Beginning Bracelet Design Class

Bracelet Design–you’ll love it!

Learn Bracelet Design with Misti's Jewelry
Learn bracelet design–it’s fun & easy.

Bracelet design can be fun!  Come see!  In this 1-hour class you will learn construction basics as well as theory behind color selection & design.   First, you choose a pre-designed kit, like the one pictured.  Then, you get to choose from a variety of beads to create your own bracelet design.  I’ll be on hand to coach you along the way & make it fun!  Hee hee!

Click HERE for more information.

Stop on by!
Misti’s Jewelry booth

Class is held at the Misti’s Jewelry booth at Gem Faire, Costa Mesa on Friday & Saturday only.  See times, dates and location information below.  You may also email me for more information at Classes@mistisjewelry.com.  (I’m currently having website issues, but you can still visit my “Contact Us” page for more information.

Beginning Bracelet Design Class Details

Class fee: $35                   Supplies: $28.99 – includes complimentary instruction guide and supplies.  (Other colors & style available.)

Friday – Sunday, October 14 – 16, 2016

  • Daily:  2pm             Other times available:  Walk-up & ask for availability.

Admission to the Gem Faire: $7  (Get a FREE pass, if you join my mailing list by the Tuesday before the show)

  • Parking is $10, I believe.

Location:

OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA

Come ready to bead!  I will have all the tools & supplies that you need.   (This class replaces DIY Jewelry-Making, Course 1.)  For more information, visit Misti’s Jewelry Calendar HERE.   Also, you can visit the Gem Faire Website for my Class List.

I suggest you bring a bottle of water, wear comfortable shoes because you’ll most likely want to spend the day shopping!!!  Hee hee!  Gem Faire is so much fun, and so is this project!  So, I really hope you can make it to my class. And don’t forget to at least stop by and say hello!  I’m always thrilled when I get a chance to say hello to you and see all the goodies you’ve found.  If you need help or suggestions of what booths to visit, I can help with that, as well.  Gem Faire–it’s only a few short weeks away, so make sure to start planning your classes now!

Visit Misti’s Jewelry’s Square Market to register for all Misti’s Jewelry’s classes at the Gem Faire.

 

 

Turn a Bead into a Pendant

Wire-Wrapped Bead — Turn a Bead into a Pendant — Make & Take Class

Turn a bead into a pendant with ease!
Turn a Bead Into a Pendant Make & Take Class

Okay, maybe you already thought beading was easy, but have you learned how to turn a bead into a pendant in just minutes yet?  Come check it out!  You’ll learn how to use wire to create this simple, yet stylish pendant from a bead!   It’s quick & easy!  Space is limited so don’t wait to sign up!  Bail-making tool sold separately. Click HERE for more information.

Stop on by!
Misti’s Jewelry booth

Class is held at the Misti’s Jewelry booth at Gem Faire, Costa Mesa on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  See times, dates and location information below.  You may also email me for more information at Classes@mistisjewelry.com.

Wire-Wrapped Bead Make & Take Class Details

Class fee: $5           Supplies: $5

Daily:   Friday – Sunday, October 14 – 16, 2016

  • 11:30 – 11:45am Click HERE to register
  • 12:15 – 12:30pm Click HERE to register

Other times available:  Walk-up & ask for availability.

Location:

OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA

Come ready to bead!  I will have all the tools & supplies that you need.   For more information, visit Misti’s Jewelry Calendar HERE.   Also, you can visit the Gem Faire Website for my Class List.

I suggest you bring a bottle of water, wear comfortable shoes because you’ll most likely want to spend the day shopping!!!  Hee hee!  Gem Faire is so much fun, and so is this project!  So, I really hope you can make it to my class. And don’t forget to at least stop by and say hello!  I’m always thrilled when I get a chance to say hello to you and see all the goodies you’ve found.  If you need help or suggestions of what booths to visit, I can help with that, as well.  Gem Faire–it’s only a few short weeks away, so make sure to start planning your classes now!

Visit Misti’s Jewelry’s Square Market to register for all Misti’s Jewelry’s classes at the Gem Faire.

 

 

 

2-hole beads Bracelet Class

Gabriela 2-hole beads bracelet class

Gabriela Bracelets
Gabriela Bracelet Class Samples

Have you noticed how many 2-hole beads bracelet classes are out there now?  It’s no wonder–Czech manufacturers are coming out with new 2-hole beads so fast that it’s about impossible to keep up!  But in this 3-hour, intermediate 2-hole beads bracelet class, you will get to try some of them out!  Fun!  learn how to use thermally bonded beading thread to hand stitch this stunning bracelet made with genuine Czech 2-hole beads & Swarovski Crystalized Elements.   I made the one at the top of the picture for my mom & she loves it!

Stop on by!
Misti’s Jewelry booth

Class is held at the Misti’s Jewelry booth at Gem Faire, Costa Mesa on Friday & Saturday only.  See times, dates and location information below.  You may also email me for more information at Classes@mistisjewelry.com.  (I’m currently having website issues, but you can still visit my “Contact Us” page for more information.

Gabriela 2-hole beads bracelet class Details

Dates & Times:

  • Friday:  12:30 – 3:30pm:  Click HERE to register
  • Saturday: 10:00 – 1:00pm: Click HERE to register

Cost:

Location:

OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA

Come ready to bead!  I will have all the tools & supplies that you need.  (Experience recommended, but not required.) For more information, visit Misti’s Jewelry Calendar HERE.   Also, you can visit the Gem Faire Website for my Class List.

I suggest you bring a bottle of water, wear comfortable shoes because you’ll most likely want to spend the day shopping!!!  Hee hee!  Gem Faire is so much fun, and so is bead stitching!  So, I really hope you can make it to my class. And don’t forget to at least stop by and say hello!  I’m always thrilled when I get a chance to say hello to you and see all the goodies you’ve found.  If you need help or suggestions of what booths to visit, I can help with that, as well.  Gem Faire–it’s only a few short weeks away, so make sure to start planning your classes now!

Visit Misti’s Jewelry’s Square Market to register for all Misti’s Jewelry’s classes at the Gem Faire.

 

 

Freestyle Wire-Wrapping Class

Gem Faire Class Beginning Freestyle Wire-Wrapping
Beginning Freestyle Wire-Wrapping

Have you tried Freestyle Wire-wrapping yet?  I don’t know about you, but I like to be creative and do my own thing. That’s what my Freestyle Wire-wrapping Class at Gem Faire Costa Mesa, October 14 – 16, 2016, is all about.  In this 1-hour class, you will learn how to design your own wire wrapping style.  Do you like swirly?  Maybe you like the clean look. Or maybe you just like to see what happens!  And with some basic techniques, you can do whatever you like!  So, let’s create!

Stop on by!
Misti’s Jewelry booth

Class is held at the Misti’s Jewelry booth at Gem Faire Costa Mesa Friday – Sunday, October 14 – 16, 2016.  Register online at my Square Store by Tuesday, October 11th.  You may also email me for more information at Classes@mistisjewelry.com.

Also, if you would like to be on my mailing list to receive my approximately monthly email newsletter with classes & events, and free passes to Gem Faire, please click HERE.  To receive your FREE Gem Faire pass or October’s Gem Faire, you must join my mailing list by Tuesday, October 11th.

Freestyle Wire-Wrapping Class Details

Class fee: $30                   Supplies: $19.50 – includes complimentary instruction guide.

Date & Time:  Friday – Sunday, October 14 – 16, 2016

  • Daily:    10:15 – 11:15am: Click HERE to register12:45 – 1:45pm: Click HERE to registerOther times available:  Walk-up & ask for availability.Location:

Gem Faire Costa Mesa, OC Fair & Events Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA

Stones pictured are samples only.  Actual supplies differ.  For more information, visit Misti’s Jewelry Calendar HERE.   Also, you can visit the Gem Faire Website for my Class List from August’s Gem Faire in Costa Mesa.  Check back regularly, my October Class list will be up soon.

Bail-making tool sold separately.  Click HERE to purchase one.

I suggest you bring a bottle of water, wear comfortable shoes because you’ll most likely want to spend the day shopping!!!  Hee hee!  Gem Faire is so much fun, and so is wire wrapping!  So, I really hope you can make it to my class. And don’t forget to at least stop by and say hello!  I’m always thrilled when I get a chance to say hello to you and see all the goodies you’ve found.  If you need help or suggestions of what booths to visit, I can help with that, as well.  Gem Faire–it’s only a few short weeks away, so make sure to start planning your classes now!

Visit Misti’s Jewelry’s Square Market to register for all Misti’s Jewelry’s classes at the Gem Faire.

 

 

 

 

Here’s My Beading Story, It’s Easy, Really!

Beading? It’s Easy?  Really?

“Here’s My Beading Story, It’s Easy, Really!” you read and think, “Yeah, right!  I don’t even know where to begin!”  Maybe you want to try beading, but just don’t know if you can do it.  Well, I’m here to say, “It’s easy, really!”  If I can do it, YOU can do it.  Or maybe you are already beading jewelry & you KNOW how easy it is.  Either way…

Here’s my Beading Story.

This is me. I'm the Happy Beader. Read "My Beading Story, It's Easy!"
The Happy Beader, who discovered, “Beading, it’s Easy!”

My first time making a bracelet got me hooked.  It was so easy, I couldn’t believe it.   A friend called me up and invited me over for a beading party.  I was a little skeptical, never having done it before, but agreed.  “It’s easy, really!”  she assured me.  So I figured, “Why not give beading a try?”  She provided the beads, I picked the colors, strung them on & she showed me how to add the clasp.  My very first bracelet and it was really easy!  Easy & fun!  (Hey, we “Otter personalities” have to have fun!  If it’s not fun, it’s not worth it!)

As a child, my story was that I when I didn’t understand something in class, it was very stressful to me because the Golden Retriever Personality part of me wanted to please.  So, I worked really hard to do well.

Part of My Beading Story is that my personality is part "Golden Retriever". I care, I want to help, I'm loyal, just like Gold Retrievers.
Golden Retriever Service Dog Changes Owner’s Life. Click to read the story.

Let me explain a little more about my challenges.  My chiropractor, Dr. Rod Melvin, says I live inside the clock.  What he is referring to is the Clock Tower in Back to the Future Movie–you know the scene where the Doc has just climbed out of the Clock Tower?

My Beading Story is that I can see things from inside the clock tower (seeing the back side of the clock face) or outside the Clock Tower, like the majority.
Doc just climbed out of the clock…

Inside the tower, the clock chimed loudly but you could see the back of the clock face.

My story is that I can see things from both sides.  I can imagine being in the clock or outside–seeing it like everyone else.  Afterall, clockwise is relative to which side of the clock face you’re on!  LOL  That can be a really good thing, it helps with creativity & being able to show others how to do things in many different ways, but it also can make learning new things (like Math or even creative arts) a real challenge for me at times.  For example, when I was in Geometry class in high school, what would take others only 3 or 4 steps to prove took me 14!  My story is I just see things differently, and usually make them way harder than they really are.  But once I’ve conquered something, then I can usually explain things really well because I can see it more than one way.  Math was my biggest struggle in school, and I had many a tear over it.  BUT I worked & worked at it & even majored in it in College.   Then I went on to be a (very understanding) math tutor.  Now, as an adult, I don’t want the kind of stress I had learning math.  It’s gotta be fun.  If I don’t get it, it’s stressful!  And stress is not fun!

Okay, so what does all that have to do with to my beading story?  Read on…

After the beading party was over, I wanted to continue this fun beading story!  (Of course, right?!)  But then I found myself feeling lost in the bead store with no one to help me make good selections.  I wanted to get some beads & supplies so I could do more beading, but just didn’t know  where to begin.  My friend wasn’t an instructor, and didn’t know how to help me choose.  But that didn’t stop me!  LOL  My beading story didn’t end there!  This little otter girl was up for the adventure!

Once I had a collection of beads to play with, I did some basic stringing & loved it!  I was hooked!  I decided to try out some beading patterns.  Man, oh man!  That can be tricky for a beginner who lives “inside the clock”!   But being the determined little otter I am, I worked at it until I got it!  And is it fun!  And my beading story is, “It’s easy, really”!   You don’t have to worry–even if you are inside the Clock Tower like me!   This little otter girl is here to help!  I have beading classespatterns, kits & supplies, and even FREE Resources to help you on your way, and lots of experience in helping others.  I even schedule Gem Faire Shopping Experiences, for personal assistance.  And whether you are experienced and just want to follow the charts, or are brand new and need the step by step words & pictures, my goal has been to provide that in all of my patterns!  Granted, there may be a few that aren’t as thorough as others, but I’m here to help either way.  Just call or email me!

 

 

Beading Tips Du Jour

Are you like me?  Do you find this really cool pattern & want to give it your own color combination but aren’t sure where to begin?  Well, allow me to share what has helped me.

Tip #1:  It’s okay to try out a combination and see if you like it.  If you don’t, it’s OKAY TO TAKE IT APART & START OVER!  It’s not a waste of time or money or effort.  It’s part of the creative learning process.  And, you don’t necessarily have to make the whole project to see if it will suit your taste or not.  Just GO FOR IT and change it if you want to!

Tip#2:  Maybe you have a peyote stitch or right angle weave chart that was taught in one color and you want to change it to a different color or to more than one.  Here are my suggestions:

1. Scan the chart into your computer, and then open it in an art program, like Paint Shop Pro.  (Or you can print it out & color it by hand, if you like.)

2. Fill/color in all the beads pictured with white, so you have a blank form with which to start.  (If you are coloring it in White-out or Liquid Paper, then you’ll want to let it dry, scan it again and print it out again.)

If the colored pattern is of flowers or some other specific design that you just want to change part of the color, only fill those particular beads with a new color.  Don’t white out all of the beads or you could have a doozy of a time recreating the pattern of flowers or whatever was there.

3. Starting with the last/most complete picture of the pattern, color in the beads as desired.  This will help you see what it actually turn out like.

When I first tried this on a chart, I had started with the first picture which only showed the first three rows.  first two rows

By the time I got to the overall pattern picture, it didn’t look anything like what I wanted.  So it really helps to work your way from an overall picture like this one backwards.  overall rows

Tip #3:  You don’t have to do the whole project on one thread!  It’s OKAY to make individual pieces and then stitch them together later!

Tip #4:  It’s OKAY to use glue to make your beads stay put!

The Bottom Line is:  do what you want to!  There are no hard fast rules in beading.  It’s what works for you!  So, play.  Have fun.  Enjoy.  Don’t make it be work!  Make it yours!  Let it go!  Breathe!  Each piece of artwork has its own beauty–“flaws” and all!  And remember, our flaws are what makes us sparkle!

Have a happy, beadingly fun, sparkly day!

#TheHappyBeader

The Happy Beader
The Happy Beader

A Big Thank You…

I had an absolutely fabulous time this weekend at Gem Faire! So many of you came to see me, took classes and hung out. I loved it! I had a blast! I feel like Tigger personified! Whoo hoo! You all were so nice, too! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you all for a record breaking weekend! God bless you, real good!thank you block