OOAK Clay Bead Making & Bohemian Style Necklace - 2 Weeks (May 3 + 10)

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by Etelage



Description

Jewellery Class Description

Rich embroidery, beaded, feathery tribal jewellery, and graphic prints from geometric Aztec to floral batiks have all appeared on the runways recently as if directly torn from the pages of the National Geographic. Tribal culture has integrated contemporary wear. Create your own tribal boho accent jewellery using polymer clay beads you have made and incorporate them into your OOAK eclectic necklace for an instant ethnic hit in your wardrobe.

Learn

week 1 (May 3 6-9pm)

  • how to condition clay ready for bead making
  • how to shape clay into beads
  • how to bake clay beads

week 2 (May10  6-9pm)

  • how to finish clay beads with aging and polishing techniques
  • how to design an eclectic necklace
  • how to string a necklace & add a clasp securely
  • how to make earings

Make

  • your own faux lapis clay beads
  • incorporate beads made along with class supplies into a necklace and /or pendant and earrings

Week 1

Make faux lapis beads using polymer clay.Using a polymer clay mix proposed by American artist Tory Hughes you will re-create ivory. Learn how to mimic the effect of the organic processes on ivory beads by embossing textures to simulate both the ivory structure and random pitting that occurs. Using your own ideas for future design jewellery you will make a number of beads in a variety of shapes & sizes.

Week 2

Polish your beads before learning to design and string up a OOAK (one of a kind) necklace using the beads you have made from the previous weeks. Learn how to use a bead design board to create an eclectic necklace & string beads together on jewellery wire. Plus have access to beads and embellishments both tutors have collected over decades to create your own unique piece.

Dip into our world of jewellery design. Whether you are a first time crafter or love DIY this is a great workshop to experiment with lots of different elements to create an amazing tribal boho jewels. You will love the result and surprise yourself as well as your friends with your creations.

About Your Jewellery Tutors

Robin Hill (week 1) is the owner & director of Breathing Colours Gallery in Balmain. Robin is passionate about original jewellery & has studied jewellery design with a wide range of international designers for the last 10 years. Robin enjoys working with a range if materials & polymer clay is a favourite. She originally studied polymer clay jewellery design with Sera Pinwill & Wendy Moore.

Christine Smalley (week 2)  Established her jewellery label in 2002. Her signature designs are bold beaded necklaces & intricately detailed earrings. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of jewellery design in jewellery workshops & travels the globe to source beautiful artisan components. Christine draws inspiration from the modern deco 1920s style, 1960s jet set glamour & some 1970s boho chic all of which governs her artistic expression.

She observes that generally  as a society we are becoming more mindful about our choices: conscious of choosing products which are made using artisan traditions & not mass produced, and seeking quality over quantity. So it is with that philosophy she shares her skills and knowledge of jewellery design to encourage all her students to awaken their creative soul and seek beauty, slow, artisan and local.

Christine creates a teaching environment where participants can share ideas, be inspired and let their imaginations run wild! With over 13 years teaching experience Christine is dedicated to empowering her students to become better designers and better makers, equipping them with skills and confidence to create whatever her students dream!

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Class Schedule

Duration: 6 Hours. 3 Hours x 2 Workshops Wed 3 and Wed 10 May Start: 6pm Finish: 9pm

What you will learn
  • How to condition clay ready for bead making
  • How to shape, bake & finish clay into beads
  • How to design & string up beads into a necklace
What you will get
  • Polymer clay for bead making project
  • Wire & stone chips for inclusions
  • Burnt amber paint for aging
  • Clasps & stringing supplies
  • Filler beads incl striped and matt seed beads, horn, bone, faux turquoise
  • Light refreshments & mineral water will be served throughout all workshops
  • A ruler & measurements for jewellery design
  • Instructional technique flyer for future reference
  • Discount coupon for future beading supplies from Etelage
  • Use of jewellery tools on the night of your workshop

What to bring
  • Your interest to learn!
  • Note book for additional notes
  • Sketch pad for your designs
What to wear

Casual

Appropriate for

NO jewellery making experience is necessary.


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Etelage

Vendor sincce 2016

Etelage, established in 2002, is a design studio offering bespoke jewellery made in Sydney, workshops at Breathing Colours Gallery Rozelle and an online artisan bead + jewel store.

Founder of Etelage, Christine Smalley has designed for galleries such as National Gallery Australia (ACT), contributed to film incl The Great Gatsby and has produced 2 DVDs in jewellery making, distributed nationally through Lincraft, Target and maybe even your local library.

The Etelage brand has become synonymous with innovative design and meticulous handcrafting, using a variety of unique old and new elements sourced globally and stocked in galleries and boutiques nationally.

Christine observes that generally  as a society we are becoming more mindful about our choices: conscious of choosing products which are made using artisan traditions & not mass produced, and seeking quality over quantity. So it is with that philosophy she shares her skills and knowledge of jewellery design to encourage all her students to awaken their creative soul and seek beauty, slow, artisan and local. 

Christine creates a teaching environment where participants can share ideas, be inspired and let their imaginations run wild! With over 14 years teaching experience, Christine is dedicated to empowering her students to become better designers and better makers, equipping them with skills and confidence to create whatever her students dream!

So if it feels like all work and no play, Etelage offers a flexible & varied program from beginner jewellery workshops & master classes to regular monday beading meetups. Make some jewellery that will impress you as well as your friends. Pick a class that suits you, gather your girlfriends & give yourself a creative fix now. 

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