Nature’s Beauty in Silver Jewelry

CLASS ID: 10B4L
Date/Time: Saturday, October 5, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Tuition: $63 Member/$81 Non-Member
Material Fee: $55 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, Teen 14 +, All Levels

Kim Bakken-Parr
Starting with samples from nature (leaves, twigs, seed pods, etc.) and a jar of fine silver paste that is 99.9% pure silver, students will never look at nature in the same way. You will paint several coats of silver on the piece from nature, it is dried after each coat, then silver clay is used to create a bail to attach the piece to a necklace. If making earrings, a hole is placed in the piece. The pieces are kiln fired and polished. A patina can be applied if desired. The result is a beautiful one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. All tools are provided. Students may purchase additional silver if they wish to create additional pieces. No previous experience necessary. The instructor will provide the materials, but if you have a favorite leaf from a house plant (with good veining on the back) bring it to class. All leaves should be fresh, not dried.

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Russian Lace Necklace

CLASS ID: 10B4M
Date/Time: 2 Saturdays, October 12-19 1:00-3:00 PM
Tuition: $42 Member/$54 Non-Member
Material Fee: $15 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

Sue Swanson
This delicate choker is made of seed beads and round gemstone beads. It is adjustable to fit different necklines. The design uses a bead weaving stitch developed in Moscow. $15 material fee includes all supplies needed to make one necklace.

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Sami Bracelet with Silk Thread

CLASS ID: 10B4N
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 30, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Tuition: $53 Member/$68 Non-Member
Material Fee: $45 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, Teen 14 +, All Levels

Kim Bakken Parr
The Sami people are the indigenous people of Sweden, Norway, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. They have a long history and tradition of reindeer breeding. Wanting to use all parts of the reindeer, the Sami would make beautiful jewelry out of the ringer leather. This class is similar to the beginning bracelet class but for an added twist we are going to incorporate silk thread into the design. Students will start by braiding pewter thread (nickel free alloy with 4% silver) with braided silk thread. After sewing to the reindeer leather, the back of the bracelet is stitched closed using sinew thread and a button close made from shed reindeer antler. All tools are provided but students who need magnification should bring their own. This class requires hand sewing.

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Jewelry Basics

CLASS ID: 11B4L
Date/Time: 2 Saturdays, November 2-9, 1:00-3:00 PM
Tuition: $42 Member/$54 Non-Member
Material Fee: $5 payable to instructor
Age/Level: Adults, Teen 14 +, All Levels

Sue Swanson
Don’t let your old jewelry simply roll around in your drawer … fix it and make it fun again! Too long or too short? Clasps hard to close? Pieces broken? Old beads, rhinestones, single earrings and lonely beads … all can be transformed! Learn how to use jewelry findings including jump rings, chain, stringing materials, wire guardians, crimp beads, crimp covers and a variety of clasps. Bring your old beads to create a new piece you will enjoy wearing.

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Circle of Life Meditation Bracelet

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Sue Swanson
The word bead comes from the middle English word bede, which means to pray We will talk about the origin and development of prayer beads throughout the world and how they are being used today. We will create a bracelet using a wide selection of beads including gemstone, glass and metal. The Circle of Life Meditation design was created by Sue to demonstrate the principles of sacred geometry that are present in many cultures. Each person will have an opportunity to talk about their bracelet and how they plan to use it.

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