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Anyone who loves making jewelry is welcome to join this group! Nomad Bead Merchants has been a Boulder institution for over 25 years. We stock thousands of beads and teach classes weekly to help you learn techniques, share ideas and continue to expand our supportive community of makers.

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Knotted Mala Workshop

Nomad Bead Merchants

$30.00

Note that this class is blocked out for three hours in order to make sure everyone can finish or nearly finish. Note also that beads are not included in the class price. We suggest that class attendees come a little early to choose beads if not bringing their own. Our example uses 6mm rounds; 8mm will work but makes a very long finished mala. Learn to knot snugly and accurately between beads using Griffin beading thread and knotting tweezers. This project calls for a lot of patience, but no other technique flows like a knotted piece - and the knots will prevent loss of multiple beads should the thread give way under wear. Our mala will be very simply finished, using a single bead to pass through and small knots or a medallion. If you'd like to bring three or more people, please give Nomad a call at[masked] and we will see if there is space! This class does not include the beads in the class price - students will need to bring their own or purchase beads at Nomad.

Beading Basics Class - Wire Wrapped Loop

Nomad Bead Merchants

Learn the foundation basics of wirework! The wrapped loop enables the creation of all manner of beaded drops and links, elements that are essential for earrings and other wire projects. Class will discuss wire gauges and tempers, tools, and will make several example links. Tools and materials are included. This is a technique class, so students will not be making any finished projects. Please be prompt! The table we work at can accommodate five or six people per session, and we are running on a first-come, first-served basis. Our instructor will do her best to catch people up mid-session if necessary, but it's far easier to learn what we have to teach when the whole group is working at roughly the same point.

Beading Basics Class - Stringing & Crimping

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Learn the basics of stringing beads on fine steel cable and using a crimping plier, folding crimps into place to complete a sample bracelet. This class often runs about forty minutes and some time can be devoted to discussing more advanced stringing techniques if students are interested. Tools and materials are included. This is a technique class, so students will not be making any finished projects. Please be prompt! The table we work at can accommodate five or six people per session, and we are running on a first-come, first-served basis. Our instructor will do her best to catch people up mid-session if necessary, but it's far easier to learn what we have to teach when the whole group is working at roughly the same point.

Create a Crystal Suncatcher - Catherine Phillips

Nomad Bead Merchants

$45.00

Do you love rainbows and reflections? Come in for this playful class in mixing and matching glass and crystal beads for a colorful suncatcher that'll refract good vibes into every corner. This workshop focuses more on design than technique; these are fun and easy to assemble.

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Build a Shrine - Catherine Phillips

Nomad Bead Merchants

$45.00

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