting
Is a nationally recognized, award-winning designer and was one of the original CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI Ambassadors. She has been creating innovative jewelry and accessories for more than 10 years. Among other awards she has received, her “Crystal Bow Purse” placed 1st in... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees:
$35 » workshop fee
$35 » kit fee

Elegant lines and unmistakable Swarovski sparkle are the main elements of this very wearable bracelet with a coordinated clasp. Learn Cubic Right Angle Weave the easy way with Diane’s new tool, included in the kit. Multiple colorways will be available. Read More

Workshop PhotoTOTALLY TILED TIN

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Fees: $15

Use stamps, texture sheets and molds to make a plethora of pretty tiles to decorate a small metal tin! (pssst, if you sign up for the Swellegant tile class just before this one, you can use some of those tiles in this project! Just a suggestion….) All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoFool proof prongs

Instructor: Ann Sanicola
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates/Times: February 1, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $85 » copper (supplies and consumables included)

Learn how to set stones without bezels. Learn to saw prongs and set a stone in this exciting class. 3 hours Materials provided by the instructor to complete one pendant. Additional materials will be available for purchase ... Read More

Workshop PhotoHow to Finish Metal

Instructor: Carole Witt
Graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Carole has been teaching for over 15 years. Carole and her remarkable staff have a lineup of more than 50 classes in their extensive Jewelry Supply Store, String Bead, in Chico California. They are always striving to increase their ability to reach... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

There is never time in classes to do proper FINISH work! This class is all about just that! We will be exploring the professional, provocative, and permanent way to achieve the right shine and brilliance of your metal. We will cover files, sandpapers, buffs, burnishers, compounds, pressure, power, protocol, and OH SO MUCH MORE! All tools... Read More

Workshop PhotoRiveted Rainbows - Color on Metal and Basic Cold Connections

Instructor: Beth Shea
Owner of Echo Artworks: http://www.echoartworks.com/ Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees:
$65 » workshop fee
$20 » kit fee

There are many ways to color to metal that do not require expensive torches or kilns. In this workshop, we'll explore a range of techniques to add color to all different metals; paints, patinas, inks, pastes and pencils included. You'll learn which methods are appropriate for which metals and everything you'll need to... Read More

Workshop PhotoELEGANT PATTERN WIRE BRACELET

Instructor: Merilou Jenkins
Merilou Jenkins has been a professional art teacher for over 40 years as well as a professional craftsman and jewelry designer who has been named as an “Illustrious Artist”. She is also the recipient of numerous awards at art shows and internet competitions. Her work has been featured in... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$85 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration
$50 » materials fee includes your choice of sterling silver pattern wire cut to size for your specific bracelet, as well as 14K gold fill and regular sterling silver wire, a jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home. This is a gorgeous elegant bracelet you should be proud to wear anywhere!

Bracelets are a hot commodity right now and are currently my best seller. In this class you will learn how to determine what gauge square wire to use with different thicknesses of pattern wires, how to bundle all the wires together and hold everything in place with strategically placed wraps, how to make the clasp and how to determine... Read More

Workshop PhotoRippling reticulated Earrings

Instructor: Ann Sanicola
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $105 » (supplies and consumables included)

Simple reticulation using silver filled metal. Method does not require additional backing or stabilization. Doming metal, setting a stone in bezel cup and create a pair of earwires. Choice of stones. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoCreative Foundations

Instructor: Carrie Story
Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees: $65 » includes wood or horn bracelet, bezel, stone selection and use of materials, patinas and tools

Get creative while exploring the wonderful world of color! Learn to use patina paints to create stunning designs on wood, buffalo horn or metal components. Students will work with Vintaj patinas and practice applying to achieve dimension and depth. Once the colors have been finished, you will attach a bezel cup and set a gemstone of your... Read More

Workshop PhotoColor on Metal

Instructor: Helen Driggs
Helen Driggs is the former Jewelry Group Technical Editor for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and an experienced metalsmith. Her popular column “Cool Tools & Hip Tips” and video library: Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Fabrication, Rivets & Cold Connections, Machine Finishing... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$65 » Workshop
$35 » Kit. Kit Contents: Sheet Metal, Premade rivets, Beads, Head Pins, Earwires, use of instructors color pencils and pastels, fixative

Learn how to add a splash of vibrant color to your jewelry metal! We’ll use colored pencils and pastels to create rich layered color on copper or brass. We will create an easy pair of earrings in class – or students have the option to create a simple riveted pendant if they are experienced at fabrication techniques like sawing... Read More

Workshop PhotoSTAINED GLASS BUTTERFLIES votive

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 10:00am to 11:30am
Fees: $10

Cover a small glass votive with translucent polymer and add some butterflies in a stained glass style – it looks awesome when the light shines through! All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoRiveting

Instructor: Atalia Molaro
Teacher, Designer, and Buyer, for String Bead Chico. Atalia has been creating new classes and teaching the elements of beading skills for over six years. Her open saw work and metal skills are unparalleled. She plays a vital role in helping to create the over fifty classes taught at String Bead. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

This is an introduction to joining metal without having to solder, PERFECT for all of us who don't have a torch! Some things just can’t take the heat. Soooooo rivet them! Learn all the different ways to: hide a rivet, dome a rivet, tube a rivet, make them from scratch, or properly use ready-made rivets while making a fun... Read More

Workshop PhotoBotanical Impressions in Silver Clay

Instructor: Laura Moore
Http://www.billysabadkitty.com/ Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Fees:
$110 » workshop fee
$25 » kit fee

An introduction to molding botanical specimens. We will make a pendant with a botanic imprint. Beginner and experienced clayers are both welcome. You will learn mold making, handling, forming, refining, firing, polishing and storing silver clay. All tools are provided by the instructor, if you have your own tool kit bring it along! Also... Read More

Workshop PhotoMY PRECIOUS 23k gold-leaf sgrafitto pendants

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Fees: $10

Scratching has never been so much fun! Learn the sgrafitto technique on real 23k. gold leaf in this quick and easy workshop. All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoPrometheus Bronze Boot Camp

Instructor: Carrie Story
Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $95 » includes 20g Prometheus Bronze and use of materials and tools

Learn everything you need to know about Prometheus Bronze clays. From the consistency to the firing options, this class will provide you with the working knowledge to use the clays efficiently and utilize the versatility of this great medium. Carrie will discuss the clay properties and provide a detailed explanation of torch and kiln... Read More

Workshop PhotoBead and Button Jewelry

Instructor: Helen Driggs
Helen Driggs is the former Jewelry Group Technical Editor for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and an experienced metalsmith. Her popular column “Cool Tools & Hip Tips” and video library: Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Fabrication, Rivets & Cold Connections, Machine Finishing... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Workshop
$25 » Kit. Kit Contents: 2” Button, 1” Button, 2 colors faceted crystal or 8/0 beads,18 ga. Brass core wire/armature, 28 ga. Brass coiling wire/armature, 5 large hole glass beads, 2 colors 28 ga. beaded perimeter wire, Fiber hanging cord

Break out the old button box -- we'll elevate ordinary buttons into wonderful, wearable center-stage focals for all types of jewelry. Learn how to modify old or new buttons using wire and inventive connection methods like wiring, riveting and other cold connections to create button bracelets, pendants or earrings with a modern twist.... Read More

Workshop PhotoInterchangeable French Tassels

Instructor: Diane Whiting
Is a nationally recognized, award-winning designer and was one of the original CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI Ambassadors. She has been creating innovative jewelry and accessories for more than 10 years. Among other awards she has received, her “Crystal Bow Purse” placed 1st in... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Fees:
$30 » workshop fee
$27 » kit fee

Tassels are this year's biggest trend, and these are the best! Learn the traditional French method for making tassels of any size or width that have a flat, tailored top which offers multiple embellishment possibilities. These tassels have a convertible clasp attached so you can wear them with a variety of ropes or as a pendant. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoIntermediate Riveting

Instructor: Atalia Molaro
Teacher, Designer, and Buyer, for String Bead Chico. Atalia has been creating new classes and teaching the elements of beading skills for over six years. Her open saw work and metal skills are unparalleled. She plays a vital role in helping to create the over fifty classes taught at String Bead. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: Intermediate, Riveting skills necessary.
Dates/Times: February 2, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Riveting the unrivetable! How do we rivet those fragile pieces? Keep them moving, and layer them, as well as keep them structurally sound. We will have limited components available, like our little enameled flowers, but taking the “enameled flower” class first gives you a lot more to work with. We will work on a pendant/ring... Read More

Workshop PhotoFill the Gap – a 7 Cord Beaded Bracelet

Instructor: Sally Battis
Sally Battis – I have been crafting most of my life. Once I retired from my full time job, beading (Kumihimo mostly) has been my thing. I have an online store where I make and sell Kumihimo bead kits. I fell in love with a 7 cord braid called Fill the Gap a few years ago. I created a 7... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Workshop
$35 » Kits, will include the braiding disk, 7 cord template, beads, cord and clasp. Additional kits of just beads and cord are $25

Class is for a beaded bracelet of 7 different beads. There will be many different kits to choose from. Students will learn how to load and braid a beaded bracelet using only 7 cords as compared with the normal 8 cord Kumihimo round braid (Kongo Gumi). The finished braid looks very much like a kumihimo braid, but is much easier to... Read More

Workshop PhotoPENCILS ON POLYMER

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $10

Oh yeah, pencils work on polymer. Come find out some tricks! All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoFUN BUNN

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Fees: $10

This mini sculpture is just darn sweet. Hop into this workshop and join the fun! All skill levels welcome! All materials included. Read More

Workshop PhotoOcean Waves Bracelet (Beginner Plus)

Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
Marilyn Gardiner has a passion for creating beadwork jewelry—and now chain mail jewelry as well. Her jewellery reflects her love of pattern, design and colour from different eras and cultures. She is a teacher who enjoys working with adults to create jewellery. She teaches various jewellery... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees:
$50 » for workshop
$64 » Argentium® sterling silve bracelet kit
$27 » Copper bracelet kit

A perfect name! You can almost smell the salt in the air and hear the seagulls as you watch the tide go out. Can you see the waves? ... Read More

Workshop PhotoTorch Enameling

Instructor: Atalia Molaro
Teacher, Designer, and Buyer, for String Bead Chico. Atalia has been creating new classes and teaching the elements of beading skills for over six years. Her open saw work and metal skills are unparalleled. She plays a vital role in helping to create the over fifty classes taught at String Bead. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

A fun class that takes the fear and uncertainty out of torch enameling. This is a remarkably simple technique that will change your metalwork from passé to pizzazz! Very limited class size, so sign up soon! Tools and materials included. Plenty of extra materials and tools are available for purchase. All skill levels are welcome.... Read More

Workshop PhotoNEFERTITI BRACELET

Instructor: Merilou Jenkins
Merilou Jenkins has been a professional art teacher for over 40 years as well as a professional craftsman and jewelry designer who has been named as an “Illustrious Artist”. She is also the recipient of numerous awards at art shows and internet competitions. Her work has been featured in... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Fees:
$85 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration
$50 » materials fee includes over 10 feet of sterling silver wire, jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home.

Although this bracelet looks complicated it can be done by those with little or no wire wrapping experience. Beginners and accomplished wire workers will both enjoy this bracelet. You will not only be proud to wear this home in style you will also learn how to re-create this stunning bracelet in small, medium or larger sizes. It can also... Read More

Workshop PhotoDouble Infinity Bracelet (Beginner)

Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
Marilyn Gardiner has a passion for creating beadwork jewelry—and now chain mail jewelry as well. Her jewellery reflects her love of pattern, design and colour from different eras and cultures. She is a teacher who enjoys working with adults to create jewellery. She teaches various jewellery... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees:
$50 » for workshop
$60 » Argentium® sterling silver bracelet kit
$38 » or for jewelers’ bronze bracelet kit
$36 » or for copper bracelet kit

Peer through your magnifiers and find the treasure! This weave is easy to make, yet so engaging. It's a delicate bracelet with mini-teardrop beads that embellish each set of magnifiers. Choose from 3 metals, each with different colors of beads.. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoUrban Conchos

Instructor: Helen Driggs
Helen Driggs is the former Jewelry Group Technical Editor for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and an experienced metalsmith. Her popular column “Cool Tools & Hip Tips” and video library: Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Fabrication, Rivets & Cold Connections, Machine Finishing... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Fees:
$65 » Workshop
$35 » Kit. Kit Contents: Metal sheet, recycled metal, other raw materials for mounting and riveting.

Let’s reinvent the ubiquitous concho into something more urban; fashion forward and environmentally friendly. Explore upcycling and cold-connections as you rethink a classic ornament icon. We will use a wide variety of materials and techniques and do some creative problem solving in this urban approach to a classic motif. Sawing... Read More

Workshop PhotoFUSION COLLUSION: TRIPLE TERRIFIC PENDANT workshop with Anne, Gail and Christi

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 9:30am to 5:30pm
Fees: $150

This workshop will feature three different skills - silver work with Anne Mitchell, embellishment on felt with Gail Crosman Moore and polymer cutout bead with Christi Friesen. You will combine all three projects into one fabulous necklace by the end of the workshop. All skill levels welcome! All tools provided! All materials included! Read More

Workshop PhotoSilk Scarves

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

The New Necklace ... Read More

Workshop PhotoSilver clay pendant with a bezel set cabochon

Instructor: Laura Moore
Http://www.billysabadkitty.com/ Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Fees:
$185 » workshop fee
$85 » kit fee

In this workshop you will learn my favorite method for making a bezel for a cabochon. We will create and fire the back plate for your silver pendant and learn to make your own bezel. Then we will attach the bezel using Silver Paste. You will then set your stone in your finished piece. This is an intermediate workshop; students must have... Read More

Workshop PhotoBeginners Silver Clay

Instructor: Carrie Story
Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $95 » includes 10g fine silver metal clay and use of materials and tools

Learn everything you need to know to make your own custom jewelry from metal clay in one straightforward class. You will learn to roll, shape, cut, texture, refine, fire and polish metal clay. Carrie will provide design considerations that will lead to successful finished pieces. Learn Carrie's firing guidelines and techniques so... Read More

Workshop PhotoColor on Metal

Instructor: Helen Driggs
Helen Driggs is the former Jewelry Group Technical Editor for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and an experienced metalsmith. Her popular column “Cool Tools & Hip Tips” and video library: Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Fabrication, Rivets & Cold Connections, Machine Finishing... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees:
$65 » Workshop
$35 » Kit. Kit Contents: Sheet Metal, Premade rivets, Beads, Head Pins, Earwires, use of instructors color pencils and pastels, fixative

Learn how to add a splash of vibrant color to your jewelry metal! We’ll use colored pencils and pastels to create rich layered color on copper or brass. We will create an easy pair of earrings in class – or students have the option to create a simple riveted pendant if they are experienced at fabrication techniques like sawing... Read More

Workshop PhotoHalf Drilled Pearls

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Everybody loves pearls. For Weddings, for Proms for oh, just everything! Nothing sets off and finishes a piece of jewelry or an outfit like a half drilled pearl in a proper setting. Learn the traditional setting procedures and also some fun unorthodox ways to keep your pearls both secure and professional. All tools are provided. Your... Read More

Workshop PhotoFill the Gap – a 7 Cord Beaded Bracelet

Instructor: Sally Battis
Sally Battis – I have been crafting most of my life. Once I retired from my full time job, beading (Kumihimo mostly) has been my thing. I have an online store where I make and sell Kumihimo bead kits. I fell in love with a 7 cord braid called Fill the Gap a few years ago. I created a 7... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees:
$50 » Workshop
$35 » Kits, will include the braiding disk, 7 cord template, beads, cord and clasp. Additional kits of just beads and cord are $25

Class is for a beaded bracelet of 7 different beads. There will be many different kits to choose from. Students will learn how to load and braid a beaded bracelet using only 7 cords as compared with the normal 8 cord Kumihimo round braid (Kongo Gumi). The finished braid looks very much like a kumihimo braid, but is much easier to... Read More

Workshop PhotoKnotted Pearl and Leather Tassel Necklace

Instructor: Laura Gasparrini
Teaching the Art of Beadwork for over 15 years and creating jewelry since childhood. She is the principle designer and owner of Om Tara! Temple Arts and Inspired Adornment. Laura offers classes privately in beautiful Santa Barbara, California and beyond. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $75 » all materials included

Learn to make this gorgeous Boho-style Leather and Linen Knotted Pearl Tassel Necklace that’s easy to make and long on looks. It’s sure to become a new favorite for effortless, casual elegance. We’ll cover cord-knotting and basic assemblage techniques in this small group class with individualized instruction. Read More

Workshop PhotoBeginners Silver Clay

Instructor: Carrie Story
Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees: $95 » includes 10g fine silver metal clay and use of materials and tools

Learn everything you need to know to make your own custom jewelry from metal clay in one straightforward class. You will learn to roll, shape, cut, texture, refine, fire and polish metal clay. Carrie will provide design considerations that will lead to successful finished pieces. Learn Carrie's firing guidelines and techniques so... Read More

Workshop PhotoHoneycomb Clasp Style Bracelet on the Endless Loom

Instructor: Deb Moffett-Hall
Designer, inventor, and author. Deb created the new Endless Loom, and also Quick Start Peyote Cards. Both items received rave reviews in the major bead magazines. Deb’s beadwork has appeared in Bead & Button magazine, and Beadwork Magazine. She was the Editor of Bead-Patterns, the magazine... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees:
$30 » workshop fee
$45 » kit fee

Learn from the inventor! Tips and techniques for weaving on the new Endless Loom: the no warp threads to tie-off bead weaving system. You will make this lovely Honeycomb clasp style bracelet in class. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoMake Your Own Findings

Instructor: Atalia Molaro
Teacher, Designer, and Buyer, for String Bead Chico. Atalia has been creating new classes and teaching the elements of beading skills for over six years. Her open saw work and metal skills are unparalleled. She plays a vital role in helping to create the over fifty classes taught at String Bead. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Simple solder joints, Annealing, Melting, Headpins, Bails, Toggles, Earwires, S-hooks AND SOLDERING!!! We will “basic” solder in this class but do not go into the science behind soldering like we do in “Torch Soldering” We recommend if you are planning to do a lot of soldering you take both. In this class we... Read More

Workshop PhotoChrysanthemum Bracelet (Beginner Plus)

Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
Marilyn Gardiner has a passion for creating beadwork jewelry—and now chain mail jewelry as well. Her jewellery reflects her love of pattern, design and colour from different eras and cultures. She is a teacher who enjoys working with adults to create jewellery. She teaches various jewellery... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 8:30am to 11:30am
Fees:
$50 » for workshop
$125 » Argentium® sterling silver bracelet kit
$78 » for silver filled (925/10) bracelet kit
$36 » for jewelers’ bronze bracelet kit

Glowing chrysanthemums are linked one to the next. I hear lots of oohs and ahs when I wear this one! Choose sun-kissed gold or moonlit silver for the garden flowers on your wrist. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoBeginning Torch Soldering

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 10:00am to 1:30pm
Fees: $79 » all supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

This is an in-depth class that will equip you for using soldering torches. Once you understand the soldering process, good torch control, and the proper steps, soldering is a lot of fun. This introductory class focuses on getting you started on the right path, so you can confidently work and troubleshoot on your own. The earrings and... Read More

Workshop PhotoThree Daisies

Instructor: Laura Moore
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Fees:
$55 » workshop fee
$25 » kit fee

Silver metal clay. Learn how to make a pendant with a pretty design, a fold over bail and set fireable cubic zirconia in silver clay while making this sweet little pendant and. We will make the design, fire and finish the pendant in class. The texture plate for daisies will be provided but you are welcome to bring any mold or texture you... Read More

Workshop PhotoCREATIVE PLAY DAY

Instructor: Christi Friesen
Christi is an award-winning artist and international teacher as well as the author of 11 books on creating with polymer & mixed media. She creates focal beads, brooches and jewelry as well as sculptural pieces and art vessels. Her workshops emphasize creativity and showcase the many ways to... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Fees: $45

Stay all day, or come and go as you like! ... Read More

Workshop PhotoTransverse Landscapes; Drawing with Copper Syringe

Instructor: Carrie Story
Owner of Clay Revolution, certified instructor and full-time metal clay artist. More information at http://www.divineornaments.net. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fees: $95 » includes 50g Prometheus Copper, Prometheus Syringe, chain, jumprings and use of materials and tools

Learn the basics of Prometheus Copper Clay in this fun beginner's class. Learn how to design a landscape picture across panels to create this stunning bracelet. Carrie will provide design considerations that will lead to successful finished pieces. Using a syringe of metal clay, you will draw your design allowing for movement within... Read More

Workshop PhotoEar cuffs and Climbers

Instructor: Michelle Marchiano
A beader since childhood and a college professor by trade, Michelle has brought her teaching expertise to the torch at String Bead in Chico. A curious person by nature, Michelle’s passion for mixed media, metal clays and the torch is only rivaled by her love for sharing it with others. Come... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: Intermediate. Torch Soldering skills necessary.
Dates/Times: February 4, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $79 » some supplies including, instructional handout are provided.

Let’s dress up your ears! With Cuffs and Climbers! Torch Soldering skills are necessary for this class. Let’s play with tube settings and half drilled pearls; prong settings are also available. This is a fun intermediate class where we put your soldering skills to the test! All tools are provided. Your seat in the class is... Read More

Workshop PhotoShambhala Triple Wrap Macrame Bracelet

Instructor: Laura Gasparrini
Teaching the Art of Beadwork for over 15 years and creating jewelry since childhood. She is the principle designer and owner of Om Tara! Temple Arts and Inspired Adornment. Laura offers classes privately in beautiful Santa Barbara, California and beyond. Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fees: $75 » all materials included

Learn to make this gorgeous and on-trend Shambhala Triple Wrap Macrame Bracelet ... Read More

Workshop PhotoHoneycomb Clasp Style Bracelet on the Endless Loom

Instructor: Deb Moffett-Hall
Designer, inventor, and author. Deb created the new Endless Loom, and also Quick Start Peyote Cards. Both items received rave reviews in the major bead magazines. Deb’s beadwork has appeared in Bead & Button magazine, and Beadwork Magazine. She was the Editor of Bead-Patterns, the magazine... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Fees:
$30 » workshop fee
$45 » kit fee

Learn from the inventor! Tips and techniques for weaving on the new Endless Loom: the no warp threads to tie-off bead weaving system. You will make this lovely Honeycomb clasp style bracelet in class. ... Read More

Workshop PhotoCandy Cane Cord Bracelet (Advanced)

Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
Marilyn Gardiner has a passion for creating beadwork jewelry—and now chain mail jewelry as well. Her jewellery reflects her love of pattern, design and colour from different eras and cultures. She is a teacher who enjoys working with adults to create jewellery. She teaches various jewellery... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: February 4, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Fees:
$50 » for workshop
$106 » for Argentium® sterling silver bracelet kit
$26 » or for copper bracelet kit

Create an unusual and contemporary bracelet that originates from the tradition of Japanese chainmail. It’s easy to make and versatile—you could add charms to the large rings if you wished. ... Read More

PARAWIRE Wire and Jewelry Design Demos

Instructor: Parawire Design Team
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28-February 4, ongoing.
Fees: $0

Free Demos in jewelry design, wire wrapping and more from top designers such as Diana Harwood, Lisa Pavelka and Jamie North. Read More

Jewelry Making Demos!

Instructor: Laura Gasparrini
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Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28-February 4, ongoing.
Fees: $0 » free demos!

Daily demonstrations ongoing each day on jewelry making techniques, crimping, knotting and more! Read More

Workshop PhotoKumihimo Demos

Instructor: Rebecca Ann Combs
Has always had a passion for creating and teaching. She is the founder of Design & Adorn Beading Studio and has been teaching a variety of jewelry making classes here since 2008. Her specialty is kumihimo jewelry, which she creates using both the foam disk as well as the more traditional wooden... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: January 28-February 4, ongoing.
Fees: $0

Stop by booth #G182 for on-going kumihimo demonstrations. Read More

Workshop PhotoKumihimo 101

Instructor: Rebecca Combs
Rebecca Ann Combs has always had a passion for adventuring, creating, and teaching. The combination has led her around the world to her new home in Tucson, Arizona. There she founded Design & Adorn in 2008, a jewelry supply store specializing in Kumihimo and beadwork. A well-respected... Read More

Location: Tucson Doubletree Reid Park
Skill Level: All
Dates/Times: coming soon
Fees: $59 » includes all materials

Learn how to make beautiful braids for necklaces, bracelets, key chains, and more! Kumihimo braids are beautiful on their own and are a fabulous backdrop for focal beads, pendants, and charms. ... Read More
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