Jewellery Making Classes

Jewellery making classes at Banjos Bead House are a great way to relax, unwind and learn some new skills to enable you to express your creativity. We provide a relaxed environment with lots of support to help you learn and practice your new skills. Lynda Taylor is our teacher. She has been beading for more than 15 years and completed many courses along the way. With a keen eye for detail and design she is also quick to work out how to make things if she is shown a prototype or pattern.

To accommodate customer’s individual circumstances Banjos Bead House offers classes at times to suit individual requirements.  We are happy to teach classes at any time during our regular opening hours or after hours by arrangement.

Banjos Bead House offers classes to suit individual skill levels, learning styles and availability. 

 

General Classes

  • Jewellery Making Taster Class

    If you have not done any jewellery making before or not for a long time this is the perfect class for you. Our friendly team will give you lots of support and encouragement as you master new skills and enjoy creating beautiful jewellery.

    In this class you can choose between making necklaces, earrings and bracelets. You will be given an introduction to basic tools and techniques and we guarantee you will have some lovely pieces to take home at the end of the class.

    Time: Please allow up to 2 hours for this class.

    Cost: $45. Class fee includes teaching time, use of tools, a basic materials kit* and a selection of glass beads to work with.

    Book in with a friend and you will each receive 10% off your class cost. Book in with a group of 3 or more and you will each receive 10% off your class cost and 10% off any purchases made on the day, excluding class cost.

    * basic materials kit includes: jewellery wire, elastic, crimps and wire guards. 

     

 

  • Design your own class 

    Design a class of your own choice. For example you may have seen a piece that you would like to make or you may want to learn a particular skill.

    Time: We will give you an estimated time based on what you want to do in your class.

    Cost: $20 per hour of class time, plus $5 for use of tools (or bring your own).This includes teaching time and a basic materials kit*. Other materials used are additional.

    Book in with a friend and you will each receive 10% off your class cost. Book in with a group of 3 or more and you will each receive 10% off your class cost and 10% off any purchases made on the day, excluding class cost.

    * basic materials kit includes: jewellery wire, elastic, crimps and wire guards. 

     
  • Studio Time Class

    If you have jewellery making skills but are not sure what you would like to make, have an idea but are not sure how to make it, or have a photo or a pattern of something you would like to make and need help this is the perfect class for you. Our friendly team will work with you to develop or clarify your ideas and create your piece.

    Time: We can give you an estimated time based on what you want to do in your class.

    Cost $20 per hour plus $5 for use of tools (or bring your own tools). This includes teaching time and a basic materials kit*. Other materials used are additional.

    Book in with a friend and you will each receive 10% off your class cost. Book in with a group of 3 or more and you will each receive 10% off your class cost and 10% off any purchases made on the day, excluding class cost.

    * basic materials kit includes: jewellery wire, elastic, crimps and wire guards. 

     

     
  • Repairs and Re-Design class 

    In this class you will work with beads you no longer wear and learn how to re-design them into something new. You will also learn how to do basic repairs on your broken items.

    Time: Please allow 1.5 hours for this class

    Cost: $30 plus $5 for use of tools (or bring your own). This includes teaching time and a basic materials kit*.  Other materials used are additional.

    Book in with a friend and you will each receive 10% off your class cost. Book in with a group of 3 or more and you will each receive 10% off your class cost and 10% off any purchases made on the day, excluding class cost.

    * basic materials kit includes: jewellery wire, elastic, crimps and wire guards. 

     
  • Bedazzlilng techniques class 

    This class is especially designed for those involved in making dance costumes and accessories or wishing to learn how to bedazzle clothing, material and other items such as shoes and hair accessories. 

    In this class you will learn how to attach flat back crystals to a variety of materials using glue, stitching or tools (bejeweler).

    Time: Please allow 30 minutes for this class

    Cost: $15 + materials. Materials vary depending on individual requirements.

    Book in with a friend and you will each receive 10% off your class cost. Book in with a group of 3 or more and you will each receive 10% off your class cost and 10% off any purchases made on the day, excluding class cost.

     

     
  • Mother and Child

    Spend some creative time with your child having fun and learning new skills. A Banjos Bead House Mother and Child class provides a fun bonding opportunity with the added bonus of some lovely pieces that you have created together.

    This class includes tuition and all materials for you both to make three pieces and morning or afternoon tea.  Options include: bracelets, necklaces, pendants, earrings, key rings or bookmarks.

    This class can also be an opportunity for anyone with a close adult child relationship to enjoy some creative time together eg Father and Child, Grandmother, Grandfather, Aunt or Uncle and Child, older cousin and child.

    Time: Please allow 1.5 hours for this class Cost: $50 (includes a range of beads, findings and pendants for one adult and one child to make 3 pieces each).
     

 

Make and Take Class Kits

We have a number of make and take class kits available based on a particular project. Class kits include all materials and tuition as well as an estimated completion time.

Book in with a friend and you will each receive 10% off your class cost. Book in with a group of 3 or more and you will each receive 10% off your class cost and 10% off any purchases made on the day, excluding class cost.

Current kits include:

Etching and Embossing 

New Class Commencing April 2017

Etched or Embossed Pendant and Earrings

  • In this class you will learn how to etch or emboss metal and different finishing techniques. Your will create a pendant and earring set.
  • Time: please allow 1 hour to complete this class
  • Cost: $45 this includes all materials & use of tools
  • Materials: Brass and leather

Embossed Earring Class Sample

Etched Pendant Class Sample

 
 
Leather 
 

New Class Commencing April 2017

Leather Marcame Wrap Bracelet

  • In this class you will learn how to make a bead and leather double wrap bracelet
  • Time: please allow 2 hours to complete this class
  • Cost: $40 this includes leather, use of tools and $5 bead allowance 
  • Materials: Leather and beads

Leather Wrap Bracelet Class Image

New Class Commencing May 2017 

Leather Cutting

 

Details available soon .....

 

New Class Commencing May 2017 

Leather Painting

 

Details available soon .....

 
 
 
Hand Sewing

In these classes you will learn how to handsew a piece using the right angle weave technique. These classes are currently offered based on finished designs and you can book a class based on the design you wish to learn:

 

Cross Hatch

  • In this class you will use Swarovski crystal and Myuki Delicas to hand sew a bracelet
  • Time: please allow 3 - 3.5 hours to complete this class
  • Cost: $60 this includes all materials & use of tools

Flower

  • In this class you will use Swarovski crystal and Myuki Delicas to hand sew a bracelet
  • Time: please allow 2.5 - 3 hours to complete this class
  • Cost: $60 this includes all materials & use of tools

Cuff

  • In this class you will use Swarovski crystal and Myuki Delicas to hand sew a bracelet
  • Time: please allow 3.5 - 4 hours to complete this class
  • Cost: $75 this includes all materials & use of tools

Noughts and Crosses

  • In this class you will use Swarovski Pearls and Myuki Delicas to hand sew a bracelet
  • Time: please allow 3 - 3.5 hours to complete this class
  • Cost: $60 this includes all materials & use of tools

 

Crochet

Beaded Crochet Lariat

  • In this class you will learn how to make a lariat using a single chain stitch incorporating Indian glass beads
  • Time: please allow 2 hours to complete this class
  • Cost: $50 this includes all materials & use of tools

 

Kumihimo

Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Kumihimo is Japanese for "gathered threads". In these classes you will learn how to create a braided cord on the Kumihimo disc and make it into a bracelet.

 Plain bracelet

  • In this class you will use rattail or other fibres to create a simple braided cord bracelet
  • Time: please allow 2-3 hours to complete this class
  • Cost: $50 this includes all materials & use of tools

 Bracelet adding seed beads

  • In this class you will use s-lon cord and Precosia seed beads to create a bracelet
  • This class has a homework element - you will need to visit the store a few days prior to select your beads and thread. You will have a brief introduction to how to prepare the bobbins for class - this homework may take up to 4 hours to complete
  • Time: please allow 2-3 hours to complete this class
  • Cost: $50 this includes all materials & use of tools

 

Knotting

In these classes you will learn a number of different techniques to create pieces featuring knots.

Traditional Pearl

In this class you will use a traditional knotting tool to make a pearl bracelet

  • Time: please allow 2-3 hours to complete this class
  • Cost: $75 this includes all materials, knotting tool & use of tools

Knot-a Bead

In this class you will use the Knot-a-Bead tool to make a bracelet

  • Time: please allow 1.5 - 2 hours to complete this class
  • Cost: $40 this includes all materials & use of tools

Hand Knotting

In this class you will learn to knot by hand and make a lariat necklace

  • Time: please allow 1.0 - 1.5 hours to complete this class
  • Cost: $40 this includes all materials & use of tools

Macrame - Shambala bracelet

In this class you will use Chinese knotting cord and make a shamble bracelet.

  • Time: please allow 1 hour to complete this class
  • Cost: $25 this includes all materials & use of tools

 

Looping

In these classes you will take your single loop skills to the next level with double loops to make linked pieces.

Simple bracelet

  • In this class you will learn to make double loops and link them to form a simple bracelet
  • Time: please allow 1.5-2 hours to complete this class
  • Cost: $55 this includes all materials & use of tools
 

Bead & chain linked necklace

  • In this class you will learn to make double loops and utilising these beads, chain and metal spacers create a linked necklace
  • Time: please allow 1.5-2 hours to complete this class
  • Cost: $55 this includes all materials & use of tools

Rosary Beads

  • In this class you will learn to make a traditional linked rosary using up to 6mm beads for Marys and up to 8mm beads for Our Fathers. To make your rosary beads you can select from crystal, pearl and glass
  • Time: please allow 3 hours to complete this class
  • Cost: includes all materials & use of tools
    • Crystal $80
    • Pearl $60
    • Glass $50 

 

Wire Work

Forming shapes on the jig

  • In this class you will learn to make a variety of shapes on the wig jig. You will make a pendant and matching earrings.
  • Time: please allow 1 hour to complete this class
  • Cost: $30 this includes all materials & use of tools

Free form

  • In this class you will learn how to make a free form wire wrapped pendant using Artistic Wire
  • Time: please allow 1 hour to complete this class
  • Cost: $30 this includes all materials & use of tools

 

Fundamentals

For those wanting a complete introduction to jewellery making Banjos Bead House offers a Fundamentals Class Program which provides a practical introduction to all of the basic skills needed in jewellery making. Completing this course will give you the skills and confidence to use tools and materials to tackle a variety of jewellery making projects. Participants who complete the Fundamentals Course  (all sessions) will receive a certificate of achievement

Fundamentals are scheduled in sessions of 2 classes run one following the other. Each session runs for between two and two and a half hours. You can select one or as many sessions as you need to build up your fundamental beading skills. Each of these classes is focused on a specific skill and you will be introduced to the tools needed for each skill. The cost includes use of all of the tools needed as well as a range of materials to use in your piece. 

Book in with a friend and you will each receive 10% off your class cost. Book in with a group of 3 or more and you will each receive 10% off your class cost and 10% off any purchases made on the day, excluding class cost.

Fundamentals are made up of six one hour sessions focused on specific skills:

  1. Working with elastic and memory wire   

    • Create 2 Elastic Bracelets using different finishing techniques
    • Create a Memory wire bracelet
    • Tools: round nose pliers & bull nose cutters
  2. Working with glue      

    • Create stud earrings with cabochons
    • Create a comb with Swarovski Flat Back Crystals
    • Create a memory wire bangle
    • Tools: Skin Shield, E-6000, Crystal Katana & Tweezers
  3. Working with Jewellery Wire - single strand 

    • Create a 45 - 55cm single strand necklace
    • Learn to use wire guards and crimps
    • Tools: chain nose & flat nose pliers
  4. Working with Jewellery Wire - multiple strands      

    • Create a 45 - 55cm multi strand necklace
    • Learn to use calotte crimps
    • Demonstration of multistrand connector ends & wire wrapping end techniques
    • Tools: chain nose & round nose pliers
  5. Working with wire to create single loops  

    • Learn three different techniques
      • traditional
      • wrapped
      • looper
    • Create earrings & pendants
    • Tools: round nose pliers, cutters, ruler & the 1-Step Looper
  6. Working with Leather, silk and chain 

    • Make a Leather & Silk Necklet & Chain Necklace ready to hang a pendant
    • Learn to use thonging ends & jump rings
    • Tools: curved chain nose & flat nose pliers and cutters

$90 per session (2 classes)

Discounts are available if you book and pay for multiple sessions in advance:

$170 for 2 sessions (4 classes) save $20

$235 for 3 sessions (6 classes) save $50

* Please note: unless specified, electing to use Swarovski, TierraCast and some gemstones may incur additional cost

 

Booking:

Bookings can be made by phoning the store 02 9898 1661, by email at lynda@banjosbeadhouse.com.au or using the booking request form below.

To secure your booking a deposit of 50% of the class/session cost is payable.

24 hours notice must be given for change or cancellation otherwise deposit will be forfeited.

Book in with a friend and you will each receive 10% off your class cost.

Many of our customers like to book a class with a group. Book in with a group of 3 or more and you will each receive 10% off your class cost and 10% off any purchases made on the day, excluding class cost.

 

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Author: Denise Taylor   Date Posted: 20 July 2016

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