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Jewelry Making Classes: Beading Q And A (9/7/2011)

2011 September 7

Carol asks…

Jewelry Making Class

Jewelry Making Class

I would love to make/design jewelry, what classes should I major in?

BeadGal answers:

For Jewelry that will depend on the medium you choose to work in, but learning how to silver solder, cut and polish stones, and other manual skills will be required. The best way to learn is from somebody that’s doing it, and been doing it for a long time. They’ll know the shortcuts and when not to use shortcuts.

Helen asks…

What kind of art classes would you pay to take at a craft center?

I was thinking of teaching some classes and don’t know what to teach, mosaics, ceramics, making some really cool lamps, custom rugs, cake decorating, jewelry making. What interests you?

BeadGal answers:

Personally I would want to take jewelry and ceramics, I already do lamps, off course cooking not my thing.

But I do have suggestion for extra money, I have mom in a nursing home and there is this business in our metro area where they get paid to visit nursing homes and centers like that. They go in and have green ware items and they help them paint they then take them back and fire them.

They all seem to really enjoy it.

Best of luck

Lizzie asks…

How can I learn to make jewelry?

I want to start making jewelry and I do not know where to begin. I do not know if I should buy a book or attend classes…I just want this to be a hobby and I don’t want to spend a million dollars on this. So any info would be great.

BeadGal answers:

Go to any beading store in your local area and ask the store assistants to help you w/ the basics. They also usually have good beginner kits w/ the starter tools. Essentially a set of jewelry pliers and a tool to cut and turn the wire.

To keep the costs down – find old jewelry you don’t like or that is broken and take them apart and redo w/ your new beads etc.

About.com also has an online jewelry class that is good. They send you lessons once a week.

See if you like and then move to a class.  Check our Bead Store Listings to find a store near you – many of them have classes.

Be aware- it’s addictive!

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