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Make Your Own Gemstone Bead Jewelry

How to make beaded bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and anklets using gemstone and other natural beads.
Willow Polson
86 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
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Meets once
55 minute class

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Class Experience

I've been working with beads since I was a kid (over 40 years now) and have taught beadwork classes for all ages at medieval recreation events, at Embroidery Guild of America meetings, and independently out of my home, as well as demonstrating beading techniques as a docent at various California State Parks. My gemstone bead jewelry as featured in this class was recently accepted as part of the "Made In Mariposa" local artisan program and is for sale in the Mariposa County visitor and tourism center.
Assorted gemstone, glass, shell, wood, and other small bracelet-sized beads Gold or surgical steel (nickel-free) 10x6mm lobster clasps Gold or surgical steel (nickel-free) 6mm or 8mm split rings to match clasp color Steel or gold 7-strand coated beading wire, .019 in (.48mm) to match clasp color Approx. 1.5 mm round gold or silver crimp beads to match clasp color Small flat pliers for crimp beads Small wire cutter pliers Bead design layout board (optional but very useful) Small jar lids or other small dishes for sorting beads Large focal bead or pendant for the necklace project (optional) Gold or silver 3" headpins, gold or surgical steel ear wires for earrings (optional)
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Willow Polson
Lives in the United States
Writer, Producer, Director, Artisan
86 total reviews
97 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I'm excited to share my experience and knowledge about a variety of subjects (such as history, and crafts) but especially filmmaking and writing. Ask me about private tutoring!

I've been on film sets big and small, from two-person... 
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