Metal Fabrication & Enameling Classes

Take your jewelry skills to the next level. In our fully equipped 1000sq. ft. Backroom Fabrication Shop we offer classes from beginner to advanced in both metal fabrication and glass art. Our prices are competitive with most community colleges, and definitely lower than private or apprenticeship programs.

Call us at  1-530-894-2323 today to sign up!

*PLEASE NO PERFUME ON CLASS DAYS!!

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String Bead Backroom shop time is priced per hour with a one hour minimum. Pre-paid shop cards are offered for maximum savings! These cards will allow you to come in and use our shop at times that are convenient to you during store hours. For more information inquire at String Bead. Shop prices are as follows:

  • $12.00 per hour with 1 hour minimum
  • $25.00 for 3 hours = $8.33 per hour
  • $50.00 for 7 hours = $7.15 per hour
  • $100.00 for 15 hours = $6.67 per hour
  • $200.00 for 40 hours = $5.00 per hour
  • Kiln rental $25.00 per firing

Beginning Soldering -- $45.00 Materials included

Soldered Bangles -- $45.00 Materials not included

Torch Enameling -- $35.00 Materials included

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This is the in-depth class that will equip you for using the soldering torches at String Bead. This is again a case of everyone being on the same page. Besides learning the fundamental procedures of soldering you will learn how we are coordinating the soldering stations so that everyone will get the most for their money. We will be making a simple linked project that will cover the basics of soldering, taking you all the way through preparing your metals, which solders to use and why, and how to finish it. After this class you can get as creative as you like. We hope it will be the gateway to many hours of shop time camaraderie.

Oh my goodness. Just look at them!!! These soldered bangles are out of this world! We are so excited about how easy these are to personalize. If you have ever wondered how to create those trendy stackable bracelets from scratch, then take this class! These bracelets are great soldering practice to get you to the next place and take more advance classes.

No kiln, no problem! Enamel small pieces quick and pain-free with a minimum of fuss. This younger sibling of kiln enameling is perfect for a home setup and adds a bright and colorful element to your standard beading and metal work.

Saturday, Oct. 7th 11-5pm
Saturday, Nov. 25th 11-5pm

Saturday, Nov. 11th 10-1pm

Saturday, Sept. 23rd 10-1pm
Saturday, Nov. 18th 10-1pm

Micro Mosaic -- $45.00 Some Materials included

Semi Soft Soldering Rhinestone Jewelry -- $35.00 Some Materials included

Glass Fusing “But I DON’T have a Kiln” -- $45.00 Some Materials included

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Anyone who knows Carole knows her passion for Micro Mosaic. After research, calling, studying with, and hounding as many authorities as she could, she finally gathered up enough fun facts and techniques to offer Traditional Micro Mosaic. We will pull our own tessere, incanalato, and leaves, and boccio using enamels and glass, and learn assemblage using traditional grouts and patterns. Let’s not let this skill die out!

Haven’t you always wanted to make rhinestone brooches, necklaces, and bracelets? I know I have, but no one ever tells their secrets! Well we do! Learn what you need for assembly, soldering, and plating a piece, from beginning to end! Vintage Heaven happens here!

“But I Don’t Have a Kiln”… DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU! We will cover microwave kilns! And their instant gratification! “But I DO Have a Kiln”…YOU WON”T BE BORED! We will cover so many aspects of glass fusing that you will be thrilled. Glass is awesome and we love it so much it will be a fun, fun, FUN class

Saturday, Nov. 4th 2-5pm
Saturday, Dec. 2nd 10-1pm

Saturday, Sept. 16th 10-1pm
Saturday, Nov. 18th 10-1pm

Saturday, Sept. 23rd 2-5pm
Saturday, Oct. 21st 10-1pm

Punching & Texturing -- $35.00 Materials included

Stone Setting -- $75.00 Some Materials included

Applique -- $45.00 Some materials included

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This is ONE of the BEST Classes we offer to learn about metal and get your hands on skills going. We just love tools and even more love showing people how they work! Come in and learn how to use a rolling mill to make impressions on metal that you can later turn into earrings, pendants, even cuff bracelets! Learn how to use different hammers and why, letter stamps, doming blocks, and what tools are best! Which save you lots of time and money!!! Also we talk about what your metal can do, what will break it and what order, size, and metal type work best. We talk about or sometimes do heat patinas, liver of sulpher or some polishing if there is time. Don’t miss out on this pack full of knowledge class.

This is an advanced class and in order to keep up we really encourage the recommendations so that there are no frustrations later. It is well worth it to be prepared. Patience and practice is what will make all the difference for this class so that your setting will come out looking professional!

At least 2 Intermediate Soldering Classes, or equivalent in shop time study is necessary to take advanced workshop. 

This class will teach you more advanced soldering techniques, including: More than one metal - More than one trip to the torch - More than one kind of solder - A quick trip to the drill – Some saw work - And then a recap of finishing techniques. Then you are ready for the advanced classes! If you want this class to go smother take the “Open Saw Work” class it might be easier for you, and your project will go smother, (don’t get me wrong you can do this class without it too).

Beginning Soldering Prerequisite 

Saturday, Nov. 11th 2-5pm
Saturday, Dec. 2nd 2-5pm

Saturday, Oct. 21st 10-5pm

Saturday, Oct. 14th 2-5pm

Pre-Made Prong Settings -- $45.00 Some materials included

Open Saw Work -- $35.00 Materials included

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We’ve created yet another wonderful soldering class to help you expand your skills without too much effort! Premade settings!!! This class not only gives you more soldering skills but you learn how to simple set pointed back stones. You have lots of different options now on pre-made settings, and we cover them all, while you are making an amazing soldered pendant. After this class, you can add these settings to any soldered project and instant bling happens.

Let Stringbead’s Atalia Molaro show you how fun Saw Work really is. We will be going over everything from broken saw blades to bench pins in this workshop. Teaching you troubleshooting skills and taking the frustrations out of saw work. After creating your first sawn piece, or correcting the bad habits that have made openwork frustrating, we’re confident that you will find yourself as excited about the possibilities are we are!

Saturday, Nov. 11th 2-5pm

Saturday, Nov. 4th 2-5pm

Ear Cuffs and Climbers -- $45.00 Some materials included

Etching -- $35.00 Some Materials included

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Let’s dress up your ears! With Cuffs and Climbers! Torch Soldering skills are necessary for this class. Let’s play with tube settings and half drilled pearls; prong settings are also available. This is a fun intermediate class where we put your soldering skills to the test!

Always adding new things! We will cover chemical etching, making at least two pairs of earrings. Electric etching, making a pendant. And discussions on other ways to achieve the etch you are looking for. We cover a wide range of resists, when and where they work. If you have a favorite small rubber stamp bring it! We will have stamps available and EVEN a small demo on how to make your own!

Saturday, Oct. 14th 10-1pm
Saturday, Nov. 18th 2-5pm

Saturday, Oct. 7th 2-5pm
Saturday, Dec. 16th 2-5pm