Mandala Necklace

CLASS ID: 4R26
Date/Time: Saturday, October 21, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Sue Swanson
This necklace is made of size 11 seed beads and 4mm Swarovski crystals. It is made from the center outward with a geometrical bead weaving stitch using needle and thread. It is a delicate pendant that will make a lovely fashion accessory. All supplies will be provided for a $12 fee.

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Ply-Split Braided Necklace

CLASS ID: 4R25
Date/Time: Monday, October 23, 9:30AM – 3:30PM

Louise French
Ply-split braiding is an interlacement technique found in northwest India, where men make girths, bags, and other accessories for camels. We use this technique to make decorative pieces such as necklaces, bracelets, belts and vessels. In this class you will learn the basics of ply-splitting by making a key ring fob, and then move on to a necklace. $28 material fee includes introductory notebook and all necessary cords. Gripfids will be provided for use in class and may be purchased for an additional $11. Bring to class: Bag lunch, and a task light if you have one (or let the office know if you would like to use WBCA’s)

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Sterling Silver Byzantine Pattern Bracelet with a Twist

CLASS ID: 4R29
Date/Time: Saturday, November 4, 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
This bracelet is a modern twist on a traditional byzantine chain maille pattern. Each student starts out with sterling silver jump rings and ends up with a custom bracelet. While the pattern looks complicated, it is a 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 who need magnification for the close hand work should bring their own.

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Advanced Sami Bracelet

CLASS ID: 2R70
Date/Time: Sunday, November 12, 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
This advanced class uses the same skills learned in the beginning Sami Bracelet class and adds another technique. But never fear – if you have not taken the beginning class, you are still welcome in this class! The assembly process is the same, and the pewter thread is braided and twisted, this technique just requires more hand sewing. If you need magnification for this close hand work, please bring your own.

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Rings, Rings, Rings!

CLASS ID: 4R30 This class is full.
Date/Time: Saturday, November 18, 10:00AM – 4:00PM

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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Fine Silver Earrings

CLASS ID: 4R31
Date/Time: Sunday, November 19, 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
This is the perfect class if you are looking to get an early start on Christmas gifts, In this class we will make a variety of fine silver (99.9% pure silver) earrings. The design process begins by using polymer clay. Once the design have been finalized, work begins using Precious Metal clay (PMC). This material is composed of fine silver particles in an organic binder with water. After drying the piece in a dehydrator to remove the water, final filing and refinement is done. The next step is to fire the pieces in a kiln to burn up the organic binder. Once out ot the kiln the pieces are polished and a patina is applied, you will leave the class with your finished pieces. All tools and ear wires are provided. No previous experience necessary; it’s as easy as working with Play-Doh! Bring a lunch.

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