String Bead

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

Front Room Classes

We offer a bunch of great classes here at String Bead. Let our experienced staff teach you the in's and out's of beading. With classes ranging from beginning to advanced beading there's something here for everyone! Our classes are a fun way to learn different beading skills and meet some really great people. Call us at 530/894-2323 today to sign up!

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Beginning Beading -- $20.00 Materials included

Start from the top, or shall we say start with the tools! We cover all the do's and don'ts in beading and set you on the right path to becoming a professional beader! Walk away with a bracelet, a corded necklace, and a pair of earrings all made by you!

  • Saturday, May 13th 10-1pm
  • Saturday, June 24th 10-1pm
  • Saturday, July 15th 10-1pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 5th 2-5pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 2nd 10-1pm

Beginning Wire -- $20.00 Materials included

Loops, links, wire, and more loops! By the end of your wire bracelet, and a pair of earrings to match, links will be second nature. Plus learn how to finish that bracelet by making your own clasp! And then, after all that, if there is still time left, we will make the illusive dragonfly charm!

  • Saturday, May 6th 10-1pm
  • Saturday, June 3rd 10-1pm
  • Saturday, July 8th 10-1pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 19th 10-1pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 9th 10-1pm

Wire-Wrapped Pendant -- $45.00 Materials not included

Beginning Wire Prerequisite - Intermediate Wire is suggested.
Don't know what to do with that rock you tumbled? Do you have a cut stone with no hole? This class will teach you how to cage that stone and give it a unique and finished look. Janette is a wonderful teacher that sends everyone home with a masterpiece.

  • Saturday, May 20th 2-5pm
  • Saturday, July 1st 2-5pm

Clusters -- $20.00 Materials not included

Beginning Wire Prerequisite.
Combine textures, shapes, and colors in a collage of beads. Big too little you can make this cluster as fancy or as casual as you want it to be.

  • Saturday, June 3rd 2-5pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 9th 2-5pm

Cold Connections #1 All about Wire -- $35.00 Some Materials Included

So many things to put together! Let’s get them to stay in a way that is secure, professional, and unorthodox! Try a few different techniques, bring some stones or trinkets and have some fun! There will be bits and pieces available, plus the metal to connect it to.

  • Saturday, May 27th 2-5pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 5th 10-1pm

Pearl Knotting -- $20.00 Materials included

Knotting isn't just for the pearls anymore. Learn how and why knotting is still used today and knot just in the traditional fashion. We'll show you the different techniques and tools you'll need to finish your project. This is another good way of getting rid of “orphan” beads. Make the very popular Bead Wrap.

  • Saturday, June 3rd 10-1pm
  • Saturday, July 15th 2-5pm

Jewelry Design/Marketing-- $35.00 Materials included

Four hours of revisiting old ideas and learning new ones. This class is split into four sections: Color, Pattern, Theme, and Design. We will see how all of these apply too and affect the design process, how they help with troubleshooting, and how they add depth to your design. Wear old clothes we get messy.

  • Saturday, Aug. 5th 1-5pm

Intermediate Wire-- $20.00 Materials some included (beads are not)

Beginning Wire Prerequisite.
Crazy about wire? So is the teacher! You will learn about wire, how to bend it, shape it, snip it, pound it, texture it, harden it. Learn much more than you probably want to know about wire!

  • Saturday, June 10th 10-1pm
  • Saturday, July 8th 2-5pm

Basic Macramé -- $20.00 Some Materials Included

Kristine Buchanan said it best on the cover of her book. "It’s Not 1970 Anymore." Come learn how beautiful macrame can be. This is the best place to start to learn macrame. We will teach the knots to great you start for more advance patterns.

  • Saturday, May 27th 10-1pm
  • Saturday, June 24th 10-1pm

Crystal V-- $20.00 Materials not included (kits available)

You know any brides? Or need something classy to go with that black dress on a Friday night date? This is the necklace you been waiting for. You will be using 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm crystal bead to create this “Crystal V” necklace. (Colors of this necklace come in only clear, clear AB, or black. If you would like a different color we would need to know in advance so we could order all the sizes).

  • Saturday, May 27th 2-5pm
  • Saturday, June 24th 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