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Intro to Making Professional Beaded Bracelets With Beading Wire & Jewelry Pliers
April Elizabeth Lassing Leithner
Learn how to create high quality professional style bracelets that are durable and beautiful! Students will learn how to use pliers and high quality materials to create their bracelets, led by a professional jeweler every step of the way.
If you’ve been looking to explore the world of high-quality jewelry making, this is the class for you! In this introductory bracelet making class, students will create their own beautiful beaded bracelets and learn about the tools, tips and tricks, and skills required for growing jewelers to create professional-style jewelry. Students will learn how to use jewelry pliers, crimping pliers, wire cutters, bead stringing wire, and other essentials including crimp tubes, jump rings, and clasps to...
• How to use different types of jewelry pliers to create secure, comfortable, professional-style jewelry • How to make proper measurements for designing the right-sized bracelet for any person • How to securely fasten clasps to finished bracelets using jump rings • How to consider different types of designs when creating jewelry beyond class time
I have over 18 years of experience in jewelry creation, including designing and successfully selling my work through artisan festivals and e-commerce for over a decade. As an educator, I have been teaching students from elementary to high school through the world of jewelry making for over 7 years through homeschool classes, birthday parties, private instruction, and after-school enrichment courses across 8 elementary schools. I have also been teaching here on Outschool since December 2020 and I've loved every minute!
1 file available upon enrollmentHaving all "required" items below are essential to creating our first bracelets. Read below for details on each item and you can also refer to an Amazon list for purchasing supplies. AMAZON LIST: Please be sure to check the comments on each item; if you have any questions regarding these items, please send me a message and I'm happy to help! Some items in this shopping cart may not be available, but nearly identical supplies can be located: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2TYY81FFLIZWB?ref_=wl_share SUPPLY DETAILS: Required for Class: 1. Chain Nose Pliers (thin nose, flat jaws) 2. Wire Cutters 3. Beads, at least 3 different types, your choice! (recommended: variety in sizes and colors; pearls and crystals work great!) 4. Bead Stringing Wire (recommended brand: Beadalon, 7 strand, .018 diameter or similar size) 5. Pack of Crimp Tubes, assorted sizes 7. Open Jump Rings (recommended: 4-6mm diameter) 8. Clasp of your choice (recommended: toggle or lobster) 9. 12" ruler OR soft measuring tape 10. Piece of string (about 1 foot long) Strongly Recommended: 11. Crimping Pliers, such as the Bead Landing “Mighty Crimper” or Beadalon “Standard Crimper Tool” (Note: If you want your bracelets to be stronger and truly look professional, these are a must have!) 12. A beading mat, a single piece of felt or other fabric, or a beading tray to prevent your beads from rolling away while working Helpful but not required: 13. Round Nose Pliers 14. Scotch tape or bead stoppers (aka "beading bugs") Bonus materials: 15. Crimp Covers, 4mm ESTIMATED COSTS: • Set of Chain Nose Pliers, Round Nose Pliers, and Wire Cutters: ~$10-20 • Crimping Pliers: ~$9-$15 • Bead stringing wire: ~$8/spool • Crimp tubes: ~$3/pack • Jump rings: ~$4/pack • Clasps: ~$3-5/pack • Note: for all metal items (clasp, jump rings, and crimps) choose a matching metal color such as all gold or all silver. • Materials are available on Amazon (see link at the beginning of the list) and at your local craft store such as Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics. Check your local stores for coupons, such as saving a fixed percentage off your entire order!
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Parental assistance may be needed for use of pliers and wire cutters during class.
Meet the teacher
Hi there! My name is April and I love to share my passion for jewelry making with students of all ages! My mission is to give every student the same life-changing moment that I had when I first discovered my passion: When I was in high school, a...
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2-6 learners per class