String Bead

Chico's resource for everything relating to beads: supplies, beads and classes.

Backroom Classes

"Where Glass and Metal Fab Artists meet!"

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. Check out the backroom store tour to see our set-up, then check out the classes below. Call us at 530/894-2323 today to sign up. Classes fill fast!

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There has been some confusion on how Shop time works, so here it is…
Once you have basic safety you can use the Backroom work tables with no charge. Shop time comes off your pre-paid Shop Card in 1/2 hour increments (minimum) when you use tools or equipment not on center tables, or when you engage an instructor's help. Come work with other artists and enjoy working at your own pace.

Backroom Shop Cards!

String Bead Shop Card 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

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.

  • Saturday, May 20th 11-5pm
  • Saturday, June 24th 11-5pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 12th 11-5pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 2nd11-5pm

Pre-Made Prong Settings -- $45.00 Materials not included

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.

  • Saturday, July 1st 10-1pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 9th 2-5pm

Torch Enameling -- $35.00 Some Materials some included

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, May 13th 10-1pm
  • Saturday, June 3rd 2-5pm

“Creative Prong Setting -- $75.00 Some Materials included

Okay, you’ve been asking for years, sooooooo… here it is! Prong Settings! We will cover how to make prongs from scratch, basket settings, how to set uneven stones, calibrated stones, etc. Extensive handouts will cover basket setting assembly, prong cutting, and many other aspects. In class we will make a prong or basket setting. A small cabochon will be provided with the class, or you may bring your own (cabochon only) no bigger than 25mm x 25mm x10mm. Must have previous Torch Soldering Experience.

  • Saturday, July 8th 10-5pm

Micro Mosaic -- $45.00 Some Materials included

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!

  • Saturday, May 6th 10-1pm
  • Saturday, July 22nd 2-5pm

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

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!

  • Saturday, May 6th 2-5pm
  • Saturday, June 10th 2-5pm

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

“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, June 22nd 10-1pm

Punching & Texturing -- $35.00 Materials not included

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.

  • Saturday, May 27th 10-1pm
  • Saturday, July 1st 10-1pm

Stone Setting -- $75.00 Metals and stones not included

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

  • Saturday, July 15th 10-5pm

Soldered Bangles -- $45.00 Materials included

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.

  • Saturday, June 10th 10-1pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 9th 10-1pm

Applique -- $45.00 Some materials included

Beginning Soldering Prerequisite
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).

  • Saturday, June 10th 2-5pm
  • Saturday, July 1st 2-5pm

Open Saw Work -- $35.00 Some Materials included

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, May 20th 10-1pm
  • Saturday, June 24th 2-5pm

Etching -- $35.00 Some Materials included

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, May 13th 2-5pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 2nd 2-5pm

*Due to the fact that our Guest Artists must travel and prepare in advance there will be NO refunds or Class Credits given for missed or canceled classes. You may send someone in place of you ONLY.


Store hours:

Monday - Saturday:

10am - 6pm

Sunday: Closed

2201 Pillsbury Rd. • Suite 142 • Chico, CA 95926