• Beading Basics Demo with Margot

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    10/25: Soft and squishy things! We will review some of the many, many types of cord - leather, nylon, cotton, satin - that we have here at Nomad, and the finishing techniques we use for each. I expect to cover end crimps, glue-in clasps, and a little bit of knotting as well. The content of this demo will vary from week to week! Please feel free to ask questions or suggest a new topic to cover.

  • The Jake Hour - Amber

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    This week, 10/29: Amber! This lightweight organic jewel has been valued since antiquity for its liquid golden color. Once treated as little more than costume jewelry, amber has become steadily more valuable in the last two decades, and vintage pieces are to be treasured. We will examine amber in all its forms - antique, modern, imitations, the good stuff, the bad stuff and the just plain ugly. We will record this session and get a lightly edited version posted to YouTube. Please bear with us while we work out the technical stuff! We're going to run this every other week going forward. The Nomad Bead Merchants crew is so happy to be open and working, but since we're eternally short-staffed in these strange days, opportunities to hang out at the beading table with Jake and shoot the breeze or talk projects have been few and far between. We're setting out to fix that. Please join us for morning coffee with Jake at the work table. Jake will bring in some of his treasures to explain and discuss, and will do a mini-demo with one of his current repair or design projects.

  • Beading Basics Demo with Margot & Catherine

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    11/1: Catherine is going to join me for some of these sessions to help mix it up a bit. Today we're going to revisit a project we haven't done in a while, the floating bead necklace. This style uses beads spaced out on Griffin nylon or silk thread with bracketing knots. It's cute, lightweight and a summer classic, so we'll be thinking of warmer days while we work on this one. The content of this demo varies from week to week, so please keep an eye on our class listings to see what's new. Feel free to ask questions or suggest a new topic to cover.