Circle of Life Prayer Bracelets

CLASS ID: 2Y404
Date/Time: Saturday, February 23, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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. We will close by using the bracelets together.

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Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet with Charms

CLASS ID: 3Z4L
Date/Time: Saturday, March 9, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
In the morning we will work with Precious Metal Clay (PMC) to create fine silver charms, which will be 99.9% pure silver. The clay will be rolled, textured, dried, and then kiln fired. This is like working with sticky “Play-Doh”. In the afternoon you will make your own sterling silver bracelets by using pliers to connect sterling jump rings. How jump rings are made will be demonstrated, and you will be given the opportunity to make your own if you choose. The class will finish with connecting the charms to the bracelet. All tools are provided just bring a lunch.

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Sami-Inspired Reindeer Hide and Pewter Thread Keychain

CLASS ID: 4Z4K
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 3, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
A great class to learn the basic Sami braid and leave with a non-jewelry piece. Using pewter thread to make the braid it is then glued and hand sewn onto a piece of reindeer hide. The back is stitched up using artificial sinew. A key clasp is added and a shed reindeer horn button is sewn on to complete the piece. Students who need magnification for the close hand work should bring their own.

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Introduction to Peyote Stitch

CLASS ID: 5Z4K
Date/Time: 2 Saturdays, May 4 & 11, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sue Swanson
This colorful, geometric bracelet is made with the off-loom technique called Peyote Stitch. The stitch is versatile and easy to do. This class teaches the even count, flat peyote stitch. The pattern is an excellent introduction to seed bead weaving because the rows are very short and the geometrical patterns are easy to see. The Japanese Delica cylinder beads tile together to give this bracelet a flat, sleek look.

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Recycle Your Jewelry

CLASS ID: 4Z4L
Date/Time: 2 Saturdays, April 20 – 27, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sue Swanson
>We will 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 make something new and create a piece you will enjoy! There will also be a sharing table for odds and ends.

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PMC Wrap Bracelet with Hand Dyed Silk Ties

CLASS ID: 3Z4N
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 20, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
This is a perfect class for students who want to experiment with PMC (Precious Metal Clay). The clay is rolled, textured and cut to the shape the student selects. The piece is domed, dried and then kiln fired. After firing the piece is polished and a patina is applied if desired. It is then strung on a piece of hand dyed silk. It may be possible to make more than one piece depending on the size selected.

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Byzantine Bracelet with a Twist

CLASS ID: 3Z4M
Date/Time: Saturday, March 16, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
This bracelet is a modern twist on a traditional chain maile bracelet design. Each student will start out with sterling silver jump rings and end up with a custom bracelet. While the pattern looks complicated it is as simple as counting to six, because the design is repeated after every six jump rings. Pliers are provided but students can bring their own if they wish. Students will also learn how to make jump rings at home. Students who need magnification for this close hand work should bring their own.

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Tin Thread Necklace

CLASS ID: 3Z4K
Date/Time: Friday, March 29, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Katherine Buenger
Using tin thread we’ll learn how to make 5 strand braids and then use the braid to create a necklace! Students can choose the necklace length and thread width. Closures are made with reindeer leather and a choice of either antler duffle button and antler ring or stone donut in a variety of color choices. Bring from home: Small sharp scissors

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