Our incredible classes have something for everyone: off-loom beading, wire-work, chain maille, bead embroidery, metalwork and polymer clay beadmaking.  Our instructors teach all over the world, including at the biggest beading events in the country.  Our cruise focuses on quality classes with innovative designers!

Please read carefully:

One full-day class and one 1/2 day workshop are included in the Bead Cruise Registration.  Classes are held at the same time, so you may only choose one for each category.

Optional kits available, kit prices are subject to change. Kits are purchased directly from instructors.  Supply lists and purchasing information will be sent out in January.
 
 

Bonus Classes - Our instructors are offering two bonus class sessions.  You can purchase an extra class from section A and/or B for $55.00 each.  Students can pick one class per session. You must be registered as a Bead Cruise Participant to sign-up for the optional class.  

Skill levels:
Intermediate - means you have taken other classes to learn the technique or have completed several projects on your own using the required technique. 

Advanced Beginner, experience with seed beads required - this means you know how to use a needle and thread to do basic beading stitches. 

Beginner/All skill levels - Whether this is your first class or you've been making jewelry for years, you'll enjoy these classes. 

Some projects are time-intensive and will not be finished during class.  Students are given detailed instructions and taught the skills needed to complete a project. 

*Click on the images for a larger view and to see design alternatives.

If you registered before the new classes were posted and would like to switch after the new classes are up, email Becki with your new choices. 

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Full Day Classes (6 hours)- Pick one



Petit Fleur Bracelet
Instructor: Beverly Herman
Technique: Netting, Modified Right Angle Weave, Peyote
Skill Advanced Beginner, experience with seed beads required
Kit Cost: $50 

This bracelet will remind you of a quiet French countryside with wild flowers. Create Petit flowers with mini daggers and Czech beads.  A garden trellis constructed of Tila beads and seed beads completes the design. 

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Van Gogh Sunflowers
Instructor: Heather Powers
Technique: Polymer Clay
Skill Level: All
Kit: Required $15 materials fee

Learn how to create these stunning Van Gogh inspired bead. We'll start out custom mixing the colors and talking about color theory. We'll build up the sunflower cane and then we'll spend the rest of the class using the canes to apply to a variety of bead shapes. You'll leave class with a pile of beads. 

This class is for all skill levels, no polymer clay experience is needed. I will bring 5 pasta machines to share - you will get the most out of the this class if you bring your own though. All other materials and tools are provided.
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Palace Jewels Sold Out
Instructor: Beki Haley
Technique: Beadweaving
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced 


Kit: TBA Description: The grandeur of times past explodes in this regal pendant. Using Czech buttons, Swarovski Fancy Stones & crystals as well as lush colors of seed beads, you'll stitch this beauty and make your royal dreams come true.  
Students will Learn: Bezel and embellish the buttons and stones with right angle weave and then secure with intricate netting (the back is almost as beautiful as the front!). A versatile Peyote stitch bail adds just the right amount of security to complete this beautiful pendant. 

Prerequisites: Ability to work with 15/0 seed beads helpful.

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Hidden Paradise Sold Out

Instructor: Marcia Decoster
Technique: Beadweaving/Ndebele
Skill Level: Intermediate
Kit: TBA

Inspired by Heather's tropical themed beads I created this whimsical vessel to house this surprise.  Using an embellished Ndebele stitch the vessel takes shape.  Splayed out on top and ended with crystal drops this really is a fanciful piece. The top which is attached to the straps lifts up to reveal your own paradise.

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Chain Making 101 
Instructor: Kerry Bogert 
Technique: Wire Work 
Skill Level: All 
Prerequisites: Making simple loops and wrapped loops 
Kit fee: $20 for base metal kit, cost TBD for sterling silver kit

Discover just how easy it is to wire up unique, handmade chain for custom jewelry designs. In this class, wire work artist Kerry Bogert will walk you through the step by step process for creating SIX different chains. Along the way she will share valuable tips and tricks for great chain making, including how to combine sheet metal and wire components, how to achieve consistency in your links, how to adjust link size to fit your project, how to create custom clasps to enhance your chains, and more. By the end of class you'll have loads of chain for your next one-of-a-kind jewelry project. The chains created can be connected for one knock out necklace or finished off individually for SIX great bracelets.

Kit includes – sheet metal, wire, and complete step by step instructions for six unique chains

Tools needed for class – punch pliers, wire cutters, round nose, chain nose pliers, bench block, chasing hammer, and nylon mallet

This project will be finished in class.

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Half Day Classes (3 hours)- Pick one

Avaline’s Jewels Sold Out
Instructor:  Beverly Herman
Technique: Peyote and surface embellishments
Skill: Advanced Beginner, experience with seed beads required.
Kit Cost: $35

This bead incorporates 5 different shapes of Czech beads into the design.
You will learn how these different shaped beads work together to create this elegant beaded bead.  Triangle beads with crystal embellishments complete the design. A hollow mesh bead holds the bead into shape making it easy to wear on a chain.

This project might be completed in class.

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Butterfly Wing Beads
Instructor: Heather Powers
Technique: Polymer Clay
Skill Level: All
Kit: Required $15 materials fee

Creating your own beads for your jewelry projects is a rewarding way to add a unique touch to your designs. If you've never thought of making your own beads, you are in for a treat! These beads have butterfly wings fluttering all around.

During this workshop you will learn a fun way to shape clay into designs called canes. Those canes will be used to make beads. We'll cover all the basics and learn to shape the clay into beads. 

This class is for all skill levels, no polymer clay experience is needed. I will bring 5 pasta machines to share - you will get the most out of the this class if you bring your own though. All other materials and tools are provided.

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Going Formal Sold Out

Instructor: Marcia Decoster
Technique: Beadweaving, various
Skill Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate
Kit: $40 - $120*

Sometimes all you need is that simple little dress and the perfect earring!  Going Formal is a series of fancy pants earrings with lots of sparkle and style.  We’ll be doing things a bit differently, you can choose any of the earrings so potentially everyone will end up with a different pair.  You will need to be able to follow along with the directions as each person may be working on a different pattern but I’ll be there to assist. Given the unique class approach kits will be required. 

*There will be a price range from $45 to $120 and a skill set from ‘wear them tonight’ to a little more complicated.  Sample earrings are shown above but there may be more by our sail date!



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Lasting Impression 
Earrings Instructor: Kerry Bogert 
Technique: Wire Work 
Skill Level: All 
Prerequisites: Making simple loops and wrapped loops
Kit Fee: $20 for base metal kit, cost TBD for sterling silver kit

In this class with wire artist Kerry Bogert, you'll learn a variety of metal and wire techniques that lead to a beautiful, one-of-a-kind, personal pair of earrings. Custom stamping words, texturizing metal, wire weaving, and making custom shaped earwires are just some of the skills you'll take away, along with your finished pair of earrings.
Kit includes – sheet metal, wire, head pins, mini selection of crystals for embellishing, and complete step by step instructions for creating these earrings

Tools needed for class – punch pliers, wire cutters, round nose, chain nose pliers, bench block, chasing hammer, and nylon mallet
This project will be finished in class.

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Tango
Instructor: Beki Haley
Technique:
Skill Level: Intermediate +
Kit: TBA

Description: 
Create an alluring bauble by covering a glowing large bead with modified RAW and Netting techniques adding embellishment, a beaded bead and lush dancing fringe. 

Students will Learn: 
A modified and embellished version of right angle weave; netting; Embellished Chenille stitch; fringing;  color placement; finishing techniques to enhance your beadweaving skills.

Prerequisites: Ability to work with 15/0 seed beads helpful.

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Optional Classes (3 hours) - $55 Each Additional


Optional will be  on the last sea day, Optional A classes will be in the morning, Optional B classes will be in the afternoon.  You may choose one class from both sessions.

Optional A Classes:



Time Traveler
 
Instructor: Beverly Herman
Technique: Bead Embroidery
Skill: Advance Beginner, experience with seed bead required.
Kit Cost: $55

The course was set.
It was time to travel back to the sea.

Create a timeless pendant featuring a ceramic focal by Starry Road Studio. Bead embroidery techniques with a rare stick pearl and a keshi pearl create the illusion of a time gone by.  This project may not be finished in class.

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Tropical Bonbon Beads  Sold Out
Instructor: Heather Powers
Technique: Polymer Clay
Skill Level: All
Kit: Required $15 materials fee

Imagine beads that look good enough to eat, each one displaying layers of leaves and flowers as a sweet bonbon. Like learning to create heavenly European chocolates, the secrets of these scrumptious Bonbon beads will be revealed during this fun beadmaking workshop. We'll mix up a tropical color palette and spend the class making these addictive beads. 

I will bring 5 pasta machines to share. If you don't want to bring a pasta machine I recommend bringing an acrylic rolling rod found where polymer clay is sold.  All other materials and tools are provided.

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How Does Your Garden Grow? 
Japanese Chain Maille
Instructor: Tracy Stanley
Technique: Chain Maille
Skill Level: All
Kit: TBA

Come create your own beautiful flower bracelet and earrings using jump rings!
In this class you will learn the chain maille weave- Japanese 12 into 2, a very fun, straight forward weave that all can master!  This is a great project for those brand new to chain maille and for those with experience looking to add to your list of fun chain mailles.  This is a great project to take on the go, as there are so few tools required!
Kits will be available in aluminum, anodize aluminum or silver filled. Prices to be announced

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Optional B Classes:


Joined at the Hip Necklace 
Instructor: Kerry Bogert 
Technique: Wire Work 
Skill Level: All 
Kit Fee: $20

You know the phase, “make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.” That's exactly what Bead Cruise is all about and it's the inspiration behind this beautiful wire worked necklace you'll create with wire artist Kerry Bogert in this 3-hour class. Two cleverly joined wire coils interlock to create a link that combine two different colors together. When linked into a chain, you'll have a wonderful wire necklace on your wrist reminding you of new friends and old from Bead Cruise!

Kit includes – wire and complete step by step instructions for creating the wire links used in the bracelet

Tools needed for class – wire cutters, round nose, chain nose pliers, bench block, chasing hammer, and nylon mallet
This project will be finished in class.

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Shapeshifter

Instructor: Beki Haley
Technique: Beadweaving
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kill Level: Intermediate
Duration: 1/2 Day 

Description: 
Using several of the new bead shapes you'll create a bracelet with a totally unpredictable thread path.  These skills can be used to explore how the various new 2-hole beads can be used in conjunction with one another to create visual beaded works of art.

Students will Learn: 
This modified right-angle weave technique will give you the skills to see unlimited variations of the interplay between different bead shapes; color theories and finishing techniques will enhance your bead-weaving skills. 

Prerequisites: Ability to work with 15/0 seed beads helpful.

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Vertebra Chain Bracelet & Ring
A European Chain Maille

Instructor: Tracy Stanley
Technique: Chain Maille
Skill Level: All
Kit: TBA

Chain….chain….chain….come make this fabulous chain with me!

In this class you will learn this intriguing chain maille called Vertebra, a beautiful over lapped European chain.  Make a bracelet, make a ring, or make them both!
This is a great project for all….those brand new to chain work and those that have experience with other styles.  This project only requires  2 pliers, making this project extremely portable.  Come join me for all the fun!
 
Kits will be available in aluminum, anodized aluminum or silver filled. Prices to be announced



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