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Beading with Wire, Chain & Leather

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Beading with Wire, Chain & Leather
Whether you’re new to jewelry making or looking for some fresh ideas, Candie Cooper will give you the confidence to bead with style.

Beading with Wire, Chain & Leather is a treasure chest of information on techniques and style for both beginning and experienced bead artists. In addition to basic techniques such as crimps and loops, you'll learn to design multi-strand pieces, combine textures for unique lariat necklaces, wrap specialty beads with wire, crochet a beaded necklace, and more! You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create distinctive bracelets and necklaces. This isn’t simply one beading class; each lesson provides you with a new technique and several design ideas. You'll love Candie Cooper's fun, personable personality combined with her clear, comprehensive instruction. Sign up today and dazzle friends and family with the handcrafted jewelry you'll be able to make right away! 

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, jewelry designer and instructor Candie Cooper, before diving into a hands-on overview of how to make your first necklace. Candie walks you through the tools and supplies you need as she demonstrates the pros and cons of various pliers and beads, crimping and stringing techniques, design ideas and ways to attach a clasp.


Lesson 2. Making Loops on Wire

  • Tackle wire loop techniques with Candie's engaging guidance along the way, including an open loop and a wrapped loop that create two very different aesthetics. You'll also learn how to incorporate these methods into necklaces, earrings, bracelets or any other jewelry of your choosing.


Lesson 3. Beaded Link and Jump Rings

  • Learn how to create beaded links and jump rings, creating a range of sophisticated looks with ease! Candie demonstrates how to create a beaded link, how to open and close your jump rings without distorting them, how to attach segments and how to work with clasps. You'll be able to use these connecting elements in just about any type of jewelry you can dream up.


Lesson 4. Multi-Strand Bracelets and Spacer Bars

  • Dive into a professional-looking jewelry project with Candie's expert tips as you create a multi-strand bracelet with spacer bars. This look is popular for wedding or even everyday jewelry, and can be tailored to create a gorgeous vintage-looking project. Candie helps you troubleshoot problems as she demonstrates working with memory wire to create a bangle bracelet that can be customized any way you like.


Lesson 5. Lariat Necklaces

  • Add even more diversity to your skills as you construct a gorgeous lariat necklace using leather and wire wrapping. Candie explains how to use glue-in or fold-over options, in addition to ways to add a sculptural sense to your projects with gunmetal chain.


Lesson 6. Wire Crochet Necklace

  • Explore techniques for creating a stunning wire crochet necklace with beads that pairs as well with jeans as it would with a wedding gown. Candie's close-up instruction guides you through how to crochet loops in your necklace to secure gorgeous beads, adding multiple strands if you desire and attaching the clasp securely at the end.


Lesson 7. Tassel Pendants

  • Discover the fun of tassels as you learn how to create your own from start to finish, creating statement necklaces or implementing this design in earrings, keychains, bracelets and more. Mix and match your materials and techniques for a more playful look, or streamline them for a more chic aesthetic. You'll be amazed by how fun it can be to create your own tassels!


Lesson 8. The Big Finish

  • Use your newly found skills to create a piece of jewelry that incorporates various techniques used throughout the class. Candie explains how to combine techniques for the best effect and illustrates additional methods for creating connections and finishing pieces. She ends the class by walking you through valuable design ideas, leaving you feeling inspired and empowered to create works of art from what you see every day.

"This was my first class and I love how well presented it is! Candie makes it easy to follow the pretty simple techniques to create what looks like not-so-simple jewelry pieces! She doesn't use fancy lingo, just fun and friendly teaching as if you were right there with her. I wasn't sure which jewelry class to select but I am thrilled that I chose this one. I had no idea how easy it is to create such elaborate, beautiful jewelry. The possibilities are endless with any combination of the various techniques in this class. I am off to the craft store tomorrow, the creative juices are flowing"
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Salem, Oregon

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