What’s New in Jewelry Training?

We love the Bead & Button Show because some of our favorite instructors in DIY jewelry making are there to show newbie metalsmiths and pros how to expand their skills. Hilary and Katie are attending the show to see what’s new, take a class and do some shopping.

Meet the Teachers night is a highlight of the trip. It’s a combination class preview and trunk show. We’re looking forward to catching up with our Halstead Preferred Teachers and friends – Michael David Sturlin, we’ll see you there!

We’re also excited to soak up a little bit of the good land in Milwaukee. One of our favorite parts of the show is that it takes place during Downtown Dining Week, when you can try lots of delicious restaurants all over the city at discounted prices. We take our meals (a little too) seriously and Milwaukee does not disappoint.

There are over 700 classes at the Bead & Button Show this year, so there’s something for everyone. Hilary and Katie are all about the rings right now. Hilary will learn to make a raindrop wraparound ring with Jeff Fulkerson and Katie is doing stone setting on a soldered ring with Kim St. Jean. Hilary is also making the Pompeii Cuff Bracelet with Eva Sherman.


Here’s an overview of the classes our Halstead Preferred Teachers are presenting at Bead & Button. We love seeing what everyone is doing and where the jewelry making crowd is finding inspiration. The photos shown here are just a taste. Follow the teacher links to see all of that instructor’s class offerings. We hope you’ll join us in Milwaukee!

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Tammy Rae Wolter is introducing lampworkers to her methods with borosilicate glass, which has different requirements than soft glass. Learn to make the colors pop!


Eva Sherman is teaching a range of metals classes from soldering to fusing, enameling, texturing, cold connections, micro fold forming aka “the Sherman fold,” and more.


Brenda Schweder will show you how to perfect your wire working skills on her invention, Now That’s a Jig, and her new Now That’s a Pliers. Choose technique or project classes.


Julie Sanford from Studio JSD in Grand Haven, Michigan, is introducing the rolling mill and will be teaching a variety of techniques from piercing, fabricating, stone setting and more.


Kate Richbourg is teaching her popular soldering boot camp and is hosting a special evening where students can bring their works in progress for troubleshooting and advice.


Debora Mauser explores the world of metal working in a huge variety of classes. From Keum Boo to two-metal fusing, enameling, sawing, cold connections and more.


Jill Mackay presents two classes with her new leather die cutting line for Sizzix. Learn how to texture and cut shapes from leather and combine them to make beautiful jewelry.


Sandra Lupo brings her invention, Conetastic, to the show with two classes on making wire cones that can be used as decorative elements and/or to finish the ends of jewelry.


Tamara Honaman introduces Brenda Schweder’s Now That’s a Jig and Jill MacKay’s Sizzix leather die cutting line with lots of fresh ideas for making jewelry with these tools.

blog-biggarEd & Martha Biggar explore texturing metal in a variety of classes. From conventional sawing and piercing methods to innovations with silver clay and more with tons of tips.


Tracy Gonzales teaches two sampler classes that feature leather, bead stringing and finishing techniques using TierraCast clasps, end caps, rivets, eyelets and other products.


And, don’t miss Katie Hacker’s loom work bracelet workshop on Thursday, June 9th. She’s using the Jewel Loom to make a sparkly Swarovski crystal/leather bracelet. The kit includes Katiedids and some extra beads so you can make a pair of earrings to finish your look.

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