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Beading with Wire, Chain & Leather

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Whether you’re new to jewelry making or looking for some fresh ideas, Candie Cooper will give you the confidence to bead with style.

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What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials list with tools & supplies recommended by Candie
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Candie Cooper
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Beading with Wire, Chain & Leather is a treasure chest of information on techniques and style for both beginning and experienced bead artists. In addition to basic techniques such as crimps and loops, you'll learn to design multi-strand pieces, combine textures for unique lariat necklaces, wrap specialty beads with wire, crochet a beaded necklace, and more! You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create distinctive bracelets and necklaces. This isn’t simply one beading class; each lesson provides you with a new technique and several design ideas. You'll love Candie Cooper's fun, personable personality combined with her clear, comprehensive instruction. Sign up today and dazzle friends and family with the handcrafted jewelry you'll be able to make right away!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet your instructor, jewelry designer and instructor Candie Cooper, before diving into a hands-on overview of how to make your first necklace. Candie walks you through the tools and supplies you need as she demonstrates the pros and cons of various pliers and beads, crimping and stringing techniques, design ideas and ways to attach a clasp.</P
2. Making Loops on Wire
3. Beaded Link and Jump Rings
4. Multi-Strand Bracelets and Spacer Bars
5. Lariat Necklaces
6. Wire Crochet Necklace
7. Tassel Pendants
8. The Big Finish

Recommended with this class

  • Chain- & round-nose pliers
  • Crimping pliers
  • Beading wire

Taught by

Candie Cooper
Candie Cooper
Candie Cooper is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining unique materials and color combinations, inspired by extensive travel and her years living in China. Candie is the author of "Necklace-ology" (Lark Books 2012), "Metalworking 101 for Beaders" (Lark Books 2009), "Felted Jewelry" (Lark Books 2007), and "Designer Needle Felting" (Lark Books 2007). Candie is the host for the Public Television series "Hands On" and has appeared on "Beads, Baubles and Jewels". She also teaches creative workshops nationally for adults and children. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Art Education and Fine Arts from Purdue University. For a further peek at her creative life, please visit

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