Bead Fest Wire Classes for Every Jewelry-Maker!

Dec 21, 2009

My Bead Fest Wire class wish list

Hey, everyone!  Although I have been working on Beading Daily blogs for months now, most of you don’t know me. My name is Erin Carey and I am the Beading Daily intern at Interweave.  I have helped with most of the blogs the past few months, but this is my first time writing one. I am new to the beading world, but I did take many jewelry-making courses in college. I found them all to be fun and informative. While some projects are easy to jump into and start making right away, most projects work out best with a little guidance and planning beforehand. If you are new to the beading world like me, classes are a great way to learn techniques and see what materials and styles appeal to you most.

Bead Fest Wire, April 9–11, 2010
One great way I'd learn more about beading would be to attend this year's Bead Fest Wire. For those of you who are not familiar with this event, Bead Fest Wire will be held at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, April 9th through the 11th. This year the event features over 80 classes taught by some of the most experienced jewelry-makers from around the country. Workshops range from those designed for the beginning beader or metalworker to the most advanced levels. I have chosen ten different courses that seem especially interesting. I can't go this year, but if I could, these are the classes I'd love to take––so if you're planning to go, I thought you might want to check these out!

Spacer 10x10 pixels 1: I always thought it would be handy to know how to rivet things together, so A Riveting Experience with Sally Stevens looked like fun. If you email her your choice of favorite colors, her daughter Shannon will make lampworked beads for you to use in your project!. Learn to texture, dome, pierce, and of course, rivet metal in this class for all skill levels.
Spacer 10x10 pixels 2: If you have never created jewelry in the style called steampunk, you are in for a real treat. In Steam Punk Dangle Bracelet, with teacher Kim St. Jean, you'll create embellishments out of wire and found objects, such as old watch gears. Then, suspend the beads on tubing so that they slide up and down to add movement. If you think it sounds like fun, then this retro, futuristic/Victorian-style jewelry is definitely for you.
Spacer 10x10 pixels 3: No matter what type of jewelry you like to make, the Traditional Wire Wrapped Pendant class with Char Jorgensen would be a great choice, I have lots of stones in a box that I think would be cool as pendants, but have no idea how to turn them into jewelry.  This beginner course shows you how to create pieces of jewelry from all those stones that you probably collect just like I do.
Spacer 10x10 pixels 4: I have always wanted to learn how to use resin, and Tracy Stanley's  Intro to Resins–Wire Forms class sounds like such a fun introduction. I admired the beautiful resin work done in Cynthia Thornton's book, Enchanted Adornments, so I'd really be excited about taking this class––it teaches a great skill for any beader or metalworker to use found objects in their jewelry.
Spacer 10x10 pixels 5: Stamp, Dapp and Roll!  Julie Sanford teaches metal stamping, hammering, roll printing, dapping, patinas, and more! The techniques used in this class can be applied to almost every metal project you work on. You will be amazed at how adding texture to your jewelry brings out the real personality of any piece.
Spacer 10x10 pixels 6: If you love working with beads but want to break into metalsmithing, then I think Explorations in Low-Tech Metalsmithing and Fine Silver Fusing with Anne Mitchell could be just the class for you. With this unique approach to metals, you will create a series of findings, chains, and elements that can be incorporated into your designs and creations.
Spacer 10x10 pixels 7: Ever wanted to try wire weaving but not sure where to start? Try the Sparkle and Shine Necklace class with Connie Nabholz to learn the ancient Japanese weaving technique called kumihimo. Using a special loom, students weave fine silver wire with Swarovski crystals, to fashion a necklace that shimmers.
Spacer 10x10 pixels 8: More advanced wire weavers should definitely check out Checker Board Woven Bracelet, where students work with teacher Debbie Williams to create a complex-looking checkerboard bracelet, using three distinctive colors of wire.
  9: More intermediate wireworkers with fusing experience, check out Lisa Claxton's  Eclipse Chain class. This class is designed for students who have already learned to fuse fine silver. The inner rings seem to float freely over one another while the individual texture of each ring catches the eye. Students will review the basics of fusing, fuse a multi-layered chain, and add texture to the wire itself.
  10: For all you beaders who have come across those special art beads but aren't sure how to design with them, you need Kerry Bogert's Framed class. Learn a fast and innovative way of creating unique coiled frames around your beads.

I hope you are lucky enough to go to Bead Fest Wire in April, and maybe one of the classes I liked sparked your interest–– you can sign up for Bead Fest Wire classes today, right here! No matter which class you choose, you'll learn something new and have fun seeing all the work your fellow jewelry-makers are creating. And if you can't make it to Bead Fest, check out your local bead store to see what classes they offer.

After you take that class at Bead Fest or your LBS (local bead shop) share what you learned with the rest of us here at Beading Daily.

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Plain Jane2 wrote
on Dec 21, 2009 12:37 PM

Are any of these techniques available online after the show?  I cannot attend, but sure hate to miss some great classes.  I have downloaded things that are on the website, but always hunger for more.  Just a thought to make some of these classes available - thanks you're doing a great job!

Joanna@68 wrote
on Dec 21, 2009 3:05 PM

I'm sure all your readers who work with wire are  thrilled with the recent change in Beading Daily.  Personally, as a seed bead addict, I am disappointed not seeing columns covering seed bead projects.  I keep hoping the topics will rotate, and the seed beaders will get their turn.  

Erin Carey wrote
on Dec 22, 2009 7:41 AM

Hey Jane,

Thanks for you comment. I will not be able to attend Bead Fest this year either; so I know how you feel. I am not sure what bead shops are in your area but I have found that to be a great resources in finding local beading and jewelry classes. If there is anyone who knows about classes in your area that would be a safe bet.

Thanks again for your comment and hope that you find some enjoyable jewelry classes in your area. If so please let me know which ones and what you liked about them.

Erin Carey

Beading Daily Intern

Erin Carey wrote
on Dec 22, 2009 7:52 AM

Hey Joanna,

We alternate between different mediums because our audience likes so many things. But watch Jean's column tomorrow 1/6 for lists of her favorite projects, many of which are beading,  AND  her email will also offer  free eBooks of bead stitching projects. On the 11th Leslie's column will be about circular brick stitch. So don't worry, lots of beading coming up! Thanks for the comment.

Erin, Beading Daily intern

ArdentTie wrote
on Dec 31, 2009 4:11 PM

Make sure to stop by the Green Girl Studios booth to say hello!  Cynthia probably won't be there, but I probably will and it'd be nice to meet the new Beading Daily intern.  I'll give you a couple of goodies to play around with and see if you like.

Thanks for mentioning Cynthia's book.  She worked very hard on it (and I think it shows).

Simplicity Always,

Andrew Thornton

on Apr 23, 2010 12:14 PM

I am looking for a video of how to wire-wrap UNdrilled stones as pendants. Even reading instructions would help!

Would you be able to help me and my 2 girlfriends who want to learn to wirewrap undrilled stones as pendants as well?

Thank you for your reply:)