Beading Design & Techniques – Beyond the Basics - Becky Patellis
Classes consist of beading techniques with an emphasis on intricate designs and personal style as they apply to necklaces, earrings, watches, etc. We will discuss pricing and marketing of finished projects. This class has good information for the beginner, as well as the more advanced. Students will have the opportunity to learn knotting with silk or S-Lon, the correct beading wire for specific techniques, head pin use for earrings, several Kumihimo patterns. Also, I am working up a few new leather/bead projects. Beads, stringing materials, findings and tools will be available for purchase from the instructor. I encourage you to bring a few wire work, metal clay, or silver projects you might have that you wish to incorporate into your beaded work. To see examples of student’s work: beckypatellisjewelrydesigns on Facebook. Or William Holland Exchange on Facebook.
Soft Soldering - Becky Patellis
The art of translating Tiffany style stained glass soldering into jewelry. We will be using a soldering iron instead of a torch to get similar looks. Sometimes called “low-tech” soldering. This technique is especially good for those who do not have an appropriate place for torch work, or just don’t like working with fire. Students will use copper foil around cabochons, beads, or just make wire structures to form their individual designs. The school has soldering irons and rheostats for student use, or you can bring your own. Students will also need to bring a pair of chain nose pliers or a third-hand (that they don’t care gets used with heat), safety glasses, assortment of cabochons and beads, some wire working tools, mask, and non-latex gloves. Instructor will supply patina and patina brush, polishing compound, some cabs (for purchase at very reasonable prices), and additional assortment of wire. Class fee includes lead-free solder, copper foil, paste flux, flux brush, sal ammoniac (cleaning block), tinned copper wire.