Tin Thread Bracelet

CLASS ID: 4W10
Date/Time: Friday, August 24, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Katherine Buenger
You will use tin thread made in Sweden from wire wrapped around a cotton core. The wire is 96% pewter and 4% silver with no nickel or lead. You will string beads on the wire and then learn a four strand braid. The closure will be glue in magnetic clasp. This is an easy to make elegant bracelet! Bring from home: Small sharp scissors

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Prayer Beads

CLASS ID: 4W13
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 29, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sue Swanson
Cultivating an attitude of gratitude can change the way you tell your own story. We will create a strand of pocket prayer beads that can be used in a daily gratitude meditation that consists of asking two questions: For what am I most grateful? For what am I least grateful? 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.

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Double Round Wrap – Sami Inspired Bracelet

CLASS ID: 4X22
Date/Time: Saturday, October 6, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
The Sami People are the indigenous people of Sweden, Norway, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and have a long history and tradition of reindeer breeding, Wanting to use all parts of the reindeer they make beautiful jewelry out of reindeer leather. In this class we will start by braiding pewter thread (nickel-free alloy with 4% silver) and a reindeer leather strips into a round braid. The ends of the bracelet are stitched closed using sinew thread and a button clasp made from shed reindeer antler tips is attached. This is a great bracelet for someone who does not want to do a lot of hand sewing. All tools are provided, but if you need magnification for this close hand work, please bring your own. Additional kits will be available to purchase from the instructor.

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3 Bead Braid – Sami Inspired Bracelet

CLASS ID: 4X24
Date/Time: Saturday, November 17, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
This advanced class uses the same skills learned in other Sami Bracelet classes and adds another technique. But never fear – if you have not taken the beginning class you are still welcome in this class! This bracelet incorporates string silver bead onto the pewter braid. This is another great class for students who want to make Sami bracelets, but do not want to do a lot of hand sewing. We will be using small items, if you require magnification for the close hand-work, please bring your own. Bring a lunch.

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Recycle Your Jewelry

CLASS ID: 4X20
Date/Time: 2 days, Saturday, October 20 & 27, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sue Swanson
Make your old jewelry fun again – don’t let it roll around in your drawer! Do you have pieces that are:
• Too long or too short
• Have clasps that are hard to close
• Broken pieces
• Old beads, rhinestones, single earrings and lonely beads

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 wearing for the holidays. There will also be a sharing table for odds and ends.

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Tin Thread and Leather Cord Necklace

CLASS ID: 4X27
Date/Time: Thursday, November 1, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Katherine Buenger
Students will choose color of leather cord and make a 5-strand braid. The necklace is finished with a silver plate magnetic closure.

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Rings, Rings & Rings!

CLASS ID: 4X23
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 24, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
Using Precious Metal clay (clay composed of silver particles, water, and an organic binder) students will be able to create the ring of their dreams. You will initially start working with polymer clay to become familiar with tools, textures, and techniques. This clay is rolled, shaped, and molded to get the perfect ring. Using PMC, students will form their ring on a mandrel. There is no hammering, sawing, or soldering. The final rings are all 99.9% pure silver, called “fine silver.” All tools and materials are supplied by the instructor; just bring a lunch and your creativity!

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Fancy Zig-Zag Stitch Necklace

CLASS ID: 4X21
Date/Time: Saturday, November 3, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sue Swanson
Horace Goodhue collected and catalogued this stitch from the Native Americans in Minnesota. It is made of size 11 seed beads embellished with Swarovski crystals. Its lacey quality makes a beautiful choker with a gentle curve. Kits will be available in red, blue or purple. Please specify color when you register.

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