Please call the store at 303-786-9746 to reserve a space in one of our upcoming classes!
Materials are provided for all of our weekend classes, unless otherwise noted (mala classes do not include beads).
Classes for November 2017
- Saturday, 11/4: Elastic Bracelets
- Sunday, 11/5: Pendulums
- Saturday, 11/11: Ice Resin
- Sunday, 11/12: Fractal Branch Pendant & Earrings
- Saturday, 11/18: Wire Squiggle Earrings
- Sunday, 11/19: Knotted Mala
- Saturday, 11/25: Channel Wrap Bracelet
- Sunday, 11/26: Tree of Life Pendant
Saturday, November 4, 3-4:30p.m.: Elastic Bracelets, $15
Elastic bracelets are easy to make and to wear, and have become an increasingly popular option for beads of all types, thanks to the lack of bulky clasps and ease of stacking several at once. This ninety-minute session will cover all the basics of different stretchy materials, the knots which do the best job of closing bracelets off, and the use of crimp covers to conceal and protect the knot. Class fee covers instruction and materials for up to two bracelets.
Sunday, November 5, 2-4p.m.: Pendulums with Karen Dombrowski-Sobel, $45
Come join us for a workshop with Karen Dombrowski-Sobel. Construct and learn to use your own pendulum using provided materials. A pendulum can be used as an aid in intuitive decision making, helping its user zero in on answers regarding nutrition, appropriate supplements, and much more.
Participants will finish the class with their own handcrafted pendulum, charts for home use, and a basic understanding of how to use this powerful tool.
Saturday, November 11, 3-5p.m.: Ice Resin, $45
This fabulous class teaches how to use non-toxic Ice Resin to create pendants and focal pieces out of images and small objects. These are like miniature collages preserved in glassy, durable epoxy – you can work with photos, images snipped from magazines, or ‘inchies’ scaled perfectly to fit our bezel frames. We will have a vast array of images available from which to choose.
Ice Resin takes a full 24 hours to cure, so expect to come pick up your pieces sometime the following week!
Sunday, November 12, 1-4p.m.: Fractal Branch Pendant & Earrings, $45
Feather-light and intricate, these elaborate wisps of fine wire and tiny beads can be worked up with minimal tools. Once you’ve learned the pattern, the basic method can be applied on a variety of scales, from miniature leafy dangles to glittering gemstone bonsai. Students will complete a pair of earrings and a pendant.
Saturday, November 18, 3-5p.m.: Wire Squiggle Earrings, $35
Make one or two long, glorious, swingy pairs of earrings with briolette wrapped dangles. Class will choose from brass, copper or nickel silver wire; we’ll shape elegant squiggles and hammer them out, then texture before adding drops.
Sunday, November 19, 1-4p.m.: Knotted Mala, $30 not including beads
Note that this class is blocked out for three hours in order to make sure everyone can finish or nearly finish. Note also that beads are not included in the class price. We suggest that class attendees come a little early to choose beads if not bringing their own. Our example uses 6mm rounds; 8mm will work but makes a very long finished mala.
Learn to knot snugly and accurately between beads using Griffin beading thread and knotting tweezers. This project calls for a lot of patience, but no other technique flows like a knotted piece – and the knots will prevent loss of multiple beads should the thread give way under wear. Our mala will be very simply finished, using a single bead to pass through and small knots or a medallion.
Saturday, November 25, 3-5p.m.: Channel Wrap Bracelets, $45
The wrap bracelet has become a modern classic. The basic technique can be adapted for length anywhere between two wraps and five (more if the creator is feeling really ambitious), and nearly any bead that can accommodate two thicknesses of thread will work well. Our beginners’ version is a two-wrap made with rolled leather and 6mm Czech glass beads.
We have more than twenty colors of leather to choose from, including matte finishes and metallics, and an eccentric collection of beads and buttons to boot.
Sunday, November 26, 1-4p.m.: Tree of Life Pendant, $45